Gothic fashion has taken many forms over the years, and this week we will be taking a look on the most current style, otherwise known as Modern Goth. With all of the power of sharing information, access to dark clothing, and Oufit Of The Day fashion bloggers bringing you daily inspiration, Goth Fashion is evolving faster then ever! So what does Modern Goth look like? Well, it looks a lot like Traditional Goth, with Current fashion trends mixed in. Modern Goth still uses a lot of the classic content such as dark color schemes, velvet and lace fabrics, black lipstick, and big Crosses or Ankh jewelry. For example, a Traditional 80’s or 90’s Goth might wear a long black velvet dress, a corset, body fishnets, Pinkle Wicker boots, dramatic eye makeup, heavily countered cheeks, and blood red lipstick. But a Modern Goth might wear a high wasted velvet skirt, a black crop top, platform ankle boots, leg fishnets, simple cat eye makeup, light contour, and purple lipstick. Modern Goths often have a variety in hair colors, bright tattoos, and facial piercings, all which were more difficult to come by in the 80’s and 90’s. So weather Modern Goth speaks to your spooky side or makes you cringe, we hope you enjoy the pictures below!
This weeks fashion post is centered around the elegant style of Medieval Goth. Medieval Goth is a lot like classic Medieval fashion, but an important difference being a darker color scheme, mostly because Medieval fashion, art, and literature is already Gothic enough to began with. The modern style has been adapted from the Renaissance fashion found in vintage paintings and art. During the 5-15th century, European Sumptuary laws required citizens to dress according to your class. While the lower class wore peasant clothing and often walked barefoot, the upper class wore multiple layers of lavish garments made of velvets, silk, and satin material. The more lavish the clothing, the more wealthy you were. Medieval Gothic fashion is pulled for the upper class Royal figures in History. One noteable difference in today’s Medieval Goth fashion builds on these trends by including Gothic hair styles and dark smokey makeup.
This week we are focusing on the cute and spooky style of Goth Lolita. Goth Lolita is a sub genre of classic Lolita and started in the 1990s in Harijuku. Like classic Lolita, Goth Lolita inspires a feeling of innocence and youthful beauty. A classic Goth Lolita outfit typically includes a round jump skirt, a petticoat, platform Mary Janes, and black tights or knee high socks. Extra accents include small hats, bows, ruffles, lace trimming, and possibly a small umbrella. The clothing tends to be a traditional goth black appearance. However, unlike traditional American Goth makeup (white powder, dark eyes) Lolita Goths stick to a more natural and minimal approach. They prefer to use lighter eye shadows, natural skin tones, and subtle lipstick. Lolita Goth sometimes can be considered threatening in appearance then other more traditional Goth styles. The idea is elegance, poise, beauty, and innocence.
This week we thought it would be interesting to talk about the style of Carnival Goth. While Carnival Goth is not a Goth Subculture in the sense that it does not have much history or music surrounding it, it is a fashion of Goth many still enjoy. The style plays on carnival and circus themes with a macabre and eerie twist. The fashion has a theatrical playfulness to it, often including props such as cotton candy, a long cane, or whips. Carnival goth uses elements of clown makeup, pinstripes, colorful accents such as bright buttons and neon hair, and classic black and white overall goth color scheme.
This week’s post is centered around Southern Goth Fashion. Taking inspiration from Southern Gothic Fiction and writers like William Faulkner, Southern Goth Fashion blends elements of Victorian, Romantic,and Naturalist styles into its fashion. One could almost imagine the Southern Gothic Wardrobe to be fashion’s homage to a movie adaptation of Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying… but with a little more black. The fashion maintains Goth’s spirit and aesthetic with monochrome color schemes, while also placing an emphasis on more simplistic and naturalist ideas. Where Victorian Goths might wear a lace dress with detailed and intricate patterns, a Southern Goth might bear simply a silk white nightgown set against dark hair. Yet, being influenced also by Romantic and Victorian Fashion, Southern Goths certainly have their own share of frills and detail. Photography inspired by these looks often plays into the settings described in Southern Gothic Fiction by using rural landscapes and worn-down Victorian houses. Today, elements of the fashion can be seen in modern television shows. HBO’s True Blood and American Horror Story’s Coven series incorporated elements of Southern Goth Fashion into its costume design. Today’s evolved look of the fashion features big black hats, witchy aesthetics, off white and ashy black colors, shadowy makeup, vintage buttons, and plenty of lace.
Goths are everywhere, and while some keep their style private, others are finding ways to incorporate their style in what might otherwise be an unsuitable environment. A great example of this, and our focus this week, is Gothic Clothes in the workplace. This Corporate style fashion evolved from the need to look appropriate in the work environment without sacrificing one’s Gothic identity, taking a “normal” everyday work look and styling it to fit their individuality. Often elements of goth subcultures such as Victorian goth and Gothabilly are incorporated, making the look truly versatile. If you are clever enough, it is easy to get away with being goth in any environment, even the workforce. You just need a little wit and a dark imagination.
This week’s post is centered around Gothabilly and its fashion. Gothabilly is the marriage of psychobilly and gothic music, havings roots in rockabilly, horror punk, and post punk. Gothabilly blends the rhythmn and chord changes of rockabilly while maintaining sombre lyrics and image. Key differences between psychobilly and gothabilly are usually slower tempos and baritone vocals. The genre is perhaps most famously personified by The Cramps and can also be traced to earlier bands such as The Gun Club. Today gothabilly is driven by bands like The Horror Pops. Gothabilly fashion embraces elements of campy vintage horror films, rockabilly styled clothing, and a somber goth color palette. Women’s gothabilly hair often involves betty bangs, victory curls and pompadours the fashion style typically includes pinup makeup, pencil skirts and high heals all in mono chrome color schemes. Men’s Gothabilly fashion often features black western shirts, slicked-back pops with faded sides, black creepers, and may include horror themed makeup. These are some images which we feel capture the style and image of gothabilly and it’s fashion.