I used to be hardcore in the traditional RAB scene....
depends on what subgenre of "rockabilly" yer talking about..
-Traditional, which is more about vintage clothes from 40s-50s. The Trad RAB scene was for the longest time the only people I knew who were into selvage denim. The LVC repro's in the 90s were huge in rockabilly circles which spawned some local brands like Glory (USA), Ace (Germany), Evil (USA) etc. Shirt-wise, it's all about gabardines, from s/s to l/s. All that cherry, flames, martini shit you see wouldnt be caught anywhere near a traditional rockabilly. Shoes tend to be winklepickers, spectators, and esp Jubilees. Currently, the traditional guys in LA are into vintage workwear, and one of my friends is making repro of work denim using selvage denim from Cone Mills.
-Modern/Neo.....this is more of what you see nowadays. Brands like Lucky 13 are huge. Lot of punk influences without being psychobilly. Bowling shirts, gas station shirts etc are a big part of this look. Along with creepers for shoes.
-Psychobilly....more of a punk look, with neo-rockabilly influences....lot of leopard print sewn onto denim jackets, the wedge haircut...really tight jeans with creepers.
The traditional scene has more 'style' but it can look very dated and almost like you're a walking museum piece. The Modern scene has a more 2007 relevant look since the gear is all new. Depends on what floats yer boat, but I wouldnt dress "rockabilly" without being hardcore into the music.
As for pics, sites, books.....shit, where to start???
check out www.vivalasvegas.net
which is the official RAB weekender site, it has TONS of photos from the past events and encompasses a variety of looks. Shit, you'll prolly see my ugly mug on there, as I know some photos of us were uploaded.
Books....for info or pics? A great one for pics is TEDS, which is hard to get, but it focuses on the British teddy boy scene and is all pictures.
is one of my favorites, again a Teddy Boy site. When I was into RAB, I was more about the British Teds since it wasnt too far of an offshoot from my skinhead/mod past. There isnt any Ted scene in the USA, as it's more of a Euro thing (esp Germany and Scandinavia)Geronimo
is probably THE best repro clothing company but they got busted for evading import taxes and have been banned from entering the country for about 6 years
tons more....I'll give you more info if you want it...