Most conversations about attempting to dress like a rockstar end with the same word: Don’t. Because when we talk about musicians as style icons, we talk about Plant. Bowie. Prince. Basically, we talk about sequins and spandex and skintight suits — all things your wardrobe needs less of, not more.
But that outlook might be a bit dated.
This weekend, we headed to Panorama NYC to survey the on-stage getups of the festival’s leading men. What did we learn? With a few (duly noted) exceptions, the headliners of 2017 dress far more accessibly than their musical forebears. But regardless of how outlandish they went, all observed rule no. 1 of dressing like a rockstar: wear it with confidence.
Below, a rundown of 11 of our favorite getups.
Photography by Mike Falco