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Emo Pictures - xFall_Out_Girlx
Posts: 4
People keep saying I'm not a 'true Emo' Aug 22 2018, 10:11 PM
Hi, I'm Lia ^~^ I'm Bisexual ^~^ My pronouns are she/her and them/they I have a few questions about being emo. I have naturally light brown hair, and I have 'emo bangs' I'm not allowed to dye my hair, and I wear lots of black and gray clothes, but a lot of people say that I'm just going through a 'phase'and that I'm not truly emo. I listen to pre-hiatus Fall Out Boy, MCR, P!ATD, and Pierce the Veil (to name a few bands); and I recently got into the Arctic Monkeys. What should I do? Am I even emo? What about me would make me 'not emo'? Some advice would be appreciated. Thanks! ~Lia ^~^


Emo Pictures - AlexSantorskii
Posts: 2
Aug 23 2018, 04:56 PM
dont let people define you. you cant even define you. youre still growing and youll never stop !! *ive been in this "phase" for like 4-5 years now and its hasnt gone anywhere cx *
Emo Pictures - xFall_Out_Girlx
Posts: 4
Aug 23 2018, 11:03 PM
Thanks for the advice ^~^ I’m glad to know that others in this world feel the same ^~^
Posts: 73
Aug 24 2018, 05:16 AM
Hmm... Idk, you sound legit, but I'd need to see pics to be the judge of that... And you're 15, so you're probably too young to remember when the REAL emo style was mainstream, so let me be your fashion guide: There's more to being emo than wearing dark colors. Stereotypical, old school emos & scenesters back in the day used to dress like crips & bloods. They wore a plain red, white, blue, dark green or purple shirt (sometimes striped: https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1600&bih=805&ei=NeGMW-enM9D0tAWunrEw&q=emo+girl+striped+hoodies&oq=emo+girl+striped+hoodies&gs_l=img.3...2058.5691..5728...0.0..0.223.2482.13j9j1......2....1..gws-wiz-img.....0..0j0i30j0i8i10i30j0i8i30.f9TXu0hl_pY) with Converse in either black, red or blue. The gangster style was a mainstream part of fashion in the 90's & 00's, and so the emos basically adopted it as their own with some Punky accessories. It's kinda hard to explain, but the emo look was basically a combination of Rock & OG Thug. For boys it was basically a cross between the early Beatles, early Eminem & 50 Cent and a 80's Punk Rocker. For girls it was basically a dark version of early Britney Spears. How to do the 00's emo look: Hairstyles: Female: Bangs, side-swept fringe or early Bieber's hairstyle (Pixie Cut) Male: Early Bieber's hairstyle, the Sasuke anime hairstyle (Bieber hair that's spiked in the back), a long Caesar cut like Steve from Blue's Clues in Season 1 (Bieber sidesweep optional), or spiked up hair like Guy Fieri Reese from Malcolm in the Middle. (Dyed tips optional) Female: Cat eyeliner Guy-liner (Not recommended, leave it to the goths) Silver studded choker Shirts: Male & Female: Simple blank shirts & hoodies (or stripe patterned https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1600&bih=805&ei=NeGMW-enM9D0tAWunrEw&q=emo+girl+striped+hoodies&oq=emo+girl+striped+hoodies&gs_l=img.3...2058.5691..5728...0.0..0.223.2482.13j9j1......2....1..gws-wiz-img.....0..0j0i30j0i8i10i30j0i8i30.f9TXu0hl_pY#imgdii=eG-oMa0X0p-u1M:&imgrc=PZmBj07W2DAr8M:&spf=1535959372105), raglan shirts (preferably black & white like a penguin), short-sleeved shirt over a long-sleeved shirt, red/white/blue flannel shirt Hoodies, male: Plain/generic: Northface Denali https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NORTH-FACE-MENS-DENALI-2-HOODIE-2TBN-LE4-SELECT-SIZE/232564313735?var=531936734850&epid=1082717018&hash=item3625e9ce87:m:mfwkSQk4sb8U3lqSS7SMWBA Nike Swoosh https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nike-Club-Swoosh-Mens-Hoodie-Pullover-styles-UK-Sizes/273028231370?var=572266230805&hash=item3f91c030ca:g:tQ0AAOSwmRFaXlDX Columbia fleece jacket https://www.columbia.com/mens-steens-mountain-full-zip-fleece-2.0-WM3220.html - Skeleton hoodie: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mens-Black-Full-Face-Skeleton-Rib-Cage-Skull-Gothic-Punk-Hoodie-Banned-Apparel/332583190162?hash=item4d6f80be92:m:mgFqDrKzcJu8eyPD4fEey5A Striped: (Dull colors) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MENS-HOODIES-DIAMOND-ZIP-UP-HOODED-PRINT-AZTEC-SWEATSHIRT-FRONT-JUMPER-TOP-S-XL/322276743541?var=511177176682&hash=item4b0930d975:g:8Q4AAOSw5OZbiKiz ^ Bright colors https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Striped-Woolen-Wool-Nepalese-Fleece-Lined-Hippie-Knitted-Festival-Jacket-Hoodie/252094343654?var=550938526688&hash=item3ab1fe69e6:g:CKsAAOSwuTxV-itH Emo Stewie https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1600&bih=805&ei=4veMW7yMEJD8tAWut73wCA&q=emo+stewie+hoodie&oq=emo+stewie+hoodie&gs_l=img.3...117.2134..2278...0.0..0.379.2502.6j5j2j2......2....1..gws-wiz-img.....0..0.VhtNCETdHww#imgrc=lhWhzIghHXyjhM:&spf=1535965172719 - Winter apparel that goes with emo gear: North Face fleece-lined parka in black or navy, wear with skinny jeans and baggy oversized pants (Tripp Pants for example), black Timberland boots, striped gloves or skeleton hand gloves, striped emo scarf and a plain black or flame beanie: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-North-Face-Mens-ZANECK-Hooded-Jacket-Parka-Coat-Black-Blue-Charcoal/263908262584?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D52543%26meid%3Dcc80fc9c7c824a06b9245f03528d0b65%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D332762964062%26itm%3D263908262584&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851 Black North Face puffer coat https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/mens-aconcagua-jacket-nf0a2tcc?from=subCat&variationId=JK3&cm_mmc=Google-_-Shopping-_-Men+s+Jackets+Vests-_-NF0A2TCCJK3XL1&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=Google&utm_campaign=Shopping&utm_term=NF0A2TCCJK3XL1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyL-wos2e3QIVjrbACh2MAgtuEAQYASABEgISJPD_BwE Black North Face HOODED puffer coat http://www.jasongwilson.com/the-north-face-la-paz-down-hooded-jacket-in-black-men-puffer-jackets-1143420-ifmqsdl7.html Black Columbia HOODED puffer coat https://www.columbia.com/mens-voodoo-falls-590-turbodown-hooded-jacket-1698371.html?dwvar_1698371_variationColor=010#start=0 Black Columbia puffer coat https://www.columbia.com/frost-fighter-jacket-%7C-010-%7C-xl-887921936584.html?mid=paidsearch&eid=Google+PLA+US&s_kwcid=AL!3937!3!229985728738!!!s!412861056884!&ef_id=W40KsQAAALciDCDS:20180903102210:s Matches with skinnies & baggies https://www.dhgate.com/product/wholesale-men-long-down-coat-parkas-outwear/403747485.html#pdsosim-5-5|null:9001:r1411022176 - Winter coats for women: Columbia parka https://www.columbia.com/womens-heavenly-long-hooded-jacket-1738161.html - Shirts, male: (I don't feel like adding all the links at the moment. Just copy and paste some of the following keywords in eBay's search bar if you're interested.) Search "Affliction Guardian Lions Shirt" on ebay, search "Affliction textured skeleton wings shirt" on ebay, a black, white, gray or blue I Love NY shirt (because the heart represents being emo), search "Ed Hardy skull rose shirt" on ebay, search "Hasbro Operation Heart Break shirt" on ebay (broken heart symbol = emo), search "Chaotic Bleeding Heart shirt" on ebay, search "Black Emo Goose shirt" on ebay, search "Punk black red (or gray, white) striped t-shirt" on ebay, search "Nirvana Many Smiles shirt" on ebay... (More apparel might be added to the list in the future) - Shirts an hoodies - Female: Some of the aforementioned shirts can be worn, but here are some fly shirts & hoodies for the chicks that can be worn with an emo/scene ensemble: Juicy Couture hearts hoodies (171 - 175) http://www.hiphoptrade.su/wholesale/Juicy-Couture-Shortsleeve-2.html Juicy Couture stars hoodies (181 - 187) http://www.hiphoptrade.su/wholesale/Juicy-Couture-Shortsleeve.html Killer Panda hoodie: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Killer-Panda-Raw-Zipped-Womens-Black-Hoodie/362223360440?epid=1654747071&hash=item545631d9b8%3Am%3Amn_-zsp7m4x0hlTF-VQ26Jg&var=631437007479 Emo skeleton hoodie example: https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/9/9f/User-Completed-Image-Make-Any-Outfit-Look-Emo-2017.01.17- Late 90's velour shirts (example), wear with emo ensemble: https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7391/9753929891_725f778d3b_b.jpg White/black patterned hoodie, wear with emo accessories: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Juicy-Couture-Cream-Brown-Chain-link-Girl-Zip-Up-Jacket-Hoodie-Size-Large/123333602722?hash=item1cb7416da2:g:NTQAAOSwuOpbXKMN Striped hoodies https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1600&bih=805&ei=NeGMW-enM9D0tAWunrEw&q=emo+girl+striped+hoodies&oq=emo+girl+striped+hoodies&gs_l=img.3...2058.5691..5728...0.0..0.223.2482.13j9j1......2....1..gws-wiz-img.....0..0j0i30j0i8i10i30j0i8i30.f9TXu0hl_pY Nautical stars shirt http://www.pyrettaslair.com/shop.php/ladies-goth-clothes/t-shirts-/dark-side-black-pink-stars-ladies-t-shirt/p_4517.html Black skeleton ribcage heart shirt http://www.pyrettaslair.com/shop.php/ladies-goth-clothes/t-shirts-/black-ribs-ladies-t-shirt/p_4515.html Black skeleton ribcage heart hoodie http://www.pyrettaslair.com/shop.php/ladies-goth-clothes/hoodies-/dark-side-black-ribs-ladies-zipped-hoodie/p_4527.html Lime green skeleton ribs heart shirt (wear with scene ensemble) http://www.pyrettaslair.com/shop.php/ladies-goth-clothes/t-shirts-/dark-side-green-ribs-ladies-t-shirt/p_4273.html Black or white skulls hoodie https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/B25-Popular-Ed-Hardy-Smet-Brand-Born-on-the-Street-Skull-Metallic-Hoodie-Jacket/302334477629?hash=item46648a053d:m:mKLRqdW4W8-0bLgXk4UtY9Q Zebra hoodie https://www.littleblackcherry.co.uk/ladies-zebra-scene-emo-hooded-sweater-164-p.asp - "Trans Sugar Skulls Backpack" eBay - Some deadstock jeans/pants/shorts that used to be popular with guys in the 00's that emos can wear: Male: Baggy: Tripp Pants on trippnyc.com, "Coogi king joker jeans" on ebay, "Coogi bee jeans" on ebay, "Ed Hardy skull jeans" on ebay (women's skull jeans can be and have been worn by guys, with a studded belt and a crip ensemble), "Imperious jeans" on ebay, black cargo pants & shorts, (sizing up is optional) or size up a pair of black Wrangler's from Target/Walmart and pair it with a black & white raglan shirt and black Converse, or emo black/white Globe shoes to keep the pant legs from dragging. (Sidenote: Straight dudes wore women's Coogi jeans as well. Mostly the King & Joker pattern ones. Don't go any lower than a size 16.) Skinny jeans: Nowadays it doesn't matter what brand you get since skinnies are mainstream, but I personally prefer Levi's. Or you could get women's jeans for the skinny effect -- colored, patterned or just regular. Belts: A silver studded belt in either black or white, a plain white belt, a checkered belt, a '2-hole belt' or an Ed Hardy belt... (Wear a 2nd belt underneath tilted to the side for bonus points) Shoes - Male & Female: Converse, Vans, checkered Vans, or Ed Hardy shoes (bonus points if you find and wear skull patterned ones) Wristbands: Silicone wristbands with the name of an artist or slogan on it, silver studded wristbands, spikey wristbands, checkered wristbands... Hats: New Era fitted caps with stickers on them -- Super cool, 00's, emo gangsta swag: Sox flocking crown fitted cap (crown = 5 point = Blood) https://www.hatland.com/hats/white-sox-king-mlb-flocking-black-grey-fitted-new-era-18318/ ^ The rest https://www.hatland.com/find.cfm/new-york-yankees-flocking-fitted ^ What I'd recommend wearing with this hat: Black or white I Love NY shirt (Heart = Emo) https://www.ebay.com/itm/I-HEART-NY-T-SHIRT-LOVE-NEW-YORK-CITY-TEE-OFFICIAL-TAGS-WHITE-BLACK-PINK-PURPLE/230486487698?hash=item35aa10b292%3Am%3AmQOnqr6TSAY66znynfiZEGA&var=530007604043 Emo Stewie hoodie: https://www.amazon.com/Family-Stewie-Pocket-Fashion-Hoodies/dp/B01NCAKHID Black/red Tripp Pants https://www.bewild.com/collections/rave-gear-tripp-pants/products/tripp-nyc-electro-skull-bondage-pants-black-red Black/white Globe shoes http://www.sneakersnewvans.top/globe-shoes-EE8170.html Wallet chain Silver studded belt https://www.hottopic.com/product/three-row-pyramid-belt/107348.html?cgid=accessories-belts-buckles-belts#start=1 Wristband 1 (Silver studded) https://www.ebay.com/itm/Silver-Pyramid-Studs-Wristband-80s-Gothic-Punk-Glam-Emo-Studded-Stud/271926789632?epid=1748568103&hash=item3f50198600:g:E-oAAOSw~gRVoH0v Wristband 2 (Spikey) https://www.ebay.com/itm/Metal-Cone-Stud-Rivet-Spike-Punk-Leather-Bangle-Cuff-Bracelet-Wristband/111917228932?hash=item1a0ec96384%3Am%3Am29GDue0gFDPMozyJuLLE0Q&var=410874183977 Wristband 3 (Checkered) https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Colorful-Sweatband-Checkered-Pairs-USA-SELLER/121495507668?hash=item1c49b252d4%3Am%3AmFL3jKyvWn1d1JcwmMfVazw&var=420430686561 Wristband 4 (Silicone - I heart haters) https://www.ebay.com/itm/I-Love-Haters-Wristband-Bracelet-Free-Shipping-Heart-My-Haters-Wrist-Band/261042615753?hash=item3cc75a35c9:g:0R8AAMXQqBxRHAVY Hats: Fitted caps: Sox flocking crown fitted cap (crown = 5 point = Blood) https://www.hatland.com/hats/white-sox-king-mlb-flocking-black-grey-fitted-new-era-18318/ Sox, black-on-white-on-black https://www.hatland.com/find.cfm/'mlb-flocking'-black-fitted-hats-by-new-era Black-on-white-on-black Houston Astros fitted cap (Stars are emo and cracked star = Folk) https://www.amazon.com/New-Era-Houston-Astros-Coopertown/dp/B01IYTYCAW?th=1&psc=1 Sox, w. black label sticker http://www.moyvillaguesthouse.com/chicago-white-sox-new-era-59fifty-fitted-black-hat-id1170-p-5366.html Sox fitted 2 https://www.the4thquartershop.com/products/white-sox-new-era-59fifty-fitted-black-white-cap-hat?variant=27127101575 Sox, all black http://www.practicetofluency.com/chicago-white-sox-black-on-59fifty-new-era-cap-exclusive-range-houstonexclusive-deals-houston-p-531.html Navy Detroit Tigers black label sticker http://www.practicetofluency.com/detroit-tigers-mlb-onfield-game-59fifty-new-era-cap-reputable-site-bostonreliable-supplier-boston-p-797.html Black Detroit Tigers fitted cap w. checker pattern https://www.cheapmlbhats.com/new-era-detroit-tigers-black-white-logo-hatscaps-p-602.html Blue Detroit Tigers gangsta design patterns http://www.vinartculture.com/detroit-tigers-mlb-caps-hats-black-id1694new-era-59fiftynew-era-new-yorksale-online-p-3132.html?zenid=i2h46rl7tqiu0cmheoov1pi9e6 DT Regular http://shop.cbssports.com/CBS_Detroit_Tigers_Hats_Fitted/Mens_New_Era_Navy_Detroit_Tigers_Authentic_Collection_Home_On-Field_59FIFTY_Fitted_Hat Navy NYY fitted cap https://www.wholesaleneweracapsonline.com/7%20star%20wholesale%20new%20era%205950%20baseball%20fitted%20cap%20new%20york%20yankees%20blue%20New%20York%20Yankees%20Hats-p-1722.html?cPath=17_18&zenid=k30oqhpng8esggqpcuo1ka62c0 Black NYY fitted cap https://www.wholesaleneweracapsonline.com/7%20star%20wholesale%20new%20era%20fitted%20cap%205950%20new%20york%20yankees%20black%20wholesale%20New%20York%20Yankees%20Hats-p-1723.html?cPath=17_18 All black NYY fitted cap, wear with all black outfit https://www.fanatics.com/New_York_Yankees_New_Era_Primary_Logo_Basic_59FIFTY_Fitted_Hat_-_Black/t-81004376+o-0198+d-5311006+f-2346646+z-8-2053768815?_s=GPA_CA&sku=10202739&targetid=pla-299684800782 Black Houston Astros fitted cap (Star patterns are emo, and the cracked star reps the folks)http://www.mantenimientosvangar.com/latest-houston-astros-mlb-black-and-white-fashion-59fifty-cap-sale-blackwhite-p-1251.html More https://www.hatland.com/find.cfm/'mlb-flocking'-black-fitted-hats-by-new-era - (Flames patterns are emo) Decky flame beanies: https://www.ebay.com/itm/FIRE-FLAMES-BEANIE-HAT-Short-Knit-Cap-winter-ski-snowboard-skull-motorcycle/171236509914?var=470341700017&hash=item27de7dc8da:m:mRgBQ76nbKvo-emgrGnqKNA Decky checkered beanies: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Decky-Race-Checkered-Flag-Reversible-Beanies-Ski-Skull-Caps-Hats-Winter/151915388065?hash=item235edcdca1%3Am%3Amr0a4Ai4TKD8v5ThfynLrXg%3Asc%3AUSPSFirstClass%2160803%21US%21-1&var=451100010795
Posts: 14
Oct 23 2018, 05:03 PM
I can believe you are emo cause I just can get too nice about it. Plus if you want to be emo like me for once you have to be one and prove you are one. Once you approve you can be one. it is all within your personality.
Posts: 73
Oct 23 2018, 07:03 PM
^ "It is all within your personality." You can't just claim to be something on the INSIDE when you want people to take you seriously. That would make you look stupid, especially with the real McCoys. That's like saying "Hey, even though I keep up with all the latest trends, I'm totally a true 1950's greaser on the inside!"
Posts: 29
Jan 29 2019, 05:42 PM
Personality as in over-sensitive and over-emotional,style/look and music = emo imo.
Emo Pictures - miseryisland
Posts: 63
Jan 07 2020, 05:57 AM
you're a true emo.
Emo Pictures - Ghost_of_Silence
Posts: 314
Mar 06 2020, 09:29 PM
be you despite what others say, at the end of the day its your life, you decide what to do with it, not them. however, in regard to those who tell you who you are and aren't, what I'd recommend is you practice some middle finger exercises, probably about 50 or so finger-reps per day will suffice. trust me it'll come in handy later.
Emo Pictures - Blueyedice
Posts: 43
Jul 01 2020, 09:00 PM
the way i see it you dont need their approval of anything its your life and if the emo is what you think suits you and is what you want then do it, only you know who you are just be you. . . bad example but a thief knows they are a thief they dont need to prove it same as a biker knows when they are bikers and to them the ones that usually tries the hardest to show others are usually the fake ones just be yourself
Emo Pictures - Candyde
Posts: 18
Aug 01 2020, 09:59 PM
Be yourself, don't try to fit in. That's what will make you fake. If you're not a stereotype, that's okay. Most "true" emos have a bright/non-emo side. That's called being a human.
Emo Pictures - Blueyedice
Posts: 43
Jul 04 2021, 05:44 PM

well said Candyde

Emo Pictures - MaximusStephonovich
Posts: 212
Aug 28 2021, 08:07 PM

Don't concern yourself with such things, do whatever the hell you want.

You will find like minded people. I mean, isn't everyone doing that?

(With in reason, I mean, don't go murdering people)

Emo Pictures - rabbitxhearted
Posts: 18
Nov 04 2021, 07:37 AM

if you say you're emo, you're emo imo

i'd say if you're into the music (or the culture in some way), you shouldn't have to look a certain way. i think that is perhaps the most negative thing about the subculture because it shoved a lot of people that didn't fit the mold (people that weren't stick thin, people of color, older people) out which feels... counterintuitive to what emo is suppose to be about.

i've never been able to straighten my hair. it won't physically do it and the whole process while something i dreamed about when i was a teen was too high maintenance for my depressed ass. it also is hard to keep healthy, but especially didn't work for my hair type. plenty of people recognized me as "the emo kid" even before i ever associated myself with the label from my attitude and i wore a lot of black pft. i now dress in all kinds of styles!

emo has evolved a lot since the 80s and it will continue to. don't feel like you have to fit any kind of stereotype to be part of the community. if later on in life when you have more control over what you wear and do with your hair, try it if you want! but if it's not something you're interested in, don't stress about it. it's better to look like "you" than a subculture you like.

Emo Pictures - X_LoserKidd_X
Posts: 511
Nov 23 2021, 09:40 PM

You don't need to let labels define you. 

Emo itself is a label generated by society to categories...same as chav, goth, punk etc.

At the end of the day we're all just individuals being ourselves 

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