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Hey Emo Kids, SC3N3 QU33NS, and Sk8tr Boiz! 2007 called and they want their clothes back! No, actually the opposite- they want to sell you their awesome products! And I'm telling you, a lot of this stuff looks way cooler than what Hot Topic sells these days. It's time to throw a little variety in style back into the scene! Here are some clothing brands other than Hot Topic you should totally check OUT!

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IRON FIST

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Iron fist is a company that specializes in graphic designed shirts for both men and women, usually grotesque or gorishin nature with bright colors. Their designs are similar to those of late 2000s and early 2010s metalcore band tees. I myself own an Iron Fist shirt with a more subtle ribcage design on it compared to their normal material. You want something flashy? Go Iron Fist.

WEBSITE LINK: https://www.ironfistclothing.com/

AKUMU INK

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Akumu Ink has shirt designs that have the appeal to those emo and scene kids who had cute/spooky artwork as glitter graphics on their MySpace profile. The artwork is very reminiscent to the early to mid 2000s alternative art trend, with gothic/punk imagery mixed in with a little chibi influence. It bears a lot of stitches, roses, hears and skulls-classic styles for the time period. Definitely one of my favorites on this list for sure. It will help you really rock the mid 2000s emo look.

WEBSITE LINK: https://akumuink.com/

ROCKETT (DEFUNCT)

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Rockett was a clothing brand that closed it's doors years ago. But if you're lucky enough you might be able to snatch a hand me down of this shirt on eBay or etsy! They're well known for having shirts with this logo on it, or metal merch designs. You can also find them for a fair price on indiemerch!

AFFLICTION

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This is a clothing brand that is sold at your local Wal-Mart! It isn't hard to find one of these shirts for under the price for $20. Affliction sold heavy designed graphic tees for both men and women like this shirt for affordable prices! Nothing is more of a win to an emo than cool looking things at thrift prices! You can still find shirts online and in store.

WEBSITE LINK: https://www.afflictionclothing.com/?cmp_id=979018249&adg_id=51355820354&kwd=affliction%20clothing&device=c&gclid=Cj0KCQjwweyFBhDvARIsAA67M70DjuUqt0M8imJy3aG4v5XTTHDU9wFaa96vzBO-my1tL9QPjt-VnIsaAp88EALw_wcB

BLEEDING STAR (DEFUNCT)

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All of my Bleeding Star shirts 🖤🥀

Bleeding Star clothing is a brand that is treated almost as an emo fossil. It's stores have been shut down for many years but people still search after these shirts. All members of Black Veil Brides in the photo above are wearing Bleeding Star shirts. I myself own six bleeding star shirts thanks to my wonderful boyfriend! This brand is known for its graffiti-esque emo prints. These shirts had some hella killer designs. You just might get lucky and find them being sold as pre-owned online, they still are circulating the internet. Bleeding Star is my top favorite brand in the emo fashion scene.

CLANDISTINE INDUSTRIES (DEFUNCT)

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If you guys recognize the logo on this brand, you will already know that this was Pete Wentz's (of Fall Out Boy) former clothing brand! Most, if not all of his shirts had this logo on it, which is well known that Pete also has tattooed on himself. They're super rare to find now a days but if you mange to get your hands on one- consider yourself the luckiest motherfucker alive.

CUPCAKE CULT

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Cupcake Cult is a very scene clothing brand that takes your favorite pop culture characters and turns them into grotesque zombies in hyoer-neon colored imagery. You may have seen band tees with designs similar to this as well! This screams the years 2007-2009 on a shirt and great news is, these guys are still making new merch! Most of their clothing is for women, but back in the day, that didn't stop your scene boiz from wearing it! Check them out!

WEBSITE LINK: https://www.fourleafclothing.co.uk/brands/cupcake-cult


BANNED

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Banned is more of a horror themed alternative goth/scene clothing brand for girls and women. You want shirts or dresses with bats, cats, spiderwebs, skulls or like shirt above? Definitely check out this store!

WEBSITE LINK: https://www.bannedalt.com/

HEARTCORE CLOTHING

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Yes, that is Aiden. And yep they're wearing Heartcore Clothing. Heartcore is a clothing brand very similar to bleeding star as far as shirt designs go. We have the return of the graffiti-esque paint splatter emo aesthetic. Unlike Bleeding Star, Heartcore is STILL making products to this day.



TRIPP

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*Insert OG Hot Topic Tripp pants joke here*. Yeah Hot Topic stopped carrying this brand MANY years ago. These pants were donned by mall Goths and punks alike, and they're still making pants to this day! It's a good way to redeem the more punk look in your emo style!

WEBSITE LINKhttps://trippnyc.com/

CHOONIMALS

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Recognize this art? Pop punk fans definitely do. This art has been used on Vans Warped Tour adverts for many years! And guess what, there's a clothing brand around them! Give it a check! They have a store through Facebook!

LINK TO WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/choonimals/

ANGRY YOUNG AND POOR

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Angry young and poor is both a brand and a store/website where you can purchase all things punk and metal. It's got anything you can think of, but don't let the name fool you. AYAP is actually quite pricey!

WEBSITE LINK: https://www.angryyoungandpoor.com/store/pc/home.asp

VAMPIREFREAKS

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Remember that gothic social media website that was ALMOST as popular as MySpace? Yep, they have a clothing store too! And let me tell you, they're stuff if really fucking cool looking, the designs are awesome, and they're superb quality. Be aware, like Angry Young and Poor, VampireFreaks can also be very expensive. Their style tends to lean more towards the gothic side but nothing that can't also be donned by emo and scene kids! If the name vampire in their brand isn't enough to convince you, I don't know what does.

WEBSITE LINK: https://vampirefreaks.com/

SKELEANIMALS (DEFUNCT)

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You've probably seen the dolls before. Yes, the brand actually has a clothing line too! And you can't tell me that these designs are NOT cool!! Their clothing features these little animal characters with skulls for faces and bone patterns on their bodies with some very emo/scene graphic designs. I'm a super big fan of this clothing brand itself. The brand is mainly geared for women, but again, who's to say men can't wear these too!? You have to buy these through resale websites or third party sites like Amazon. 

EMILY THE STRANGE

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Emily The Strange is one of the famous women's clothing brands that stormed and took over Hot Topic's shelves back in the day. You have probably seen posters or buttons around with this iconic goth girl on it, pairing with a black and red color dynamic. Emily the Strange is a brand that still lives on and you can order it online for a very reasonable price!

LINK TO WEBSITE: https://www.emilystrange.com/


INVADER SCENE

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Invader scene is an extremely new brand with a very simplistic doodle art style! It fits right into the Neon-poppunk/MySpace bedroom pop fashion that was incredibly popular in the late 2000s! Plus they are a civil rights activist brand! They have a SpaceHey, make sure to add them!

LINK TO SPACEHEY: https://spacehey.com/invaderscene

LINK TO WEBSITE: https://www.invaderscene.com/


SILENT SCREAM CLOTHING


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Silent Scream Clothing is modern day Bleeding Star! A young emo person from the United Kingdom took it upon themselves to bring back the style that nearly died out almost a decade ago! They even have an account here on SpaceHey! Make sure to add their account and to check out their MASSIVE online store! 


AFFLICTED HEARTZ CLOTHING

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Shameless plug here. This is mine and GothTaku's alternative clothing brand! Our shirts are designed and inspired by many different brands and band t-shirts from the 2000s! Our price range is usually around $20-$30 USD!


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Hot Topic Is (Or Was) Cool But...


It definitely isn't your only option for alternative apparel! I hope you liked this post! I couldn't have done it without the help of my wonderful boyfriend Tristan/GothTaku! Another shout out to him for being so amazing! Anyways tell me what you think! Did you find this post helpful? Which brands of these were your favorites? Leave a comment down below!

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Reply by XxJuno MariexX

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Any links to Iron Fist Silent Scream and Vampire Freaks


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Reply by V Holeček Art

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I'd add Rogue and Wolf to this list



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Reply by CootieGirl

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UNF THESE BRANDS BE SLAPPIN
one brand i was deadass thinking with aesthetics similar 2 these had to be abbey dawn, they're a rare find nowadays but they're cool n they look cute af lul



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Reply by Gloomybuttons...

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Cute Gory Gloomy bear pajamas


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Reply by Gloomybuttons...

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oooo this is cool too


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Reply by CHRIS!

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OH MY GOOOOOOOSH I used to love Skelanimals!! Them and "So So Happy" had such a hold on me back in the day


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Reply by Xx_v4mp1r3_xX

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vampire freaks is so rad !! im going 2 try 2 buy some stuff from them xD


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Reply by Mumz The Werd Clothing

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Reply by Xx-k1tsun3-k1d-xX

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i find old scene stuff from places like depop and vinted etc, i got good stuff by Dropdead, Babycakes, Cupcake Cult, Iron Fist, Abbey Dawn, Criminal Damage, etc etc <3


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Reply by S@PPH!R3 M00N

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i know a few online stores in Australia that have helped me expand my closet are both Berserk and Tragic beautiful
https://www.beserk.com.au/
https://www.tragicbeautiful.com/
another physical store in Australia to visit is Dangerfield which also sell very alternative clothing


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Reply by cambreh ( ¬ºཀ°)¬

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ride or die! they have some awesome clothes too, i just bought two of their rubber bracelets LOLZ https://www.rideordieclothing.net/


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Reply by miku_miku_your_friends_too

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this is great!! tysm :D also,, seeing silent scream mentioned is really cool,, ive never seen them shouted out but ive followed them for a while lmao 


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Reply by Dakotademolition

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I have a scene/emo inspired Etsy shop, too! Check it out if you are interested!


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Reply by suns3tinmyveins

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OMG TY FOR THIS i love vampire freaks they include stickers and stuff with my order. also i want a clandestine hoodie so bad T_T


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Reply by 𝕹𝖎𝖝𝖎𝖊

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This helped alot ty


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Reply by Julia

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'Ride or die' is also a cool brand that sells cool scene shirts :D You guys should definitely check it out 


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Reply by MonKron

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The good old days


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Reply by ShutUpGabe

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Shirts N Things is a really good one too and they've been around forever.


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Reply by BlackStatic

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OffYaTree is an Australian store that mostly stocks stoner and grunge related content but occasionally you'll see some scemo or punk stuff as well if you dig around a bit, though not as much as before in the 2010s. Jay Jays also used to have some sweet mallgoth and scene stuff as well back in the day, but now it's a sad pitiful shell of what it formerly was and any pop culture shirts they have now just feel cheap and tacky in comparison.


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Reply by Mignonne Nookington

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Ugh... so sad about Clandestine! I wish I had something from them. Anyway, my more “plain” contribution here is Killstar. A bit pricey, but the dresses and bags especially are so cute!


If you like Beetlejuice you need the Never Trust The Living handbag. Trust me!

For jewelry, I am obsessed with Alchemy of England!


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Reply by xxSerenaSuccubusxx

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I'd add StayCold Apparel to this list - you can find some pretty dope graphic designs there. Often more on the gorey side, featuring a lot of popculture characters oder other, digital themed stuff c: 

Check it out:
https://www.staycoldapparel.com/


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Reply by 🌈🦕💖~Grace​~💖🦕🌈

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does anyone know where I can get a So So Happy Monsters hoodie or shirt?


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Reply by Izzy

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UK people! There's a store called The Charnel House near me that does delivery. They do band merch as well as staple accessories (gloves, studded belts, jewlery, etc,) and some pretty cool gothic clothing. They only have one physical store though.


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Reply by xxskye.skylinexx

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how does one forget Drop dead clothing or arkaik clothing? 


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Reply by felix

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Silent Scream Clothing on spring.com sells a lot of really bright/neon scene stuff that are really cool. 


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Reply by felix

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Silent Scream Clothing on spring.com sells a lot of really bright/neon scene stuff that are really cool. 


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Reply by felix

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Silent Scream Clothing on spring.com sells a lot of really bright/neon scene stuff that are really cool. 


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Reply by nights :)

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some other cool stuff (w/ a slightly more serious tone) are derek hess's printed t shirts and stuff from fullbleed (brand from the artist/creator of yourscenesucks). cdjapan's apparel section is also worth checking out, visual kei styles have a lot of overlap with emo styles and you can find stuff that's really reminiscent of the latter (like this).


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Reply by nights :)

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some other cool stuff (w/ a slightly more serious tone) are derek hess's printed t shirts and stuff from fullbleed (brand from the artist/creator of yourscenesucks). cdjapan's apparel section is also worth checking out, visual kei styles have a lot of overlap with emo styles and you can find stuff that's really reminiscent of the latter (like this).


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Reply by Gersemi

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I LOVE THIS LIST AHHHH


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Reply by BetteringDave

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Know where you can find the Neon Monster shirts other than https://www.teepublic.com/mug/4555191-bring-back-neon-cartoon-monster-merch


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Reply by Leila

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Thank you so much for all these links! I have forgotten most of them. Haven't bought any clothes in over a decade!


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Reply by xX_N1ghtm4r3_P01s0n_Xx

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If anyone is the UK, there's BlueBanana for belts, EMP does some clothing that could work (though that's more Goth/Punk/Metal) and there's also the chainstore Damaged Society.


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Reply by ozzie

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in Florida there raven and rockers!!! I love them I go all the time they have an ebay store def recommend!!!!


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Reply by Cokefan53

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I'd say Atticus Mark Hoppus's brand from Blink 182, has always been essential to me. Along with Macbeth.


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Reply by Rain_is_dead

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Does anyone knowz scemo/alt clothes/accessories sites that ships in France ? 


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Reply by xX_N1ghtm4r3_P01s0n_Xx

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I'm hoping this is alright. This VERY new, and is more a side project, but I've been searching for Emo clothing that has Pagan motifs and had little luck so I decided "Fuck it, if you want it done right you do it yourself." So that's what I did;


https://www.teepublic.com/user/hex-heart


Only have two designs up at the moment (2 more sketched up on my phone as concepts I need to do and a million ideas in my head) but yeah. Don't know if that's anyone's cup of tea but I'm still proud of it.


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Reply by ₳†⅃ ⍲⟆ ∀₵ꙇ₫

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i NEED iron fist clothez so bad


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Reply by pete

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  clandestine is back actually. some stuff is in hottopic, but theyre also being sold on fall out boys tour right now. its new stuff, but its pretty cool.


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