Many Goths like to immerse themselves completely in this dark and beautiful lifestyle - all day, every day from top to toe. But sometimes this isn't easy. Ever tried to get your hands on a pair of Gothy pajamas? Especially if you're in the UK and don't have a Hot Topic nearby, this can be hard work (well, it was five years ago when I first got involved with the scene!). Underwear? Well, ladies (and maybe guys too...) black lace is everywhere, but sometimes, perhaps you'd like to be a bit more original. Swimwear can be a nightmare, and don't even get me started on trying to find a suitably spooky beach towel. So, here's a helping hand to finding all the small things you've been dreaming of...
Let's begin with underwear. Now, apologies to any lads reading this, but I am not going to delve into the murky world of men's underwear (oo-er, Matron) when I know full well that even Burton's sells black skull-patterned boxers. There's no denying that in the Goth underwear department, chaps have it a lot easier than us girls. Primark sells tribal-patterned, dragon-covered, and even Ghostbusters undies for blokes. Stars, skulls, and black silk are prolific almost everywhere. This may be the one area of fashion where guys have it much, much easier!
So, ladies - shall we begin?
A note here: not all Goth girls go about clad in vampish satin and lace, y'know. There are more than a few who revel in the contradiction of wearing something uber-girly, pink and frilly or yellow polka-dotted underneath their black clothes. Some like vintage-styled lingerie a la Dita Von Teese and other 40s and 50s-style sirens, whereas some find stockings and suchlike uncomfortable and prefer to pick up spider-web patterned girlie boxers from the supermarket at Halloween.
For the younger Goths reading this, I would advise not to shop at sites like period lingerie seller Mint Siren (as featured in Gothic Beauty) or ArGoth for your underwear, as your parents may kill you (or me). Mainstream stores like Peacocks and Dorothy Perkins occasionally stock skull-patterned girlie boxers; and those in the USA might find it helpful to take a trip to Hot Topic. Yes, really. Emily the Strange underwear and nightwear is sold at Hot Topic and includes cute camisoles and brief sets in everything from stripes to plaid to lace-trimmed, with something to suit the tastes of every darkling.
Bloomers and corsets are of course technically underwear, but may not sit comfortably underneath your everyday clothes unless you are a Victorian Goth. Short bloomers, though, are a fun alternative to briefs and are widely available everywhere from Drac In A Box to Etsy.
For those with a more cyber or rivethead bent, all is still not lost. Cyberdog do a range of teeny-weeny hotpants which the brave could wear over fishnet tights for clubbing or festivals or as briefs from day to day.
Some of these options are expensive - patience is definitely a virtue, as you can wait for your local high street stores to bring in an occasional Goth-friendly style at more affordable prices.