The gothic cousin of the softboy style, Eboy is a step above emo – it isn’t grunge or uncollected rather sultry and dark, playing on the otherwise suppressed, and undeniably intriguing, femininity of men. E-boy is outwardly alternative but maintains relevance by creating edgy plays on mainstream trends.
A true e-boy is keenly aware of fashion trends but appears nonchalant in their application; they walk the line between subtlety and gaud while blurring that between masculinity and femininity.
That being said, this is a guide for beginners on how to master the eboy / alt boy look.
Eboy Clothing Pieces – The Breakdown
Somewhat sad and somewhat sensitive, e-boys have their own unique aura of attractiveness. If you can picture yourself getting dressed for several thousand TikTok followers while never stepping foot outside your home, dressing like an e-boy might be just right for you. Here’s how:
It doesn’t matter how old or dirty, just make sure you get your shoes right because they will make or break your outfit! Vans, Converse, and Doc Martens are all staple e-boy kicks.
If you’ve been to Hot Topic lately you’ve seen the growing assortment of body chains. Whether it’s a longer chain necklace, barbed wire choker, or pants chain, this goth vibe is a key component of your look.
Oversized merch sweatshirts and t-shirts are the swag at the heart of e-boy style. Metallica, Lil Peep, and Korn sweatshirts are a few popular examples.
#4 BLACK PANTS
Cuffed black pants are another staple piece. While there is some variety in e-boy pants – skinny, oversized, cargo – wearing a slim cuffed or cropped cut will be the perfect place to start.
You’ll need a long sleeve shirt with horizontal black and white stripes to wear by itself or layered under an oversized t-shirt. For vertical stripes, you’ll need a short sleeve collared shirt to wear over a white or black t-shirt or even by itself (keep a few top buttons undone). Got it? You’re almost ready!
#6 NAIL POLISH
Black or iridescent white polish means you’re committed to this lewk. And there’s nothing more attractive than a man who is confident enough to show his femininity!
Go for a neutral black or tan, or a bright pop of color (think Billie Eilish). Every e-boy has at least one beanie to complete his visual aesthetic.
#9 JEAN JACKET or PUFFER JACKET
This style is often layered so add a jean jacket or a Northface puffer jacket in the winter.
Eboy Outfits – Inspo
An e-boy’s wardrobe consists primarily of dark pieces, but shouldn’t be entirely monochromatic. Choose outfits that feature black as a clear theme but break up that monochromaticity with black and white patterns, as well as hints of solid, vibrant color. For inspiration on this front, keep an eye on high-fashion.
The Eboy Hairstyle
The hair is usually long, covering part of the face. Straight hair is usually rocking a 90s Esque middle part, or swooped over the top to add a fringe effect.
E-boys also incorporate a lot of dyed hair. Neon green, blue and bleached blonde are all very common, with the most popular being jet-black dyed hair.
Dying half of your hair Cruella-Deville style has become a trademark eboy trend.