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Stuff You Could Get At Hot Topic When It Was Still Edgy And Goth  

Lowe Saddler
257 votes 32 voters 15 items

List Rules Vote up the items every edgy eighth grader owned.

Who else recalls the days when Hot Topic lived on the edgy side? Everything in the store appeared appropriately dark; many parents didn't let their kids inside lest the darkness seeped into their souls - or worse, their makeup choices. As Hot Topic employees reveal, the tiny shop with choker necklaces and nondescript body jewelry once provided a haven for wannabe emo kids and the real-deal ones. For a time, it stood as the most coveted destination in the suburban mall.

Now, Hot Topic feels a bit more watered-down. Millennials still consider it a nostalgic place, but the shop looks much cheerier. Bright colors illuminate previously shadowy corners, and Selena and Shawn Mendes shirts appear next to Panic! At The Disco and classic rock tour tees. The company even boasts a vast online marketplace, so you can buy all your glitter hair bobbles and pseudo-edgy Hot Topic accessories from the comfort of your own home - especially if you crave a '90s throwback. But many will always cherish the old days. Posers, turn back now.

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Pyramid-Studded Leather Belt
Pyramid-Studded Leather Belt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Stuff You Could Get At Hot Topic When It Was Still Edgy And Goth
Photo:  Hot Topic

You never cared about shapes in your math classes, but you always needed to sport them on your accessories.

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Pants With Chains
Pants With Chains is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Stuff You Could Get At Hot Topic When It Was Still Edgy And Goth
Photo:  Hot Topic

How else could you tell the masses of your metaphysical teenage trials and tribulations without some physical chains to symbolize your hardship?

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Lace-Up Corsets
Lace-Up Corsets is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Stuff You Could Get At Hot Topic When It Was Still Edgy And Goth
Photo:  Hot Topic

Cute and form-fitting without cutting off your circulation like their Victorian ancestors. Beauty need not hurt when the rest of life is painful enough.

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Unnecessarily Intricate Belts
Unnecessarily Intricate Belts is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Stuff You Could Get At Hot Topic When It Was Still Edgy And Goth
Photo:  Hot Topic

To add to the coils of chains, chokers, suspenders, and/or corsets that entangled your body.

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