Most people spend their adolescence trying on different identities, and some of those identities are just plain embarrassing.
Whether you attempted an at-home hair bleach, a snarky new persona or an ill-advised emo phase, you can look back on your teen years with a mixture of embarrassment and relief that your attempts at edginess didn't stick.
A recent Reddit thread asked, "What’s the 'edgiest' thing you’ve ever done to make yourself 'look cool' but that actually made you look stupid?" The results are a cornucopia of cringe.
Purple wig. 14 years old. To classes. - abbylikesoreos
My whole emo phase - dacringeyfangirl
I used to be sunglasses-indoors-and-at-night guy. - onomatopaella
When I was around age 10, I thought it was the coolest thing ever to wear my bangs in front of my eyes like an anime character. Like, BOTH EYES. I couldn't see and it wasn't cool. - struggleglot