10 Style Tips Learned from Mötley Crüe

Mötley Crüe in 1984


updated 01/30/2014 AT 12:00 PM ET

originally published 01/31/2014 AT 8:00 AM ET

Mötley Crüe is breaking up, and they have the contract to prove it.

The heavy metal band signed a “group death pact” on Tuesday, assuring their fans that they would cease to exist as a performing entity, officially and permanently, at the close of their next world tour.

The group’s 33-year history has seen enough criminal activity and downward spirals that you wouldn’t want to make them your role models – but as style icons, the foursome of Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars were unmatched.

Join us as we celebrate the era of spandex, men in makeup, and hair as large and majestic as the clouds in heaven, with 10 style lessons from Mötley Crüe:

1. How to Dress When Your Kneecaps Are Your Best Feature

Mötley Crüe posing in 1989

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2. How to Rock Colored Sunglasses Without Looking Like Bono

Tommy Lee posing in a studio in 1997

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3. How to Create a Unified Artistic Vision Using Only Shades of Black

Mötley Crüe at the Hard Rock Café in London circa 1991

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4. How Low of a Deep-V You Can Get Away with (Really Low)

Vince Neil performs at a Mötley Crüe concert circa 1990

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5. How to Match Your Fedora to Your Tongue

Vince Neil circa 1988

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6. How to Dress When You’re Only Allowed to Show off One Nipple

Tommy Lee in 1993

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7. How to Use Makeup to Accentuate Your Girlfriend

Tommy Lee posing backstage with wife Heather Locklear in 1985

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8. How to Use Makeup to Accentuate Your Bandmates

Mötley Crüe circa 1983

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9. How to Take Back the Black and White Stripes Look from Beetlejuice

Nikki Sixx performs at a Mötley Crüe concert in 1984

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10. How to Rock the Full-Length Denim Look Years Before Justin and Britney

Vince Neil during a Mötley Crüe after-concert party in 1985

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