Ladies and gentlemen, boils and ghouls today we hit the top 3 fashion substyles and these styles are allllll western! Starting our top 3, we will be looking at a style that I fallen in and out of love with since Grade 7, though I suppose it could be argued that I have liked it even longer. May I present, Goth fashion.
Colour Scheme: Varies heavily, usually includes black
Inspiration: Punk fashion. Victorian and Elizabethan
Popular Clothing Items: Corsets, short skirts, long coats
What: Goth fashion was first spotted in England in the 1980’s as an offshoot of the punk genre.Unlike other substyles for the 80’s, Goth has proven to be able to stand the test of time and has some of the largest communities seen worldwide. Most people agree that the basic idea behind Goth fashion is 19th century Gothic Literature and horror films, though different substyles within Goth do exist, and they all have their own features and inspirations. Some of the substyles within Goth include:
- Victorian Goth
- Glam Goth
- Cabaret Goth
Due to the amount of substyles within the Gothic fashion, many different people have joined this substyle of fashion, and unlike any of my previous substyles mentions, Goth attracts a really wide array of people from all walks of life.
Common elements seen in all of the Goth substyles include:
- Chains or metal details
- Corsets as both outer and underwear
- Dark or unnaturally coloured hair
- Elaborate makeup, usually with dark eyes and lips
- Leggings and tights
Not shockingly I own a MASSIVE amount of Goth friendly clothing which varies from long black skirts, to corseted tops and in my program I am often referred to as ‘the Goth chick’, even though I really don’t consider myself a Goth. I just like the fashion and LOVE wearing black.
What I Like: Gothic fashion is a very widely known substyle of fashion that could almost be considered ‘common place’ in modern Western society. Because of this, Goth friendly clothing pieces can be found in most, if not all, average clothing stores, though you still often have to either DIY or go online for those finishing touches.
This in turn creates another item I like about Goth fashion, how creative it allows its wearers to be in regards to styling. There are really no set rules in regards to Goth fashion, so you can wear pretty much whatever YOU feel comfortable in, though this does have an issue in and of itself …
What I Don’t Like: As I do not consider myself a Goth, I am not a member of any Goth communities or anything, but a continuous issue I have heard is that Goths can be seriously judgmental of other Goth’s fashion choices and there tends to be a divide amongst the substyles within the culture.
The only other issue is more of a societal problem. A big issue people always encounter when wearing all black are strange questions. ‘Who died’, ‘Are you a Satanist’, and even ‘Are you depressed’ are all common questions faced by people who choose to wear Gothic fashion. It can get pretty tiring.
Well if thats Goth, then you’ve had it. Join me Saturday for number two!