According to Johnny Rotten: "Sid was an absolute fashion victim—the worst I'd ever known. It was appalling...He'd buy these ridiculous Vogue magazines to study them and copy people. It was just terrible...He'd wear nail gloss and think of himself as being very dainty...He'd wear sandals in the snow with no socks when he wanted to show off his nail varnish." Rotten claims Vicious was inspired by David Bowie, saying that he would "hang upside down in the oven to get his hair to stand up like Bowie's."

Sid Vicious was a fashion victim to the very end. On a scrap of paper found in his pocket after he died of an alleged suicide, Vicious asked that he be buried in his leather jacket, jeans, and motorcycle boots.