Where to Buy Funky Clothes Online

Although the word "funky" was first used in 1784 to describe an old block of musty, moldy cheese, the term has since developed into an expression of originality. "Funky" today is used to describe something that is stylish and modern in an unconventional way, characterized by uniqueness and originality. "Funky" is the black and red goth shirts with fishnet sleeves you find at Hot Topic, the knit fringe wraparound at Urban Outfitters that you can't afford, and the Bohemian dress your mother wore when she was seventeen. "Funky" can mean vintage, punk rock, hip hop or urban, and you don't find funky at Banana Republic or J. Crew. But, you can find it at any number of places online, so here's a guide to the hippest and the hottest in "funky" attire.


The theory behind the recent trend in bohemian clothing is that every extreme style will eventually lead to an extreme opposite. The skin tight jeans and revealing, low-cut shirts as seen on Britney Spears and Christine Aguilera as we entered the new millennium have begun to decline in popularity as a new wave of 1970's-inspired classics have reemerged.

Tibet Trekking tunic available at Free People
Tibet Trekking tunic available at Free People

Peace, love, and paisley are the things you'll find at Free People, along with "Free Tibet" t-shirts, wool coats and cotton tunics. Because many of their clothes are made from materials other than the cotton and polyester blends we're familiar with, Free People includes an entire glossary on their site to help you understand what you're going to be wearing. Alpaca, for example, is a thin cloth that contains wool made from descendants of the guanaco animal of Peru. The best part is their Outfits section, where they give examples of ensembles put together using only Free People products.

Daydream dress from Thread Head Creations
Daydream dress from Thread Head Creations

The skilled artists at Thread Head Creations specialize in handcrafted tops, bottoms, dresses, and skirts that are made using high-quality fabrics that have all been pre-shrunk. Run by husband and wife team Dustin and Rai-Lynne who live in the Smoky Mountains, Thread Head is a hippie heaven. In addition to their corduroy and muslin creations they also have an entire section of clothing made out of hemp. The Daydream dress shown here is a gorgeous example of how hemp can be combined with silk to craft a look that's environmentally-friendly. Thread Head also has a bridal section which contains beautiful, earthy gowns with landscape embroidery for a greener take on the traditional "white wedding" theme.


The Gothic, or goth, scene is an underground subculture whose fashion characterized by darkness. Black colors, dark eyeliner, and morbid styles modeled after Victorian-era dress are just some of the elements found in gothic fashion. Deep reds, purples, silver or pewter jewelry, and piercings are also often part of the goth culture.

Black Pyramid Stud Belt skirt by Tripp
Black Pyramid Stud Belt skirt by Tripp

Hot Topic is the quintessential one-stop shop for all your gothic clothing needs. They offer dozens of short, pleated skirts (like the Black Pyramid Stud Belt one seen here by Tripp) fishnet tops, dark Elizabethan style lingerie and knee-high leather Dr. Marten boots. The men's section features wide-legged pants with chain straps and studs, band hoodies, and long sleeve henleys.

Lip Service bills themselves as the "pioneers of gothic clothing...for fashion freaks!" and it's easy to see why. Lip Service is one of the suppliers to Hot Topic, but 99.9% of the time the products they make for them are exclusive to retail stores. The Lip Service website, however, sells only original, ever-changing tops, bottoms, skirts, dresses, coats and intimates that can be tied up, laced up and twisted to your heart's content. One helpful feature of the site is their "Style Groups" section. A link at the top of the shopping page reveals a pull down menu with options like "Faded Reality" and "A History of Nothing". Clicking these groups will bring you to a small selection of clothing that fits that particular morbid description.

Velvet Garden is a goth clothing site with a twist. It's unique setup allows visitors to buy or sell gothic clothing, shoes and accessories, but it's not an auction site like eBay. Velvet Garden basically hosts an online garage sale where everyday Goths cleaning out their closets can offer their ill-fitting or impulsively bought dresses, mesh shirts, bodices and trench coats. A set price is listed with each item, but most sellers are open to negotiation.


It's kind of hard to define what exactly emo clothes are because the fashion of this alternative style is constantly changing. When I was an emo kid in 1998, it meant baggie jeans paired with hooded band sweatshirts, beat up army messenger bags and plaid schoolgirl skirts with skate shoes. Currently, the staples of the emo scene are shaggy haircuts, skinny jeans, snug sweaters, band t-shirts, Western button downs, Converse sneakers and crying.

Hoodie from Fullbleed
Hoodie from Fullbleed

In a world of online shopping sites that focus mostly on women, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Phix Clothing catered specifically to guys. Although the hoodies, band shirts and cardigan sweaters could be worn by girls as well, the skinny fit trousers and jeans are designed for emo boys. Their jackets, sweaters and hoodies (like the bleeding heart skeleton one shown here) are designed to work well with the popular narrow legged jeans.

Everything But the Music is a music-inspired fashion site that doesn't sell music. But everything from their t-shirts to their jackets to their jumpers is either emblazoned with a band name or borrowed from an emo singer's style. The products are conveniently broken down by subculture, and it's the Emo and Indie categories you'll want to check out first.

Although *real* emo kids used to get their shirts from thrift stores, the modern day scenester can purchase his or her attire from one of many online sites. T-shirts are an absolute staple of the emo community, whether their message is humorous, romantic or nonsensical. Fullbleed is a site run by Rob Dobi who prints his tees on American Apparel shirts. His bestsellers feature silhouettes of clouds and birds exploding into the sky and offer subtle societal messages as well, like his "Counting Sheep" shirt (pictured here) which depicts an insomniac counting corporate businessmen to help him fall asleep.


Rockabilly was a music style of the 1950s that blended "rock" and "hillbilly" together to create a sound that was part boogie woogie, part swing and part blues. Rockabilly fashion today draws on the same styles of yesteryear, when pin-up girl Bettie Page was a glam icon and girls wore gingham dresses with crinoline underneath, and guys wore embroidered button-down bowling shirts.

Lucy Halter dress at Pin Up Girl Clothing
Lucy Halter dress at Pin Up Girl Clothing

Sunset Star is your source for custom rockabilly clothing and accessories. Paying homage to a simpler, sexier time, Sunset Star offers shirts, dresses, pants, jackets and bikinis for guys and gals alike. The designers they feature include Heartbreaker, Route 66, King Cat Hollywood, Sailor Jerry and Lucky 13.

Pin Up Girl Clothing stocks an enormous selection of retro rockabilly wear from over a dozen designers. The iconic pin-up girls of the 1950s were real women with real curves, a far cry from the stick thin models we see today, and Pin Up Girl Clothing reinforces a woman's natural beauty by creating clothes that look best on girls with a figure. You'll find the cherry print shirts and dresses that characterize the rockabilly style, along with animal print camisoles and classy pencil skirts. The site breaks their products down into categories such as Vintage, Trashy Sexy, Rockin' Retro and they carry shoes, swimwear, lingerie, jewelry, and menswear as well.


Urban is the style you find in any bustling city across the globe. Major metropolises on the coasts, like New York and Los Angeles, are the epitome of urban because they're the first places to receive new shipments of designer duds each season. As opposed to the landlocked states in the Midwest for whom it can take years for those fashions to trickle down to, urban areas are on the cutting edge of what's hot and what‘s not, and they've got the clothes to prove it.

Lux Layer Up cardigan at Urban Outfitters
Lux Layer Up cardigan at Urban Outfitters

As I mentioned before, Urban Outfitters is the first place many people think of when they're going for a "funky" city style. The company has retail stores located in major cities throughout the U.S., but now small town girls and boys can get a feel for the urban look by visiting their website. Urban Outfitters is renowned for their classic, edgy knits and one-piece jumpers all designed with city living in mind. Their Urban Renewal collection is a DIY-inspired line of tanks, tunics, dresses and rompers that are thrifty without looking grungy, and you'll find great stuff for your apartment here as well.

One subset of the urban style is the hip hop or street wear look. Designers like Ecko, Baby Phat, G Unit and Roca Wear. Dr. Jay's, a site that sells clothing for men, women, boys and girls, carries over 40 name brand designers. Cropped jeans with stiletto heels and down-filled hooded vests have replaced the hi-top sneakers and Run DMC tracksuits of the 1980s, making hip hop fashion more sophisticated as well as more popular.


Black-and-white striped tights and arm warmers, old fashioned lace bloomers, double laced corsets and tattered tunics are the hallmarks of vagabond style. Think enchanted fairies from late 19th century photographs meets homeless orphan from the Great Depression and you'll be halfway to creating your own vagabond style.

Example of the clothing sold at Gypsy Moon
Example of the clothing sold at Gypsy Moon

The Gypsy Moon website specializes in vests, blouses, dresses and accessories designed to look torn and well worn. Their Faerie Wear collection has layer upon layer of gossamer silk peasant blouses and velvet cloaks, corset belts and striped petticoat skirts. And for those of you looking to take the way of the fae a little further, they even sell wings.

Another section of Gypsy Moon is The Red Shoes collection, named after a fairytale about a ballerina. The line features silk camisoles, gypsy dresses and lace blouses created in a romantic vintage style.

For ultra-"funky" designs, check out the World's End collection. Inspired by the pirates and wenches of medieval times, World's End offers mariner shirts with gauntlet sleeves, petticoat skirts, shipwrecked bloomers and even authentic Vivienne Westwood pirate boots. If that's a little too over the top for your personal taste, don't worry, there's still the standard Fall 2007 collection. It features sets from four different designers and the separates still keep their vagabond cabaret feel without looking like a costume.

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It's important to remember to let your style come naturally. Nothing will look good on you unless you feel good about yourself. Wear whatever you'll be most comfortable in and try to have little to no regard for what other people think. "Funky" is an attitude as well as a fashion, and if you've got it inside you then you'll look awesome even when you're wearing sweatpants and a two-day old T-shirt.

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gamergirl 8 years ago from Antioch, TN

Yes, yes and yes. This hub takes the fashion cake. LOVE IT!

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writestuff914 8 years ago from Westchester, NY

Great breakdown of the popular styles and where to find them!

Napper 8 years ago

Hey check out this funky brand I just came across, looks real fresh.

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bloggerdollar 8 years ago

As a boy, I advise you girls to wear pin-up clothes, they look damn sexy :)

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mroconnell 8 years ago from France

mmMM! Nice and funky.

HoneyClover 8 years ago

Top quality fashion wear for ladies ^_^

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topstuff 8 years ago

Very funky,love it.

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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

Just found this column! Love it! Advocating personal style and helping shoppers find the sources! Great!

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Histiletto 8 years ago


This was informative and interesting, but as usual fashion topics tend to focus on the feminine side of the isle and leave men to pick from their menially prescribed selections. Even though women have had an array of choices to find their fashion sense, they still had to cross the declared gender lines to incorporate menswear to be included with their choices. What was so necessary, that women had to wear men's stuff? Mean while, men have been denied, ridiculed, and persecuted for even considering a feminine choice.

Now, this manly trend has experienced some breaking out of the mold. Although there are historical practices and activities of men venturing into the realms of femininity, such as in the early shakespearean theater, the condoning of these things in social gatherings was considered distasteful and not allowed. Lately, there is a growing desire in the masculine area to embrace more of the feminine practices and items of attire. Examples ar popping up almost everywhere. Just the other day there was a program about men using cosmetics to enhance their appearance. For quite sometime men have worn women's jeans and shirts, because the styling, materials, and cut seems to fit better. Earings and lenthy hair on men have already received a marginal OK after a few years of societal contention. Increasingly, men are including high heels as another choice of footwear, because they want more options to express what they feel and who they are, just like women have done. In spite of what has been and is being drilled into us, men and women are not that different  Aren't these some of the main reasons we are suppose to have our individual rights of choice for our own appearance.

jacquimunn 8 years ago

great hub - i really like the way you've broken down the styles. You've inspired me to do more with my hub and blog

Diane 8 years ago

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La Condessa 8 years ago

Well done! Psyched to go shopping, thanks.

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chillingbreeze 7 years ago from India

Fantastic! Perfectly broken and styles and they just got right into head. Funky and awesome.. Now shopping time? :p Great hub



sam 7 years ago

wao.... that's is some cool piece of dresses

jojo 7 years ago

You HAVE to check out this site i found called Twice Bitten Clothing; it's new online store with funky really cool clothes; kind of gothic; glam; punky- alternative clothing and SO affordable!I love the stuff i ordered from there...definitley recommend it.

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Ebay. way forward.

Hack Retis 7 years ago

Hot chick stuff, thanks. This beats the guy portion of Cosmo.

Funky Seller 6 years ago

We love the Funky Chic clothing of the 1960s and beyond. Hippie chics and cool dudes find great inspiration in collecting retro.

Great article!

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Auscause 6 years ago

This is a nice hub. Thanks for providing information about funky shirts. You have given the information about all the fashionable cloth in it that is really great.

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raiz45g 5 years ago

I feel that the cropping and docking issue should be left up to the WELL EDUCATED owner. I feel that people go have their dogs ears cropped and don't understand how much care the dog needs post-op. There is usually months of taping and posting the ears, especially with Doberman Pinschers and Great Danes. Pit Bulls with their shorter ears don't usually have that long of a recovery time.

As for the tail docking that is usually done by the breeder since the puppies are so young so most people get their pup already docked. Doberman Pinschers are my favorite breed, and personally, any Doberman I buy will have been already docked and I will have their ears cropped.

I love the look of the cropped Dobie, this was how Louis Dobermann wanted the breed to look. I have nothing against the people who don't like it or don't do it, I fully support you. I also like that people can get on here and post their opinions and talk about things that are so controversial. For the people that get mad or hostile and post messages telling others that they are cruel or brutal, or that its animal cruelty, why even bother? You know your not going to change someones opinion, that's why its theirs.

As long as you plan ahead and get the cropping done by a licensed veterinarian who you trust and know to be skilled at ear cropping, and you are commited to the after care, I feel there is nothing wrong with cropping. My Doberman puppy Onyx is getting her ears cropped in 2 weeks, and I know her ears will be sore after the surgery, but the worst part will be trying to keep the ears taped up on a happy, active, healthy puppy.

Please understand that if you feel that ear cropping is wrong I fully understand and support that. But please don't knock me or others that share my opinion just because its not the same as yours. And no this is not my first Dobie nor my first ear cropping experience.

helenathegreat 6 months ago

Hi Dobie Lover. Thanks for your insights as an experienced Dobie owner. The main issue I take in this hub (and in all my dog-related hubs) is that people are undereducated about this type of issue and just blindly follow what people tell them to do. If everyone were educated about their choices, I think the world would be a much better place, don't you?

Effx 5 months ago

What gives anyone the right to cut up an animal to make it look better in there eyes? Imagine what the animals may choose to cut of us humans for their entertainment and because they thought it looked better on us.... Look we people stand in front of the mirror and say hey a ring in my nose or ear would look cool but I am 100% sure a dog would never stand looking at its reflection thinking man i would look soooo hot it only I cut my tail off.....

just my 2 cents

Kate 4 months ago

Thank you very much for this informative post. This is a great example of a skill that many people don't have: being able to voice an opinion without forcing it on others. I've been researching the Doberman breed for awhile now because I'm thinking of getting one, but I had always wondered whether or not the tail docking/ear cropping thing was medically beneficial or necessary to avoid genetic defects in certain breeds. This was one of the first posts I've found on this topic that gives detailed information about the origin of these procedures and whether or not it is beneficial. Your hub has given me the information (along with a licensed vet) to opt against ear cropping. I doubt I'll have a choice with the tail docking, as I plan on buying a puppy that has passed that stage so the breeder will have already made the decision. But, just to add my 2 cents, I think the most charming and adorable characteristic of my lab was his ability to show me his mood just by what his tail was doing. You could tell I had made his day just by walking in the door. Dogs have the ability to love their owners no matter what they look like...why can't we do the same for them?

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