Fashion is a necessity of life, we see it everywhere and we enjoy fashion as it helps us keep ourselves look our best. While in the mainstream and traditional culture, clothes and makeup are a very important part of life and people try to look their best. On the other hand, alternative fashion trends grew out as a protest or an objection to mainstream fashion or media. Some brands such as Hot Topic and Zumiez have taken this ideology mainstream. The aim of these fashions could mean to be to stand out or for expression.
Here is a list of different types of alternative fashion:-
Worn by people from the goth subculture, goth fashion has influences from the Victorian and Elizabethan era. Gothic fashion mainly consists of black pieces of clothing with tinges of scarlet or purple. Other accessories include laces, fishnets, and corsets. Goth fashion is also very distinctive from the style of makeup which usually consists of a ghostly white pale face with black eyeliner and black lips.
With its beginnings from the 1970s showing their disdain for the mainstream media, punk culture is all about bending and breaking the rules. Staple punk clothing items include leather jackets, ripped jeans, studded jackets and a variety of boots. Short hairstyles and Mohawks gained popularity with heavy and dramatic makeup looks.
Grunge blew into popularity during the 1990s with inspiration from the music icons such as Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. Grunge fashion includes clothing items like a plaid shirt, graphics or plain tees with skinny or ripped jeans paired with iconic boots from Doc Martens. Converse and other combat boots also pair well with grunge fashion with messy hair and usually no to very little makeup.
Steampunk brings elements from the Victorian era collaborating it with elements from the industrial revolution which is very overt in their clothing, be it accessories or color scheme. Typical steampunk outfits will range within a brown and cream colour scheme with red accents. White frilly blouses are worn with brown leather corsets which are paired with long frilly dark colored skirts with Victorian style boots. Many accessories include Brown distressed top hats and iconic brass goggles.
Boho or also hippie fashion was born in the 1960s as a revolt to the mainstream media and the government giving birth to the era of flower power and peace and psychedelics. Bohemian fashion is effortless and carefree and most staple clothing in this style include flowy dresses or shirts with frilly designs. Headbands were very popular during this period. Other accessories include the round-rimmed sunglasses made famous by John Lennon from The Beatles.
Originally the term was coined during the 1990s but the hipster style grew in popularity during the 2000s mainly consisting of young adults living a particularly alternative lifestyle shunning mainstream ideologies. Hipster fashion has become one of the more well-known subcultures. Skinny jeans are one of the most notable pieces in hipster fashion, square-framed glasses, plaids, checks are also adorned by many wearers.
Japanese street fashion:
This style of fashion is very prominent on the streets of Japan hence the name. They are influenced by fashion from all over the world and are considered to be avant-garde almost similar to haute couture.
This style has heavy influences from the Victorian and Edwardian styles of kid’s clothing from the rococo period. Lolita can be divided into three substyles which are goth, classic and sweet. But the main distinction of the lolita is it’s cute aesthetic. One of the main features of Lolita clothing is its frilly dresses with puffy skirts.
From underground parties to becoming mainstream, rave fashion usually is related to the EDM scene. People are brightly dressed with outfits that are very comfortable to dance in and are very colorful usually with neon colors and glow in the dark accessories for the full-blown effect.
A combination of goth, raver and the rivet head combines the cybergoth. While their outfits comprise of standard goth clothes, they will wear accessories that will contrast with their outfits. Another stark characteristic of the cybergoth fashion is that cybergoth fashion has futuristic influences and will lean more toward EDM rather than rock music.
Originated during the 2010s, soft grunge grew into popularity from the website tumble with influences from grunge and feminine fashion, soft grunge is all about mixing contrasting elements from both styles of fashions. Items such as plaid shirts, denim shorts, ripped jeans, floral dresses and shoes like creepers and doc martens are popularly worn.