clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

A Rockabilly Style Primer With Singer Kim Lenz

Photo courtesy of Fanatic Promotion
Photo courtesy of Fanatic Promotion

Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

We know you've heard an awful lot about music lately, but if you can think outside Grant Park for a second, consider this: Roots and rockabilly band Kim Lenz and the Jaguars will perform at Lombard's BrauerHouse at 7pm tomorrow night. The show is 21-plus, and tickets are only $10—not a bad price to see the woman about whom Rolling Stone said "if Elvis were a woman, he probably would have sounded just like Kim Lenz."

Along with her retro-style sound, the Los Angeles-based Lenz captivates us with her perfectly rockabilly style, and we just had to pick her brain on how to dress the part. Read on for her tips on lipstick, dresses, and brows, then get ready to rock out.—Jenny Berg

Give us a quick rockabilly style primer. Which three items should a rockabilly gal or guy always have hanging in the closet?

Vintage clothes are must. A nice 50s straight skirt is versatile. Wear it with a sweater or vintage top and some heels. Straight dresses seems to be more popular in the scene that full skirts. For a guy: LVC jeans, a vintage shirt and white bucks.

What are some essentials for a rockabilly beauty kit?

You gotta have a good brow pencil. Brows are the biggest part of the look. Also a black liquid eyeliner, only on top, and red lipstick.

What songs are on your "getting dolled up" playlist?

I'm usually listening to old country like Louvin Brothers or Lefty Frizzell.

Tell us about your tomorrow's show! What can we expect, and if we want to dress like super fans, what should we wear?

It's gonna be a rockin good time! Wear jeans and buy the new Kim Lenz and the Jaguars shirt!

BrauerHouse is at 1000 North Rohlwing Road, and you can nab tickets online. And if you can't make it to the show, you can still score the band's new album Follow Me, out August 20.

· Kim Lenz & the Jaguars [BrauerHouse]
· Kim Lenz & the Jaguars [Official Site]

Lombard's BrauerHouse

1000 North Rohlwing Road, Lombard IL