Extremely subtle cyberpunk

How can you dress "cyberpunk" in the most subtle ways? Picrel is obviously NOT what I’m going for. I’m talking about something that’s almost indistinguishable from a normal outfit but for maybe a single piece or some mild edge to it.

Reason I’m asking is because I want to larp irl but I don’t want to go overboard because it’ll stand out too much and ruin my opsec but a subtle twist won’t do that, while still feeling pretty cool.

150 thoughts on “Extremely subtle cyberpunk

      • Anonymous says:

        I am actually autistic so this might be wrong, but something similar to this seems normal enough.
        https://unidenonline.com/products/143-water-repellent-tang-suit-jacket

        • Anonymous says:

          I might be a bit autistic as well but I just meant like not a total gay larp like you see those reddit dudes wearing full techwear where it looks like a bunch of random straps and poopypants with a laughably low crotch

          that jacket is actually a pretty good amount of tech while still not being over the top

          • Anonymous says:

            I am actually autistic so this might be wrong, but something similar to this seems normal enough.
            https://unidenonline.com/products/143-water-repellent-tang-suit-jacket

            Trash dropshipped garbage goes right in the bin
            Save yourself the time and money and never ever buy a techwear piece that costs less than 200 unless it’s a t-shirt
            They are supposed to be made of functional performance fabrics and stuff
            Generally places like this online store send you stuff that’s too big or too small and very poor quality
            I recommend you get deeper into the techwear culture before shelling out. The leading voice in the scene, other than designers, is the >youtuber thisisantwon. I actually don’t like most of his fits but some really pop and he mentions so mamy brands and shows pics that when something catches your eye you can go look them up
            Techwear is a massively varied genre and you can and should invest the effort to find pieces that fit your wardrobe well and start making fits you like with them.
            Go and browse some online stores of actual designers like rosen-x, hamcus, arcteryx, acronym
            I don’t mean to gatekeep, I have tried to provide resources and if you want to know more you can ask me but please do not buy from these guys

          • Anonymous says:

            reindeelusion is alright though. It’s a good stepping stone to get into techwear. I got like 3 pairs of pants that I like, but I will say my acronym and enfin leve blow them out of the water in performance and comfort, but that does come at 5 a times or more cost.

          • Anonymous says:

            Alright, if you say so. I’ve never bought from them. I had a couple of bad experiences with dropshippers early on. I’m glad you liked the stuff you got. Hope anyone who cops similar gets the same experience

          • Anonymous says:

            Oh I want to mention a decent entry level brand called Guerrilla Group. Most of the stuff is just a tad more expensive than Reindee Lusion and I have a couple of their pieces. They’re pretty decent quality, in particular the pants, which have lasted me a full year of intensive outdoor wear including climbing barbed wire fences and stuff

          • Anonymous says:

            I like them, but their recent collection is a bit too out there for me. Im not cool enough to pull those off

          • Anonymous says:

            how about this? It’s not too out there but still kinda cool. shoes would be up to you
            I think if I could find a hard shell anorak in a dark teal/seafoam color I’d get one myself

          • Anonymous says:

            I just threw it in because of the post above, but you could replace it with something less overtly nerdy or with some other accessory

      • Anonymous says:

        reindeelusion got some decent stuff if you ignore the stuff with thighstraps
        Acronym is ofc the big brand but that shit is pricey
        If you want some inspo on techwear look up "this is antwon" on yt and instagram. I think his outfits are pretty good without going full larp. Might be what you were aiming for

          • Anonymous says:

            You might be a tad late but halfway through the season retailers sell the previous season acronym for up to 50% off which suddenly makes it more attractive
            I picked up the acronym J111TS-CH for 600 bucks which is still pricey but a lot better than 1100

        • Anonymous says:

          >Acronym
          Complete streetwear larps and looks autistic.
          >"this is antwon"
          >inspo
          He looks like a cringey little nerd and only shills his discord friends friends. Total shill.
          Nothing subtle or cyberpunk about either.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Someone I know irl wears some water-repellent pants with a lot of pockets and looks fine as well, but you might be going beyond the limit if you wear more than one of this sort of thing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just get functional clothes. By that I mean clothes that are durable and have features in them but aren’t totally flashy about it. Then you can add a watch and other "tech" accessories.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’d say I already have functional clothes. I WANT to larp, but only very discreetly if that makes sense. Maybe a calculator watch?

      • Anonymous says:

        I would say try to find something more futuristic looking than a calculator watch. Those things look very dated and scream nerd from the 1990s. Check out some of the newer g shocks, some of them have nice subtle sci-fi vibes. I’ve also seen some off-brand Chinese smart watches that look fairly cyberpunk, as a bonus they probably ship your data straight to Beijing.

      • Anonymous says:

        I would say try to find something more futuristic looking than a calculator watch. Those things look very dated and scream nerd from the 1990s. Check out some of the newer g shocks, some of them have nice subtle sci-fi vibes. I’ve also seen some off-brand Chinese smart watches that look fairly cyberpunk, as a bonus they probably ship your data straight to Beijing.

        Any g-shock models in particular?

        https://i.imgur.com/Lluog02.jpg

        I got this one for cyberpunk larp.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think I want to do very simiar to what you are doing OP.

    check out the brand Veilance, I guess check out "Grayman techwear" inspo.

    possibly shoes like pic related, only ppl who are cool look at shoes that aren’t gaygy dunks or whatever gen z is wearing.

    I second getting a subtle g-shock. (I bought one for this purpose)

    Right now i’m looking for a total weatherproof shoulder bag, cause I think accessories are easy to go partway cyberpunk with, people will just think you needed it because of rain and it wont look too autistic.

    • Anonymous says:

      https://i.imgur.com/Wr3MRPO.jpg

      How can you dress "cyberpunk" in the most subtle ways? Picrel is obviously NOT what I’m going for. I’m talking about something that’s almost indistinguishable from a normal outfit but for maybe a single piece or some mild edge to it.

      Reason I’m asking is because I want to larp irl but I don’t want to go overboard because it’ll stand out too much and ruin my opsec but a subtle twist won’t do that, while still feeling pretty cool.

      pair an outfit like this with maybe an orange nato-banned Casio, and a cool bag.

      Also. I think its very important to be very thin and have very conservative short hair to pull this off.

      • Anonymous says:

        this one. its true the negative screen isn’t the easiest to read, but it connects to radio to keep time and uses solar power and when tilted at night the blue lscreen light comes on,

          • Anonymous says:

            how do you like it? I love mine. not sure what to do with the 5 time zones, 5 alarms. what do you do?

            sometimes I do timezone of like Tokyo to feel more cyberpunk larp I suppose.

          • Anonymous says:

            Korea and China are more /cyb/ than Tokyo if you’re thinking techno hellscape. They’re a perfect blend between old and new tech that’s either brand new or jerry-rigged with an accompanying culture of authoritarian/corporate dystopia and a general cutthroat attitude akin to a post-modern wild west

          • Anonymous says:

            I love it, but I dont use the alarms and only use 1 timezone for my overseas family. But the radio time receiver, auto illumination and solar power make for an unbeatable digital watch

    • Anonymous says:

      if there was some way of carrying a magnet that wouldn’t heck over the iron in your blood i’d be down to carry one just as an accessory

      • Anonymous says:

        This is a myth; even industrial strength magnets won’t affect the iron in your blood because it’s not ferromagnetic. Shit, not even Magneto could do it in the movie without Mystique injecting his victim’s ass with liquid metal.

    • Anonymous says:

      what’s the most /cyb/ phone? There’s probably multiple contenders. There’d be the ugliest ad-infested corporate shit that the NPC masses use, sure, but what do real cyberchads use? It could be many things, a regular smartphone with grapheneOS, a dumb phone that just calls and texts, maybe even payphones

  4. Anonymous says:

    If you want to do cyberpunk without the visually loud punk aspect then surely you just want cyber, and if you just want cyber then you want techwear.
    If you want to still technically be punk on some level try DIYing something.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The best way to do subtle cyberpunk nowadays is to take it back to its 80s roots; retro grunge/street clothing from that period but with modern fits and accessories

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s what I was thinking, do you have any more inspo?

      I have this one too, this thing made me too lazy for an automatic watch.

      I wear either a casio or a 60 year old wind-up mechanical watch

  6. Anonymous says:

    Cyberpunk is the new steampunk. If you buy anything marketed as cyberpunk you’ll look like a stupid. Plus mainstream activewear like Lululemon Lab shit is basically cyberpunk

  7. Anonymous says:

    Embrace the "punk" part of cyberpunk.
    Figure out what says "punk" to you and wear that. Then augment it with cyberware and other technology in your EDC. Even having a smartphone makes you one step closer.

    • Anonymous says:

      >Even having a smartphone makes you one step closer.
      one step further if you ask me, carrying the man’s corporate slave tracker at all times is very not schway honestly

  8. Anonymous says:

    Also OP.

    I started to listen to Mandarin pop music. And these Adele and Katy Perry techno remixes they play in the restaurant in my city where the owners are from Chengdu .

    It’s completely disorienting, fake, sad, and happy, and junk.

    • Anonymous says:

      Cantonese pop is superior to Mandarin pop.
      Mandarin is a tonal language, so hearing songs sung in it just sounds weird as heck to me somehow. It’s as if they’re forcing themselves to deliberately mispronounce words in order to fit the melody, it rarely works imho

  9. Anonymous says:

    I got one of these for cyberpunk larping, but I never know what to wear with it. Jeans and a tee just seems lazy, but maybe that’s the point.

    • Anonymous says:

      whatever you choose, the pants must of of equivalent or greater size to this jacket or there’s no point. bulk the silhouette up in increasingly obtuse ways and you’re gold

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s kinda the weird thing about it, because of all the pockets and hardwear it’s extremely bulky in the upper half, but very slim in the lower half. I had expected it to fit more like a military coat, but it turned out to be more like a weird motorcycle jacket.

        • Anonymous says:

          not sure actually but it’s olive colored and of good quality so my opinion of the brand is pretty positive. I’d never heard of them before

        • Anonymous says:

          not sure actually but it’s olive colored and of good quality so my opinion of the brand is pretty positive. I’d never heard of them before

          I’ve had one of their Burr jackets for over a decade at this point, they make good stuff. They seem to cost much more now then when I bought mine, so they probably still make good stuff. It’s proper dyed cotton so it will fade similar to how raw denim does, if you’re a denim autist I can recommend it. I wear it all the time when doing real outdoors stuff so it’s not like I baby it either, it’s durable.

  10. Anonymous says:

    i got you bro. this watch literally has the words "cyberpunk" on the back of it. the pictures dont show that normally, the red LEDs are off, so its just silver with the dots. hecking dope as heck.

    looks like its now sold out (again) tho. i guess i could sell mine for $666

      • Anonymous says:

        Actually, I’m kind of surprised there isn’t anything like this on the market now. Then again, modern smartwatches do just connect to phones wirelessly, but maybe there’s some other setup that would make this work.

        • Anonymous says:

          I mean, it should be pretty simple to make with the electronics we have now but all we have is soulless shit
          looks almost like a nokia LCD. Someone who knows what they’re doing could probably make one themselves, although making it compact and well-packaged would be a bit hard.

        • Anonymous says:

          I mean, it should be pretty simple to make with the electronics we have now but all we have is soulless shit
          looks almost like a nokia LCD. Someone who knows what they’re doing could probably make one themselves, although making it compact and well-packaged would be a bit hard.

          Come to think of it, one reasonable use case would be a watch which has enough power to do the basics which most smart watches can accomplish, but airgapped from wireless networks and thus aren’t at risk of any sort of attacks.

          Though I don’t think anybody has actually tried to make any sort of attack on smartwatches. I wonder why.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Jogger pants have that teachcore vibe. Theres a brand called LAPG that has some ok stuff. pieces with utility pockets. Anorak jackets and pullovers are an inexpensive, weather resistant techie look.
    mostly blacks and greys.
    Thrift stores are a good source for this stuff too.

    • Anonymous says:

      >cargo jogger pants
      >anorak jacket
      honestly, not a bad look, I’d think.

      https://i.imgur.com/3hXSNIy.jpg

      nah that watch is gay. Get yourself a wrist Computer

      really cool, but I just know there will be like one or two vintage ones on eBay for thousands of dollars or something

    • Anonymous says:

      https://i.imgur.com/GpIECEW.jpg

      https://i.imgur.com/LuPRkll.jpg

      https://i.imgur.com/hdRmx4n.jpg

      https://i.imgur.com/FXpQvil.jpg

      nah these are all reddit dork tier, the last one is kind of cool but would just be dumb to wear, you may as well just wear a casio

      • Anonymous says:

        Thanks for confirming, that’s pretty much what I though. I like the first one and think it would be pretty cyberpunk if it weren’t for the r*ddit dork connections.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I have always found smartwatches to be ugly as heck. I wish there were digital/smartwatches that used an oled pixel display like picrel

      • Anonymous says:

        I wish cyberdecks were also adapted to modern aesthetics. Imitating the classic look is entirely fine, but there’s a point where the bulkiness and design choices seem more distracting.

          • Anonymous says:

            then it’d just look like a goyphone with a soulless chink bluetooth keyboard
            or hell just a laptop

            Let me rephrase.
            I wish that custom cyberdecks would take advantage of smaller internal components and utilize smaller form factors, rather than stuff a Raspberry Pi into a gutted Commodore 64 shell and attaching a 6" screen.

          • Anonymous says:

            Depending on size and preference, I feel like you could roll with something as small as a shitty Bluetooth keyboard to something like a 40% keyboard.
            Personally, I’m now starting to visualize a cyberdeck that’s just the computer parts and a screen in one unit, with a port to plug in your own keyboard and thus remove that physical limitation.

            I think what I really want is more alternate form factors from modern cyberdeck designs, versus the somewhat standard "Commodore" or "briefcase" formats I always see bandied around.

          • Anonymous says:

            oh okay that makes sense, what size keyboard would you think is better?

            i think the best size would be a device that is nintendo ds sized. Clamshell that is big ebough to have some real hardware in it, incluiding keyboard and some ports but still small enough to fit a pocket, or be able to hold with one hand and type in the other

    • Anonymous says:

      Any more input on this? It’s vintage helmut lang probably when Alexandre plokhov was in charge. With the right footwear this would look great for a subtle cyberpunk goth fit

        • Anonymous says:

          Maharishi or Rick Owens cargo bottoms, some type of utilitarian sneaker or boot. Military goth nomenklatura type stuff

          What would you recommend?

          • Anonymous says:

            Also drop the pleb-tier mentality. You can wear anything and everything you want. But you have to become it and let your clothes or outfits define you, not the other way around at all times. None of this shit we get to experience even matters in the end so why let your own ego or anyone else’s or therefore lack of get in the way of broadcasting yourself the way you’d truly like to?

            TLDR excuse the rant wear whatever the heck you want. Dress like a Ridley Scott background character listening to Vangelis.

    • Anonymous says:

      Looks really cool.

      OP, check out this article if you haven’t already, though I suspect you’ve read it already if you’re asking about subtle cyberpunk.
      https://shellzine.net/cyberpunk-fashion/

  13. Anonymous says:

    what are some tennis shoes that fit into this style without being over the top or too weird to wear every day? I’ve seen a few things but nothing in my budget (cheap)

  14. Anonymous says:

    >How can you dress "cyberpunk" in the most subtle ways?
    Cyberpunk isn’t how you dress. It’s a state of mind. Specifically 70’s/80’s/90’s future corporate dystopia.

    Pic related is my cyberpunk 2077 character. I like the shorts. I could wear this today or in 2077.

  15. Anonymous says:

    i have a small hole in my buisness casual pants on the knee, with that and a phone holster on my belt with a oversized hoodie, very kino imho

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