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Embrace Your Inner and Outer Goth

“Black is modest and arrogant at the same time.
Black is lazy and easy—but mysterious.
But above all black says this:
‘I don’t bother you—don’t bother me.’”
|Yohji Yamamoto|

On this day, May 22, people all around the world celebrate World Goth Day. According to the official website of World Goth Day, this day is “where the goth scene gets to celebrate its own being, and an opportunity to make its presence known to the rest of the world.” How special! Considering how long Goth and Grunge styles have been around, one might think that World Goth Day has been set in calendars for a while, as well. However, World Goth Day was made official only a few years ago, in 2009, in the UK. What started as a BBC Radio event for Goth and related subcultures swiftly transitioned into a worldwide tradition! With the help of the official World Goth Day website, patrons can create events and advertise them on a worldwide scale.

In honor of World Goth Day, we’ve created this very guide to inspire you to embrace your inner and outer goth!

Goth Fashion – Halloween Isn’t A Holiday, It’s A Lifestyle
One of the very cool things about Goth fashion is its many subcultures. Each one a little different that the next, but equally expressive and appreciated in the Gothic community as the next. To rock Goth fashion, you must first determine which goth style feels most comfortable to you. If you consider yourself a hopeless romantic, you may prefer a Victorian Goth look featuring velvet accessories, lace embellishments, and fitted clothes. Some prefer a more Punk Goth look; this style incorporates clothing pieces such as bondage pants and spiked collars. Another Goth look—which is very hot at the moment—is pastel Goth fashion. This style incorporates a modern edge with pastel accent colors, witty sayings, and funky jewelry. These are just a few of the many variations of Goth. If one of them sounds like you then go for it! In the same respects, if you aren’t sure about the substyles just mentioned, you should take some time to look into other Goth styles and find one that’s right for you.


Makeup and Beauty – In A World Full of Kardashians, Be A Morticia Addams
Goth makeup, as you may already know, is purposely applied for a dramatic look. That being said, there really aren’t any rules on how you go about doing so. Generally speaking, a lot of Goth beauties opt for black—of course—red, and purple. Many people choose to apply makeup very heavy around the eyes, others play up the lips, and some apply a heavy product to both!

Behaviors – Well, Aren’t You A Little Ray of Pitch Black?
Goth is just as much of a fashion statement as it is a way of behaving. Of course, you should never change who you are for anyone or anything; the following pair of suggestions should be through of is actions to set the mood to help you fully embrace your inner Goth.

Wear sunscreen, lots of it. Gothic fashion honors the vampire nature of avoiding the sun—or at least the chance of the sun leaving any color on your body. Listen to goth music. Just like music helps you get ready in the morning, Goth or Grunge music can help you get in the mood.


By Lionesse

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