A very short essay on gothic clothing
, with links to examples around the net. By Carmilla, founder of Drac-in-a-Box Gothic Clothing.
Note - if you hover over words of interest you will find that many have web links to photographs or pages of interest.
is an aesthetic which grew out of the punk movement in the late 1970's. The style reflected a need to disengage from mainstream values and ethics. Music was a huge part of the gothic sub culture, and still is, although the music has become far more diverse since the middle of the 1990s, a wonderful history of goth and the music can be found here
, and is so worth reading if it is of interest to you.
Basically in a nut shell gothic clothing
is about what gothic people choose to wear and can be as diverse as any other sub culture, but in my opinion anyway, is far more creative and exciting than that of any other culture. Gothic clothing
is about refusing to conform to the mainstream, it's about asking questions which can't be answered. It's about being yourself.
That said, if you are starting out in what you perceive as a minefield of gothic clothing
styles there is help at hand. There are lots of pages dedicated to the art of gothic make-up. Gothic make-up
is incredibly important if you wish to stand out and look uber gothtastic. Mooky chick has a guide to gothic eyeshadow
with some beautiful photographic examples of what can be acheived, but it is important to remember that the style should be your own, so get inspiration from other people's styles but never copy them. Gothic men can also play with make-up. What other scene accepts men in make-up? Very few, I LOVE the gothic scene.
is available all around the Drac-in-a-Box website, but if you are just starting out I can happily recommend a few key pieces which will transform your wardrobe.
If you don't look gothic after adding those few key pieces into your wardrobe, applying your make-up and changing the colour of your hair, I'll eat my pixie boots
can be adapted from second hand shop finds, it can be made by your own sweet hands, or it can be purchased from online shops like yours truly. Take a look around our many categories of gothic clothing
, choose an entire outfit or mix and match pieces in your own creative way. It does not matter. First and foremost gothic clothing
is about being you, about feeling good about the way you look and not worrying about the opinions of people too blinkered to see your exquisite beauty. Have fun.