Rock N' Roll Style Guide: Stone Temple Pilots

Images courtesy of belowempty.com's incredible STP picture archive.

Stone Temple Pilots, (Scott Weiland, Dean Deleo, Robert Deleo, and Eric Kretz) have evolved together musically and visually. I've been blasting my Twitter this month with the BIG news (at least for a hardcore fan like me) that Stone Temple Pilots are releasing their first single in 9 years on March 31st. You can stream the new single "Between The Lines" here. I'll have to listen to it about 100 times before I can form a solid opinion, but STP can really do no wrong by me.

The images above are from a spring concert during the The Shangri-la-dee-da tour in 2001, courtesy of belowempty.com.

At a concert, I find what the band is wearing to be as important as what they're playing. Concerts become memories, so it's great when musicians take pride in their appearance and mix it up for the audience. I find nothing more boring than seeing shots of a band from a four month tour with the same jeans and t-shirt ensemble repeated over and over. It's also refreshing to see a rock n' roll band age gracefully. The greasy long hair, heavy eye makeup, leather-busting-at-the-seams look doesn't work for anyone especially in your mid 40s.

Style breakdown: Elements from the best decades of rock, streamlined and aged to perfection.

The Essentials
  • Subtle accessories: A little "heavy metal" as in delicate and eclectic chains, rings and earrings toughen up skinny pants, and floral tops. Accessories on the hand draw your eyes to the guitar work.
  • Unexpected Prints: It's rare to see a man in a floral print unless it's an Hawaiian shirt paired with a beer belly. You have to have a little swagger to make it work. Floral works great on men as an accent element as long as the print is simple and the colors are muted. Dean's is dusty blue with a simple stencil flower print.
  • Skin: It's all about keeping things in proportion. I was never a fan of the baggy shorts/shirtless look a la Chris Cornell circa 1992. Scott Weiland is the king of shirtless-ness. He pairs high-waisted tuxedo pants with a bare chest, but his lean frame and tattoos keep him from looking like a Chippendale dancer. Dean Deleo and Eric Kretz have mastered the buttoned down-button down. Tank tops are cool on younger rockers, but button-downs look sophisticated on STP. Notice it's not a standard dress shirt. Theirs are of the thinner, sheer variety which let's your skin breath as you play. Striking colors work well on stage. You'll never see STP in "corporate blue".
  • Sweat: When you're rocking out, sweat is inevitable, but there is an art to making it look good. Notice, no stringy wet hair or pit stained tees.


J. said...

Love STP! I agree, it's nice to see men who care about their looks! They've aged well!

Susan said...

two thumbs up for your taste in music! :)

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

That's it. Time to take the hubs shopping. It's been too long!

Everyday Dress Up said...

totally BADASS

love it .

May Kasahara said...

I loved scott. BUT Robert always held a spot in my heart - gyeah greaser hair gyeahhhhhh!

Anonymous said...

love these photos
so inspiring!!!
thanks for sharing
and thanks for the sweet comments, they mean the world!


caroline said...

i like what you said about sweat! indeed, the pictures are very inspiring. looks a lot like summer!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Ohmigosh I completely forgot about STP...I adored them when I was younger! Fabulous post, my love!! :)

apparellel said...

oh scott weiland how i love thee!


E said...

You blog gives me such a twinge of nostalgia with all these great bands you're posting lately. Scott Weiland always was quite fashionable.

Anonymous said...

Aren't they friggin' bad-ass? They have wicked style. :)


Susu Paris Chic said...

If this thing doesn't burst out of at-ti-tu-dey then nothing does!

Thanks for the lovely kick of inspiration for the weekend hoppings!

Audrey Allure said...

That sounds so exciting - first single in 9 years!

And I agree, it's so boring when I see other bands wearing the same usual thing to multiple shows.

Belle Armed said...

Oh I love them. and their style. You write so well :)

michelle_ said...

lovely post ! was a great read !
thanks for sharing hun :D

AR said...

Beautiful collage and clever breakdown of STP's unique style.