When it comes to fashion, we rarely see anything other than the classically pretty, traditional feminine styles gracing the covers of the magazines. You’ll get a twist here and there, like exaggerated silhouettes or ripped jeans, but it’s rare to see elements of the true goth or other alternative styles becoming popular. But what if you’re bored of the same old conventional styles? What if you’re tired of looking just like everyone else? Even deciding that you want to embrace the new lifestyle doesn’t mean you’ll automatically become good at it. Figuring things out can take some time, but if you want to start dressing more boldly, here are some tips and ideas that will give your wardrobe an edge.
If you’re new to it, you don’t have to go from zero to one hundred and become Morticia Addams on acid within a day. Goth and alternative styles are not easy to pull off, so you’ll need to build a good sense of style to know how to do it. Basically, you need to start small and take the time to really understand and love the pieces you’re wearing so you’d learn how to incorporate more of them. Simple black nail polish can be your starting point, small things like that. A leather jacket, black lipstick, thick studded belts, or chunky shoes. Pick one, but not all, and start from there. Changing our style can feel uncomfortable at first, but if you start with details you’ll get used to it and you can build up to other things.
It’s all about the attitude
Clothes should be a mere accessory to your attitude. Clothes are a way to express yourself, to show the world what you are inside, but they mean very little without the right mindset. Lift your chin up and own what you wear. Strut around, be confident and be comfortable in your own skin and anything you put on will look good.
Know how to use black
Black looks good on anyone, and it can be your go-to colour for any occasion. It’s classy, it’s sexy, it can be taken into any direction. Gothic fashion clothing often relies on black elegance, so if you like the colour you’re going to have plenty of fun. Pay attention to the material of your clothing. Black lace and velvet are alluring, and chiffon can look romantic. Black does not mean you can’t be seductive and feminine – quite the opposite. It’s dark and edgy, and if you play with cuts and materials you can easily create a look that works well with your style.
Don’t be afraid of colour
Just because black is a popular choice for alternative styles doesn’t mean you can’t wear anything else. The whole rainbow of colours is at your disposal, and wearing a pink dress won’t make you any less goth. Details like jewellery, scarves, belts and hair bands can really make a mostly-black outfit pop. Fashion shouldn’t be constraining, it’s supposed to be a guideline which you can modify to suit your needs. Don’t be afraid to wear whatever you want to wear.
Hair and makeup to complement your looks
The devil is in the details, and hair and makeup can really make or break an outfit. If you’re a beginner, there are some handy makeup tutorials around, and when it comes to hair, don’t be afraid to go wild. Darkest black, neon colours, opal hair, pink and silvery grey – it all works.
The last things to remember are piercings and tattoos. Your skin is your canvas, so use it to paint a story with a meaningful tattoo, and consider piercings for that truly edgy, eye-catching cool look.
Article by: Peter Minkoff – be sure to check him out on Twitter!