Alternative fashion is constantly changing and what could be popular one year could be completely redundant the next. These five alternative fashion styles are currently in vogue. This article covers how they evolved and what other genres influenced them along the way.
Rockabilly originally formed in the 50’s. Most people think that it represents retro style, and whilst it retains many of the same features, it has a much darker edge. In recent years rockabilly fashion has fused with goth and punk, which accounts for the use of leather, boots and dark makeup.
That said, the base remains the same as always – polka dot dresses, pompadour haircuts, high skirts and shorts, etc. Interest in the rockabilly style has significantly increased in recent years, and nowadays it’s not uncommon to see people wearing Elvis and Betty Page style clothing casually walking the high street.
It’s hard to open up a video game or writing magazine and not to find something that relates to steampunk. The fashion style may not commonly feature on the high street, but it’s certainly taking off. Steampunk clothing stemmed from sci-fi/Victorian-themed literature and video games. Common features include top hats, monocles, cog machinery, trenchcoats and anything associated with the “old world” look.
Zombie fashion came from the widespread love for the undead. While people who belong to this new subculture don’t dress like monsters, they show off their passion through grotesque t-shirts, ripped jeans and post-apocalyptic themed military gear. The zombie fashion scene is still in its infancy, but with the vast abundance of video games and b-movies influencing the style, it shows no signs of dying out.
Emo reached its peak in the mid 00’s; however the scene was around long before Panic at the Disco and My Chemical Romance. Born out of 80’s DC music scene, emo is simply a fusion of metal and punk rock. When the genre first became popular there were no long fringes, tight clothing and horn rimmed glasses. The style was actually more closely related to the grunger look. Emo of today has a more straight edge approach and has developed a geeky “high school” image.
The grunger look reached its peak in the early 90’s when Nirvana were top of the charts and the original lollapalooza was touring America. Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder were responsible for popularizing the look, which is undoubtedly a lot scruffier than most traditional fashion styles. The grunge scene was short lived; however, there are still a large amount of underground followers, especially since the revival of Soundgarden and The Smashing Punmpkins. The grunger look wouldn’t be complete without a flannel shirt, which was worn by all of the greats during their heyday. Other common features include Converse high tops, ripped jeans, Doc Martins and long hair.
As the alternative music scene changes and adapts, it’ll certainly be interesting to see what the next generation will bring to the table, and how these genres will influence their style.
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