Fashion Post 19: Gothic Shoes

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As we have already touched on many specific subdivisions of gothic style and fashion, we thought it would be both fun and interesting to take a different approach to our fashion post this week. Instead of focusing on a specific sector of goth fashion, we have decided to touch on items/articles of clothing which can be used to accent various outfits and styles. In particular, this week’s images are of different gothic footwear. There are many options when it comes to picking shoes to match your goth clothing. For many, creepers have become a staple of goth fashion while others prefer boots like winklepickers to compliment their tastes. Some shoes have even become associated with specific types of goth fashion; however, we believe one of the key features of goth culture is its creativity and uniqueness. There are many ways to experiment with gothic fashion and develop a style of your own. By showing some shoes and boots which we feel capture the essence of the goth aesthetic, we hope that we might inspire some people’s fashion choices or provide a wardrobe idea that one might not have found otherwise. We hope you enjoy these images and check out all of our other fashion posts. Stay spooky!

Fashion Post 18: Fetish Clothing

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Gothic fashion has incurred many evolutions and adaptations over the years. Some were inspired by music trends and others by aesthetics. One major evolution in the fashion of gothic subculture has been the incorporation of fetish clothing. Goth’s fashion roots can be traced to post-punk experimentation. Much like the sound of gothic music grew out of experimentation and evolution in the wake of punk, so did it’s fashion staples evolve and grow in a similar fashion. When goth fashion was in its origins, it’s most defining feature was it’s ability to constantly evolve and incorporate various fashion designs and trends into its dark ensemble. One particular type of clothing which was often worked into traditional goth clothing was fetish wear. Whether it was pvc clothing, collars, chains, whips, boots, or leashes, fetish items often found their way into goth fashion. In fact, it has also played a role in sometimes linking goth and industrial fashion styles as the fashion of the industrial music scene would also embrace the use of fetish and bondage clothing. Today, these items have remained a staple of the fashion and many goth outfits include some for of fetish or bondage articles. Furthermore, the style has become so popular that many outfits are often constructed mostly or even entirely of fetish clothing. Thus, some would argue that it has become it’s own subgroup of gothic fashion. However, we will let you be the judges of that. Nevertheless, we decided it was important to pay tribute to such an influential part of goth fashion. Thus, we have selected what we feel are some images which greatly capture the aesthetic and style of fetish clothing in goth fashion. We hope you enjoy this post and check out all of our other content. Stay Spooky!

Fashion Post 17: Modern Goth

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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!

 

Fashion Post 16: Medieval Goth

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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.

Fashion Post 15: Goth Lolita

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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.

Fashion Post 14: Carnival Goth

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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.

Fashion Post 13: Southern Goth

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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.