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Your Introduction to Goth Fashion

Goth culture has its origins in the 80s, when it evolved into a prominent sub-culture. The goth focused on breaking stereotypes, challenging societal expectations, and enjoying the ensuing chaos.

Goth fashion found its inspiration from goth music. It took inspiration from the mysterious, moody, and haunting vibes that bordered on the morose. Goth fashion has transformed into the different goth styles we know today that include Pastel Goth, Vampire Goth, Cyber Goth, Traditional Goth, and so many more. 

Influences of Goth Fashion

The influences behind goth fashion are unexpected. Contrary to what many believe, goth fashion was encouraged by the romanticism of the Victorian era. The poufy dresses, the tiny waists, the lace embroidery, and the dark colors were very common in Victorian mourning. The popularity of corsets, chokers, pearls, and crosses during the Victorian and Edwardian eras was a huge inspiration to the goth movement.

boy in a Goth outfit

Goth Fashion in Pop Culture

  • Wednesday Addams

  • Wednesday Addams may have none of her parents' charm but has embraced their style. Her look is that of a subtle goth. Her black dresses with the prim collars remind us of funeral dresses. Her pale complexion, though bereft of any dark eyes or lips, is perfect for the thirteen-year-old, morose teenager. 

  • Morticia Addams

  • Morticia Addams embodied gothic glamour way before it became cool. The iconic character was always dressed to the nines, in her form-fitting jet-black gowns. Her pale face, smoky eyes, and red lips brought goth glam to a whole new level. 

  • Nancy Downs

  • The Craft was bound to be a cult favorite when it was released in 1996. The movie centered around four witches, one of whom was Nancy Downs. As the movie progresses, Nancy breaks out of her shell and begins to understand he powers. We see her transform into the goth we have all grown to love, who completely embodies goth clothing.

    Types of Goth Styles

    Goth styles have branched into various styles over the past few decades. Traditional goth refers to the early stages of goth fashion that focused on pale skin, leather outfits, chunky boots, dark eyes and lips, and a lot of fishnet.

    Haute Goth took elements from modern fashion and infused them with Victorian-era clothing.  The new style consisted of corsets and gowns from past eras, and hair and makeup from the present times. The goth style has branched out a lot more since then into Corporate Goth, Gothic Lolita, Cyber Goth, and many more. 

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