Time to continue with our countdown! Today we are looking at ANOTHER J-Fashion, JOKING! We are not looking at a J-Fashion today. Oh no. Today we are looking at one of the subcultures within the Gothic fashion aesthetic. Welcome to Pastel Goth people, time for an overview:
Origin: North America
Colour Scheme: Pastels mixed with black
Inspiration: Manga characters
Popular Clothing Items: Baby doll dresses, patterned tights, leggings, crop tops
What: Sometimes referred to as ‘creepy cute style’, Pastel goth is one of the newer players on the Goth scene and considered by many very ‘ironic’. On one hand it uses a lot of dark imagery, most of which is heavily used in both the Grunge and Deathrock scenes of Goth. On the other hand though, they style uses pastel shades of lavender, baby pink, and mint green.
No one is QUITE sure where or when the style started, though many agree that it was likely inspired by Lolita with a liberal dash of Deathrock thrown in to keep things interesting.
Some of the main aspects of Pastel goth include:
- Dyed hair – either pastel shades, white or gray
- A lot of hair accessories such as bows, skulls, and even hats
- Baggy sweaters
- Japaneses inspired characters and imagery on tights, dresses, and shirts
- Creepers and baby doll shoes
- Shorter skirts combined with tights and knee socks
I own a lot of very Pastel goth friendly accessories including skeleton hand hair clips and eyeball bow clips. Otherwise I own very few pastel goth, friendly looks as I just don’t wear a lot of their staple item pieces.
What I Like: I love the sweetness of Pastel Goth. Despite the fact that I really do love wearing all black primarily, I love how Pastel goth combines the dark with the cute. This is very much my personality, which many people say is a weird combination of creepy and cute.
I also really love the patterned tights and dress look, it is one of my go-to styles for Spring, Fall, and Winter (Summer I avoid going outside PERIOD).
What I do not like:Pastel goth is a very YOUNG looking style and primarily is seen in Highschool or young college students and I find that when it is worn by older ages it ends up looking childish and immature.
While researching Pastel Goth I was disappointed by the lack of figure diversity. Most pastel goths are very slender and frankly I did not see a single plus-size pastel Goth during my search.
I am not entirely sure why this is. Maybe the staple tights and leggings are too hard to find for plus-size legs? I know that really affected by decision to really get involved with this style – that and I prefer having dark hair.