Gothic has become a major theme in many subcultures in popular culture today. While Gothic rock has been around for quite some time now, the revival of the goth look as a trend has been spurred with the popularity of the "vampire" culture, which has been widely popularized these days by books, television shows and movies such as "Twilight" and "True Blood." The whole look of having pale skin, red or black lips coupled with a strong all-black fashion statement is definitely coming back with a vengeance.
Gothic fashion is also not too difficult to achieve. You don't even have to know too much about combining colors, because it's mostly all black or some dark shade. Here are the basic goth looks that most teenagers would love to wear on a nice evening out in town.
- The all black look - This has got to be the simplest approach to dressing like someone who's into goth. Simply choose articles of clothing that are black and wear them on top of the other. Make sure that the clothes fit well since goth garments are supposed to really cinch the wearer to a T.
You can't just simply wear a black shirt to a goth event. Being goth is not about being austere - it's about understated elegance and attention to detail. Throw a black trench coat over the shirt to complete the look.
If you're a girl, try looking for a really nice pair of form-fitting pants and couple it with boots or stilettos with a really high heel. Wear accessories that give a pop of color to your outfit. Dab on foundation make-up to really make you pale and add a black or deep red lip gloss to sell the look. You will definitely look like a goth princess now.
- The deconstructed look - The goth culture also borrows a lot from the Victorian and Edwardian age. The dresses were not black, but the general mood of the design gives off a very melancholic feel. You don't really need to wear the frilly designs as they are, but you can modify and slash things up as you please. Most avant-garde goths even combine modern clothes with the vintage outtakes. Some designs even look skunk-inspired since the filly trail of vintage clothing is sometimes used as detailing at the back - it almost gives off a skunk vibe with how the light colored vintage garment clashes with the onyx black modern coats.
- Leather - This is very hard to do on your own since leather requires very special tools to work with, particularly if you want to modify the clothes yourself. Leather may also be associated with the punk scene, but since most leather garments are black, it also fits in the goth subculture. The most that you can do here is to raid vintage stores for leather jackets and add accents if you please.
Finally, the Gothic look is not just about looking the part. You should also feel Gothic, in order to exude that aura. Have fun with the look, and enjoy it.