180+ Alternative Outfit Ideas: Female And Male

Looking for alt outfit ideas? You’re in the right place!

This post features over 180 outfits for both female and male Alt fashion lovers.

Whether you’re looking for something Goth, Punk, or Steampunk, or any alt styles we’ve got you covered. So get ready to be inspired, and have fun dressing up your unique style!

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Table of content:

1. How Do You Dress Like An Alternative?

What Is Alternative Fashion?

Most people think that the alternative style is all about wearing black, which is not at all the case, if that was true, night clubs bartenders or bouncers would be alternative…

Alternative is a great way to show part of who you are or fully express how you feel and not conform to the norm.

Because the term “alternative” encompasses a lot of different styles (more on that below), some will express their style towards utility while others will clearly and ultimately reveal themselves through fashion.

That said the vast majority of alt styles are more dedicated to fashion and style than utility.

Again this is all about expressing oneself through outfit and clothing.

The beauty of alt fashion is that you could create your own alt style, as long as you are out of the norm and you own it, your style will be alt.

How To Dress?

Your Style

First, you will have to choose your style, and to be even more accurate, you are not per se choosing a style but rather unveiling who you are.

So it is more about letting all society codes or norms go and putting on what makes more sense to you personally.

Your Body

Second, once that is clear, a good way to put together your outfit would be to know what part of your body you prefer.

You have to have some parts you prefer over others and once you know which are those you want to build your outfit around them.

For instance, let’s take shoulders, if you have beautiful shoulders you would search for cold shoulders top outfits first and then try things out for the bottom.

Or if it is your legs you love, you want to look for a nice and cute short dress, or a pair of shorts or skirts (add some fishnets if that is the style you are going for) and work your top from there.

Your Confidence

And third, some will say that confidence and style go together, but that is not necessarily true.

Once you have picked your style and know what are your favorite parts of your body, you will have to pick clothing that gives you confidence.

While some aspect of alt fashion is to reveal who a person is, it also gives people more confidence with what they are wearing.

That said, it is not because some clothes fall under your typical style that you will necessarily be confident in it.

So find the sweet spot of knowing your style, knowing your body, and knowing what makes you feel best, what makes you feel confident.

Don’t wear something that does fall under the category of the style you embody if you don’t like it.

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2. What Styles Are Alternative?

Alternative fashion IS actually the perfect word for what it is, alternative fashion is all about being outside of the norm.

And because it is such a wide term many, many styles fall under that alt category from Goth, to Emo, to Egirl/Eboy, to Punk, to Cyberpunk, to Kawaii, to Steampunk, etc…

The list goes on as new styles are popping up every year, and they would fall under the alternative category.

If you have a hard time getting what alternative is you can look at it this way:

Imagine another human planet that would have different rules and fashions of what mainstream clothing would be… well those mainstream clothes would be alt wear on our planet.

If you can imagine this kind of planet, and you wear what they would wear on that other planet, your style or outfit would definitely be considered as alternative to our world.

This is also why a lot of alternative styles are coming from either fantasy or sci-fi books, movies, or series.

The alt-art, alt-fashion is truly infinite and that is the beauty of it, everyone can come up with their own style and wear anything they want.

This is also why we personally deeply respect people going alt because they are willing and daring to be out of the norm and truly show who they are and how they prefer to be.

The world would be a much more interesting place if more people would dare alt fashion, but we digress.

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3. What Makes A Style Alternative?

In order to really consider your style alternative two parameters needs to happen.

First, the style you go for needs to be different from what is considered to be the norm.

Second, as it will be viewed by the many as “unusual” you have to own your style.

Out Of The Normcore

You can’t be alt if you are too close to normcore fashion.

Ok, so how do I know if I am out of the norm?

One simple way to know if you are alt or not would be to notice if people look at you when you go outside or if you are invisible to them.

If you are invisible it could mean your style falls into the norm.

We underlined “it could” because as the nature of alternative is to be different from mainstream it would mean that people are not used to seeing alt clothing.

But that said, you could be in a particular open-minded neighborhood and even with the craziest style people will not glance at you as they will not be surprised.

But in our experience, in most places, people usually do have a look and wonder what is going on.

Owning It

Well, we have heard people saying that “if you are comfortable with what you wear it means that you are wearing normcore clothing”.

That comment could not be further from the truth.

People that are not familiar with alt styles usually do not understand right away that people are not wearing disguises.

The whole truth and nature of alt fashion is that people wearing what they wear really is to express who they are.

As a joke, some said that alternative people would wear normcore clothing on Halloween as it would be in fact a disguise for them.

Alt people own the way they dress, better yet they feel better in what they wear than being in any other type of clothes because it is what they are.

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4. How To Dress Alternative In The Summer?

Like we said, even though black is not good evidence to say this or that style is alt, we do admit that it is the color that is the most used.

The problem with that is that black does not go well with sunny days.

But don’t you worry you can wear black alternative clothing during summer and not be stopped by the sun or the heat!

One of the best ways to pull it off is to wear short clothing, white outfits like a white crop top or alternative wear with light fabric while making it even more alternative with the right accessories.

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Summer is also a good time to try out some colors with your outfits, either by wearing new colorful clothing or even trying or daring some hair dye, depending on your style it could really improve your overall look.

The type of outfit for summer you will be looking for are shorts, skirts, and short dresses for the bottom and outfits that leaves your midriff exposed, or a top with no sleeves or even going backless.

From there, fishnets whether it is for your arms, midriff, or legs, is the way to go, they will not keep you warm, and it is perfect for your style.

5. How To Dress Alternative In The Winter?

As alt outfits come with a lot of accessories, winter or cold weather is a great time to try new things out.

Depending on what style you are looking for, winter has its black and white charms and ambiance with the white snow and the dark trees with no leaves.

This is why it is a good time to go black and white during winter but also adding some color accent here and there is definitely worth it.

Like we said for summer, you could dye your hair and there are many colorful outfits that are warm enough for winter for you to dare some colors.

Accessories are also great for winter as you can add leg or arm warmers and even go with some beanie or hat to cover your head and keep the heat.

Not to mention there are some really cute long sleeve outfits that would not work for summer but they are a win for cold weather.

That would be true for any outfit, but layering during cold weather is really the best approach you can have to stay comfortable whether it is cloudy, rainy, windy, or cold.

So play around with long sleeves outfits, leg or arm warmers, chokers, and beanies or hats to find the best alt outfit for this cold season.

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6. Female Alternative Outfits Ideas

As alt fashion is vast, we did our best to cover as many styles as possible and other aesthetics so you can find a lot of great inspiration and ideas to buy.

We have also put both warm and light clothing, so you could find cool outfits whether you are looking for new ideas for summer or for winter.

Female Alternative Tops

Cropped T-Shirts Fashion

Sexy Summer Backless

Sexy Harajuku Mall

Women Crop Top Sexy

Dragon Print Long Sleeve

Cat Ear Hoodies

Anime Aesthetic Print

Long Sleeve See-Through Summer Top

Women’s See Through Fishnet & Mesh

Women’s Scoop-Neck Strappy Backless

Sexy Hollow Out Buckle Front for Rave

Sexy Lace Up Front

Women’s Long Sleeve

Sexy Sleeveless Central

Sexy Wet look

Women’s Butterfly Chain

Spaghetti Strap Cut

Women’s Strappy Mesh Crop Tops

Women’s Fishnet Crop Top

Other styles and colors are available

Women’s Long Sleeve Industrial Fishnet

Turtle Neck Sheer Mesh

Half Cami Lace Bra V Neck Camisole

Women’s Mesh Lingerie for Women

Halter Long Sleeve

Women’s Mesh Lingerie for Women

Sexy Straps Sleeveless

See Through Lingerie

Sexy Choker Buckle

Women’s Sleeveless Crop Tops Sexy One

Women’s Crop Top Spaghetti Camisole

Off Shoulder Corset

Vintage Victorian Corset Skirt

Masquerade Corset Skirt

Evening Long Gloves Dress

Corset Lace Up Band

Victorian Overbust Corset

Corset Bustier Goth Steampunk

Violet Bustier Corset

Underbust Corset Brocade

Bustier Corset Spiral Steel

Women Corset

Women Corset Top Bustier

Black Victorian Blouse

High Low Steampunk Dress

Darkness Swing Gothic Dress

Classic Lolita Gothic Dress

Lace Sheer Long Sleeve Gothic Shirts

Faux Leather Gothic Jacket

Black Casual Goth Jacket

Women’s Bandage

Women’s Lingerie Fishnet

Sexy Sparkle Rhinestone

Women Rave Pentagram

Female Alternative Bottoms

Drawstring Plaid Ruffle

Dress Kawaii Plaid

Plaid Mini Skirts

Punk Lace Up Fishnet Gothic Pants

Gothic Legging Skull

Gothic Goth Punk Leggings

Victorian dress

Victorian Trim Gothic Skirt

A-Line Short Knee Tutu Gothic Skirt

Simple Plain Skirt

Women’s Lace UpSide

Shorts High Waist Sexy

High Waisted Black

Criss Cross Shorts

Waist Rave Ruffle Shorts

Black Cargo Pants

High Waisted Cargo Pants

High Waisted Jogger

Sexy Shorts

Cut Out Elastic High Waist

Strappy Brief Bottom

Metallic Rave Booty

Metallic High Pants

Booty Hot Pants

Solid Pleated Mini Skirt

Fishnet Tights Sexy Stockings

Women’s Sequins Tassel Skirts Shorts

Women’s Destroyed Ripped Shorts

Women’s Basic Solid Flared Skirt

Women Hollow Out Shorts

Women Girls Swim

Vibrant Junior High Rise Jeans

7. Male Alternative Outfits Ideas

As alt fashion is vast, we did our best to cover as many styles as possible so you can find a lot of great inspiration and ideas to buy.

We have also put both warm and light clothing, so you could find cool outfits whether you are looking for new ideas for summer or for winter.

Male Alternative Tops

Shirts Short Sleeve

Mens Distressed Henley Shirts

Hemline Pattern

Rock On Rock

Leather Jackets for Men

Men Leather Jacket

Sleeveless Lapel Denim Jean

Men’s Brando Biker

Men’s Vintage Stand

Punk Rave Rock Mens

Streetwear Techwear

Victorian Tailcoat Steampunk Jacket

Victorian Steampunk Jacket

Mens Formal Suit Vest

Men’s Fashion Slim Fit Dress Shirt Casual Shirt

Men’s Fashion Shirt Casual Shirt

Men Ruffled Gothic Victorian

Tailcoat Jacket Vintage Victorian

Men Black Tailcoat Victorian

Men Victorian Steampunk

Men Victorian Suit Vest

Men Gothic Hooded

Men’s Victorian Waistcoat Vest

Men’s Victorian Waistcoat Vest

Man Cotton Leather Belt Vest

Brocade Vest Waistcoat Sleeveless

Brocade Vest Waistcoat Sleeveless

Men’s Dress Party Stylish Blazer

Men Casual Hooded Poncho

Long Sleeve Shirt, Jacobite

Gothic Tshirt Long Sleeve Punk Top Hood

Goth Punk Long Coat Jacket

Male Alternative Bottoms

Pants Breathable Below Knee Short Pants

Joggers Pants Long

Techwear Techno

 Joggers Cargo Pants

Techwear Pants

Men’s Stretch Faux Leather

Men’s Ripped Slim

Men’s Street Wear Distressed

Jogger Pants Techwear

Casual Graphic Trousers Sweatpants

Pants Cargo

Goth Pants

8. Alt Accessories

The accessories section is a mix of both male and female items so feel free to scroll through to find unique and awesome products including combat boots and doc martens for the feet, so your one-of-a-kind alternative look is complete.

Women Sheer Arm Warmer

Black Fingerless Arm Warmer

Over The Knee High Boots

High Wild Diva Goth BootsThese Goth boots are killing it, different styles and colors are available.

Women Wonder Goth Boots

Dr. Martens Kendra Goth Boots

Dr. Martens Leona Goth Boots

Camel Ankle Goth Boots

Dr Martens Lace Up Women Boots

Poison BVL Goth Boots

Kera Knee High Goth Boots

Thirsty Studded Ankle Boot

Damned Knee High Goth Boots

Women High Goth Boots

Kera Ankle Goth Boots

Knee High Goth Boots

Goth Fishnet All Over Tights

You have a black version as well

Goth Fishnet Tights

Black Skull & Bones Tights

Gothic Fishnet Stockings

Men Goth Renaissance Gloves

Faux Leather Steampunk Armor Cuffs

Men Gothic Boots

Men’s Gravedigger-250 Calf-High Boot

Goth Emo Heart Punk Necklace

Vintage Punk Goth Studded Rivet Pu Leather Collar Choker Necklace

12PCS Men’s Stainless Steel

Leather Bracelet Black Brown

Tie On Bustle

Cool Rivet Spike

Punk Collar Choker for Women

Punk Bracelet for Men Women

Unisex Black Metal Spike

Necklace/Skull Feather Necklace

Women Goth Harness Thigh

Waist Belt Chain

Choker Necklaces

Layered Tassel Earrings

Stainless Steel Stud Earrings

Black Long Fishnet Fingerless Gloves

Women’s Ribbon wraps

Leather Harness

Sexy One Shoulder

Crop Hoodies For Women

Leather Leg Chain

Women’s Fishnet Long Sleeve Bodysuit

Women’s Leg Harness Caged Thigh

Punk Black Waist Chain Belt Leather Belly

Women’s Strappy Leg Garter Studded

Leg Avenue Women’s Industrial Fishnet

Women Fishnet Bodystocking Bodysuit

Nude Nipztix Pasties Nipple Covers

If you are looking for more black clothing click here as we have a dedicated selection.

If you are looking for more steampunk outfits click here for a dedicated selection.

If you are looking for more goth outfits click here for a dedicated selection.

If you are looking for more white clothing click here for a dedicated unique selection.

If you are looking for more see-through clothing click here for a dedicated selection.

If you are looking for more Techno type of style outfits click here.

9. Being Alternative In Raves, Festivals, Or Concerts VS Daily Life

The last point we wanted to make for alternatives or people that want to know more about it, is that it will be easier to feel fully free in events like raves, music-festivals or concerts as people can wear anything they want.

That said, for daily life, some are quite happy they work in places where people get it, but for the rest of you, we know how hard it can be sometimes.

We truly love the fact that people dare to express who they are, and we would love workplaces to be more open to it.

We have friends that, even though they made efforts to dress professionally, were not taken seriously. This can in some cases make alt-people mad and that would make sense.

Furthermore, attracting attention works for some but for others, it really is not what they want.

Even though, it is not a blog post that will change something in that regard we just wanted to say that we are hoping you find the best places to live and work with your personal alt look, and we send you a ton of love.

We hope this article helped you or saved you some time in your research.

Have a great event!

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