I adore looking at old 1970s punk photography, mainly to see what the people were wearing.
Do you see what I see in those pictures? The second photograph of Siouxsie Sioux and Jordan is my favourite punk photograph of all time. The girls look really edgy even though they're not wearing anything more special than an oversize mens jacket or a striped top. Girls that wear baggy jackets and striped tops nowadays don't look nearly that cool. So how do they do it?
My guess is body modification. A girl with a mohawk and a safety pin through her cheek will always get more stares than one without. Another educated guess would be the commodification of underground culture. No one is original anymore. Punks are no longer shocking when you can buy bondage pants at Hot Topic. Hipsters crawl out of every city nook and cranny, providing there is an Urban Outfitters in a 3-block radius of their location. It really depresses me. I miss fashion with an edge, now that everything is routinely co-opted into a trend. Though I don't plan on getting a Sue Catwoman haircut (seen below) any time soon, I just wish I looked as uncontrived and different as she does.
A simple solution? Just be yourself. Don't only shop at the mall. Don't exclusively shop at thrift stores either, for that matter. Bring back the freaks! Modify clothing. Modify yourself. Whatever works. After all, everyone seems to think that they are unique.