There is something deeply incongruous about this headline, I know, but that is why I have been so keen to celebrate Goth Day this year; the image of the stereotypical gloomy, pale goth rocking out with a party hat on is simply to delightful to resist.
Of course I know that not all goths are gloomy and pale, and they they don’t all wear black, and they aren’t even a single homogenous bunch at all. Gothness has evolved and is now part of the mainstream- though I suspect a number of goths will despise me for saying that. But it’s true: their influence is everywhere, especially in fashion.
However, it might be a bit unlucky that Goth Day happens to have fallen right in the middle of Spring- a time of the year that no goth could swing a cat without hitting twee flowery dresses gingham prints.
So, like the helpful little angel that I am, I have decided to put together a few tips about how to make the most of Goth Day, in the spring.
The pallet is soft enough to wear during the day, but can also toughen up any floral print with one sweep of a brush.
I especially like the lips. Red lips are always welcome in my book, and I happen to think they flatter everybody. I am also partial to a bit of MAC lip-candy, as they are long wearing, and the colours are very very exuberant. Now, I know they are not cheap, but they are good. For maximum Gothness, forego any blusher, and rock the red lips with some strong brows. Be Bold. That is really what this whole Goth Thing is all about.
Now, many people equate Goth fashion with wearing all black, and there is some of that for sure. But I actually think it is more about portrayed a dark and mysterious vibe than it is about one specific colour. This Topshop dress is great for spring, and totally in keeping with the whole theme. I LOVE the print. WEar it with tough ankle boots and a severe topknot for Goth cool, or then soften it up with light make-up and flowing mermaid locks for Spring chic-ness.
Now for some serious Couture Goth inspiration, check out this post by The Guardian on fashion’s top Goths. It really hits home about how Goth is now everywhere. It reminded me that we all have a little Wednesday Adams inside us, and we should let her out sometimes- just exercise your inner Wednesday with black tights and Peter Pan collars, NOT poison. Now there’s a top tip.