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Hot Topic is synonymous with thick black eyeliner, heavy metal T-shirts, and teenage angst. In a J.Crew family, Hot Topic is the cool black sheep you'd actually want to hang out with. 

For the uninitiated, Hot Topic is not a style genre you dive into head first, but that's just what we did. We asked three women with "basic" wardrobes (in the predictable and practical sense) to get head-to-toe Hot Topic makeovers. 

Before we start the makeovers, let's define basic.

BASIC: (adjective) A simple style of fashion. A style that avoids anything uncomfortable or anything that makes you stand out. Keeping it casual, comfortable, no-frills fashion.

syn - casual, comfortable, plain

When I asked Antonea if she'd like a Hot Topic makeover, she jumped at the chance.

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“When I think Hot Topic, I think about cool emo/goth kids in high school and fun accessories,” said Antonea.

Antonea describes her style as simple, casual, and comfy. Nothing that will make her stand out too much.

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“I decide what to wear by whatever catches my eye that day or what activity I’ll be doing," she told me. 

I decided to showcase her quirky and fun personality with a cute frog tee and some skeleton suspenders.

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Antonea is probably the sweetest person I have ever met. Her laughter literally fills a room and she has a smile that never leaves her face.

Frog pocket top by Over the Garden Wall Greg ($27.92, Hot Topic); Skeleton hand suspender ($34.31, Hot Topic)

Antonea’s style hasn’t changed much since high school: Sticking to her comfort zone has kept her from making bold fashion choices.

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“I love everything about this look. The little frog was such a cute detail and the skirt was so fun! I love that it has pockets!"

She absolutely loved this green mascara, a look she'd never thought about trying.

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Brittany, on the other hand, takes a utilitarian approach to basic style.

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As a proud gym rat, she rocks workout clothes anywhere she can. 

She basically lives in leggings and muscle tees.

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"I’m all about comfort when it comes to choosing an outfit. My co-workers are actually shocked when they see me in anything other than workout attire," said Brittany. 

Brittany associates Hot Topic with skulls and all-black, so I threw her a curve ball.

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"Hot Topic makes me automatically think of skulls and black. I LOVE black clothing, but I never wear skulls. Would I ever walk into Hot Topic to shop? Nope."

Within seconds of putting this on, Brittany transformed into a fierce, edgy queen.

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Red and black plaid overall dress ($39.90, Hot Topic); Black oversize mesh top ($19.92, Hot Topic)

"Honestly, I loved my crazy makeup and mullet hairstyle. I felt like an alien ready to kick some human ass," she said.

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Now for the most dramatic Hot Topic makeover of all.

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Dear readers, meet Becca. 

Becca describes her style as plain and casual, but she's open to trying new trends.

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You will often see Becca wearing dresses and skirts in light colors. 

Asked to describe Hot Topic, she uttered only two words, "Not me."

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I dressed Becca in a goth black dress, but kept it sexy with a mesh shirt underneath. 

Jawbreaker black Victorian dress ($59.90, Hot Topic); Oversize mesh top ($19.92, Hot Topic)

"I liked that it felt a little sexier than what I would normally wear. I felt a lot tougher, too," said Becca.

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Even though she doesn't see herself wearing this outfit again, she did enjoy playing dress up in a new style.

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Which look was your favorite?

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