What the heck is wrong with teen wardrobes?

United States
December 29, 2007 9:49pm CST
So I guess the new rave is being an Emu? What the heck is that? My stepbrother dresses like I dont even know what to call it. He is 16 and I guess that the closest thing to categorizing it even though Im not even sure what the hell an Emu is. He wear tight jeans and wears dress shirts untucked and his hair looks like it hasnt been washed in days and it always combed funny..LOL...I wish they could really see themselves in the mirror. Its awful! Im 25 and I had my grunge and punk moments growing up, bit that was even better than this new fad. At least you knew that people were skater, goth, grunge, prep, or punk...Now its like they are all really confused and dont know what the hell they are wearing so they close their eyes and just start pulling stuff out of their closet and are trying to incorporate every fad known to man...I just dont get it...Do you?
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
30 Dec 07
LOL...I'm sorry I'm just seriously laughing right now...it's not Emu, it's EMO. I have teen step kids and so I understand it about as much as any parent. I guess the whole point is to be totally random and yes, confused or rather just not caring. There are various forms of Emo as far as I can tell. There are the ones that like the randomness of it and then there are others who are "darker" about it and they sometimes get into cutting. Our 15 year old and her boyfriend are both definitely Emo...but not in the dark way, our 17 year old is more Emo/skater/normal guy.
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• United States
30 Dec 07
Nice...LOL...See I dont understand it to the point that I dont even know what its called! :) But seriously can you look at your kids and wonder why the hech they dont see in the mirror what we see? LOL...Dont get me wrong..kids will be kids, but are you kidding me...EMO?EMU? What the heck...can you ask them for me? LOL...I think I just need to prepare myself for when my daughter starts dressing funky...Thank God we havent hit that age yet.
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
31 Dec 07
Emo stands for "emotional". All of the music and what not is very emotional. Honestly it is grunge and goth with a new name. Emo isn't a new trend it is the same thing that has been around for 20+ years with a new name. Even the emo name isn't really that new, it has been around for quite a few years. I can't wait until they rename this style again.
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• United States
31 Dec 07
Yeah, but the wardrobes have changed too...I dont remember tight jeans being in style with the goth kids before....ugh...lol...emotional...I get it..LOL.
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
31 Dec 07
The Emo style is the same as grunge/goth/etc they are all built on the same principals. There really is no difference in the three. I think the Emo look does have more roots in grunge when the kids were more prone to not worry about what they look like. I find many goth kids put a lot of effort into how they look. I understand the Emo or whatever you want to call it look, but I never really 100% grew out of it either. At 29, I completely understand all of the clothing trends out there and I hate fashion (which is probably why I keep up on it to avoid being "in fashion"). I can easily spot the difference between a goth and a skater and a gamer, but I can understand how it can be confusing, especially with people who are hybrids and create their own style which make them unique which is the point in my opinion of being an individual. Out of curiosity, what is your style?
• United States
31 Dec 07
LOL...You would ask me that right? To be honest I loved the snowbaorder, skater look when I was younger. I find myself being one of those people that will create my own look rather than follow any certain fad..I mixed it up when I was younger...then again people knew me well enough I could get away with it. Now that Im older and I have my own kids I converted to comfortable. I will never wear the Emo jeans of today...I still love my lowrise flare and bootcuts. I will accessorize with scarves and you never hardly see me without sunglasses on top of my head..lol...dont ask cause I dont know why I always have them on. My husband states that Im classy..He says its more about how I carry myself than what I wear though...He said I can go out wearing cut off sweats and a tank top and people stare in a good way...I guess I never noticed, but I think its funny that he labels me like that. Maybe because it was neevr about what people really thought that concerned me...it was my mood for the day. I can understand that the kids today are trying to be whatever it is, but those pants have to be uncomfortable right?
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
31 Dec 07
The tight pants come from a British style...actually not all emo kids wear the skin tight pants, most wear the baggy pants with the chains and what not.Then there are the emo kids that look like they live in ambercrombie & fitch, but wear the emo/goth make up. I would hate wearing tight pants. Personally, I prefer wide leg or larger flare pants. Being emo is more about the attitude than the clothes and quite a few people who wear emo/goth like clothing are not that way. I think people just are mixing all kinds of styles. For me, I have to wear preppier clothes at work so I have a very mixed wardrobe, thank god for target. My husband is the same, he has to wear dress clothes to work, but has skater/gamer clothes for his off time. As for my son, he wears whatever he wants. When he gets to be a teenager, I will be grateful if he just gets through high school without getting in any trouble.
• United States
31 Dec 07
LOL...isn't an EMU a bird or something? At least you are with it to the point that you have heard of it at least! :-)
• United States
31 Dec 07
yes a big flightless bird related to an ostritch! :) And Apparently just because I have heard of Emo doesnt mean I cant get it wrong and call them Emu's...LOL
@lbinkley (1078)
• United States
31 Dec 07
Emu? Awwww hun, it's emo, as everyone has been saying. I don't understand it either though. I have 4 step-brothers. The younger 2 are total emo, and the 2nd oldest is emo/skater/punk (in a band, old enough to dress skater, but trying to be "hip" with the emo crap) Thank God the oldest is only a year and a half younger and he doesn't get it either... he still dresses skater.. lol. But really, the gross thing is, they look like crossdressers. Tighter jeans than I ever see most females wearing. I mean.. weird. And the shaggy unwashed hair look. They seem like confused females with bad hygiene to me, but he what do I know? I too was one that had my goth moments, my skater moments, my grunge moments, and so on. But I was a teen in the 90's so what do I know? LOL!
• United States
31 Dec 07
Yeah I know what you are saying..lol..I dont have much room to talk either, but the cross dressing comment was funny. That really is true. I think its the pants that throw me for a loop..LMAO...I will have to tell my step brother that! :)
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
31 Dec 07
As i'm sure you know by now, it's Emo... but you made me smile at 6:00 in the morning.. so that was nice.. (: I'm not sure why they wear those clothes, I see quite a few of them dressed that way. I suppose they are just trying to express themselves, the same way i did when I was a kid. I dressed punk for quite a few years, as did all of my friends.. We went to thrift stores and bought out all their polyester shirts with wierd names like Ralph, or Wilma on the front of the bowling shirts, and thought they were cool. I plan on burning any pictures. I think every kid goes through a stage where they are trying to find themselves, and honestly, Some of them just thinkg it's cool. Whether it is or not, I have no idea, I am 25 as well, but since i have two children, I feel like I grew up pretty fast.. and there are days I look at them and think, Did you mean to dress like that? Or, Did you forget to fix your hair, b/c it looks like you did.. I think it's just another way to identify themselves as a group of people.. I must inform you as well that Emo is a type of music, and most of the people that dress that way, enjoy that type of music.. I have listened to Emo.. and it's okay.. There are some bands that I like.. but you won't see me dressing crazy, or going out with bed-head any time soon. Thanks for the laugh! (:
• United States
31 Dec 07
LOL...Yeah...I know its Emo now. I had never heard the term before my little 12 year old neighbor girl told me it. I have 3 kids at the age of 25 and I know what you mean by growing up fast. I feel older than my years. And I just hope that the fads my kids go through are a little bit less confusing. I didnt know that it is also a type of music. I should check into it..I have probably listened to it not knowing what it is. Im sooo behind the times now! :) What happened to our youth? LOL...Oh yeah..kids of our own :)
@praykin (243)
• United States
30 Dec 07
I don't get it either I don't know what is wrong with kids today LOL I'm not sure if they are trying to start a new fad besides the fad of kids wearing clothes that are too big for them or what but it really is a very different and unusual fad I must say. When we are at the mall shopping we see these bunch of kids walking around looking like a tornado spit them out & the make-up on their face looking like there is no life in them I really don't know.
• United States
30 Dec 07
Makes you want to march them to the nearest mirror doesnt it? Its amazing what kids these days think is attractive...even scarier is that they are attracted to each other dressed like that...Hmmm...Soo much for super models making a living when this generation gets older...which might be a good thing...I just dont get it! :)
• United States
30 Dec 07
LOL! I am not around teens that much, so I have no idea what they refer to their, style of dress, as these days. I have seen some whom I thought that what they were wearing looked strange or funny though... But then again, think back a little harder. As you say, you had your grudge and punk moments while growing up. You say that the difference was that at least back then, you could tell who was grudge and who was prep, etc...but think about it; WHO could tell? WE, US, the ones who were dressing that way could tell, not necessarily our parents or other older people. I mean I can remember being a teen and dressing in whatever the current fad was, and other teens doing the same. And sure, all of us teens knew what the deal was and we all knew who was who and what was what, but my parents didn't have a clue, and neither did most of the parents of my peers. And they didn't "get" us either. And I'm willing to bet, that a few years down the road, when the teens of today grow up and have teens of their own, they won't "get" them or their style of dress either. It's the same story, generation after generation after generation.
• United States
30 Dec 07
You are absolutley right...I just dont get it...I was hoping this would happen to me later in life...My kids havent even hit these stages yet and Im worried at what their fad will be...God Help me I will home school them...lol
@suehan1 (4356)
• Australia
30 Dec 07
well i had to laugh also at you calling it emu.the funny thing is my daughter and her boyfiend dress emo,but just to annoy them i call them emu's.they just raise their eyebrows at me in disgust.i would not worry to much as it is probably just fad they are going through,just like our hippy days,or whatever trend we had back then.i look back at my photos in those days and think what was i thinking to have worn those clothes.i know their clothes are so un co-ordinated that you can not tell what they are suppose to be,and they are untidy,but he will grow out of it hopefully soon.cheers sue
• United States
30 Dec 07
LOL...I know an Emu is a bird, but what the heck is an Emo? Is it short for uncoordinated eskimo? No offense to any eskimos. Arghhh...lol...Im not that old I should still understand at least a little bit! :)
@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
30 Dec 07
I haven't heard of this EMU EMO thing yet. I am not around teens too much these days. I do know that when I was in FL to see my parents I didn't understand the way my brother was dressing. I tried to tell him what he should wear and he told me he was wearing what everyone was wearing these days. He told me I was "old fashioned" at 24 I am old fashioned. WOW NEVER seen that coming LOL!
• United States
30 Dec 07
Yeah...I cant say that my brother has called me old fashioned, but he seems to think that he knows everything. Apparently grooming wasnt one of them and color coordination..LOL..Im dreading my kids teenage years
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• United States
24 Jan 08
IMO, the new trend is "less is better." At least in Texas it is. And the colder the weather, the less they wear. I swear to God that I saw a teen girl not too long ago at Wal-Mart wearing boxer shorts, a tank top, potato shoes and no socks. It was about 30 outside and it was windy as heck. The girl kept saying how cold she was. Mom just laughed and said they'd be in the car and the heat in a minute. Um hello? Dress warmer? I wear potato shoes around the house and to get my mail and if I don't wear socks, my toes are popsicles by the time I get back inside. My mother would have beaten me if I came out of my house dressed like that to go out in public in DECEMBER. For those of you who don't know what potato shoes are, in Texas, we call those brown leather sandals with the front totally covered in leather with the back open and the buckle "potato shoes." I don't know why. They are potato colored, but not made of potatoes. I guess if you look at the shoes long enough, they do resemble potatoes. They are similar to crocs without the holes. Also, I saw some other teens in cut off shorts and short sleeved belly shirts in line at Taco Bell day before yesterday. We had chances of snow and these kids are dressed like they're going to the beach! And an emu looks like an ostrich. Mean birds too. Cover it up!