The latest trend in men’s fashion is none other than the “e-boy” as popularized by the new app, TikTok.
This is a look geared more toward a younger audience, but some features can be incorporated into an everyday and more alternative style.
The e-boy look is very specific but has a lot of room for individualization.
The look has elements of skater-boy, goth, and alternative styles.
There is also a lot of influence coming from k-pop style.
There are a few key elements to the e-boy style, but what makes an e-boy interesting is their confidence in owning a unique and personalized style.
What is an ‘e-boy’?
E-boy is a term that began from the app TikTok to describe a new trend that popularizes an alternative style among young men.
The term is still new and gaining a lot more attention from outside of TikTok. The once in-app community is growing into the main-stream eye.
The term e-boy was coined as a result of other terms such as e-girl and vsco girl which grew popular first.
The e-boy branched off as the male counterpart to the e-girl trend.
Much like the e-girl, the e-boy references a unique edgy style, considered opposites from the beachy, more positive vsco girl.
Almost as soon as these phrases gained some traction, they were mocked on the app. The e-boy developed into an unlikeable character.
The very topic of e-boy is already acknowledging the internet history and the public’s idea of the trend.
Although it is mocked, the e-boy trend combines a lot of recent trends into one unique phenomenon.
The trends of oversized shirts, cuffed pants, as well as the recent shift into a 90s revival period all make appearances within the e-boy trend
A key component of the e-boy style is the hair. The haircut and style are essential to complete the look.
While there is no definitive style that marks an e-boy, there are certain trends that help the look.
The e-boy hair works best with dark hair, preferably black or dark brown.
Straight or curly hair is compatible with an e-boy look.
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.
Dying half of your hair Cruella-Deville style has become a trademark e-boy trend.
Long overgrown hair is a style among young men’s fashion that has been going on for a few years now. It only makes sense that it would transfer into the alternative young-person style known as e-boys.
Clothing is the foundation for the e-boy trend. At its core, the e-boy style is a mix of grunge, skater style, and modern style.
The result is composed, and well-thought-out. A key to e-boys style is a balance of baggy with fitted clothes.
A common trend is a cuffed black pant, with an exposed ankle for a fitted sock.
E-boys use accessories variably. A lot of e-boys can have a monochromatic grayscale theme with minimal jewelry.
There are also plenty of e-boys who follow a more punk route, wearing earrings, rings, and other jewelry.
Another form of e-boy follows a skater theme, sticking with blue jeans, layered clothes, and brands like thrasher.
In its versatility, the e-boy doesn’t fit into any particular pre-existing styles, and yetis heavily influenced by those past trends.
Due to its an amalgamation of style and no full commitment to any, it is still a broad term that applies to any influencer, or young person with a slightly edgy, or trendy style.
The e-boy style is a uniquely 2019 phenomenon. Although the style combines multiple modern fashion movements, it is unlikely that the specific e-boy trend will last.
It is already becoming outdated and overly mocked. The trend has already basically left the app it originated on and filtered into other communities and mediums.
The trend will most likely dissolve and blend out into the more mainstream style, or even blend into the more streetwear or counter-culture scene.
Eg: The soft boy.
For now, the e-boy is here, and only time can tell how it will develop later on