Back in highschool, I was a punk. I don’t mean this in the way of “I was an annoying brat”(although in al fairness, I probably was) but I’m talking about being someone who wears lots of black and torn stuff and safetypins and band shirts and doc martens while listening to the Misfits. I’m fickle like april weather so I’ve moved on from that fase, but I’ve never lost my love for the bolder style choices. As a matter of fact, I still really love seeing boys and girls dress to express their often juvenile but endearing view on life and the world. Sometimes I wish I was still one of those kids, convinced the world could be divided into black and white truths, feigning indifference but very fragile under my black clad front, keeping life’s difficulties at bay by blasting my favorite music on my discman.
When the urge to dress like my teenage self again grows, I reach for looks that express my devil may care attitude. Halloween is just around the corner and right now, Wednesday Adams and Mary Kate Olsen are getting my style juices flowing. Once again, I’ll show you guys a few different ways to make goth work for you and your style. Paint it black!
1 – Elegant Goth: Morticia Adams, Victorian gothic novel heroines and old time Hollywood glamour inspire this look. Sarahlauren’s looks could kill. Doesn’t her stunning ensemble make you feel like wearing it just to go grocery shopping and giving everyone a death stare? How awesome would that feel? Or am I just an anti social weirdo? Am I using to many question marks? Seriously tell me? Shabbychic looks tall, willowy, pale and mysterious. Just grab a black maxi, some tall heels and go for an immaculate make up look. Remember, this is about looking like a lady. A femme fatale, a black widow.
2 – Girly Goth: this is where Wednesday Adams and japanese gothic Lolita style come into play. If you’re one of those girls who love petticoats, dainty dresses, perfectly curled tresses and cutesy bits and bobs, this is your thing. slumberdoll’s all black look is still full of whimsy thanks to the full skirt, lace sleeves and cutesy tights, and her gorgeous curls make her look like a perfectly gothic doll. hipstermusings’ dress has me head over heels. I’m definitely on the lookout for a simple black dress with a white collar. I’m even considering finding a simple black dress with a high neck and adding a white collar removed from some old men’s shirt or something. And with “some old men’s shirt” I mean I’ll probably steal one of my boyfriend’s shirts. It’s okay, he loves me.
3 – Simple Goth: want to feel a little badass but not look like you’re dressed up for Halloween? Keep your outfit basic and play up the goth with crucifixes and lots of black. Colormenana’s outfit is very basic at first glance, but buttoning up the shirt all the way and the socks + men’s brogues give this look a gothic edge. rahpunen darkens her beach appropriate shorts with a loose black top and a crucifix, while thehautepursuit slathered on some black lippie to go with her leather pants and crucifix, putting a spin on her soft, sheer white blouse.
4 – Grunge Goth: layering is key here. Goth doesn’t need to be black to be AWESUM, as demonstrated by lipmedx. She wears army green and leopard pants, but I can imagine her being one of Kiefer Sutherland’s Lost Boys any day. She looks like some kick ass roaming vampire! inKARLcerating piles on the loose layers of black. Going for loose on top, reeling in the volume of the harem pants with lace up boots on the bottom provides an interesting look reminiscent of something some desert warrior vampire would wear (too much imagination?). Both these looks feel slightly eightties. You might want to check out Pat Benatar’s Love is a Battlefield outfits for inspiration, with big hair, big make up, lots and LOTS of layers (when you think you’re done, just put on another TEN things before you walk out the door) and go for a muted color palette. All black is not a must!
5 – Quirky Goth: uzhasno looks like some grudge holding demon who just crawled out of a well (yes, Sadako, I’m looking at you). A FIERCE grudge holding demon who just crawled out of a well. The all white is soooo good with the black lipstick, messy hair and almost nude eye make up. Quite creepy, yes, but if you were afraid of looking creepy, you wouldn’t be reading this article. Deerdairy mixes batty old lady chic with a tinge of futuristic, and cooks up a mighty tasty looking silhouette!
As you can see, there is a way to bring out the creep in all of us!
Feeling the sudden urge to read Edgar Allen Poe, listen to metal, wear all black and sulk around the house? It’s completely normal. I’m going out to buy some dark lipstick now.