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Friday, 7 October 2011

The Devil in the Details: Goth underwear

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?

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A brief (ahem) search on Google for 'goth underwear' brings up pages and pages and pages full of leather and PVC thongs and basques in sleek black and shiny red. All very nice I'm sure, but perhaps not quite what we're looking for, especially if you're a thirteen-year-old living with your parents... A search of eBay reveals more of the same. Goth-oriented sites like ArGoth have some nice stuff, if you're brave enough to sort through the standard PVC gear - I'm seeing lace, satin, ruffles, studs (yes really) - but most of it is, as usual, tailored towards seduction and not everyday wear. If that's what you're looking for, then great, but I know that a majority of my readers are teenagers and I don't want to be lynched by any parents, so let's move on.

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.

9 comments:

Bane said...

Some parent-friendly resources in the States: Last year, Wal-Mart had Halloween undies in about a dozen different prints. (I haven't checked yet this year.) Target carries black and white stripe bikinis and hipsters. Kohl's and JCPenney both have a surprisingly large selection of "junior" undies, which often include goth-friendly prints like skulls, stars or stripes. And one can never go wrong with plain black - Victoria's Secret cotton undies are very comfortable for everyday wear.

Clementine said...

I once found black boy short undies with a zombie cupcake on it in Hot Topic...And Batman... Herp Derp! :P

Anonymous said...

on page two, I saw a hentai picture...

HalloweenQueen said...

Sometimes around halloween, for the uk residents, tesco and asda have gothy undies.

As for swimwear - iron fist do a range of vampires, zombies and werewolves.

P.js again, best time to shop is halloween in big supermarkets, or theres lots of emily strange, like you mentioned about the underwear you also get jammies and little nighties.

Theres also the range by omen , of girls Y front esque panties with skulls on them and the french knickers and camisole set with black bats on that come in different colours.

SaryWalrus said...

I just wear men's boxers for pyjama pants. :3 I have a lovely skully pair.

Lilith said...

Hey! An area I can be of help in! And I'm plus-size too so I'm sure that helps some.

I know Old Navy used to sell some pretty wicked pajamas for Halloween. I don't know if they still do or not, but they carried some beautiful sets! Places like Kohls can be pretty goth-friendly in the clothing department as well.

I actually have an underwear set; red with safety pin design (amazing!), pink with chain link fence print(!), snake print, skulls... Try "st. eve" and "Flirtitude." These brands have tons of really neat prints that can be very gothy.

Anonymous said...

@Lilith: Those sound very nice, actually :P I'm into boy short undies, and those are kinda hard to find, but I'll look at those sites and see of something there is of my taste...If you go to http://www.angryyoundandpoor.com/ you can look at girl's underwear. My favorie are the ones with bloody handprints on the butt..gigglegiggle..

The Irish Phantom Cat said...

Tesco and Primark are great for picking up bits and pieces. I got the cutest underwear in Primark a while ago, its bright orange with black cats, bats and moons all over it. I also got a black and purple striped pair timmed with lace in Tesco! My problem is with bras, you can get cute underwear but its annoying when they don't have sets for those of us on the, eh, more well endowed side of things! I love the sound of those camisoles that you mention HalloweenQueen. Lilith that safety pin set sounds so nice!

Scarlet Velvet said...

Over here I don't have to worry too much on finding a spooky beach towel. I live relatively close to a goth shop, Suicide Glam in Australia. it also has ladies swimwear as well as fashions tailored to Gothabillies, Victorians, or people more into punk and metal :)

Sadly their heaps expensive, but its well worth it for value. :)

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