During his time with The Smiths, Morrissey developed a signature "look." It consisted of the aforementioned quiff, clothing several sizes too big, National Health Glasses, and on occasion a hearing-aid, despite the fact that he is not at all hearing-impaired.
This look, while often criticized as laughable and contrived at the time, it's now described as "iconic". Despite all of this, impressionable teenagers with total lack of direction in their lives and parents who did not love them claimed Morrissey as their gloomy savior and adopted this look as their own, copying Morrissey's style and showing up to Smiths concerts in droves. Morrissey's following have been described as being among the most dedicated of pop and rock fans.