Four Of The Best Websites To Shop For Alternative Clothing

Four Of The Best Websites To Shop For Alternative Clothing

I don’t really talk a huge amount about my personal style but while I love New Look and Forever 21 I am also a lover of alternative fashion. During my teenage years, I was an emo kid, I did the whole odd coloured converse, three studded/ leopard print belts even though none were holding up my trousers and skinny jeans so tight you had to wiggle to get into them. Some of that never really died, can you believe I’ve only worn skinny jeans since 2012, not even a slim fit or mum fit jeans.

I have my go-to online stores which I head to when I’m looking for more alternative clothing so I thought I’d share my favourites with you.


EMP is probably my all time fav alternative clothing website as there’s such a lot of choice from band and movie merchandise right through to brands such as Voodoo Vixen and Gothicana. One of the things I love about the site is how often they have promotions and sales on, so much so that I tend to add things to my loves list and purchase stuff every so often when something goes down in the sale as it happens so often. Another thing I love about the site is how much Nightmare before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland stuff they have, two of my favourite franchises, it’s even where I bought my Comic-Con Sally dress from. Much like Asos and New Look they also do a delivery pass for just £9.99 a year allowing you unlimited free delivery and an extended returns policy.

Red Bubble

Now to be honest Red Bubble is not just for alternative clothing, it’s for pretty much anything. How the website works is when you find an image/ piece of artwork you like you can choose exactly the style of t-shirt and colour it’s printed on. So whether you’re looking for a Tshirt dress, a chiffon top or a cropped vest there are so many options. The reason this is great for alternative clothing is some of the more obscure TV shows, movies, and games can be hard to find merch for on more traditional sites but because this is user-generated there are so many choices. If you do find things you like sign up for the newsletter as they have 15-20% off sale codes pretty much every week.

Stag and Raven

Stag and Raven

Now for something totally unique and that’s Stag and Raven. As someone who has a number of tattoos herself, I am very much into the tattoo industry and the artists who pen the permanent artwork. Stag and Raven was started by Hannah and Kate just 2 years ago to showcase affordable and beautiful artwork by tattoo artists in ways which aren’t etched onto your skin. Recently the brand teamed by withInkluded which is a UK tattoo community in order to create a range of clothing by ten tattoo artists to create a number of unique printed t-shirts and jumpers. The brand also offers limited edition prints which you can buy framed or unframed, alongside accessories such as mugs and phone cases. A brand like this is fantastic as it’s a great way to support artists within the community whilst rocking out some truly unique items.

Hot Topic

Of course, I couldn’t do an alternative clothing post without talking about the royalty of the genre, Hot Topic. Now sadly the stores only exist in the US but I always make an effort to go out of my way to find them when I am in the States, so when I go to New York I jump on a train to Queens’ as there’s annoyingly not a store in Manhattan (sort it out NY!) The store do though ship to the UK, although I find it cheaper most of the time to send to a mail forwarding address in the States before sending it over. Their size range is amazing and they cover for us curvy girls *woop* and their discounts and deals are always top notch. All praise Hot Topic!

Where do you love to shop online?

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Four Of The Best Websites To Shop For Alternative Clothing

This post was written in collaboration with EMP but all gushing thoughts about the amazing brands is my own


  1. Joanna
    November 13, 2017 / 11:50 am

    I didn’t hear about any of these shops before but I like the idea of alternative clothing. I do have tattoos myself and I am planning to get some more, so I shall visit the Stag and Raven, see if I can find anything I like there 🙂

  2. November 13, 2017 / 11:55 am

    I have never heard of any of these shops before, I am going to have a look as always like to see what they have as love to shop for something a little different x

  3. Jess
    November 13, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    I had no idea Hot Topic shipped to the UK. I was obsessed in my teens and always asked my American family to order on my behalf and send it over.

  4. November 13, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    Hot Topic is rather popular here as well,I actually found some cute gifts in there for people for Christmas and birthdays. Plus they sell Hello Kitty which is always a good thing.

  5. November 13, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    I use to love to shop at Hot Topic. I will never forget when I was about 14 my parents bought me the cutest polk-a-dote dress with tulle lining from HotTopic! I wore that dress almost every week! I need to find that dress!

  6. November 13, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    I have to admit I am glad we don’t have Hot Topic shops here as I think I would be forever chasing my overdraft, they had a Harry Potter sock advent calendar! So sad I missed that!

  7. November 13, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    All of these are new shops to me, so I’ll definitely check them out to see if there is anything I’d like.

  8. November 13, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    I’ve never heard of these shops I tend to be boring and stick to the high street though which is probably why. Hot topic seems popular judging by the above comments so I’ll have to check them out.

  9. November 13, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    I haven’t heard of any of these! I’m sure I live under a rock most of the time, I will definitely head over for a nosy though!

  10. November 13, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    Oh I like the sound of Stag and Raven the designs are so beautiful and colourful. I also love the sound of EMP, we all need to unleash our alternative alter ego once in a while. Mine’s called Jasmine Lol.

  11. Hannah
    November 13, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    I like alternative clothing. Ive heard of a few of these stores too

  12. November 14, 2017 / 1:13 am

    I’ll definitely be book marking these sites ahead of the Christmas shopping period. My friend loves quirky styles but I never know where to go to buy her anything- now I do. Thank you! xxx

  13. November 14, 2017 / 8:37 am

    I’m glad up have shared these it may help with the Christmas shopping. I was a skater girl baggy jeans and extra big hoodies chains hanging off. The emo stage didn’t really happen until I was 15 16 and it wasn’t my thing x

  14. November 14, 2017 / 11:50 am

    These shops are all new to me. I should pop over and take a look as I need to get some pieces in for winter.

  15. November 14, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    I love alternative clothing but haven’t heard of these shops before, will have to check them for sure

  16. November 14, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    Never heard of Stag and Raven before but I love the other three! I used to be obsessed with Hot Topic a few years back!

  17. November 14, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    Stag and Raven would be one I would like to look at the most out of the 4 as like you I love tattoos and I adore prints with tattoo themes on x

  18. November 14, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    What a great round up of your fave. I shop in more high street style stores online, Oasis AX Paris x

  19. November 14, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    This is so useful for me. I’m not big on alternative clothing for myself (mum frump is my way of dressing 😉 ) but I have friends that are and family too so this makes xmas buying so much easier!

  20. November 14, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    I love the sound of Stag & Raven in particular, that sounds like clothes I’d love, very cool and quirky 🙂

  21. November 14, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    I have honestly never heard of any of these before but they all sound fab, especially Stag & Raven 🙂

  22. November 14, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    Great picks, we love DropDead, Rebel Circus and Rosa Bloom too. 🙂

  23. November 14, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    Out of the four, I have only ever heard of Hot Topic! I don’t tend to look for alternative brands for clothing, I just stick to highstreet really!

  24. November 14, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    HotTopic is for posers 😉 I love Red Bubble. I’ve had a couple of t-shirts from there and a totebag.

  25. November 14, 2017 / 11:35 pm

    I’ve been hearing a lot about Stag & Raven recently, I must check them out! I agree, EMP is a great site

  26. Dannii
    November 15, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    I love that Hot Topic are still going. That’s where I used to get a lot of stuff from when I was younger.

  27. November 15, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    This is a great list! I think that there should definitely be some more alternative stores x

  28. November 16, 2017 / 10:50 am

    this is really interesting and i love those patterns above , they look like the mindful colouring you do in adult books i have a few of .

  29. November 16, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    Hot Topic was such a favourite of mine! I didn’t know they had it in the UK, surely not by the time I crossed the pond. I haven’t visited it when I’ve gone home on holidays, but will definitely take a look. There’s usually one at every mall in Texas.

  30. November 16, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    EMP sounds great! Nightmare before Christmas and Alice? Sold!

  31. November 16, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    I really like redbubble because there’s art from shows I love that can not really be found on items that easily. I’ve bought many a thing from there 🙂

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