Every period of time has a certain genre of music that becomes very popular and even begins to characterize that season. And there is a certain kind of dressing up and behavior and attitude associated with every music type. For example in the 60s the twist took control of the music scenario. Many girl bands came into being and beach and surfing music became very popular. With this bell bottoms mini skirts and go go boots took over the fashion scenario. All this changed in the 70s when rock, disco and heavy metal became popular. People began to wear butterfly collar shirts, printed silks and platform shoes. In the mid 1980s "emotional hardcore" or emo music originated and brought along with it the emo style.
Emo is a style of rock music characterized by expressive and usually confessional lyrics and carries with it, its own styling and clothing. The word emo covers many aspects apart from music including attitudes, fashion and music. The emo style is to wear tight pants and a tight t-shirt. The expression on the face is sad because of the emotional hardcore music that emo people listen to. The face is half hidden because of straight black hair falling over it on one side. Emo style also includes a lot of piercings like pierced lips, tongue, and eyebrow. A lot of eye make up is worn in the emo style.
The emo style is also recognized by the fashion in which hair is worn. Emo girls generally have short hair which is straightened and dyed black and has colored streaks. Emo boys on the other hand sport an untidy look with long shaggy locks of hair. Sometimes boys carry a greasy spiked hair look with bangs in front.
The emo style also has its own unique fashion for boys and girls when it comes to clothes. Emo girls can be seen wearing either short skirts with high boots or tight jeans with flat buckles. Boys may be seen wearing either loose cargoes or tight jeans depending on whether they are wearing a short or long t-shirt. Both sexes wear hoods and jackets over their loud flashy t-shirts.
Girls and boys alike wear thick or horn rimmed glasses and often carry backpacks. The jewelry they wear is made from natural material like wood and hemp. They are mostly home made and vary considerably in shape and design from what is generally seen as the norm.
Emo people are stereotyped as being over sensitive, shy, emotional and introverted. Depression self injury and suicidal tendencies are also associated with emo people. The emo movement theme is to show zero interest in conforming to any aspect of society. Emo people generally perceive themselves to be outcasts. They are constantly sending out anti-establishment messages in what they wear, how they speak, the accessories they carry, the music they listen to and in their attitudes and pastimes. Today emo style is becoming more and more acceptable in the fashion circle and the stereotypical perceptions of emo people are reducing. Mood swings and portrayal of emotions are no longer looked down upon but are considered to be freedom of the individual.