The subculture was heavily influenced by American rockabilly music. Musicians who were popular among Ton-Up boys included Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, and Elvis Presley. Ton-Up Boys commonly wore leather motorcycle jackets, Levi 501 jeans or leather trousers, and engineer boots, tall motorcycle boots or creeper shoes. Helmets, although not required at the beginning of the 1950s, later became compulsory. Ton-Up Boys usually wore jet helmets, often with aviator goggles for night riding. The look was accentuated with a silk scarf worn around the neck for protection against the elements, and long wool socks pulled over the top of the boots, both of these looks were borrowed from the RAF.
The main difference between Ton-Up Boys of the 1950s and the Rockers they evolved into in 1960s were the heavily studded, patched and pinned leather jackets that Rockers wore, whereas the Ton-Up Boys usually preferred their jackets clean or with painted motifs on the back, a look that was adopted from World War II pilots. The film The Leather Boys (1964) acurately portrays the bikes and styles of the original Ton-Up Boys.