How to Be Gothic: Gothic/Vintage Clothing, Fashion, Make-up and Overall Appearance
Gothic "Look"Click thumbnail to view full-size
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Popular Gothic Fashion
How to be Gothic is a question I see quite often with not really any in depth answers. So, to satisfy the same question I had, I talked to quite a few "Goths" over a period of days and have learned quite a bit.
Focusing on clothing, there is a strong presence of vintage clothing that would have sensual textures, include leather, lace, satin and velvet. Of course any clothing of that nature whether vintage or not would serve the purpose.
Fishnets, high boots, shoes and boots with platform soles along with spikes and chains also are part of the appearance that adds to the Gothic look. Tattoos and jewelry are a large part of the make up as well.
Corsets add additional flavor to the various outfits that one may wear to style as a Goth. Many goths are individual and diverse and create their own styles of clothing. This is a great thing as we are allowed to see many different variations of this type of fashion.
There is a Victorian favoritism overall in the styles of clothing, as well as dark attire. Black is a very popular color among the Goths as can be seen in the slide show presented and the second video as well as in your day to day travels.
The overall style and fashion of the Gothic trend is an appearance of being sexy without much doubt.
The make-up is another key factor, with large focus on the eyes and make-up that enhances the eyes. The same is lips. Lips are made up to be very bold in most scenarios to stand out and speak loudly in appearance and demand attention.
Many outfits along with the make-up style after what is called a "Lolita" look. That simply means making one look younger than they actually are, not appearing to be under-aged as many may think. Gothic Lolita style is popular in Japan with a focus on street fashion. There are some good examples of this in the first video that is presented.
The Goth culture has been around since the 1980s and is not as new as many would think. With origins in England centered around the Gothic music scene it was sort of an offshoot of the post punk genre. Most subcultures do not live very long, however the Goth subculture continues to live on through today with much diversity.
While many think along the lines that Gothic is all about fashion, it does encompass music and aesthetics that focuses on appreciation of music, beauty, arts and taste.
Gothic fashion is here to stay and that is a good thing! As stated most Gothic outfits are unique and original and in this day and age, unique and original in fashion are not very common.
For some great vintage clothing finds! Great Unique Fashions From Thrift Stores, Second-Hand Stores, Yard Sales, And Garage Sales