Hello again my lovelies! Today's post is a reader request from way-back-when on the old Piczo site, which I never got around to writing up (mainly out of sheer laziness, sorry about that!). I hope it will be helpful to those of you who attend or are hoping to attend Bats Day, as well as those of you who simply like going to theme parks. I'm terrible with theme parks and funfairs - I don't like big scary rides but am obsessed, obsessed I tell you, with ghost trains. In fact, my dream date would involve a ride on a ghost train. *sigh* Cliche overload, alert.
What was I saying? Ah, yes. Back on the old site, Emily said, "Nothing in my wardrobe is suitable to wear to Alton Towers, and seeing as I'm going with my friends this summer... I kind of need a solution. Any ideas (aka, excuses for me to spend money on)?"
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Skinny jeans. I get narked when people say these are more emo than Goth - nothing's more trad Goth than big hair, fishnet shirt, pointy boots and black skinny jeans. Anyway, they're certainly a wardrobe staple of mine; you can wear them tucked into your stompy boots or keep it casual (and, OK, a little emo-esque) with Converse-style boots if the weather's likely to be scorching. (Speaking of scorching, those of you with deathrock-inspired ripped skinnies shouldn't forget to apply suncream underneath, unless you want really interesting tan lines of course.)
A quick note for those of you who are devotees of bondage pants: it may be wise to remove any long dangling straps if you can. You don't want them to get caught on anything whilst you're on a ride. You may be risking injury or they may just rip your trousers half-off.
A T-shirt or tank top is, of course, the most practical option for your top half - if this is too boring for you, remember you can layer up with fishnet, lace or mesh shirts underneath. These are airy enough that you won't fry in the summer heat but add an extra layer of interest to your look. But, again, don't forget the suncream.
At Bats Day, you can always tell which Goths are there to go on rides and which are there just to see and be seen - the bustles and corsets are a dead (pardon the pun) giveaway. Corsets at a theme park? Even if you're well-trained enough to wear a corset for several hours, I can almost guarantee you'll feel pretty uncomfortable on the banana boat after lunch.
What about accessories? Belts good; gloves good; badges good; stripy tights good; dangly necklaces or tight chokers not so good. Bangles and bracelets should be worn with caution also. If you like rides that go upside-down, it's probably not the best idea to wear top hats, falls or Alice bands. Footwear, obviously, should be somewhat practical - this is not the place for stilettos, darklings. A pretty or interesting bag on a shoulder strap is a sensible idea, and if it's hot you could always bring a parasol, as long as you're sure you will have someone to hold it when you're on rides. And don't forget your sunglasses!
Make-up is the key area of difficulty if you're expecting it to withstand summer sun and wet rides. Keep the essentials in your purse or bag - concealer, powder, eyeliner, brow pencil, eyeshadow, waterproof mascara - but leave your foundation at home as it won't like spending the day in a hot bag. It's wisest if you enjoy water rides to keep the make-up light - perhaps a waterproof lipstick like Revlon ColourStay Ultimate Lip Color (seriously, I have showered with this on and it didn't budge. It never lets me down) and then a flick of waterproof liner and mascara?
If wearing eyeshadow, use a primer to help your colour last as long as possible without creasing, and spritz a little hairspray onto drawn-on eyebrows to help them survive longer. Swirly-curly eyeliner designs might be a bad idea - they'll either melt or run.
Also, if you're expecting to get wet, there's no point backcombing your hair. Try Wednesday Addams plaits or NCIS Abby pigtails to keep your hair out of your face (this will also help keep your face from getting hot and greasy). Or a simple ponytail.
I hope this was at least a little bit helpful! Feel free to share your own tips (and cautionary tales, if you have some!) in the comments. ^^