Best Cyberpunk Clothing – What It Is & Where To Shop In 2021!
Cyberpunk clothing is just as mysterious as the name suggests.
Above all, finding good quality cyberpunk clothing and brands is harder than you can imagine.
After seeing hundreds of cyberpunk fashion posts that have nothing to do with cyberpunk clothing, it is time I step in and clear the mess.
To start with, I am not just a fan of the cyberpunk aesthetic but I own and wear lots of cyberpunk clothing brands.
Unfortunately, most online cyberpunk clothing shops don’t really have cyberpunk styles, but goth, steampunk, rave, and industrial looks.
And that’s ok. Yet, these alternative styles have little or no connection to the cyberpunk attitude and cyberpunk clothing look.
Without further ado, these are the best cyberpunk clothing styles (and brands) for females, males, and even kids, right now in 2021.
Short History of Cyberpunk Fashion
The origin of the cyberpunk movement is rooted in the science (and fiction) innovations and developments of the 60s and 70s.
Born at the dawn of a new digital world, the cyberpunk movement is set in urban landscapes and big city lights.
The internet introduced a dystopian vibe to the overall cyberpunk culture, which translated into fashion as well.
For example, the early days of the internet placed the cyberpunks into a cyber-goth kind of scene.
Wearing minimalist fashion (monochrome clothing), boots, and nails painted black, most of them were earning money from hacking.
The Matrix and Total Recall movies did a great job at introducing the cyber-goth culture to the masses.
Yet, it failed to unveil the actual cyberpunk fashion trends of those times.
As such, the idea of what cyberpunk fashion is remains distorted by a failure to understand the cyberpunk ethos or where it comes from.
What Is Cyberpunk Fashion?
Above culture, clothing, and genre, cyberpunk is a lifestyle that blends a combination of ‘low-key-living’ with a deep understanding of social fabric backdoors and full access to high-tech gadgets.
The cyberpunk lifestyle depicts humans living in an urban dystopian future of highly advanced developments in science and technology.
As a culture with a different attitude towards the future, the types of clothing and costumes cyberpunks wear must reflect that sub-genre of science fiction.
How To Dress Cyberpunk
While there’s no perfect cyberpunk style, most followers draw inspiration from the cybergoth scene with black clothing, black nails, and dark hair.
And more recently, there’s a lot of cyberpunk fashion inspiration drawn from the Cyberpunk 2077 game that covers brought back some legendary clothing items.
However, as the fashion industry catches up with the cyberpunk movement, new designers and their trendy statement pieces continue to appear.
Above all, remember these three essential rules when shopping for cyberpunk clothing:
Black Does Not Mean Cyberpunk
Don’t be afraid to mix it up with darker range colors such as dark greys, shades of brown, dirty white.
And, no matter what, avoid pink, green, yellow, and any fluorescent colors.
Avoid Anything Hipster, Cottagecore, or Y2K Styles
While there’s a temporal connection, the year 2000 styles have nothing to do with cyberpunk clothing, so stay away from anything Y2K.
Same for cottagecore; you don’t want to look like a confused villager trapped in the urban concrete jungle.
Make sure the cyberpunk garments you’re getting have a load of pockets.
Choose zippers over buttons. Heavy-duty snaps are cool too; just make sure there are hidden pockets everywhere!
Where Can You Buy Cyberpunk Clothing?
Armed with a better understanding of cyberpunk is where it originates from, let’s hit the best cyberpunk clothing brands.
Without further ado, these are the best 14 online stores for cyberpunk clothes and other dystopian styles in 2021.
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Best For Cyberpunk Pants
Also marketed as “Urban Future Wear,” Cryoflesh stocks, not just cyberpunk apparel but also goth and rave wear.
The brand holds lots of attractive dystopian-inspired accessories as well.
Above all, the products here are cheaper than in most online stores I’ve checked.
On the downside, I’ve found it challenging to put together a complete cyberpunk outfit from this online store alone while keeping true to the cyberpunk ethos.
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Best Post-Apocalyptic Cyberpunk Clothing
Right from Germany, Schnittmuskel is creating cyberpunk clothing for an imaginary post-apocalyptic world.
Schnittmuskel’s unique garments evoke an alternative world that has forgotten what once happened or what destroyed it.
A clothing label for those seeking to express a dark, existence-threatening world, but never without hope.
Moreover, the brand is no longer using materials of animal origin but vegan leather instead.
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Y-3 by Adidas
Best Japanese Style Cyberpunk Clothing
As unexpected as this might be, Y-3 by Adidas has some excellent cyberpunk clothing with a modern touch of Japanese culture.
Fuelled by the innovations of Adidas and expressed in the style of Yohji Yamamoto, Y-3 creates progressive apparel, footwear, and accessories – a vision driven by both the sports icon and the renowned designer.
Founded in 2002, Y-3 established the category of fashion sportswear – one that it continues to redefine.
Nineteen years later, Y-3’s signature style combines engineered garments and intensive performance with Yamamoto’s singular elegance and strong tailoring.
I highly recommended Y-3 if you want to carve out your own inimitable cyber style.
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Best Futuristic Cyberpunk Clothing
Launched in 2007 by Demo and Tono, Demobaza is a distinctive fashion brand instantly recognizable.
With a philosophy built on a blend of Bulgarian post-socialist spirit and dystopian dreams, the brand’s garments have a minimalist futuristic look.
The company started with an online store for deconstructed jeans that later evolved into limited edition series.
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Best Sustainable Cyberpunk Clothing
Psylo is a great ‘dark corner’ cyberpunk clothing store if you’re after anything unusual, from absurd clothing combinations to your dream outfit.
As global travelers, tribal explorers, surfers, dancers, and seekers of new experiences, the brand’s pieces are not cyberpunk per se but clothes for personal expression and unique lifestyles.
More recently, rebelling against fast-fashion trends, Psylo upholds pride in its originality and sustainability.
Infusing various elements from different cultures, the brand holds bold, edgy, rebel, and punk fashion equally ethical and environmentally friendly.
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Best For Cyberpunk Jackets
As a store that’s been around for quite some time now, Plastik Wrap gained global recognition after some of its costumes were featured in the Total Recall movie.
Unfortunately, this also makes Plastik Wrap one of the most expensive cyberpunk clothing brands out there.
Without a doubt, the brand has some fantastic cyberpunk styles but if you’re on a budget, instead use them for your aesthetic reference only.
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Best Cyber – Steampunk Jackets
I find Futurestate’s clothes touching more on the industrial and sometimes borderline steampunk edge.
Yet, if you search well, you’ll see that Futurestate stocks attractive men’s cyberpunk jackets and torso pieces.
Again, the prices of hoodies and jackets are pretty high compared to other cyberpunk brands, but all worthwhile without a doubt.
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Best Handcrafted Cyberpunk Clothing
Advertised as “clothing to resist into the dystopian society,” Siskatank is a brand run by a designer with the same name.
Siska hand-makes the clothes, from pattern to assembly, hence the very high prices.
The brand’s name was inspired by Tank Girl of Jamie Hewlett, the designer’s favorite comics.
I’ve also seen some of Siska’s amazing pieces of couture used in Fairy Grunge clothing ensembles, with great effect.
I’ve found Siska’s clothes to embrace sci-fi and underground cultures, industrial decay, post-apocalyptic worlds, H.R. Giger art, cyberpunk, biopunk, and all kinds of dystopian futuristic societies.
The best part, you can come up with your own cyberpunk clothing style and get Siska to turn it into reality for you.
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Best Australian Cyberpunk Clothing
Immoral Fashion is an Australian gothic and alternative fashion online store which has some fantastic cyberpunk pieces at surprisingly low prices.
Regardless of your choice of clothing, as long as you stick with cyberpunk, all pants, tops, and jackets are high quality here.
Again you’ll have to do a lot of browsing through steampunk and goth clothing, but know that every cyberpunk finding here will be stylish and of high quality.
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Best Luxury Cyberpunk Clothing
‘Acronym‘ is a German technical apparel brand renowned for its uncompromising focus on functional fashion.
The brand started as a consulting design agency that has evolved into an enigmatic, elusive fashion brand with a laser-focused approach and a small seasonal output of expertly crafted clothing.
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Best Independent Cyberpunk Clothing
Launched in the famous Camden market at the beginning of the new millennium, the Hexagon clothing label caters to the big city’s underground electronic culture.
The online store stocks lots of independent brands from all over the world in a great and friendly online experience.
My take: if you can put up with the endless rows of tribal printed t-shirts and army-inspired trousers, there are treasures to be found.
For example, I loved the Jedi jacket and wished there was a Kimono Tron version without a tribal on the back.
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Best Cyberpunk Costumes
I like the designer’s latest turn, as it fits right into the contemporary cyberpunk culture, with a profound underground-ish touch.
While some more detailed pieces are costly, the smaller details and accessories are affordable and fantastic to start with.
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More Rave Than Cyberpunk
A world-renown store that draws droves of tourists to London every year, Cyberdog is the least cyberpunk clothing store on my list, for a good reason.
While Cyberdog has come a long way since its inception, the store remains focused on the rave culture instead of cyberpunk.
And while this clothing shop offers plenty of clothing choices, from jacket pins to tracksuit pants and from biker boots to cosplay costumes, there’s little to nothing cyberpunk here.
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Digital Cyberpunk Clothing
If you are a fan of digital personas such as Second Life, you better check out Neurolab’s cyberpunk clothing and gear.
Warning: Neurolab is not an IRL clothing brand but a cyberpunk clothing label for digital avatars.
Acting as a corporeal clothing database from popular stories and a great source of video game clothing mods, Neurolab has cool clothing outfits and an array of styles.
Whenever in doubt, remember the history and culture that stands at the origin of the style.
Also, come back to this cyberpunk clothing guide and night city resources to get inspired by fresh cuts and looks.
Finally, if there’s nothing you like from all the cyberpunk stores I’ve shared with you above, you’ll have to learn to sew.
Now it’s your turn…
Which one of these cyberpunk clothing stores is your favorite and why?
What’s your fav cyberpunk source of inspiration, be that books, movies, or influencers?
Are there any other great cyberpunk clothing brands you’ve tried and want to add to this list?
Comments below, please!