Be A Rebel

When you think of youthful rebellion, you may think of the hippie rebellions of the eighties or the widespread teenage Americana rebellion of the sixties. And these rebellious periods have not just been against culture and way of life, but fashion too. Teenagers started to dress how they wanted to – and what they thought was cool – which went against the traditional dress the typical teenager was expected to wear. This rebellious nature has inspired fashion ever since, and this Autumn youthful rebellion is yet again inspiring a menswear trend.

The latest youth rebellion is particularly inspired by the teen gangs in small-town USA, creating an ‘outsider’ feel to the trend. It may have been an outsider look back then, but with this future trend, it certainly will not create outsiders.

For young rebels, self expression and attitude are mixed with oily workshops and hanging out in yards. Workshop styling, rebellion and tattoos create this look which has a real throwback and edgy vibe to it. All those All Saints pieces and Topman AAA range you have been stocking up on over the last few months are set to come in really handy next season! Have a look at the main image above and the product picks to get a real feel for how this look and trend is going to develop.

The trends key items use the combination of 50’s styling and eighties silhouettes. This means there is an update on key pieces like the leather trench and scooter jacket. The trend uses classic tailoring and fitted pieces. The trend also includes tunic t-shirts, peg-leg pants, and fitted denim jackets. Casual looks mix relaxed grandpa knits worn with graphic tees and tanks combined with slim-leg trousers. Formal looks include vintage tailored jackets and slim-leg pants or chinos.

Remember this trend is all about self expression, and there is room for a wide range of personal style in this trend. You can use graphic print t-shirts featuring some of your personal icons (the House of Gods Tee collection springs to mind), as well as using multiple accessories which express YOU and who you are. We’ve all seen the rebellious trends in the past – such as the Mod, Punk and Rocker looks – but this most recent form has been modified using modern twists, detailing and slim tailored fits which have rose to prominence this year within menswear.

Topman AAA Collection

I found the new Topman Lookbook for their Autumn AAA range really encapsulated this look with everything down to the hair styles being right on trend for next season:

Topman AAA Autumn Collection 2010 Look Book

Key Pieces


  • Peter Werth Striped Unlined Blazer
  • Alexander McQueen 2 Button Jacket

Soft leathers also form part of the casual look for this trend. Pair with a graphic tee or vest under it. Here are some great soft leathers that are on the market already:

  • AAA Black Lamb Leather Jacket
  • Hilfiger Denim Errol Leather Jacket
  • Neil Barrett Leather Bomber Jacket

Graphic tees under soft leather jackets:

  • AAA Cream Smoke Print T-Shirt
  • Black Anchor Flag Crew T-Shirt
  • Passarella Death Squad Donald Vulture T-Shirt
  • Dark Crystal S/s Crew
  • Evisu It Isn't What It Is T-Shirt
  • All Saints Dark Matters T-Shirt

Graphic vests under soft leather jackets:

  • Maison Martin Margiela Eagle Print Vest
  • All Saints Ex T-Shirt
  • House of the Gods KEITH RICHARDS VEST
  • AAA Grey Burnout Button Vest
  • Memorium Vest
  • Acid Yeehaw Sleeveless Crew


  • Ben Sherman London Harrington Jacket
  • Jade Cotton Harrington Jacket
  • Burberry Brit Harrington

Chunky & Relaxed Cable Knits:

  • Diesel Black Gold Kaporale Alpaca Cardigan
  • Burberry Prorsum
  • Polo Jeans Ralph Lauren Long Sleeve Eamon Cardigan
  • ASOS Cable Knit And Sweat Cardigan

Stone/Acid Wash Denim Jackets:

  • Acid Wash Denim Western Jacket
  • Polo Jeans Ralph Lauren Legacy Denim Jacket
  • Bolongaro Trevor Denim Jacket

Slim-leg pants:

  • ASOS Overdyed Slim Fit Trousers
  • ASOS Navy Slim Leg Trousers
  • Mercer Trousers
  • Waif Kick

As well as shopping on the high street, remember to visit some of your local vintage stores as you might be able to find a vintage blazer or Harrington which will really allow you to stand out and also tap right into the roots of this look.

With summer coming to an end within the next month or so it is a good time to look forward to future trends and start buying pieces which provide versatility between this season and next. A lot of you will already have masses of graphic tees in your wardrobe (I know I have) whereas a soft leather jacket and Harrington are timeless items that will last multiple years and can enable you to hit multiple looks. Versatility is key guys.