The look may not be as instantly recognizable as Ozzy or Slash, but the persona is unmistakable. Is there a bigger personification of “sex, drugs and rock & roll” than The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards? His reputation alone would make your Keith Halloween costume the life of the party. Remember to wear this one with an air of don’t-give-a-crap coolness, a mildly incoherent British accent, and a few jabs at Jagger.
1. Clashing clothing combo
Suit jackets and leather jackets are popular with Keith. Something like that combined with a colorful t-shirt and jeans should do the trick, as long as it looks like a colorblind person dressed you.
The bandana can have literally any color or design to it (solid black or red is a sure-fire bet), as Keith Richards has worn easily thousands of different ones throughout his career. But it MUST be wrapped around your forehead with the hair pushing out, no exceptions!
3. Makeup (or mask)
If you want to look like today’s Keith Richards, you need to make yourself look old and decrepit. Makeup is a lot of work but not so expensive or intrusive, while a mask might be more expensive but save a lot of time.
4. Rings and bracelets
Keith constantly has his hands and wrists covered in rings and bracelets, and never stops at just one. And neither should you.
5. More gaudy jewelry
Keith also has minimum five necklaces on at all times. You’ll need to get some for yourself to achieve maximum effect.
6. Hat (optional)
Keith doesn’t always have hats on, but if you want to be press conference Keith and not live concert Keith, you’ll need some kind of fedora.
Obviously. Many people might not know you’re even a rock star if you aren’t walking around with at least one of those fake inflatable guitars, or you know, the real deal (a vintage 1953 blonde Fender Telecaster, which runs a mere $35,000).
– Matt Dolloff, WZLX Boston; photos by Getty Images