Elegant Goth Outfits | Gothic Costumes
Goth outfit as a way to express yourself
Goth outfit or costume is a big part of the goth subculture which started in England in the late 1970s to early 1980s. The movement spread to other parts of Europe, especially Germany, and to the US. It was influenced to a large degree by Gothic novels and horror movies, especially those that involved vampires. Gothic rock and goth bands gained popularity among young people.
The Goth attire, hairdo, and make up of those rock groups had a great influence on the fans. Black, purple, and occasionally deep red were the most popular colors. Guys and girls had black hair, white make up with black lipstick and nail polish.
Although there were no hard and fast rules regarding goth costumes, the most common gothic attire consisted of long, velvet dresses and fishnet stockings for women, and frilly shirts for men. In addition to goth clothing, silver jewelry, silver buckles, and studded dog collars were typical accessories.
The goth look was unique in a dark and perhaps even morbid and macabre way that some young guys and girls wearing goth outfits became objects of mockery and even bullying. Sadly, this still happens today as there are misconceptions about Goths like they commit violence, self mutilation, do drugs, and worship Satan. While there may be Goths that do those things, so are there people from all walks of life.
Being a Goth is about individuality, freedom of expression, rejecting the norm (nothing wrong with that), and making friends with like-minded people. Some may wonder why you are wearing a goth costume when it's not Halloween, and you need to explain that it's not exactly a costume but an outfit that you wear as a unique way to express yourself.
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Gothic outfit style varieties
This is the typical or traditional Gothic outfit which includes Victorian and renaissance, and consists of black apparel (sometimes mixed with white) such as corsets, elaborate gowns, skirts, veils and fishnet stockings. Velvet and lace are also very common. The traditional goth attire is commonly accessorized with silver jewelry and fetish items (i.e. talisman or amulet) to create a romantic and mysterious look.
This style originates in Japan and is quite similar to the Romantic but the designs tend to be more modest. The goth apparel such as a Victorian blouse is commonly decorated with ribbons and lace trims. Black and white are the typical colors. Additional items can include mini top hats and lace headdresses.
This is the contemporary or futuristic goth look. Many of the outfits have anime or science fiction themes. They would wear goggles and neon colors in addition to black. Body piercings, wild hairdos, and large footwear are also common in this gothic fashion which is popular in the club scene.
Industrial goth or rivethead
This gothic fashion typically consists of cargo pants with metal hardware and pleating, combat or steal-toe boots, leather gloves which are sometimes fingerless, spiked or studded belts and chokers. They want to create the tough and macho look.
The rise of Goth and vampire subcultures
Classic horror movies like Dracula are a favorite of the Goths. They have a very large yearly gathering in the seaside resort of Whitby, England where Bram Stoker created his original Dracula story.
The women model their Goth costume after the female vampire actresses. Winona Ryder played a Goth in Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice." More recent films like "Interview with a Vampire" and modern day vampire series such as "moonlight" and "Twilight" help popularize the vampire subculture.
While gothic outfits are worn by Goths regularly, goth costumes are worn on Halloween and other special occasions by goths and non-goths alike.
Featured Item - Twilight Vamp Costume
Twilight Vamp Costume includes a black dress with red metallic ribbon accents for a corset type look, sheer Victorian sleeves with red metallic flower décor and matching attached vampire collar. Please note that Fishnet Thigh Highs and shoes are not included.
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