Hello again! Gosh, this must be a record for daily posts this year, I have been a very bad blogger but I am getting myself back on track, as you can see (hopefully!). ^^
This year, of course, there has been a huge boom in all things Goth erupting in shops all over the land for autumn/winter. This isn't an entirely unusual occurence; black velvet, as previously noted, shows up during the fall season fairly often, as does black lace and lipstick in various shades of purple and berry. And of course, everyone starts tossing the G-word around and using phrases like "whilst real Goths don't wear gold jewellery, fashion Goths do" (I'm paraphrasing from the Daily Mail, but unfortunately they did actually use the term 'fashion Goths' *headdesk*).
This used to rile me - this is a culture I am very fond of, dammit, not a silly trend - but now I have learned to sit back, relax, and snap up the best items, even if after seeing one too many hipsters wearing that skull scarf from Primark (and turning up at a friend's house only to spot that we were beclad in the exact same accessory), some of those items may need to live in the back of the wardrobe until they are less, erm, trendy.
With this in mind, today I trawled the shops seeking the best places to find suitably spooky attire that you can keep as part of your look long after the mainstream has gotten bored and moved on to pastures new.
A half-hearted attempt at the Gothic 'trend' with lace-print pieces scattered here and there and the most unflattering pair of leather trousers I have ever seen. The few promising pieces (including a rather attractive pair of skinny jeans printed with roses) are unfortunately in colours like navy, which doesn't work well with a predominantly black wardrobe.
For those of you who enjoy a vintage-inspired look, there are some pretty dresses with details like polka dot prints, baroque prints, peplums and peter pan collars, but these certainly won't be for everyone. Overall, I was fairly unimpressed.
Topshop have really jumped on the ooky-spooky bandwagon; the main thing holding them back is the high prices, when Goth brands and their high street competitors stock similar pieces for far better value. However I did splurge £48 on a camo print jacket (military also being very hot this season) which will look great with punk-tinged outfits and which I can add patches and such to as I go along. It's probably the only practical thing I own.
Topshop do have some lovely black chunky knit sweaters, but at roughly £40 a pop I'd suggest trundling along to New Look to pick up something almost identical at half the price. I do love an oversized black sweater to snuggle up in, but I also like to have some money left at the end of the month. I also adore the spiked ballet pumps they have in but at size 6.5 I find the size sixes too small and the sevens too big. Go figure. :-/
Freedom at Topshop, the in-store jewellery range, has also really gone to town on the Goth trend with skulls on everything, beautiful amethyst rings and some really fantastic earrings (shame so much of it is gold-tone which doesn't suit me one iota) but I'm reluctant to buy because the prices certainly do not reflect the quality. I had a spiked wristband from them; all the spikes fell off. I bought some faux pearl cuffs which fell apart for no apparent reason after less than an hour of wearing. Their belly bars seem to be a touch more hardwearing, though, and come in interesting designs like skulls and screws.
If you have a slightly higher budget that I do, there are some very nice things in Topshop this season. I have my eye on one particular black lace bodycon dress *swoons* for my birthday party next week, and poking about on the website I found plenty of gorgeous things such as this jumper and this dress.
New Look have really been the star of the season for me this year, I can't walk in there without wanting to buy something and have already treated myself to a fluffy black cardigan, a jumper with a skull on it and some tartan baseball boots. I did wince a little when I saw that they were even selling creepers, though. :-S Interestingly they uncovered the nu-Goth trend back in the summer months and were selling such lovely things as plaid and skull print shorts. Yum!
Look out for skull print dresses (on my want list, obvs), spiked high heels, and I did spot a pink jumper with a skull and crossbones print that apparently sold out in seconds in my local store, which I now need to find online. >.< Their jewellery is good too; many spikes and skulls a la Topshop but slightly more durable in my experience and more stuff in silvertone. I especially like their ear cuffs.
I may have been rolling my eyes at the start of this trend, but at the moment I'm really enjoying being able to source new pieces for my ever-growing wardrobe with such ease. What have you guys been buying? What do you think of this 'trend'?