Goth is a subculture that will always be near and dear to my heart, even if I don't engage it as often as I used to. Goth is what introduced me to some of my favorite music and provided a gateway into even more interesting genres. I probably wouldn't enjoy EDM as much as I do today if it weren't Goth Rock and it's offshoot Industrial. I probably wouldn't have the appreciation I do for a black blazer if it wasn't for my days decked out as a dandy Victorian corpse.
While I was always ogle photos from Whitby Goth Weekend of gorgeous girls (and guys!) dolled up in lace, PVC, zippers, and fishnet - I also realize that kind of style isn't practical for my current lifestyle and so I've settled for retaining small nods to spooky in my daily wear.
For example - I have small, dangly bat earrings on today and my favorite armor ring. Doesn't hurt that most of my outfit is also black, but that's really nothing new here!
So what is Goth?
Some of you may be wondering, since your last run in with an alleged Goth was probably that weirdo high school kid in the trench coat or that one young cousin of yours who wore WAY TOO MUCH eyeliner to the last family reunion.
This Independent article is a really good primer and breaks it down into easily digestible chunks for even the most uninitiated to the scene.
Give it a quick read. I'll wait.
Alright, now that you've armed yourself with at least some basic understanding of Goth's emergence into the world, I'd love to share some of my favorite pieces of the scene with you so you too can delve into the spooky black mire of melancholy - should you so choose.
1. The Quintessential Goth Song - if you know of nothing else, at least be familiar with this one:
2. This Style Primer - Goth has lots of different fashion niches. This breaks it down for you.
3. A really easy makeup tutorial - this one looks good on pretty much anyone!
4. Where to Shop - not all of your Goth necessities need to come from Hot Topic. Just sayin'.
🦇 Happy World Goth Day! 🦇