Hey there! So you want to be a scene girl?
Gone is the days when emos packed out the movie theater or mall hallway near you, as a mass exodus has taken place from the darkness to the light. Brighter, more flamboyant, and fun-loving (happier?) versions of their deep and disturbed cousins, the scene style subculture is growing exponentially.
From sad, depressant dwelling music, to upbeat and up-tempo electro-rock, many have placed aside their black dyes for ones that pack a little more color and life.
For all those who are late on the scene train, and are intrigued by all of those colorfully vibrant clothing and accessory items bobbing around town, here are 30 style tips on how to be a scene girl.
1. Black eyeliner
One thing still remained when almost all else was thrown away, and that’s the classic heavy black eyeliner look. Cake that baby on to make those eyes pop, and don’t be weirded out if your eyes are reminiscent of a Japanese cartoon cat. Don’t be fooled, though, as there is a method to this madness. You may be thinking: I thought that the scene style was colorful, what’s with the blackness? Well, my budding flower (neon?) child, the aim is to make color stand out like a scene kid in a record store — those shady hipsters.
2. Side fringe
Well, maybe it’s a bit of an exaggeration to say “everything else” was thrown away, as many of the base attributes from emoism are found in the scene culture. One of these being the side fringe. It’s a staple in a scene girl’s hair repertoire, and no matter what length or style of cut you go for, you always must have the ability to shape a fringe in there somewhere.
3. Get a scene style haircut
First and foremost, like the previous point touched upon, a scene girl hairstyle is the most important part of a scene girl’s look. If you somehow don’t have something that can be shaped into a scene do (Dreadlocks? Spray paint them and you’re good to go), then go and get a fresh cut. Ask for something slightly layered, where the tips look jagged and stripped — you’ll be the envy of Tumblr.
4. Add a color to your new hairstyle
Don’t just add any color, though, and make sure it’s a bright one or even a pastel hairstyle. Get that color maintained, so a weird faded look doesn’t crop up, or to stop regrowth color. Alternatively, you can do temp colors so you can try out different looks over a short period of time without breaking your bank. You can also learn how to dip dye hair here.
We’re talking about those piercings that look like golf cues, smooth nails, or stakes (the vegan kind). Wherever you got a piercing hole, you can fill it up with one of these style busters. It’s more common — but also convenient — to have these in your ear as spacers, but more and more people are getting them in their lips and even noses.
6. Warm weather clothes can be scene too
Sweaters and jackets can still be scene, you just have to know how to wear them — and what to wear in the first place. Studded, zippered up jackets can look a little Michael Jackson thrillerish, and you don’t have to get too extravagant to remain scene. Simple sweaters, cardigans, and jackets, can be really nice additions to your outfit, you just have to wear them with the right things. The accessories you choose will make up for any blandness these items carry with them, so just make sure your accessory choices are scene-plus.
7. Wear beanies the correct way
If you do decide to get scene fashion items, you must own a beanie, there are a few ground rules. Well, there is only one, but you get what I mean. The rule is: keep that hair popping out the sides (and front). Don’t wear it like you’re robbing a bank, or at soccer training in zero-degree weather, wear it as if your hair is supporting its weight ever so slightly.
8. Ear Piercing Retainers
Ear Piercing Retainers are an essential element to any scene look. They are available in various colors, but the black one is the most popular. But feel free to try other colors!
9. Two-tone hair color
Getting more than one color in your hair will make you the scenest of them all. Some people have so many colors, it ceases to be a sensible thing to call it two-tone. Getting conflicting colors highlights the look, and you can use your base “natural” hair color to achieve this.
10. Plaid shirts
Every scene girl has to have at least one plaid shirt — even if it’s only ever used for selfies.
Wrap that neck up to keep it warm? Neh. Wear a scarf simply for the sake of it (unless your sweating up a storm in that thing, in which case, you should probably take it off). They do make brightly colored scarves, but in this instance, it’s not really necessary for it to be bright or fluro for the scene look to be acquired. Any scarf will do, really, and they just make for cool additions to outfits.
12. Headband to accentuate fringe
Don’t just wear a headband for no reason, as it has to have a purpose. Namely, to accentuate your hairdo. Pull it back to the middle of your head, so the back part of your hair pops, and your fringe stands out.
13. Converse All Star Chuck Taylors
Any type of Converse will do, but the All Stars are a classic staple in the scene fashion. Colored shoes are increasingly rising in popularity in the culture, but the standard white and blacks are still the mainstays.
14. Go short or long with your hair, it can all work
Like mentioned previously, any length of hair will do, it just matters how you style it. Longer styles are often times the most extravagant, but shorter haircuts can still get you the look you want.
15. You can incorporate jewelry to freshen things up
Thick beads, pendant necklaces, crystals and rocks, precious metals, and even crosses if that kind of thing floats your boat, it can all be incorporated into a scene look quite fluidly.
16. Wear a cool bow tie in your hair, just because
Bow ties in the standard black and white are fine, but you can find many styles out there that all look cool.
Bandanas aren’t just for outlaws, bikies, pirates, and weirdos, but don’t expect a brown hippy rag to fit in with your scene girl look. Pick the right one and it’ll be the best accessory you can find.
18. Straighten that hair
Crack out that straightener and fire that puppy up. Straighten that hair until it reaches streak mode and looks ripped and spike — it’ll accentuate any scene cut.
19. Skinny jeans
Skinny jeans are perhaps the most essential item in any scene girl’s wardrobe. You don’t have to wear them every day, but at least have a few that you can interchange. Colored jeans are also powerful items, and when worn with a pair of Chuck Taylors to match, they are phenomenal.
20. Scene vinyl Ts
Invest in a few scene-styled vinyl Ts. An endless sea of prints and styles gives you more options than you could ever need, so you’ll never have trouble finding great pieces for your collection.
21. Bangles and wristbands
Band wristbands and bangles add another dimension to any Scene or Emo outfit. Layer them on, one after the other, in true scene girl fashion.
22. Phone case
Even though you aren’t technically wearing your phone, everyone has a phone, so why not capitalize on its key role in your life by dousing it in some scene powder.
So here are the 22 Style tips on how to be a Scene Girl!