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Trending 12 November 2021

How to Nail the Pop Punk Trend

The revival of all things Avril Lavigne.

It’s the return of the late nineties, early norites fashion we’ve been, ever-so eagerly, waiting for. We’re talking, plaid miniskirts, band tees, military style boots and collar like chokers. You’ve guessed it – it’s the revival of the pop punk aesthetic. The pop punk look is a fusion of subcultures including the seventies punk movement, grungy 90’s fits and skater style. There’s a club of celebs contributing to the rise in the pop punk style. From Olivia Rodrigo to Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox – pop stars are embracing, or leading, the trend. Release your inner punk with our how to guide.

Words By Ellen Madden

Plaid Skirts

The return of plaid skirts, in all shapes and sizes, is something we can certainly get behind.

It’s time to bring back the utterly iconic unification of pleats, plaid print, midi and miniskirts.

Neon Hart’s Kita Pleated Mini Skirt in plaid ticks all the boxes. Its high waisted with an A-line design, contrasting navy and yellow cotton fabric and available at General Pants.

If you’ve got luxe in mind, colville have crafted the coolest plaid asymmetric skirt in a grungy pink and black fabric.

Don’t worry, if you’re getting stage fright at the thought of looking like Avril Lavigne, a plaid skirt is the perfect pop-punk item.

They can be paired with a turtleneck skivvy or a simple crop for a look that’s reminiscent of ‘Sk8er Boi’ times without being too over-the top.

Marcs’ Plaid Time Mini Skirt in black and ivory plaid is a great choice!

It’s an A-line design, made from Italian cotton-blend fabric, fully lined and fitted with faux welt pockets at the hip.

Neon Hart Kita Pleated Mini Skirt Plaid, $59.95, General Pants


We couldn’t do a piece on the revival of the pop punk movement, without including chokers.

The necklace, which sits, around the neck is a recognisable icon of the punk rock movement of the mid-seventies and subsequently the pop punk movement in the late nineties.

The Iconic has an abundance of trendy chokers available, boasting both quality and longevity.

Elli Jewelry’s Choker Ball Chain Quartz Gemstone is everything you need in a pop punk inspired necklace. The chain is made from gold plated silver with an emerald, green rectangular pendant at it’s centre.

To totally align with the pop punk trend, Rick Owen’s Black Signature Choker will do the trick!

It’s a grained black leather choker, with a lobster clasp designed to be worn at the nape of the neck.

Whilst some may argue a pink hair strip is the best pop punk accessory; we’re here to remind you it is absolutely the choker and there is one to suit every style and budget.

Elli Jewelry Necklace Choker Ball Chain Quartz Gemstone 925 Silver Gold Plated, $99.90, The Iconic


Much like, chokers, the corset is a sure symbol of the pop punk times and it’s remaining popular throughout the movement’s revival.

Whilst the garment used to be lingerie like, the corset is moving in the direction of everyday wear, and we are here for it!

Dion Lee is notorious for doing corset well, through intricate detailing, high quality boning and their consistency of flattering cuts and designs.

It would be utterly rude to do a ‘how to’ on pop punk and not include any Vivienne Westwood.

So here it is, her Portrait Panelled Wool-sateen Corset. It’s a self-proclaimed ode to Westwood’s 1990 Portrait collection, with a front zip design, racer style back and panels crafted from wool sateen and crepe.

Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Good for You’ attire featured a stunning white corset, in honour of the pop punk movement.

To pay homage to the pop star, pair Cotton On’s Corset Cami in White with your favourite mini skirt or denim jeans.

Vivienne Westwood Portrait Panelled Wool-sateen Corset, $1,310, Matches Fashion

Graphic T-Shirt

The quintessential pop punk t-shirt is obviously the band tee. It’s a staple in every 90’s high school movie, usually worn by the punk girl or bad boy.

More recently, Kourtney Kardashian, wore a loud graphic printed tee on a date night with her new fiancé, Travis Barker.

Today, graphic T-shirts are bang on trend.

ENA PELLY’s Graphic Tee in Washed Black is the ideal tee for everyday wear. It can be dressed up with a pair of leather pants or a pencil skirt and toned down with a pair sweats or blue jeans.

Ganni’s Black Graphic Vase T-shirt is everything we want from a graphic tee.

It’s bold through the green, pink and white printed logo, fitted with a crewneck collar and made from a thick rib knit crewneck collar.

For ultimate band tee vibes, opt for Cotton On’s Classic Metallica T-Shirt.

The t-shirt has their Ride the Lightning Album cover sprawled across it’s façade, which looks especially striking against the black fabric.

Ganni Black Graphic Vase T-Shirt, $140, SSENSE

Comboot Boot

It’s no surprise that the pop punk movement and combat boots go hand-in-hand.

The military style boot gained popularity, and traction in the 90’s being worn religiously by various subcultures, including the punks.

Brands like Dr Martens, have don’t their own version of combat boots.

We simply can’t go past the 101 Vegan 6 Eye Boots in black.

The boots are a classic combat boot length, featuring a pull tab at the front, lace up fastening and Dr Marten’s iconic yellow stitching.

REDV’s Stretch Leather Combat Boots are everything we want in a boot. They are knee high, with an almond toe and a raised platform sole.

We also love Nasty Gal’s Faux Leather Croc Patent Biker Boot.

They’re a military style boot, with a chunky platform sole, lace fastening and are made from a gorgeous patent croc faux leather.

RED(V) Stretch Leather Combat Boots, $1,010, Farfetch