I have been accused on several occasions of neglecting the guys with my fashion posts, so I'm hoping to rectify such a situation by posting a weekly 'Gentlemen's Hour' theme, which will include ideas, tips, advice, Q&As should I recieve any, inspirations, and links to dashing gentlemen in dark fashion all over the internet. Guys, please bear in mind, I AM a girl, but I will do my very best. :-)
To see more on this blog for male fashion, you can click the 'gentlemen' tag in the sidebar to the right.
Today's topic is accessories for men. I have often heard that girls' fashion is more versatile than men's, but I don't believe that, in regards to the Goth scene at least. There are few feminine accessories in Goth fashion that do not have a masculine equivalent - even nipple pasties, although the most-sported male version of nipple pasties is an 'X' in black tape.
Items like gloves (fishnet, leather, or lace), collars (leather, studded, spiked, or, again, lace), jabots, neckerchiefs or scarves, ripped tights worn on the arms, pendants, chains, rings, goggles, gas masks, hair falls (dreads, cyberlox) and hats are all just as suitable for men as for women.
For more unusual masculine accessories, I'd advise looking towards the Japanese Harajuku fashion scene, and more specifically styles like Kodona and Visual Kei. With styles like these, crazy contact lenses, epaulettes, spats, eyepatches and canes are common, creating an extravagant, decadent appearance.
|Ayu on Japan Forum|
Whether your preferred style is trad, deathrock, Victorian, cyber, Industrial or something else entirely, accessories will turn a bland outfit into a showstopper. Take a plain black T-shirt and jeans, for example. Add chains from the belt loops, a studded or bullet belt, a spiked choker, skull pendant and ripped fishnets on your arms and voila, basic deathrock. Take the same outfit and add goggles, a gas mask, leather gloves and a UV reactive gauntlet and you have something cyber/Industrial-esque.
Where can you buy interesting and unique Goth accessories for guys? Well, for many things it's off to the thrift stores (fishnets, hats and belts can often be sourced secondhand for next to nothing) or even mainstream stores where you can find items like dog tags (Claire's) and tribal pendants (British Heart Foundation), but otherwise, here are a few links:
AllyCatMetalWare (for cyber and Industrial accessories including goggles, gauntlets, masks and even iPhone cases).
Kreepsville666 (for the more deathrock, Gothabilly and gore inclined; pins, patches, belts, bags).
Attitude Clothing stocks a little bit of everything, from shoelaces and contact lenses to watches, scarves, headphones and headgear.
Alchemy Gothic is a cliche for a reason.
Etsy is the place to go for: