Most parents don't understand the way that their children dress. By the time someone grows up and has their own children, new styles have been thrown into the high school mix that many can't seem to wrap their heads around. Emo is the newest fashion trend that has emerged. Though a few other trends have branched off from the emo style of dress, such as scene, emo is still the most recognized term.
Some adults get confused between the styles of punk, emo, and goth, but it's really not that hard to differentiate. The style differs from males and females, but the bases is all the same with vintage looking clothing and interestingly patterned shoes and belts.
Female emos often sport large hair in an Elvira type of hair style. The top portion of the hair is razored short, while the underneath is left long. Hair accessories often include and oversized bow. The dress style is generally tight clothing, tank tops, and skinny jeans. For the most part, emos typically wear Converse shoes, but female emos will also wear ballerina flats.
Male emos are often much easier to distinguish from other styles. Their hair is typically either short and shaggy or spiked up in the back with a side swooping bang. The style of dress is also tight clothing, skinny jeans, vintage band shorts, interesting belts, and Converse shoes.
Probably the most diversifying marks of emos are their excessively tight clothing and the interesting color patterns of their shoes and belts. The clothing and hair style is typically vintage looking. Now you should have a better idea of how to spot an emo.