"Dear Amy, I have a request to make, I have recently started 11th grade in another school and a week from now we have this farm camp, where we are going to be staying at a farm for a week and doing farm chores. I have no idea how I am going to be able to dress sensibly since I usually dress very dramatically (I wore fairy wings and black glittery platforms for picture day if that tells you anything) my mom has bought me some old t-shirts, jeans and a pair of rubber boots and I would like to make them seem a little more gothic but still be able to milk cows, any ideas?" - Lady Rowena Saew.
Of late we've covered spooky style for the Olympics, now we're touching on Farmyard Goth? *blinks* And I thought that figuring out what to wear for work was hard...
Footwear seems the easiest place to start, so I'll take it from there. I own a pair of rubber wellies patterned with skulls and roses that I got in a charity shop, so you can indeed buy pre-printed weather-and-animal-poo friendly boots.... and they're not even expensive - check these out, for example. For something that costs a little more but is slightly more durable, you might consider visiting an army surplus store and picking up some black boots with serious 'tude, or investing in a pair of Doc Martens.
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Of course, since you already have your welly boots, you could break out some paint to Goth-ify your farming footwear.
Now, on to clothes. Personally, I find nothing more practical than skinny jeans, which of course are now available in everything from black and grey to check, tartan, stripes, star print, even, yup, bat print (dear Young Bat, why you not ship your clothing to the UK? :-(( ...). Of course, a plain pair of black jeans are the casual Goth's best friend, skinny or otherwise. (If those jeans your ma bought you aren't already black, break out the dye!) Holey or ripped jeans with patterned tights underneath are a fun way of adding extra detail to a practical style, too.
Other casual combinations could include a short skirt or pair of shorts with thick leggings (skull print, stripey, crushed velvet - I have a crushed velvet pair from Primark that seem to be able to survive anything - plain black) or opaque tights. A frayed black denim miniskirt with black leggings and black boots seems perfectly sensible to me. And yeah, you could milk a cow in it. ;-)
T-shirts! Rip 'em, paint 'em, layer them over each other (especially effective if they have holes in), splatter them with glitter paint (black glitter paint on a black T-shirt is both yummy and subtle) and add safety-pins. Red, purple, black and white are all a fairly safe bet - mix it up with stripes or hunt down the cheap skull or cross patterned styles that are *eye roll* sooooo in this season.
Obviously accessories need to be kept low-key, I'd advise no rings, bracelets or dangly necklaces but don't forget cool belts (and cooler belt buckles), hairbands, hair ties and clips, and stud earrings. Pull your hair back with a Gothabilly-esque headscarf, or whip it up into a ponytail or pigtails. If you're working I'd advise keeping make-up relatively simple, but a flick of liquid eyeliner and a swipe of tinted lip balm or a red or purple lip stain (I recommend Revlon's Just Bitten range) would finish off a hard-wearing Goth look perfectly.