Alternative Rock Clothes


Alternative rock fashions cover the expanse of indie rock, punk, gothic, rockabilly and emoscene existence. Alternative rock means that your musical and possibly fashion tastes lie outside what is considered to be mainstream. You reject conventional corporate radio music and seek small, out-of-the-way old school record stores to get your music fix. Your fashion and style also follows suit with your love of all things alternative and different.

Dark and Gloomy

  • Everyday is Halloween if you love Goth and punk music. You tend to wear a little more eyeliner than the typical person, have black painted fingernails and sport a jagged black haircut.

    The main fashion color scheme for any Goth is black. Select black pants for guys, or girls can try a pair of ripped fishnet stockings underneath a tight black leather skirt. Dr. Martens are the best shoes for footwear, but you can also find some cool chunky and spiky shoes at some of the underground alternative fashion stores.

    Select your favorite Goth or emoscene band t-shirt—even better if it’s ripped. Wear a black leather motorcycle jacket on cool days or a faux fur full length coat. Finish your outfit with a variety of spiked or studded fist cuffs, dog collars and chain necklaces. Don’t forget to fill all of your piercings with silver- or black-studded metal pieces.

Skater Alternative

  • If you listen to scream-o bands like The Devil Wears Prada and live to skate, you are probably sporting a cool alternative skater look. Most skaters have long, shaggy hair, usually hidden by a backwards skater brand baseball cap or beanie. Skaters wear two types of pants. Select from baggy pants that are far too big for you so that your boxer shorts peek out from the top or skin tight skinny jeans. Shorts are also popular with skaters who typically wear large-size Dickies.

    Your kicks should be Chuck Taylors, Sketchers or born from a skater line such as Blind or DC. Carefully select your T-shirt which could be one of your favorite bands or your favorite skate boarding company. The more obscure the skater company the better. You don’t want anyone thinking you’ve gone corporate.

Emo Cool

  • The emoscene look is still alternative but is seeing a surge in popularity these days. Maintain an alternative rock look by altering some of the mainstream emo look fashion rules, and you can still call your look exclusive.

    Emoscene starts with the haircut. You want pin-straight hair with razor sharp jags and layers throughout. Most emo kids color their hair black and add wild, bright streaks of color. You’ll find that the emo look is somewhat of a fusion between punk/Goth and skater fashions.

    Emo kids typically wear skintight skinny jeans in dark colors. Shoes should be Chuck Taylors, Dr. Martens or one of the prominent skater companies. Emo girls might wear tight leggings underneath a tight black skirt.

    Select a tight white v-neck T-shirt or your favorite emo band T-shirt. Add a long, knit scarf or chain necklace to complete the look.


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