A large chain-store in which sells clothing that do not appeal to the general teenage population. Recently made popular via certain pop vocalists and teenage magazines, Hot Topic has gained the lable of being a "poseur store" by a number of people.

Varying degrees of people shop there, including "preps," "gawths," or those just simply interested in buying a pair of pants because they (ghasp shock horror) happen to like them.

Also, generally expensive and over-priced for poorly-made clothing which fades (badly) in the wash, but a decent alternative for those of the younger generation who don't have a thrift store around or another clothing store which caters to those not interested in wearing clothing that make them look like a slut.

Note: Although many people who shop there truely do think they're flipping the birdie to the system, please remember there are also people who shop there because they happen to like the clothing.
1.) Hot Topic was featured in that teen magazine again. They advertised some nice bracelets.

2.) Person A: Oh, look, gawth girls talking about cutting at a Hot Topic. How... sickeningly cute.
Person B: Okay, we get in, grab the pants, pay and get out. Maybe they won't see us.

3.) Damn, the little metal star of my pants just fell off. I wonder if I should take them back to Hot Topic for a refund? I hate how low-quality these pants are, but I suppose it's better than wearing those uber-tight pants I saw them selling downtown. It's almost like wearing nothing! I wish we had a decent thrift store around here.

4.) Person 1: Someone called me a poseur again for shopping at Hot Topic. God forbid I like the pants.
Person 2: It's not your fault there are three-thousand eleven-year-olds running around with anarchy badges. Ignore them.
Person 1: Do they even know that anarchy, as a politic power, would generally crumple do blatent lack of organization? They might be lawful citizens, but there are many, many people who would take the lack of power too far and bring down society as we know it.
Person 2: Well, there is a reason they spent 30$ on a shirt you could by easily at Kmart for 10...
by Kawareru (‰ó) March 14, 2005
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Many teens shop there trying to be "different" and "unique" Unfortunately many people who shop there think spending $60 on a pair of pants at Hot Topic makes you "rebellious" and "unique" yet spending that much money on a pair of pants at Abercrombie, Hollister or any other "preppy" store makes you a "mindless conformist"

Their logic is also completely flawed in the fact that because Hot Topic's prices are somewhat low (well compared to many mall stores) and many teens have an urge to be "different" many teenagers shop there, thus making it the same "clone-wear" that people who wear "trendy" labels are classified as.

So basically what I'm trying to say is, wear what you think is cool and don't judge others on what they choose to wear. If you think your any more original (or better as some people think) wearing X brand instead of Y brand then your only fooling yourself and making yourself look arrogant.
Prep/Goth/Punk/Skater etc... there all just labels. Be who YOU want to be, and respect those who choose to be different then you.
by Aaron December 19, 2004
It's a store, people. They sell clothes like everyone else. Just as many posers go there as American Eagle or Abercrombie.
I shop at American Eagle. It's not because I don't want to be a "poser"; it's because I like their clothes. And people who shop at Hot Topic like their clothes. Get over it.
The goth/poser equivelent to ambercrombie and fitch.
wow this retarded looking nightmare before christmas tampon case is only $45!
by scum fuck May 18, 2004
This is a store to which people can find t-shirts, sweaters, hats, basically all attire that may have a faviorte band or funny saying. I personally go there, and I do not believe that I am trying to rebel against anything. And if I was trying to, to what would I be, society in itself, you could say the same thing about Pacific sunwear, Ecko, or any clothing store, they could all be considered rebelling against something. But I just want a shirt with my faviorte band's name on it.
Let's go to Hot Topic, and not rebel against anything, but rather buy some clothing articles, like we would in any other clothing store.
by Adam July 03, 2004
A store which sells "alternative attire" for those who seek it. Buying clothing from there makes you neither original nor a poser (unless of course you think yourself original for shopping there). It's a clothing store. Not much else to it really.
I shop at Hot Topic on occasion. I don't make my own clothing so I suppose that makes me a complete conformist and poser.
by LuciNormal March 04, 2004
a store. the end. you can shop there because you like what they sell. you can not shop there because it's too expensive. you could shop there because everyone else shops there, or you can not shop there becasuse everyone else shops there. but any way you look at it, it's still just a store.
Hot Topic is a poserfest.
Hot Topic is a punkfest!
Hot Topic is a store, you assholes!!
by Liz December 28, 2003
A store where psuedo-punks/goths go buy their identity. I mean, clothes. Watch out, those kids that shop at Hot Topic sure are rebellious, I mean, what can be more rebellious than feeding a multi-million dollar company by buying a crapy overpriced Good Charlotte shirt to look different like everyone else? Buying a GG Allen shirt from some run down, fishy looking store owned by some shady looking dude? Nah.
You guys! I just bought this shirt with a pentagram on it! Isn't it cool! Daddy wouldn't let me buy it with his credit card, but since I'm so rebellious I stole it from him! Probation, here I come! I mean... The darkness that is my soul craved the dark energy emitted from this shirt showing my love for my dark lord. Yeah.
by Mike April 28, 2004
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