Technikitty’s Top 10 Styles: 3

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.

Origin: Britain

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:

  • Cyber-Goth
  • Victorian Goth
  • Glam Goth
  • Nu-Goth
  • Cabaret Goth
  • Deathrocker

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.

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Polyvore set created by cupcakegoth

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!

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Holiday Dresses – Goth Edition

Tis the season to not only deck the halls but to deck your wardrobe but sometimes it can be hard to find holiday friendly dresses that fit your personal fashion style. So I am going to be creating a set of 3 posts based on different fashion styles and how you can choose an outfit for your holiday events!

Today we are going to start with Gothic fashion.

Goth fashion can be a slightly harder when it comes to Christmas regalia as most ‘Gothic pieces’ tend to be very darkly colored or have patterns that feature skulls and other less than festive characters.

More than any other of the sub styles I am going to talk about, Goth’s at Christmas have to decide when going to family or office parties if the opinions of others really matter. Not every person in your life will appreciate your darkly inclined fashion and some may even see it as morbid for the holidays.

Ultimately you have to decide how important the opinions of others really are to you – do you really care if Aunt Flo disproves of your look or is keeping peace in the family more important during the holiday? It is really up to you.

This can be a real problem if you have relatives who are not such big fans of ‘black dresses for Christmas’.

You may want to consider asking yourself these questions or taking these ideas into account when choosing a Gothic holiday wardrobe.

  1. Sumptuous fabrics like velvet and lace are all great Christmas fabrics
  2. Take advantage of blood red fabrics commonly seen in Gothic fashion
  3. Is a full skull-print appropriate for an office party?
  4. How fancy of an event is it (a dramatic lacy dress may not be appropriate for a small intimate gathering)
  5. Does your office Christmas party have a dress code?
  6. How comfortable do you want to be? (Your Gothic corset may not be a great match for a big holiday meal)
  7. If you do decide to go all black with your outfit, consider some festive colored accessories like red hair bows or green necklaces to add some holiday color
  8. What type of temperature are you looking at in regards to the venue? Is the location known for being hot or cold? This will help you choose sleeve styles and even fabric thicknesses.
  9. If you DO decide to go more conventional in your holiday attire, dress up your outfit with some creepy cute accessories and jewellery to still express your darker interests
  10. Remember that some symbols may not bother people at all during the year regularly but may really bug people during the holiday season – may want to stay clear of upside down crosses and pentagrams
Ribbet collage

These particular dresses can be found at Sourpuss Clothing, Infectious Threads and Heavy Red

Remember though – these are more so guidelines for when dealing with family and work events. When you are celebrating with friends and loved ones who totally accept your weird yet wonderful wardrobe, the sky is the limit as far as what you want to wear! If you can get away with wearing a Victorian Mourning dress to your friends Christmas shindig, DO IT!

Tomorrow  we will be taking a look at some Lolita fashion inspirations for the Holiday season!