To start with, it is important to note that emo which is short for emotional is a genre of music with roots in punk and some indie rock elements. Named because of the emotional nature of the songs and originates from the mid-80’s punk rock music movement in Washington DC.
Typically an emo song would talk about not fitting in or breaking up with a girlfriend or boyfriend as the case may be, hence the perception among people who are not part of the Emo community that fans of Emo music are angst-filled and despondent.
It became generally accepted in the early 2000s with a band like My Chemical Romance and Jimmy Eat World attracting a huge fan base among teenagers and consequently transformed into an Emo fashion movement.
With distinctive features like thick black rimmed glasses, greasy black hair, tight dull-coloured v-neck sweats use to be nerdier, but with backpacks, fitted hoodies with some patterns on it, vintage band T-shirts and flat shoes, Emo fashion is nowadays considered trendier especially what is currently called scene.
More than the Emo hairstyle probably nothing describes the Emo look, featuring a long fringe brushed to one side of the face or over one or both eyes and dyed black and/or other colors, straightened and layered. Emo hair is commonly generalized by been long in the front and short in the back and sometimes with accentuation of spikes at some angles of the hair.
There are, however, many Emo-like hair styles either long or short to select from. As long as the cut is expressive of a punk rock culture, having its roots in the punk scene Emo goes beyond black with a long fringe. Also, it could be dark brown, blonde, purple or any desired color.
It’s up to an individual to wear super girly hair bands, bandannas, ribbons as Emo is a great way to play around with your look, having fun, being creative and unique. Emo hairstyles are un-uniformed, asymmetrical and rather choppy which is the beauty of it.
The key to dressing Emo is the term “slim fitted.” Emo clothing by all recent definitions is distinguished by tight Emo jeans alternatively called drainpipes or skinnies on both genders. Because they fit better guys in some cases wear girls jeans and if properly paired with leg warmers and converse girls can wear dresses and skirts.
An important piece of any wardrobe is T-shirts, vintage tees and band shirts are preferable and should be worn tight as baggy clothing has no room in Emo fashion. Dare to add a layer, wear a long sleeve T-shirt under a long sleeve button up one, hoodie and v-neck sweats are also good.
The mainstay in Emo fashion is skinny jeans, and another good alternative is Dickies, and similar style works pants, shorts or khaki cannot be found in Emo fashion.
Skirts and Dresses
With a classic fit, skirt, and dresses tend to be retro in style and should not be too fancy. To thwart the cuteness, ripped pantyhose or fishnet stockings or tights can be added.
For both guys and girls the common footwear choice is sneakers, Chucks, to add individual style to their Chuck’s some teen like to write or draw on them and among girls ballet flats are popular.