Velvet, lace and leather are the dominant fabrics found in Gothic fashion, inspired by Victorians, Vampires and Elizabethans. Heavy silver pendants of a macabre, religious or mystical nature, spiked and studded boots, and billowing lace goes in and out of fashion, but has firmly established itself since the early 80s, as a bold and erotic style statement. Though motivated by the grim and grotesque, there’s an element of chic and decadence in the designs. Long associated with morbidity and devil worship, it’s a look avoided by women with the objective to play it safe. Black cosmetics, black hair dye and black attire makes for an intense look. But you need not go all out Morticia Addams style to go Gothic. Dramatic accessories are enough to make an impact and add goth touches to a simple outfit. The finished product can look very glamorous while remaining loyal to the dark side. Vivid color is often rejected in favor of black, black and more black. The more black, the better. It’s no shocking revelation that Goth fashion has a love affair with the the color black, but as it has evolved and become increasingly diverse, you can also incorporate shades of deep red, purple and forest green.
Gothic style is adaptable; appropriate for business, casual, and glamorous affairs. There’s no rules to observe when it comes to how loose or fitted clothing is. Gothic styles make allowances for any body type. You can hide beneath long flowing skirts and dresses, capes, and layers, or you can wear tight corsets, dresses and pants. You can opt for a severe look by incorporating a lot of studs, zips, chains, and dominatrix paraphernalia, or keep it sensual with satin, silk, lace and velvet. Mix and match the two styles for impact.
For Gothic glamor, dress up basic skirts with black fish net stockings, and black lace tights, and then complete the look with black boots. Alterations can make the skirt itself appear more gothic: you can make the edges look distressed and frayed, sew on black lace, pearls, and satin ribbons. Or add a gothic style belt to the plain black skirt. Gothic style belts feature large ornate buckles, and can include chains which dangle down the front of the skirt. If you have a long skirt, you can hike up one side to expose leg (especially effective if you’re wearing black lace tights or fishnet stockings) and securing it at the waist with a safety pin for a disheveled damsel in distress look. Tulle, chiffon and lace are the staple Gothic-style dresses and skirts and it tends to look more sophisticated than scary.
Ruffled blouses made of lace & satin are a vintage Gothic fashion favorite. Pair them with zippered leggings, leather pants, or shiny faux leather, rather than billowing skirts. Excessive ruffle and loose fitting wear equals matronly. Accessorize with dramatic accessories for extra effect. Pair casual black skirts with black lace button up shirts with bell sleeves. Black pants and a simple black top can appear Gothic with the addition of long tailored velvet coats in burgundy and darker shades of purple, or jackets embellished with vintage pattern detailing, lace, ribbons, zips, and studs. Lace, satin, or velvet gloves are an easy Gothic touch to any ensemble.
Corsets are now commonly incorporated into casual wear and are another prominent feature of Gothic fashion. They’re flattering and unlike times past, you can breathe easy. You can pair corset style blouses with your understated black pants and skirts and still have a Goth element to your outfit. Once again, accessories go a long way in going Gothic. The more dramatic, the more glamorous. It’s all about excess on the dark side.
Blair Adele – sometimes better known as Vanity Blair has had a love affair with the art of writing since she knew how to hold a pen properly. While girls studied Seventeen magazine, she studied the dictionary, infatuated with expanding her vocabulary. Since the tumultuous teenage years, she has viewed trends with disdain, preferring to embrace individuality when it comes to style. “The Blair Necessities” is where she combines her objective: expressing femininity through fashion, and encouraging what sets a woman apart from the rest, with her passion for the written word. Let she who is without fear of fashion, cast the first stilletto.