Unfortunately, I am beginning to run out of Goth fashion styles to write about - but don't forget, these subsets can be mixed, matched and combined to create so many new and different looks, each as individual as the wearer, that I could only create a 100% definitive catalogue of Goth styles if I tracked down each and every Goth now living and interviewed them about their wardrobe and inspirations. Sadly this blog is a non-profit project and my budget doesn't quite extend to such a task!
However, I'm not quite done yet - and I'm sure that some new styles will emerge from the dark waters of Goth sooner or later, and then we can begin all over again! ^^
Now, on with the show.
At the total opposite end of the dark spectrum than the most recent addition to the Goth family tree, nu-Goth, we have the style known variously as ubergoth, fantasy Goth, and High Gothic. This style is certainly not one for daywear (except possibly a toned-down version for the very brave) and is seen most often as festival wear or for photo shoots.
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The make-up for this look is almost always stark and monochrome; the face is usually as white as possible. You know the 'please no whiteface' rule? Well, High Gothic is the exception. However, these Goths are usually long past the mallgoth age (and have well-paid jobs - what, you think you can afford a wardrobe like that on a budget? Even if you're a seamstress, fabric costs money...) and tend to have a lot of make-up nous, blending the make-up well and applying it to all exposed skin (including, darklings, the ears and the back of the neck).
In addition to whiteface, black lipstick tends to be worn, often applied so that the cupid's bow of the top lip is shaped into exaggerated points. Eye make-up is very heavy and very dark. Pretty little swirls are often included. Basically, take every bad Goth make-up cliche and apply it with skill and elegance, and somehow you end up with a look that can be very beautiful.
Nails are often very long and pointed (easily faked with falsies) - and black, of course! Piercings and tattoos are rarely seen with this look - possibly because they are covered up with so much clothing! A delicate nose ring may be sported, often connected to the ear with a chain (FYI, this is painless - I sometimes wear a nose chain myself. It just clips to my nose ring and then I tuck it behind my ear). Accessories, other than those already mentioned may include gloves, ruffs, heavy jewellery, crowns, armour rings, feather boas, ornate headdresses and fans.
Corsets are wardrobe staples for men and women alike, although not often tight-laced - those outfits, often complete with hoop skirts, are hot and difficult to manouevre in as it is! It's easy to see where the 'fantasy Goth' moniker came from - these Goths look more like otherwordly denizens of a dark underground realm than the kind of person you'd bump into on the high street. This is an exceptionally high-maintenance look that takes a lot of time and effort to put together.
Listening to: Chinese Burn - Curve