Being emo is more than just fashion, but clothing can help you express your unique personality and musical interests, while also giving you a sense of belonging to style. The great thing about this is that an emo outfit is something that you can change however you want. You can achieve the look you want by simply adding a few accessories, or you can go all the way from dyeing your hair and remodeling your wardrobe. This article will help you add emo vibes to any outfit, just read on to find out more!
Method 1 of 3: Emo Accessories
Step 1. Layer your jewelry
Layering necklaces, ribbons, and bracelets is a great way to add emo style to simple outfits. You should strive to wear at least three different necklaces and wear as many bands and bracelets around your wrists as you can fit. Experiment with different styles and colors for a truly electric feel.
- Look for jewelry featuring chains, spikes, bats, beads, and broken or bleeding hearts.
- Bracelets with your favorite band name are cool and you can bring some color to your base black look with some bright neon accessories.
Step 2. Wear studded belts
Studded belts are one of the staples of any emo wardrobe, as they add a sharper edge to each outfit. Go for black, white, or neon ribbons with metal spikes. The belts should be especially thin. This way, two or three narrow belts can fit into the belt slot on your pants and give your look an interesting layered look.
Please note that these belts should not be used to hold the pants around the waist, they are more of a fashion statement
Step 3. Attach the pins to your jackets and backpacks
Pins are a cheap and easy way to add interest to your style as well as express your personality. You can use any type of pins imaginable: favorite band names, brand logos, fun (and offensive) slogans, and exclusive artwork. The great thing about this is that you can easily transfer them from one garment to another, instantly adding emo color to your style.
- The best pin spots are on the lapels of a jacket, shirt pockets, thin striped ties, beanie margins, felt hats, and backpack pockets and straps.
- Another cool thing you can do with pins is swap them with your friends, so your collection will constantly change and grow.
Step 4. Paint your nails black or neon
If you want, you can add decor to your nails. You should do this on Friday so that you don't scare people at school with your nails on Monday morning. If you want, you can add pop colors by choosing bright neon shades like green or pink. It won't harm your emo style - we promise! Black is recommended. But some emo can also paint their nails red or pink if they don't have black polish. Some emo pop bands like Panic! At The Disco, made black polish a style icon.
- Nails are usually cut (or bite off!) Short because long nails are more suitable for a gotu than an emo.
- Don't worry about painting your toenails. Emo never wear sandals or open their feet.
Step 5. Wear headphones at all times
No self-respecting and loving emo music will go out on people without headphones. This should be part of your morning dressing. Put your player or other music device in your jeans pocket, slide the headphones under your T-shirt or sweatshirt, and pull them out around your neck. This way, your earbuds stay beautiful and safe all day long, without the risk of getting lost or broken. Try emo music: Silverstein, Braid, Texas is the Reason, Senses Fail, Bright Eyes and Saetia.
- Obviously, you will want to have your headphones with you at all times, but if this is not possible (for example, at school or at the dinner table), consider using only one headphone. That way, you can still listen to jams while keeping the other ear available for answering questions.
- Even when the music is off, your headphones can dangle from your shoulders as a necklace. Thus, they will always be there when you need to to drown out the world.
Step 6. Consider facial piercings
Facial piercings are very emo and no one can question your commitment to the gaze when you have a piece of metal on your face to prove it. Lip piercings are very popular - you can do them in the center of the lip, on both sides, or one on both sides. Eyebrow piercings and nose rings are cool too. If you're looking for something a little less visible, consider getting a tongue piercing, or putting some strain on your ears with a few holes.
- If you decide to get a piercing, contact a reputable piercing store or tattoo parlor to get it done. Also make sure you can handle the constant daily routine of cleaning your piercing sites. You don't want to get an infection, especially on your face. Ouch!
- If you are under 18, it might be a good idea to ask your parents for permission first. Some piercing sites require the consent of a caregiver before being done to a minor, so it may be necessary to get the consent of your piercing sponsor.
Step 7. Wear black thick frames
You can use glasses to express your emo style. You can simply go for large, thick-rimmed glasses that look good on your face. Anyone can apply this to themselves, but not those who have poor eyesight. You just need to insert lenses in such a frame that are suitable for your vision, and not ordinary glass.
- Be aware that you run the risk of getting a problem when wearing glasses, even with your ideal 20/20 vision.
- Another option is to wear cat-eye glasses (especially for girls) and large round or heart-shaped glasses. Even indoors. Hey, you're an artist, right?
Step 8. Carry a tool bag or a book of poetry
As an emo you are always in touch with your feelings and have a creative passion that allows you to express those feelings. Chances are, you already play a musical instrument (guitar is the most common choice) or hold a laptop filled with scrawled lyrics, scraps of poetry, and elements of dark, tangled art.
- If so, why not bring your thoughts to the world? You will show your emo credentials to the world, plus you will have the necessary materials and tools at hand whenever a muse comes to you!
- You can also decorate the cases of any devices and laptops with stickers or graffiti with bands, helping them to look stylish. Give your friends the markers and let them go to town who knows what they come up with?
Step 9. Wear T-shirts with different emo bands and make some yourself with bands like Hawthorne Heights and Jawbox, for example
Method 2 of 3: Perfecting emo hairstyles and makeup
Step 1. Make a sharp bang
Emo hairstyles are the most important part of perfecting your emo image. In fact, if you have the right hairstyle, you can wear anything and it will still look emo. The number one priority when it comes to emo hair is torn bangs that hang down over your face and cover one eye. For both guys and girls, bangs should be long, converging at the ear.
- You can, of course, cut your bangs yourself or ask a friend, but for best results you should go to a hairdresser who will do it right. Try to find some pictures on the Internet that you can bring to the hairdresser as a model.
- Once you get the bangs you want, you should practice pulling your hair back for a minute or two before it snaps back into place. It's very emo.
Step 2. Dye your hair black or platinum white
Another essential feature of emo hairstyles is color. Obviously dyeing your hair is a little more extreme than just cutting it, but if you really want to look cool, this is a step you should be ready to take. Hot black is arguably the most popular option for guys and girls, but a platinum blonde will look cool as well.
- You can switch the look to different colored sidepieces on your choppy bangs. For example, many emo dyes their hair black, but they still have white streaks running the length of the hair. Alternatively, you can completely change the look and wear black streaked blonde hair.
- You can also add a series of vibrant colors for a particularly fun look. Red, pink, green, blue, and purple will work well with black or platinum hair. If you don't want to go so far as to dye your hair neon, you can buy clip-on sidebars that will help you achieve the same effect.
- Like cutting your bangs, these types of dyeing can be difficult to do at home, so it's probably best for you to go to a hairdresser to get it done professionally.
Step 3. Wear your hair straight
Straight hair works best for an emo look, so make sure you have decent hair straighteners on hand if your hair is naturally curly or kinky. Straightening can be a headache and you may have to get up half an hour earlier in the morning to do it, but the results will be worth it!
- Make sure to use a heat protectant spray to straighten your hair, as high temperatures can dry out your hair, especially if you already have dyed or bleached hair.
- Another thing you can do is use a hair curler for bangs, which will give your hair the desired effect as well.
Step 4. Comb your hair
Once the color, cut, and straightness of your hair has been achieved, the next thing to do is style it. Of course, choppy bangs can be left alone forever by brushing them forward over your face. The back of the hair, on the other hand, can be laid loosely.
- If your hair is short in the back, use hair gel or wax to put it up in a mohawk shape.
- If you have long hair, try combing your hair (for girls) to create a messy and voluminous look, as if you would never comb it.
Step 5. Apply foundation one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone on your face
While emo don't strive to be white like their gothic counterparts, being pale is still a must. You should look like you are spending all your time indoors, at least during the day. If you look like that in normal life, that's great! If not, try applying a powder on your face a shade or two lighter than your natural skin tone. Being tanned is cool.
- Apply foundation every day using a sponge or powder brush.
- You can buy special white face powder in stores as a hot offer especially for goths, punks or emo. However, any brand foundation that produces lighter shades will do the trick.
Step 6. Go for heavy eyeliner
No self-respecting emo would be caught without black eyeliner, so learn how to apply it properly. Liquid eyeliner can be very difficult to master (although it can make very precise lines), so it's probably best to start with a pencil. You should apply the pencil around the eyes: through the eyelids, on the inner sides and under the lower lashes. Don't worry about precision, a fuzzy eyeliner will look good too.
- Eyeliners should be mostly jet black, but you can occasionally mix them with colors like purple, blue or green.
- Dyeing pink or red over the inner lids can create the effect of crying (this is for those who want to experiment).
- While eyeliners are considered staples in the emo look, you can go further by adding some smoky black or gray eyeshadow and a layer or two of black mascara.
Method 3 of 3: Clothes emo
Step 1. Always wear band T-shirts
T-shirts like these should be number one in your wardrobe. You should have more of them than anything else. At the end of the day, being emo is about showing support for groups you care about. The t-shirts you bought at the band's concert are the best, but t-shirts bought in stores or online will work too. They should be as unusual as possible, girls can tie the ends in a knot, and show a little skin in the cut on the back.
Some classic emo bands whose T-shirts would be a cool addition to your wardrobe and give you the support of other emo (assuming you actually listen to that music) are: The Promise Ring, The Get Up Kids, Sunny Day Real Estate. Texas is the Reason, Rites of Spring, Braid, Alkaline Trio, Thursday and Cursive
Step 2. Invest in several pairs of skinny jeans
Skinny jeans are essential to complete the emo look. If you're thin, wear skinny jeans. However, skinny jeans are a source of ridicule if guys wear them. Who cares if they look good or not? Ignore the haters and wear skinny jeans with pride! Choose black or blue, and if there are a few rips and holes in them, that's even better. While skinny jeans (which fit snugly down to the ankles) are probably the most common, straight jeans can look good as well.
- Even if you want your jeans to be skinny, they should still fit you. Jeans that are too tight will be uncomfortable and hot, and you will not enjoy wearing them. Plus, jeans that fit you will look better.
- Girls can swap out skinny jeans for skirts and tights if they like. Skirts are usually short, black, although sometimes tutu style looks good too, and tights can be either plain black, colored, or patterned. Feel free to experiment!
Step 3. You must have the right footwear
What you put on your feet is just as important as what you wear, so it will take some time to choose your shoes. The classic choice is Converse, which should be as grubby and shabby as possible. If Converse isn't your thing, skate shoes like Vans, Etnies and Circa are good alternatives.
- Even if your shoes are brand new, you should take some time to jump around in the mud and use a permanent marker or white paint to paint or paint graffiti all over your shoes.
- Adding lace or brightly colored laces is another way to spice up your boots, allowing them to reflect your personality.
Step 4. Wear military jackets or black hoodies
Even emo can catch a cold, so when you need outerwear, opt for worn out army jackets and black band hoodies. They look great over group tees and can be worn over any outfit.
- Authentic combat green army jackets can be found at thrift or online stores and look just fine with pins and metal splashes.
- A black sweatshirt with a group will provide another opportunity to express your love for a particular group. If you prefer to look brooding, wear a hoodie.
- Be creative with your style. The more uniqueness you are, the less stereotypical you look. Uniqueness is the complete opposite of being a problem.
- Draw on things! Buy sharpies, fabric paint or pens and write messages or paint on T-shirts or even old Converse. Do anything: hearts, skulls, stars, even inscriptions about yourself. You can even write all your favorite bands and songs, or let all your friends write something. Do it without any system and as colorfully as you want. Write the names of your favorite bands, their lyrics, or even spray paint on your T-shirt. Use stencils and have fun!
- Don't try too hard, or someone might mistake you for a goth, or worst of all, you just stop being yourself.
- Create your own chat room on your website to be even more unique.