The Alternative girl isn’t your typical edgy college student. She’s your friend, she likes esoteric music, and she doesn’t give a damn what other people think of her wardrobe. She’s the in-the-know fashionista who maintains an old-school look with a modern touch. This article will show you 30 different outfits that The Alternative girl would wear during the summer and fall.
Table of Contents
- 1. Soft Grunge
- 2. Grunge Life
- 3. Vintage/Retro: ’80s
- 4. Vintage/Retro: 70’s
- 5. Retro: ’50s, & ’60s
- 6. Dark Academia
- 7. Boho-Chic
- 8. Craftcore
- 9. Urban Chic
- 10. Cyberpunk
- 11. Artistic Rock
- 12. Gender Non-Conforming
- 13. Queer Fashion
- 14. Indigenous Fashion
- 15. E-girls
- 16. Afrofuturism
- 17. Afropunk
- 18. Asian-Influenced Fashion
- 19. Hipster
- 20. J-Fashion
- 21. Cottagecore
- 22. Day-Glo Fashion
- 23. Steampunk
- 24. Gothic Fashion
- 25. Rainbow Bright Fashion
1. Soft Grunge
If you appreciate the baggy, booted grunge style but aren’t a fan of all-black gloom, you’ll be pleased to learn that soft grunge is now a thing. Soft grunge pairs mainstays like tights, boots, oversized shirts, and jackets with colors (typically pastels) and florals to soften the edginess of conventional grunge. A classic soft grunge aesthetic is a close-fitting mid-length jumper dress worn over a white or black shirt, tights, and boots.
Soft grunge, grunge, punk, goth, and emo are related alternative genres that widely overlap, yet they each have particular characteristics that some people value.
2. Grunge Life
Another short-lived alternative girl subculture gave birth to a distinct clothing style. Large, baggy clothing, such as oversized shirts and jackets, T-shirts with graphics, and band T-shirts, defined grunge fashion.Baggy jeans and Levis 501s were trendy in grunge fashion, especially when worn with long or mid-length boots. Some call this type of clothes “grunge,” however the phrase was only used as a marketing term.
3. Vintage/Retro: ’80s
People began to use primary colors, neon colors, and bubblegum pink in the 1980s style. The era was known for being rebellious, so it was dubbed “alternative fashion.” With outfits like mom jeans, scrunchies, shoulder pads, white sneakers, crew-length socks, oversized shirts and sweaters, and all the quirky colors and patterns that our parents wore when they were our age, there’s a strong youth subculture bringing the ’80s back to the future.
4. Vintage/Retro: 70’s
The 1970s were a period of political and social transformation. It was also during this period that the glam rock style was born. It’s easy to equate that sensual style with the era’s music, but it works just as well in apparel. The most significant distinction between glam and alternative Fashion is glam’s focus on the feminine body. The most defining feature of glam rock dress is a satin, form-fitting jumpsuit, making it simple to associate that style with femininity.
This vintage style echoes the era, and although being vintage, anyone who wants to channel their inner David Bowie or Jean Paul Gaultier can wear it now.
5. Retro: ’50s, & ’60s
The vintage/retro subculture is the most significant alternative fashion subculture. For a long time, re-creating looks from prior decades has been fashionable. With the popularity of upcycling on the rise, it appears that this trend will continue. Retro is such a significant subculture that it has microcultures within it!
The issue about the 1950s and 1960s is that they happened so long ago that their styles appear identical to the untrained current eye. Skirts below the knee, cigarette pants, bright colors, polka dots, cardigans, blouses, bows, and bright red lipstick make this classic style as fresh as it was when your grandma wore it.
6. Dark Academia
Dark Academia is a near relative of the goth subculture and incorporates its characteristics. Its style, however, is enhanced by the employment of vintage leather jackets, studded belts, and big boots. For this look, black lipstick is a must-have.
The shapes, enormous hats, loose-fitting apparel, and stilettos are all hallmarks of this 1930s – 1940s style. Even in the early twentieth century, this look was considered glamorous. Wear a long floral pattern dress over your favorite denim jeans, a broad brim hat, a low-cut v-neck blouse, and black tights for a boho-chic style.
Craftcore is a punk rock and classic alternative fashion hybrid. An oversized black shirt, a bandanna or lacy scarf, a low-rise sheath dress, bright high-top sneakers, and a studded belt are all fashionable looks.
9. Urban Chic
Urban Chic was a rebellious alternative fashion style that was more punk than grunge when it emerged in the late 1990s. Leather jackets, leather or studded belt, black sunglasses, and boots dominated the look (lace-up or high-top).
Cyberpunk fashion mixes aspects from the science fiction genre of cyberpunk into its designs. The futuristic appearance, cybernetic implants, and gloomy world are all hallmarks of cyberpunk fashion. An alternative female who enjoys technology and cyberpunk aesthetics frequently wear cyberpunk attire. The aesthetic is also rooted in goth Fashion since some people like black lipstick and pale skin tones to appear as if they belong in a cyberpunk environment.
11. Artistic Rock
Inspired by the 1970s and 1980s, this is a highly stylized style. They are usually a more alternative kind of modern rock with a coolness. The entire aesthetic is black and white, with a grunge-like vibe. It could include tights or ripped jeans, as well as a plethora of zippers, buckles, and other features to give it an excellent edge.
12. Gender Non-Conforming
Gender non-conforming refers to male and female alternative Fashion, defined by Merriam-Webster as “of, belonging to, or being a person who does not conform to established or stereotypical gender roles.” The term was coined in the 1980s, but it wasn’t widely used until the late 1990s.
Male clothing can be feminine, while female outfits can be masculine. It’s frequently a cross between punk and goth, focusing on high heels. Because this is a young subculture, the gender non-conforming aesthetic is still in its infancy.
13. Queer Fashion
It’s a well-known truth that LGBTQ people are some of the best-dressed trendsetters globally, from Oscar Wilde to Janelle Monáe. Queer Fashion is constantly changing and differs from culture to culture, with subcultures, such as the queercore above.
Of course, there are some popular styles, such as flannel, cuffed jeans, Doc Martens/Converse/Vans, and eye-catching patterns. But, regardless of what society thinks, the only genuine constant and sole uniting factor of queer Fashion is just wearing precisely what you want.
14. Indigenous Fashion
Indigenous Fashion is a subculture that rose to prominence in the early 2010s. It’s a combination of Native American and alternative styles. Feathers, beads, leather, and apparel with representations of Native American culture, such as feather and bead earrings or beaded moccasins, could be part of the appearance.
The primary aim behind this style is to use Fashion to promote Native pride. The fashion business is progressively gaining traction, but it has yet to reach its full potential.
Girls are a subculture of females that dress like boys because they believe dresses and skirts are unmanly. The girl/boy is the emo of the year 2020. This alternative fashion subculture arose on TikTok, hence the “e,” as the idea is that they’re always online. Dark outfits, stripes, chains, and many makeups are worn every day among E-girls, who color their hair various colors and wear black heart-shaped stickers under their eyes.
Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic, a philosophy of science, and history that investigates the growing convergence between African diaspora culture and technology.” Afrofuturism is concerned with imagining a technologically and socially advanced future based on African diaspora culture. Consider the film Black Panther if you’re unfamiliar with the term.
Afrofuturism is especially pertinent in the twenty-first century, as we speed headlong toward an unknown future. Most individuals contemplate that the end does so through the colonized lens of Western, European/American culture, consciously or unconsciously. With its blend of futuristic ideas and traditional African diaspora hair, dress, and makeup styles, Afrofuturistic Fashion provides us with a new vision for the future.
Black people have always been a part of punk, emotionally engaging with a kind of music and style about feeling cut off from mainstream culture and founded in working-class disenchantment. Early hip-hop musicians played at punk bars after being rejected by disco clubs. However, prejudice, mainly white supremacist skinheads, compelled Black punks to create their subculture, Afropunk.
Afropunk is a genre that combines Black cultural pride with punk’s unapologetic otherness. Why not own and wear your otherness like a crown since your very life in this country is othered? Afropunk is perhaps the most extraordinary fashion subculture in America because of its attitude. With the expanding scale and relevance of Brooklyn’s annual multi-genre AFROPUNK event, this is also an exciting time for Afropunk. Because part of what makes Afropunk so unique is its variety, versatility, and uniqueness of personal expression, it’s hard to claim “Afropunk looks like x, y, and z.” Each Afropunk style is unique because each person who wears it has a unique narrative to tell.
Afropunk fashion, in general, is the dynamic fusion of traditional African and African-diaspora fashions with punk and other alternative fashion forms.
18. Asian-Influenced Fashion
Asian-influenced Fashion emerged in the late 1990s as a subculture. Its origins can be traced back to Japan, China, and the United States, with a sizable Asian American population. The term “influence” refers to how this subculture incorporates elements from a variety of Asian cultures. These fashion trends cover many designs, from classic Japanese kimonos to Korean hanboks and Chinese qipao.
The number of Tweets concerning Asian-influenced Fashion reached an all-time high in 2012, indicating that this subculture is steadily gaining traction. If you enjoy Asian-inspired apparel, you should investigate the subculture.
From 2010 to 2014, the beanie-wearing, craft-beer-drinking, vinyl-record-playing, handlebar-mustache-twirling hipster had an Icarus-like rise and collapse. If you enjoyed the style back then, you’re in luck but didn’t want to look like a 2012 rip-off! People will probably not link if you don’t wear any phony “nerd” glasses because it’s been long enough since the hipster era.
Skinny jeans, flannels, scarves, brown leather shoes or black sneakers, and caps are part of the hipster aesthetic. The hat is an integral aspect of hipster fashion, whether it’s a beanie, a straw fedora, a beret, or a broad-brimmed felt.
The abbreviation “J-fashion” refers to the style of Japanese designers. J-fashion is a mix of contemporary Western Fashion and traditional Japanese Fashion that evolved in Japan during its economic boom in the late 1980s and early 1990s. “Japanese” is represented by the letter “J.” As the style became more popular, it influenced and inspired other Asian fashion subcultures. The most exciting aspect of Japanese Fashion is that it is constantly changing.
Cottagecore is a primarily female fashion subculture in which women of all races dress in rural attire to demonstrate their independence and provide a personal alternative to mainstream society. Cottage culture has yet to be fully recognized by the fashion industry, but it will continue to play an essential role in the future. Cottage-wear is defined by comfortable, casual clothing. Wearing these things in a genuine, unique way demonstrates your originality and intelligence, and sense of style.
22. Day-Glo Fashion
Subcultures such as the cocky boys, goths, mods, and rockers have all influenced Day-Glo Fashion in the past. Day-glow accessories are trendy right now because they inspire a sense of defiance, diversity, and a hint of camp. Although the style is frequently connected with gangs or subcultures, it can also be used to demonstrate that you’re just an individual who enjoys having fun in your unique way.
It’s not exactly mainstream, but it’s still safe for many people to wear, so it’s not rebellious other than the fact that you’re wearing it against the grain. That is why I believe Day-Glo attire is so popular; it is unlike any different style out there. It gives you the freedom to be yourself, and everyone enjoys being unique.
Steampunk is a subculture that mixes aspects of science fiction with the Victorian era to construct an alternate history in which steam power is still the dominant technological force. As the style became more popular, it permeated other aspects of life, including Fashion and interior design. Kevin Jeter, a science fiction writer, invented the term “steampunk” to characterize his novel “Morlock Night” in 1987.
24. Gothic Fashion
Gothic Fashion is a subculture that mixes characteristics of the Goth subculture, most notably black clothing, death, and Marilyn Manson. Early twentieth-century fashion designers like Charles Laughton and Edith Head, who created robust designs with vibrant colors and odd shapes, impacted this style. Fashion from the Victorian era and the Rococo period and present punk attire have all impacted it.
25. Rainbow Bright Fashion
Rainbow bright fashion, often known as RAINBOW CORE, is a subculture of the rave scene that certain people enjoy (though rainbow-bright culture often differs from rave culture). On the other hand, others are not fans at all, finding it irritating or unpleasant. If you wish to wear this style, keep your clothes classy, so you don’t draw unwanted attention to yourself.
The rave movement in the 1980s, which was influenced by the psychedelic 1960s, spawned the brilliant rainbow subculture. RAINBOW CORE clothes and accessories feature rainbows, peace signs, and smiley faces, all of which have a solid connection to the hippie movement of the 1960s. However, this does not imply that you must wear a tie-dye. You don’t have to dress like a florid hippie to be rainbow bright.