For decades, cybersecurity professionals have acquired a rep for their simpler fashion tastes, often being clad in dark hoodies, graphic tees, and other articles of the sort. Whether this reputation is a result of the media, or if it’s just the plain old truth, it seems that the fashion world has lost interest in this said simplicity. As a way to mimic the supposed excitement behind the hacking, coding, and the other thrilling responsibilities of tech professionals, fashion designers have added a slight twist on the tech classic that’ll make you scream “What in the name of cybersecurity!” Enter, cyberpunk fashion.

As coders, hackers, and tech enthusiasts, you’re probably concerned that this is what your people have come to be represented by, but fear not! It’s actually what all the “hip” kids are wearing these days.

By definition, cyberpunk is a “subgenre of science fiction in a futuristic setting that tends to focus on advanced technological and scientific achievements, such as artificial intelligence and cybernetics, juxtaposed with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order.” Sound confusing? Think early 2000’s Britney Spears, but with a dash of techno edge. That’s essentially the vibe the trend embodies.

Cyberpunk fashion really rose to fame thanks to Hollywood’s addiction toward glamorizing the tech industry. A person furiously typing away at a keyboard might be painfully bland, but put him or her in an alarming amount of latex? Now that’s quality content. But what Hollywood thought was just mere movie magic found its way to the streets, becoming a fashion trend for those both in and outside of the tech industry. Alright, let’s be real, mostly outside of the tech industry. The unique costuming in films such as Hackers, The Matrix, and many more cult classics inspired the development of futuristic fashion, which is undoubtedly way cooler than the fashion of the present.

Futuristic fashion is all fun and games until the depiction of the future doesn’t change, like, at all. Cyberpunk fashion has begun to receive quite a bit of criticism for not adapting to the times and portraying the future now in the same way that it was in the early ’90s. This begs the question of what “futuristic” actually means in present day society. While that’s open to interpretation, cyberpunk enthusiasts are furious and are demanding immediate change! Tech professionals you may be, but fashion experts you could become. The world of cyberpunk fashion is in dire need of help, and it’s in your hands to save it.