mass-produced "punk", "goth", and "rockabily" clothing in order to erase individuality from the face of the earth.
person 1: let's go buy these cool bondage pants i saw avril wearing on MTV!
person 2: let's! oh, and let us get daddy's money from his CEO position at a large stock company!
person 1: yes, let's!
by Katie December 22, 2003
Spencer's, but with more clothes.
I've still never been, but my roommate shops there every chance she gets.
by RatchetBoo October 23, 2003
fairly expensive store which sells things like spikes, stickers, and stuff like that. fairly good if you're into that stuff. place where preps can go and act punk, where punks can go and get poser-punk stuff, and where others can go and get whatever because they don't really care, they just like it. it's possible. honest
"y'know that place hot topic? it's such an avril lavigne store!" "well...yeah. avril DOES shop there. but does that make it a poser store, even if she is one?" "yeah." "idiot."
by scientificprogressgoesboink August 29, 2003
An overly expensive mall store that sells to emo/punk/metal/scene kids and other kids and teens that fall under similar labels. It is constantly labeled a store for posers, which is pretty dumb. It's just a store people. It is unfortunately the only store of its kind (band merch selling kind) in my area, which gets me wrongly accused of being a poser.
Luke: I got this shirt at hot topic
Chelsea: Poser!
Trevor: Emo!
by Captain Fangirl June 18, 2014
A store that sells a more alternative style of clothing that resembles something made at home. A great store for people who like that style but do not have the ability to make their own clothing. Also sells pop culture items such as Nightmare before Christmas and Doctor who stuff
Ryan: Where should we go in the mall?
Joe: I want to go to hot topic, I want to buy a Doctor Who backpack
by Psuedoduck May 26, 2014
A store found in some malls that was originally for mostly bands or gothic clothing, but now seems to focus more on Pop Culture stuff. The last time I went into Hot Topic, they had a wall of Disney Pullovers, Doctor Who stuff, some Marvel and even My Little Pony merch (for the bronies...I guess?) I rarely see anyone who shops there who looks older than 18. It's a neat store, last time I was there I got a David Tenant shirt, Wicked witch shirt, a Little Mermaid tank top and a Loki vs Thor shirt (which I now regret, as looking online they have much better Loki shirts online!)
Honestly there is probably something in here for everyone in Hot Topic...
by longlostchild December 28, 2013
mkayy, well i don't know why the fuck everyone says it's for posers, because if you like what you wear, your not a fucking poser. it's just a store people. okay, maybe it has colorful skinny jeans and studded belts and a shitload of band t's. but A.E. or Hollister or Abercrombie is filled with destroted jeans, thin shirts, leather belts, and hundred-dollar perfumes. get over yourselves.
you shop at Hollister when you want destroyed jeans.
i shop at Hot Topic when i want skinny jeans.
by Billsgirl483 March 12, 2010
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