Gothic Clothing Fashion

A clothing style worn by the members of the Goth subculture has become tantamount with Gothic fashion clothing, which stands for a definite style of clothing that prefers stark dark to extravagant colors.

Goth clothing features dark cloths such as dark velvets, dark fishnet, dark lace, dark gloves and dark leather shaded with scarlet. In order to put extra weight to Goth clothing, Goths dye their hair black and darken their lips, eye-lines and finger-nails.

Gothic fashion re-emerged in England during the early 1980s in the Gothic rock scene, which is a derivative of the Post-punk genre. But the original Goth subculture is believed to have flourished between 1200 AD and 1450 AD, when the outfits were more graceful, but simpler in cut than in the Romanesque period. More importance was given to forearms of the sleeves that were tight. Necklines were usually deep, while dresses were typically longer. Minimal trimmings were an important feature of Goth clothing of this period. But, with the passage of time styles kept changing quickly. By the 15th century, fabrics became stiffer. Padded doublets, leg-o-mutton sleeves, crisp pleat, tight belts were also distinguishing characteristics of Goth clothing in 15th century.

Gothic corset fashion has not lost its prominence even in the modern times. Gothic corset is piece of women clothing that shapes the body of a women like an hourglass, which is widely considered as flattering as well as aesthetic. This piece of clothing is an indispensable part of the Victorian and medieval costumes. Currently, the garment is more soft and convenient to wear than what it was in the Victorian and medieval period.

Gothic outfits include light natural fiber shirts with ruffles, short black trousers, dark wide-brimmed hats, accessories with dark umbrellas and silver ornaments. Pirate shirts and pirate boots gives an extra weight to Goth clothing. In the medieval era, pirate boots were used by sea bandits called pirates. These boots were usually strong enough to assist pirates in the adventurous acts during long sea voyages. Pirate shirts are generally loose fit, frilly and have drooping shoulders.

In winter Gothic coats keeps the wearer warm. The best Gothic coat is the one that covers the wearer from the head to the knees. Gothic boots are also very important to the Goth fashion. Gothic boots protect the user’s feet from several dangerous places such as forests, rocks and the like by making the user stable in unstable places. Goth women generally wear boots with heel as high as possible, while men prefer flatted boots. Gothic boots are usually dark in color, but sometimes Goths can be seen wearing bloody-red boots.

Wear Gothic Fashion

Wear black in moderate amounts. Too much can make you look like a corpse. Pair black with other dark and rich hues such as deep burgundy, charcoal, and plum to achieve the mysterious look. Popular color combinations for Goths are black-red and black-plum.

Stay away from gold jewelry and accessories. Silver is the metal of choice for this trend. Charm bracelets, long pendant chains, spikes, crosses and chandelier earrings will look amazing. If you must wear gold, make sure is it antiqued and old looking.

Wear elegant fabrics like velvet, brocade and lace. Velvet can look too heavy when worn alone or all over so make sure to mix up your textures. A velvet skirt with a slim cotton blouse and lace hose brings depth and interest to an outfit. Wear burgundy leggings underneath a lace skirt and an off the shoulder cardigan for a sexy yet modest look. For something really steamy, pair a black brocade corset with dark distressed jeans and a spiky bracelet or choker. Lace can age you if you wear too much of it. Stick to one piece or accent to make sure you are not overdone.

Tall boots are a necessary fashion accessory for Goths. Heels are optional, but the boot should cover above the knee. There are many styles of boots available from slouchy suede ones that you slip into, or tall patent leather boots with miles of laces. Boots with heavy metal buckles or zippers are also very popular. Be careful that the pair you choose does not overwhelm your body. If you are petite, stay away from heavy soles because that just makes your feet look too large for your body. If you are curvier, over the knee boots may make your legs look shorter.

Gothic styles are unique and elegant, but very easy to get wrong. You do not have to be Goth to dress this way, but remember that just wearing all black does not mean you are Goth. It has a long history that continues to write itself. Pick a few elements and incorporate it into your style for a modern twist to this elegant and mysterious look.