80s Costume Idea: Metal Head / Axl Rose

Metal Head / Axl Rose costume ideaBrush up on your head banging and get ready be one bad a– dude. Attitude is a prerequisite to this costume. In addition to that, blend together the following elements and you are going to have to beat off the metal chicks with a . . . drum stick.

  • Hair – the 80s metal look was all about hair (try this wig)
  • Shades (aviators)
  • Bandana – this can worn around the neck (always sexy) or tied around your jeans
  • Black t-shirt or black leather vest as shown to the right
  • TIGHT jeans – you got to show the girls what you got
  • Boots – work boots or cowboy boots
  • Finally, you’ll need some type of leather band bracelet or heavy silver neck chain
  • Bottle of whiskey as a prop (or liquid refreshment, whatever)

The Axl Rose Adaptation of the Metal Head Costume

You’re going to want to switch to the blonde wig for this version of the Metal Head. Critical adaptations to the above costume list are included below.

  • Bandana – for Axl, you’ll want to tie it on your head as shown
  • Shades – those go up top on top of the bandana
  • Black leather jacket
  • Re-watch the Patience video for some tips on the uniquely Axl hip moves. Watch the Patience video here. We at Like Totally 80s particularly like the little hip thing he does around the 1:45 minute mark in the video. You’ll also note when watching the video that in this case, he has added a baseball cap turned backwards to the head bandana – also a nice touch.

Party on, Wayne! Harrison Ford and wife, Calista Flockhart, rocked it hard this Halloween (2011) with their version of the 80s hair band look.

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart rocked 80s hair band looks for Halloween (2011).

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart rocked 80s hair band looks for Halloween (2011).

Want more metal head looks? Check out our site reader submitted Vince Neil (of Mötley Crüe) costume.

Author: Pia Sooney

Just a little obsessed with all things 80s, Pia still has her Swatch, her cassette tape collection, and her Converse Chucks. When not making friendship pins or listening to Depeche Mode, she runs a web design business.

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