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So get your hands off my lapel because I think it’s time to go


Well, this is the one I’ve been excited to do! As part of my teens and 20s I got involved with a few of these scenes. This is where it all started for me (my love of rock music, and the garments that came with it).

As like most of the decade gone by, there were music scenes that bled into the future ones. Indie music movement came from the 1980s, first being all about bands that independently had their own label. But the look that went along with this was classic Levi Jeans and wearing clothing that would advertise your favourite bands.

Indie in the mid-2000s became more about where you bought your clothing from. Having the newest Jeans, and the newest bands that no-one else had heard of (in the form of a t-shirt or tote bag). The look also started to be called ‘Topshop Indie’, which I think is hilarious. The majority of my wardrobe (and most band members I worked with at this time) was Topshop/Man. The bands that came popular within this movement in the mid-2000s were The Kooks, The Libertines and The View (a lot others of course, but it would take a long time to type them all out…and no-one’s got time for that).

In the late 1990s in the US they had a new music movement taking over. Whilst we, (in the UK) had Britpop that was the biggest movement, they had Nu Metal. This came over to the UK, and by the early 2000s it became ‘mainstream’. This was a movement I was heavily involved with.

Nu metal took inspiration from other genres. From Hip hop, grunge to Industrial. This was one of the movements I really enjoyed being a part of. Dressing alternative was easy being at Art College at the time. There were a few of us who dressed like this… with 70s inspired over-the-top baggy Jeans, band gig t-shirts and over-the-top hoodies. Some guys would go down the whole vampire/gothic route, with spiked dog collars, heavy eye make-up, and facial piercings. Accessories included New rock boots, wallet chains, and extravagant belt buckles (the weirder the better). My boyfriend had a metal one that said “look out” taken from a rail station where he’s Grandad worked in the 1970s. Another one was an airplane seat belt fastener that a close friend wore.

Of course dressing this way caused a lot of controversy, and even in my experience, a lot of bullying from others who seemed threatened by how we dressed. As with other decades (i.e. 60s with the mods and rockers) the 2000s had anyone who was alternatively dressed against chavs (i.e. - who dressed in Adidas, and Burberry. Very scruffily dressed. Dictionary: a young lower-class person typified by brash and loutish behaviour).

By the mid-2000s Nu metal moved out of the spotlight and a lot of metal fans moved on to other movements like Thrash metal and metalcore.

On the other side of metal the younger generation were into another movement from the US…Emo. Emo was a melodic musicianship movement that expressed their emotions within their lyrics. Coming from the US, it started in the 80s and began its name as Emotional hardcore. It bled in throughout the 90s (with bands such as Sunny day real Estate) and by the start of the 2000s Emo became mainstream.

The Emo look was tight Jeans, black eyeliner, studded belts, backpacks, printed socks, fitted hoodies, choppy sweepy long(ish) hairdos, skulls and stars featured a lot, vintage band t-shirts, plaid shirts, completing the look with a pair of your favourite converses or vans. This look was popular until around 2006.

It was mainly the US producing a lot of the music scenes in the 2000s…but in 2006 the UK had another try, with Nu Rave.

This movement was all about the synthesiser (if you were in a band around this time I’m sure you would have had a keyboard/synth player). The sound became very popular by bands such as Klaxons, CSS, Shitdisco and Does it offend you, yeah?

The look was mainly bright coloured skinny Jeans, hoodies, fashion inspired by 80/90s rave culture, neon colours and weird DIY-style accessories. There were a lot of unique accessories like necklaces made with Lego bricks, and any old favourite childhood toys that could be worn somehow. I had a small soft toy that was called a ‘popple’ (from the 1980s), and tied it on to ribbons and wore it around my neck. (The only image I had of this was that ‘edited’ to fit on to MySpace, but I will share it on here).

Most guys wore hi-top sneakers (the brighter the better), and wore a mixture of vintage inspired clothing like cardigans (again, favouring brighter shades).

It was a creative movement, and I loved creating random looks. It was important to make a statement, and to NOT wear anything someone else would be.

The music was upbeat, and perfect for clubbing. NME club nights were huge at this time. You could listen to your favourite indie rock song remixed creating a dance version. Bands such as Crystal castles and Justice made more experimental alternative/dance music which became popular in clubs at this time too.

Nu rave was claimed to have started by Klaxons who wanted to take the piss out of the media.

By the middle of 2008 NME stated that the scene was dead.

Styles of the 00s

INDIE- DIY clothing, band T-shirts, band pins and black Jeans. Anti-commercialism which changed to guys wearing vintage.

NU METAL- Baggy over-the-top Jeans, band gig T-shirts, loose shirts, novelty belt buckles, band pins, New rock boots and wallet chains.

EMO- Tight Jeans, fitted hoodies, choppy hairdos, black eyeliner, studded belts, backpacks, printed socks, lots of stars and skulls, vintage band T-shirts, converse or vans.

NU RAVE- Bright coloured skinny Jeans, Neon colours, fitted hoodies, DIY accessories, Hi-Top sneakers, baggy T-shirts.

Biggest bands that influenced fashion:



The Killers

My Chemical Romance

The Kooks

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