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How to Be Gothic: Gothic/Vintage Clothing, Fashion, Make-up and Overall Appearance

How to be Gothic is a question I see quite often with not really any in depth answers. So, to satisfy the same question I had, I talked to quite a few "Goths" over a period of days and have learned quite a bit.

As the title suggests, appearance is a key factor in how to be Gothic. This does overflow into the same appearance of Vampires as well as Emo appearances and fashion.

Focusing on clothing, there is a strong presence of vintage clothing that would have sensual textures, include leather, lace, satin and velvet. Of course any clothing of that nature whether vintage or not would serve the purpose.

Fishnets, high boots, shoes and boots with platform soles along with spikes and chains also are part of the appearance that adds to the Gothic look. Tattoos and jewelry are a large part of the make up as well.

Corsets add additional flavor to the various outfits that one may wear to style as a Goth. Many goths are individual and diverse and create their own styles of clothing. This is a great thing as we are allowed to see many different variations of this type of fashion.

There is a Victorian favoritism overall in the styles of clothing, as well as dark attire. Black is a very popular color among the Goths as can be seen in the slide show presented and the second video as well as in your day to day travels.

The overall style and fashion of the Gothic trend is an appearance of being sexy without much doubt.

The make-up is another key factor, with large focus on the eyes and make-up that enhances the eyes. The same is lips. Lips are made up to be very bold in most scenarios to stand out and speak loudly in appearance and demand attention.

Many outfits along with the make-up style after what is called a "Lolita" look. That simply means making one look younger than they actually are, not appearing to be under-aged as many may think. Gothic Lolita style is popular in Japan with a focus on street fashion. There are some good examples of this in the first video that is presented.

The Goth culture has been around since the 1980s and is not as new as many would think. With origins in England centered around the Gothic music scene it was sort of an offshoot of the post punk genre. Most subcultures do not live very long, however the Goth subculture continues to live on through today with much diversity.

While many think along the lines that Gothic is all about fashion, it does encompass music and aesthetics that focuses on appreciation of music, beauty, arts and taste.

Gothic fashion is here to stay and that is a good thing! As stated most Gothic outfits are unique and original and in this day and age, unique and original in fashion are not very common.

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Dale Hyde (author) from Tropical Paradise on Planet X on November 15, 2013:

It is true, both Goth and Steam Punk have been around for ages, but like you said, they were referenced as something else at the time. Many times a fashion will become popular again, and folks tend to give it a trending name from the times. :)

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Thanks for stopping by and sharing in comment. :)

Mackenzie Sage Wright on November 14, 2013:

Goth looks so cool. When I was growing up in Brooklyn, those of us who dressed more on the 'dark' side were called 'rockers' if I remember correctly... there was a strict division between rock-influenced and disco-influenced kids.

Dale Hyde (author) from Tropical Paradise on Planet X on April 30, 2012:

Hello kittythedreamer! So you used to be Goth! Awesome! You sure you have out grown it? I agree with you about being gorgeous Goth ladies. :) Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting!

Dale Hyde (author) from Tropical Paradise on Planet X on April 30, 2012:

Hello Lisa! You are most welcome and thank YOU for stopping by, reading and commenting!

Kitty Fields from Summerland on April 30, 2012:

Talk about some gorgeous ladies! I go ga-ga for goth girls! I used to be one...but ahhh the effects of motherhood and growing up. :( Awesome article! Keep it up!

Lisa Marie Mottert from Virginia, USA on April 30, 2012:

Great article...Thanks for sharing:)

Dale Hyde (author) from Tropical Paradise on Planet X on April 29, 2012:

Hello Maddambutterfly! Thanks for the inspiring words coming from one of your experience! I adore the look as well. I was reviewing a couple of videos to add to this hub and am learning even more myself. Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting!

Marie V Stephens from New Mexico on April 29, 2012:

Wonderful article.... and this comes from someone who grew up Gothic, owned a Gothic clothing store for years and still adore the look, the music and the culture! Spot on!

Dale Hyde (author) from Tropical Paradise on Planet X on April 29, 2012:

Hello D.S.! I never had dreadlocks myself, even when I had hair. My reasons for that was I felt they would be too hard to keep clean. Plus I also felt they would pull on my scalp. Nowadays, I don't have that option since I have a lot less hair! :) Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting!

D. S. from Kitchener, Ontario on April 29, 2012:

i like the gothic style but would never get dreadlocks! been told i should but hate dreads

Dale Hyde (author) from Tropical Paradise on Planet X on April 29, 2012:

Hello celebritie! Agreed, the Gothic style is popular! It is amazing that is has continued in popularity for so many decades, not fading out. Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting!

celebritie on April 29, 2012:

Gothic style is really popular.

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