Edge is not something you can fake – neither in life nor your outfits. That edge is a very specific feeling that comes naturally with everything that you do and shines through even the pink you wear – and it’s absolutely thrilling. When you think about it – anyone can fake a Cinderella but not everyone can pull off an edge, because edge – edge is in the character of the person – the way they think, laugh, feel and act. So, once you feel it and realize it’s there, use it to your advantage and turn it into a signature fashion vibe… we know we have!
Understand the trend
The common misconception people have about anyone who’s rocking a slightly “different” and “dark” style is that they are depressed, unhappy and often emotionally-challenged individuals whose dark, edgy outfits are coping mechanisms and a form of detachment from the mundane. And while it may be true that the trend started off like that, it has evolved past that prejudice and become a fashion statement for all the individuals who like something more challenging than a nude dress or a jean jacket. Your bubbly personality shouldn’t suffer because of your nipple or nose piercing, your leather jacket or unicorn hair. It’s all good – stay happy, dress Goth and give people something to gossip about.
Read on to get some little Goth and edgy inspiration for your next outfit:
Love your black
Sure, it’s a cliché but don’t diss your black just because it’s an expected Goth vibe. Instead, embrace it and add a twist to it – combine it with other colors and shades of black, interesting cuts, lace and fishnets to give your outfit a different flair.
Say YES to the platform
Whether we are talking mid-calf Martins or Ranger boots, the platform is the thing to walk your Goth in. Velvet is often loved by Goth girls, so combining a dangerous-looking platform with a set of purple or mauve details will bring just enough juxtaposition to your footwear and still have you looking Goth enough. Open toes are also cool, as long as your platform is unusual.
Be a girly Goth
Whoever said Goth girls can’t wear tutu skirts, bodycon dresses, pencil skirts, maxi dresses and other beautiful girly items, obviously never encountered a 21st century Goth girl. Lace, jipon, velvet, asymmetry, mermaid cut, corset dresses, high-neck, printed and/or graphic dresses are your best bet. We love the designs signed by Tragic Beautiful – they always manage to deliver a beautiful cohesive combination of edgy, girly and glamorous Goth. Colors you can go with are black (obviously), red, purple, gray or any similar variant. Quirky graphics like skulls, space-inspired elements (planets, stars, milky way, etc), dried out roses, bats, fangs, blood splashes, black plaid and other similar motifs are a perfect choice.
Embrace the body art, makeup and unicorns
Prominent staple elements of every Goth chic are body and face piercings, tattoos, undercuts and unicorn hair. Goth girls are often sporting nose or septum rings, eyebrow piercings, tear piercings, underlip or snake piercings and a range of earlobe, tragus and rook piercings. Bellybutton and nipple piercings are also common, although any type of pierced body embellishment is a matter of personal preference. Tattoos are yet another gorgeous body ornament to embrace if you are into a Goth look, although – it’s not necessary. Goth girls often go with long black/ginger/red/unicorn hair, straight cut hair ala Morticia Addams and/or Pulp Fiction bangs. Undercuts are also very common as are bald or really short dos.
As for makeup – the more daring, the better. Pale face is often a must, with thick lashes and liners giving the eyes a very prominent, almost scary pop. The brows are dark and pointy (often). Lips – red, muted maroon/purple or pale.
With Goth, everything is about twisting and turning staple trend pieces into elements that agree with one’s personality and the level of their Goth. Dare to experiment!