What is an alternative girl and how to buy the TikTok fashion aesthetic now
TikTok has become a kind of breeding ground for modern subcultures. From #WitchTok to VSCO girls, they have all transpired their own unique aesthetic among a large chunk of teens. Of course, the fact that everything is online and easily accessible to everyone contradicts the “underground”, almost secretive nature of how subcultures work at any given time, but it continues to work from the mainstream trends.
the #AltGirl – another massive trend from TikTok right now, which has garnered over 327 million views on some videos – is just another example of the social media platform’s undeniable influence on the aesthetics of young adults today.
Characterized by heavy eyeliners, dyed hair, piercings, all-black clothes, and chunky boots, alt girls can best be described as emo, indie, and 2000s scene revamped for the internet age. You may also have noticed that the on-trend aesthetic also shares many similarities with e-girls, another popular look symbolized by punk and goth. So what’s the difference?
Well, while many trends embody these styles, alt girl is more of an all-encompassing term. The idea, however, is the same: to serve as an antidote to “Straight TikTok,” also known as anti-Brandy Melville, Hype House and Charli D’Amelio. (However, the most followed TikToker drew attention to her fashion choices “inspired by the alt” recently.)
Additionally, the alt-girl aesthetic also makes a case for diversity and inclusion of LGBTQIA + and WOCs, unlike Straight TikTok, which continues to be criticized for its lack of representation.
Naturally, any subculture finds its most visible representation in fashion, so below we’ve rounded up some easy alt-girl-inspired looks to get you started.
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