Chloe asked, "Do you have any little Gothy tips to get me back into my (metaphorical, sadly) goth boots again, because I've kind of slipped away this summer, yikes!"
This question got me thinking - don't we all 'slip away' from time to time? I don't mean having a jeans-and-tee (or bloomers-and-tee) day because I'm sure we all do that, and perhaps more frequently than we'd like, but a jeans-and-tee week, or even month? Sometimes it's because something else seems more pressing than putting on lipstick and a corset; sometimes it's because we're going through that period of re-evaluating our style; sometimes it's because it's cold and gloomy and you just can't be bothered.
This happens to me quite a lot, every few months or so I have an off period where my 'uniform' consists of skinny jeans, boots and a hoodie. Sometimes it's because I'm having a month-long black mood and wearing petticoats feels like too much effort, but just as often it's because I'll have become fascinated by a completely un-Goth fashion substyle (at the moment I'm all over cyberpop and decora) and am having a bit of a seesaw moment, where I really really really want to try dressing in that substyle but don't want to give up my Goth roots. The resulting confusion leads to me wearing T-shirt and jeans until I stop giving an eff and just go for it.
So. To end this two-paragraph tangent, what I'm saying is that slipping out of Goth from time to time isn't unusual, doesn't make you any less of a Goth and for goodness' sake, don't do what I used to do in my younger years and panic, run around telling all your friends you're worried your Goth thing might have been 'just a phase after all' and then change your mind two days later (thankfully I only did that once...).
Whilst trying to force yourself back into Goth style will just drive you further away, I do recommend browsing the web or flicking through magazines for inspiration. Don't just look for Gothy things if you don't feel like it - Google Harajuku style or read generally 'alternative' fashion magazines for example. You might see that one picture that kickstarts your Goth fashion passion or encourages you towards pastures new.
The thing about fashion is that when getting dressed in your favourite style feels like hard work, it's probably time for a change, so you might find that the key to getting back to your best is to revamp your look a little. As a therapist I know says, "Go where the energy is." Nuts for steampunk? Go hunt down some watch parts and give yourself a style make-over. Maybe you've been loving what the mainstream has to offer at the moment and feel like you're missing out - go bag some bargains from 'normal' stores and have fun trying to make them work with your existing wardrobe.
Or perhaps your sudden lurch towards tracksuits and trainers is a sign that you've been pushing it too hard, and it's just time to take a break from the daily grind of buckling up your boots and chill out in your comfy casual gear for a while. If you think this might be the case, sstop worrying and go look up some bands you've never heard of, watch some great films or put your face in a book. Put fun before fashion for a while and you might just find you get your pep back, and soon it'll be exciting to dress up all over again. OR you could discover that you prefer to be casual, in which case you've learned a valuable lesson.