If you were as emo as you say you were, you only shopped at Hot Topic or merch sites and your accessory collection was far bigger than any of your non-emo friends. Most of us reformed emo kids have grown up, opted for a more diverse color palette when it comes to fashion, and broadened our store selection, but why not enjoy a blast from the past and check out all the accessories you definitely had in your wardrobe back in the early noughties?
A studded belt was a must in every emo kid's wardrobe — male or female. You probably had an abundance of black skinny jeans that you would recycle daily and maybe one blue pair... only if it was really hot outside. Your studded belt was the key to any outfit and you could get them in a range of styles — from traditional silver to black or, if you were feeling super adventurous, a neon green or red version — the heavier the better. Remember how good they looked with a checkered skirt? A classic.
What was originally designed for athletes who sweat a lot became a staple in the accessory drawer of emo kids everywhere. Whether you opted for plain black or one featuring your favorite band's logo, you never left the house without these bad boys on your wrists. Nobody knows true discomfort more than a former emo kid who wore black sweatbands in 90-degree heat... we know how stinky that got. Still, us emo kids wouldn't leave the house without them — it was our aesthetic.
Former emo kids will know that tights did not serve any purpose other than fashion, so you can get out of here if you think we were wearing anything other than the most impractical fishnets. Paired with an old pair of Levi shorts or a skater skirt, fishnet tights were the finishing touch on all of the best emo gal outfits. Finish the look off with a pair of biker boots and you were good to go. Did anybody else wear their socks under the fishnets? It was super uncomfortable otherwise.
Was the main purpose of emo fashion to just be as heavy as possible? It must have been if that's why we were constantly adding heavy accessories onto already weighty clothes. A chain was the perfect addition to your studded belt to finish off any look. You could rock a chain on your pants, skirts, jackets... pretty much anything. The more metal you wore, the more emo you were, so you know we piled that $h*! on. If you didn't want to attach it to your clothes, a chain around the neck or a chain belt were also good options.
Everyone knows that you weren't a true fan of your favorite band if you didn't have their logo all over your body, so a beanie was the go-to option, again, regardless of the weather. We're talking some old school, My Chemical Romance, Black Veil Brides kind of stuff. Back then, it wasn't as easy to just buy your favorite band's merch online, so when you got a hold of that beanie, you knew you were never ever taking it off.
Buttons were the best way to display your adoration for multiple bands rather than just one. You could pin them to your beanie, your backpack, or, if you were really cool, you could pin them to an old, ripped denim jacket along with some iron-on patches. Like the beanies, band buttons were rare and expensive for an angsty teen, so the pain of losing one was all too real. This decade's Ariana Grande and BTS buttons just don't have the same clout effect as a Taking Back Sunday button, do they?
The Scottish must feel pretty hard done by because the emo kids of the noughties stole their fashion trademark and made it their own. Whatever it was about the tartan/checkered print that made it an emo kid staple we'll never know, but you could get it on everything from skirts to bags and, most commonly, pants. These pants matched your studded belt and chain would have been a fashion win back in our emo days — we blame Avril Lavigne for getting us hooked on this one.
Black Converse shoes are still very much in fashion. However, they were the must-have shoe for every emo kid back in their hay day. There were two rules when it came to Converse — they had to be high-tops and the grubbier the better. Who remembers the wrath of your parents when you deliberately started to scuff up your new trainers? Or the moment they realized you wrote "MCR" with Sharpie on the white toe? It's like it was only yesterday! They looked perfect with skinny jeans, skater skirts, fishnets, and shorts — why wear anything else?
Hoodies alone were such a staple in every emo kid's wardrobe — the more covered up you were, the better! If you were lucky enough to get a band hoodie, though, you were a true, *hardcore* fan. Thankfully, Hot Topic had merch for every single band known to man, so if you lived in a town with a HT, you were good to go. If you didn't, you know the pain of begging your parents to order something ONLINE so that you could fit in with the other diehard groupies, or you just had to wait till your band toured in your city. Anyone else still hoarding an MCR hoodie from 2008?
Bows were a staple for anyone bordering the emo/scene kid line. And not the Jojo Siwa type of bow the kids of today are sporting. When it came to hair, the bigger and more colorful the better, so elaborate hair accessories were a must. A big bow stuck to your fluffy fringe meant that you were scene AF and your MSN bio featured the words "rawr" and "lmfao" at some stage. Claire's Accessories also got away with charging an absolute fortune for a massive bow that was so heavy it would barely stay in. Would we still pay it? You bet we would.
Piercings were the coolest things ever when you were a wannabe emo kid, but chances are you were probably 15 when you were going through that phase and your parents would freak if you modified your body permanently. Plus, they would have to go to the mall with you to get it done which is sooo embarrassing. Thankfully, you could get the next best thing and buy fake piercings to put wherever your heart desired. Lip piercings were the most common — snakebites if you were really cool. Aren't you glad all these years later that you don't have a scar? Or if you did go for the real thing, kudos to you.
Like bows, hair extensions were a huge deal back in the emo/scene kid days. If you didn't want to permanently bleach and damage your hair, these were the way to go. Who remembers those single piece extensions that were brightly colored or animal printed? We used to call them coon tails and they were the furthest thing from looking natural. Pair them with your neon bow and some backcombing and you were the envy of scene girls everywhere.
Emo kids weren't super into jewelry, but they did love a choker/collar. Back to the studs thing — emo kids just couldn't get enough of them, so a spikey, studded collar was a must have to complete an outfit. They were super uncomfortable and terrified your grandparents, but wasn't that what being emo was all about? Hot Topic and Claire's Accessories were your go-to stores for chokers and collars and they took any slightly grungey outfit to straight-up hardcore. Tattoo chokers were also *such* an emo kid moment and since they went back into style recently, a few of us have started whipping out the ones we had back in the day for reuse.
So we've already established that emo kids just wanted to cover up, but the elbow length gloves were just a step too far. They were always fingerless and most commonly laced up or black and white striped thanks to The Nightmare Before Christmas fad. These vintage emo kid accessories made it completely impossible to wear a jacket and very rarely stayed upright while your arm was straight — they did look cool AF though.
Vans were the step up from Converse if you wanted to start branching out to new forms of footwear and the checkerboard print ones were the only style accepted among the emo community. The slip-on style was the most common among emo kids everywhere, in boys in particular. They didn't look as cute with a skirt as the high-top Converse, but looked great with black skinnies or checked pants... did someone say clashing prints? We dont't know the meaning of the word.