Depending on when (and in some cases where) you went to high school, you might have come across your friendly neighborhood Goth kid. Any Goth kid might have told you that pulling off the Goth look entails a little more than just wearing all black, dying your hair black, and spending a considerable portion of each day brooding.
In the days of Wonder Woman costumes and Harley Quinn costumes, you might be looking for something a little more edgy and distinct. When you’ve outgrown your Harry Potter costume (or your Hermione costume for that matter), the Goth look just might be right up your alley.
If you’re looking to pull off the Goth look, it’s important to make sure that you don’t come off looking like some cheap substitute. You want to make sure that you look 100% authentic, or you might have to suffer from considerable verbal backlash.
Below, Kids Halloween Costumes & More goes over a few items to keep in mind in order to make sure you look the part if you’re playing Goth for the day or the foreseeable future.
The Humble Beginnings of Goth
Even though it might seem like the Goth look originated in your high school drama department, Goth happens to be a subculture that started in the UK in the early 1980s. This trend was developed and progressed through fans of gothic rock music, which was a subgenre of post-punk music. Famous goth rock bands include The Cure, Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, as well as Bauhaus and Kraftwerk.
Avoiding Looking Like a Poser
If you’re going to pull off the goth look and remain in the mainstream, you might be able to get away with it without doing any research or adhering to the basic tenets of what it means to be Goth. However, if you’re going to be in the same proximity of other dark ones, you will want to make sure that you don’t come off looking like a poser.
First, if you opt to wear a Goth band tee, you will want to make sure that it depicts one of the Goth rock bands listed above or another Goth rock band of varying obscurity. The more obscure, the better. Frisk your local thrift stores and look online for your Goth rock tee deals instead of purchasing yours at your local Hot Topic. Shopping at Hot Topic is generally viewed as a poser move.
Selecting Your Goth Attire
Your main color selection should be black when going Goth. You’ll want to avoid pretty much every other color except white and in some rare instances the color red might be acceptable.
Collared shirts will generally give off a nice unisex vibe. Elbow gloves and shiny black boots are also a safe option when selecting your Goth wardrobe. Again, if you can find your items secondhand, this will be for the better. The older and more used your Goth attire looks, the better. Conversely, the more brand-new your Goth attire looks will likely add more poser points to your overall score.
Black leather clothing, whether it’s pants or a long black jacket will also go nicely with your new Goth look. A dark wide-brimmed hat is also a nice accessory for those about to Goth.
We know it might be sacrilege, but any sort of demonic or ominous-looking jewelry will work in your favor, whether it happens to be a pentagram, a raven, or some sort of medieval symbol. Choker necklaces are generally accepted as Goth-acceptable as well.
Bonus points if you wear lots of wristbands, black tights, and black socks. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with all things Goth as you dive deeper into the culture with your newfound stylistic choice.
Contact Kids Halloween Costumes & More Today
If you’re looking for help whilst going Goth, Kids Halloween Costumes & More can help. We have a wide variety of costumes, whether you’re looking for Goth wear, family Halloween costumes, baby Halloween costumes, sexy costumes, superhero costumes, and more. Contact us today to take a look at our huge inventory of costumes. We’ll make sure you make a big splash at your next costume-related event.