How Emo Fashion Has Evolved—From 1987 to the Present


Early post-hardcore

Considered the forefathers of emotionally charged punk rock, D.C.’s Fugazi had a raw, straightforward sound and no-nonsense fashion to match. The band members’ neutral aesthetic, which consisted mostly of plain T-shirts, jeans and Chuck Taylors, was a direct manifestation of the group’s vehemently anti-corporate stance.



Like it or not, Seattle’s Sunny Day Real Estate was an early purveyor of grunge’s flannel-clad fashion sense that was already having a moment when the band’s debut record, Diary, landed in 1994. Bundled into grunge at the time, perhaps because it was released on Sub Pop.  Diary has since become an emo touchstone given its raw emotion channeled through woolly guitars and crashing dynamics.


Midwestern prep

As internet file sharing decentralized tastemaking, the math-y, off-kilter sound of bands like the Anniversary, Braid and American Football put college towns like Lawrence, Kan., and Champaign, Ill., on the map. The scene’s preference for vintage Western shirts and striped sweaters was due mostly to the wide availability of these items in Midwestern thrift stores, but it wouldn’t be long until the tousled, shaggy haircuts and slim-fit jeans that rounded out this preppy look would be taken to the extreme, bastardized by the mainstream.


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Seemingly innocuous to mild-mannered kids with a taste for screaming, post-hardcore groups like Glassjaw and Thursday ended up doing irreparable harm to emo’s legacy in pop culture. Fueled by Hot Topic and Myspace, straightened hair, girls’ jeans from Hollister, and deep V-necks from American Apparel became the new norm for fans of “screamo,” as it’s now pejoratively known.



As the Warped Tour was overtaken by the preening jock culture that punk music has rebelled against for decades, sensitive kids turned to the jazzy twinkling of American Football’s 1999 self-titled record as their Rosetta stone. And thus, Tiny Moving Parts, which plays the Analog Cafe on Saturday. The plaid-and-Levi’s look of the Midwest is once again the new norm, while East Coast bands with deeper hardcore roots often accessorize with Gerber multi-tools and regionally appropriate NHL jerseys.

SEE IT: Tiny Moving Parts plays the Analog Cafe, 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd., with My Iron Lung and Glacier Veins, on Saturday, Nov. 12. 6 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. All ages.

We Asked People at Northwest Portland Coffee Shops Where They Were From and What They Were Drinking



“Rooibos tea. Always herbal teas. I’m a born and raised Portlander, so I love the rain and the seasons. I’m an interior designer, so I’m a huge fan of change. I love progression.”

(Joe Riedl)
“Portland’s strange because sometimes I love living here, while other times I hate it. My favorite thing about Portland has always been the people. Everyone’s so friendly.”

(Joe Riedl)

“I’m getting a cortado or just a black coffee. I live in Beaverton. I’m here to get brunch at Tasty n Alder but there’s an hour and a half wait.”

(Joe Riedl)

“I moved here from a small town in Montana four years ago.” How would you describe your style? “I take inspiration from a lot of different designers but above all, I make it my own. Actually, I made these pants. I want to be accepted everywhere but on my own terms.

(Joe Riedl)

“Just a latte. I don’t know what else to get. Sao Paulo. I just landed in Portland this morning. It’s my first hour here, and it’s been amazing.”

(Joe Riedl)

“We’re from here. It’s been a busy week, so we’re just catching up. She’s the actor; she knows what to do. I’m going to need your help. Do I look at the camera? Vanilla latte. Just a latte for me; no sugar, no cream or anything like that.”

We Asked People on West Burnside Where They Were From, And What They Liked About Portland


“I’m from Portland. I like Powell’s.”


“I’m from Portland. I love the people.”

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“I’m from Phoenix. I love the weather here.”

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“I’m from Massachusetts. I like the rain.”

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“I’m from Portland. I have a love-hate relationship with this city.”

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“I’m originally from Louisiana, but I’ve lived here longer than you’ve been alive.”

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“I’m from Japan. I love the shopping here.”

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“I’m from L.A. We’re just here to check it out.”

We Asked People at Portland State University Where They Were From


Left: “I’m from Budapest, Hungary. I moved here to go to college and my sister lives here, so it’s a bonus.”

Right: “I’m from Bangkok, Thailand. I moved here for the masters program, beer, and the weather.”


“I’m from Clackamas. I came to Portland State for a post-baccalaureate program in science.”


“I’m from Houston, Texas. My dad got a job out here and he brought me. I’m studying education and health to teach middle-school kids.”


“I’m from Olympia, Washington. I really wanted to experience life in the city.”


“I’m from San Jose, California. I like how I blend in here, and that suits me. It’s a great place to be politically active.”


“I’m from Hood River. I came here to create beautiful things. I’m a graphic design major. That was my calling.”


Left: “I’m from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I moved here two weeks ago. This is my first day of graduate school.”

Right: “I’m from Southeast Portland. I’m an English major.”


“I’m from Forrest Grove. ​​​​​I transferred from George Fox University. I’ve always wanted to be a part of a big city.”

We Asked People at the Beer Pro/Am About Where They Were From and What Their First Craft Beer Was


“I’m from Bend—just moved back from San Antonio, Texas. My first craft beer was Deschutes’ Mirror Pond.”


“I’m from the Bay Area. Oh man, I would have to say my first craft beer would be Ninkasi’s IPA, the Tricerahops.”


“I’m from Chicago, and my first craft beer would have to be one of Ninkasi’s.”


“I’m from Portland. My first craft beer would be the red eye IPA.”


“I’m from Portland. My first craft beer was a Widmer Hefeweizen with a lemon.”


“I’m from Portland. My first craft beer was Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar.”


“I’m from Portland. My first craft beer was the Deschutes stout.”


“I’m from Vancouver, Washington. My first craft beer was the hefeweizen.”


“I’m from Portland, and I have nooooo idea what my first craft beer was—probably a Widmer Hef.”

We Asked People in the Pearl Where They Were From and Their Favorite Thing About Portland

(Christine Dong)

“I’m from Tokyo. My favorite thing about Portland is the music and organic food. It’s so natural here, and the people are so kind.


“I live in Shanghai, but I’m from Australia. Being from Shanghai, I would say the air is my favorite thing about Portland.”

(Christine Dong)

“I’m visiting from Manila, Philippines. I love the food scene—the infusion of different things—and it’s pretty laid back here.”

(Christine Dong)

Left: “I’m from San Francisco. My favorite thing about Portland is everyone is diverse and nice. As far as cities go, everyone is pretty polite.”

Right: “I’m from Vancouver. My favorite thing about Portland is that it’s very accessible. Everything is easy to get to—public transportation is good.”

(Christine Dong)

“I’m from Bend and my favorite thing about Portland is the food and the tats.”

(Christine Dong)

“I’m from Milan, Italy. My most favorite thing is surely not shopping—my favorite thing is the beards.”

(Christine Dong)

“I’m from Montana, and my favorite thing about Portland is the weather.”

(Christine Dong)

“I’m from the Bay Area. I’d say my favorite thing about Portland is the food culture.”

(Christine Dong)

“I’m from California. My favorite thing is that the trees run up against the city.”

We Asked People in St. Johns Where They Were From

Photos by Joe Riedl.

(Joe Riedl)
Where are you from? “I’m from Phoenix. I’m moving to Seattle soon. I prefer to be behind the camera.” Do you want to see the photo? “It’s probably better if I don’t.”
(Joe Riedl)
Where are you from?  “I’m from Oklahoma.” Tell us about your style. “I guess my style is kind of hippie goth.”
(Joe Riedl)
Where are you from? “I’m from Portland. I’ve lived here all my life.” What’s your style? “Skater meets rock ’n’ roll!”
(Joe Riedl)
Where are you from? “I’m from here.” Tell us about your style. “I don’t really have a style. I just get all my clothes from the bins.”
(Joe Riedl)
Where are you from?  “Chicago. I moved here for school four years ago.” Tell us about your style. “I have style?”
(Joe Riedl)
Where are you from? Monicia: “I’m originally from Mississippi.” Cobland: “I’m from the neighborhood.” Tell us about your style. Monicia: “Whatever’s clean.” Cobland: “Festive yuppie.”
(Joe Riedl)
Where are you from? “I moved here from Michigan two years ago for school.”
(Joe Riedl)
Where are you from? “We’re both from here.” Tell us about your style. “Everything we wear is natural and organic!”

We Asked the Most Stylish People at Pioneer Courthouse Square Where They Were From


Where are you from? “I’m from Salem. I came up to Portland to see the mermaids. Praise to Based God.”


Where are you from? “I’m from D.C. I’m here to live and achieve goals.”


Where are you from?  “I’m from Arlington, Virginia. I moved here four years ago to study art history. I like the air here.”


Where are you from? “I was born and raised in Portland. I moved to the East Coast for a while but I love it here.”


Where are you from? “I’m from Ho Chi Minh City. I’m here for a business trip.”


Where are you from? “I’m originally from Hawaii. I’ve been here about 15 years. I came here for school and loved the culture of the art scene and decided to stay.”


Where are you from? “I’m from Pendleton, here for Grand Entry. I’m an Oneida native.”


Where are you from? “I’m from China. I’m here studying accounting at PSU.”


Where are you from? “I was born in Portland. I chose to live here because the people are friendly. I just like the people.”

We Asked People on Foster-Powell Where They Were From

(Christine Dong)

Where are you from?  Left: Nashville. Right: Born and raised in Portland.

(Christine Dong)
(Christine Dong)

Where are you from? Born and raised in Portland.

(Christine Dong)
(Christine Dong)

Where are you from? Born and raised in Portland.

(Christine Dong)
(Christine Dong)

Where are you from? Newberg, Oregon.
Why did you move here? “I moved here for the music.”

(Christine Dong)
(Christine Dong)

Where are you from? Northern California.

Why did you move here? “I originally moved here because the rent was cheaper, and for school.”

(Christine Dong)
(Christine Dong)

Where are you from?  St. Helens, Oregon.
Why did you move to Portland?  “Because it’s closer to my mom’s house, but not too close.”

(Christine Dong)
(Christine Dong)

Where are you from?  Born and raised in Portland.

TriMet Goes Retro With Throwback Shirts

With a new line of retro shirts, TriMet is getting fashionable—and ultra-hip.



Available through Zazzle, the shirts don’t just feature old-school TriMet logos. One features an insignia for the Swan Island Commuter Express, while a line of “sector T-shirts” features images that represent several regions of Portland (the Southeast version features a Beaver, while the Northeast version features a snowflake). There’s actually a reason for this: These were TriMet’s sector logos from 1978 through 2001.



The shirts also represent different periods of history. In true ’70s fashion,  a they’ve got a trucker baseball cap, as well as a raglan baseball shirt with the same logo.



There’s an ’80s version of the baseball shirt, which looks similar to the ’70s rendition, but is emblazoned with a maroon variation of the pretzel-shaped TriMet logo.



This isn’t TriMet’s first foray into fashion. Zazzler also sells other TriMet-themed shirts, several of which promote the MAX Orange Line. The most stylish product? A black T-shirt with a dramatic image of the Tilikum Crossing.