Goth Basics- Insta Goth Made Easy
I know a lot of people will flinch at the phrase "insta goth". But I certainly don't. Why should you "ease into a style" if you have already made up your mind to wear it? Goth is one of those styles where people sometimes complain that they didn't "look the part" (holy mother of quotes, I seem to be going a little overboard with these) as quickly as they would have liked. But the truth is that with only a few easy items you can already have a decent started wardrobe, a sort of dark blank slate that you can tweak and add to once you discover your personal goth style of choice.
Black tights, whether solid or lace or fishnet, are pretty much a universal item. From the scariest Deathrockers to the cutest Lolitas, tights are a handy thing to have. Throw them under skirts, shorts or dresses to add a little more black or just stay warm. Lace or fishnet can also take a plain top and bottom combo and make it a lot more special. Tights are also great because they're cheap. You can get a pair of tights for every day of the week and not break the bank, and if you like a little color with your goth then layering a few pairs can be an easy and cheap way to do that.
Where to go- We Love Colors, Target/Kohls
These are another basic need for almost every style. Layer it under frilly blouses, sheer pieces or even other tank tops. Put a ripped shirt on top for a messy yet stylish look or put it under a cool jacket. Tank tops are usually pretty cheap, and they are also easy to customize if you like DIY goth. Studs, patches, pins and lace are all easy to add on to a plain tank.
Where to go-Wetseal/Forever 21, Target
I like hoodies. I have a few myself, and like most people I went through a phase in highschool where I lived in the things. But I learned something from that rather dark sartorial period. Hoodies are a dime a dozen, and almost any other form of outerwear will make more of an impact. People are kind of desensitized from hoodies, even the wilder ones. They are EVERYWHERE. So if you want an awesome distinctive look, grab another kind of jacket. jackets are also great because while they might cost a bit more then a shirt or dress, they can be worn pretty much non stop, and they add a lot of style. A basic tank top and shorts with fishnets might seem kind of goth, but add a leather jacket and suddenly you have a rather authentic deathrock outfit. A high collar ruffly affair can make a simple skirt and blouse perfectly Victorian, and a classic black trench is good for any corp goth. The key is to pick a decent quality piece that fits well. if you want versatility look for classic shapes, and don't be afraid to personalize! Studs, paint, extra fabric, patches and pins are a cornerstone of goth outerwear and a fun way of make an everyday mall find something special.
Where to go- Topshop, HM, Forever 21
Now, don't be fooled, boots are not the be all end all of Gothic footwear. true boots are really common, often comfy and really cool, but any kind of shoe can work. The trick is to get a shoe that's interesting. Platform mary janes, granny boots, winkle pickers, stiletto heels, they all work. Find a pair you can wear with everything and don't kill your feet. Platforms aren't necessary but some height can take an outfit from regular to rockstar in about three seconds. Clunky shoes might be a no no in other style, but you should feel free to embrace them. Big shoes are awesome, and they make your legs look super awesome and skinny.
Where to go- Hottopic, Charlotte Rousse
Makeup can make an outfit or break it. Crazy colored eye-shadow is essential for death-rock or cyber looks, while fake lashes and great foundation are good for Lolita or Victorian looks. Try and stay away from costume make-up, white face is best left to the pros. Have a good selection of eye shadows, lipsticks and nail-polishes, fake lashes are great if you want a more glam look every day. Make up is also a good place to add some drama and color to an outfit. Eyeliner doodles or feather lashes are perfect for taking a look from day to evening to the club or a concert. Experiment with different types of makeup, even glitter has ts place in a goth look!
Where to go- Walgreens, CVS, MAC, Sephora
Fine Tooth Comb-
You need one. For combing out long, silky locks, dividing up sections for gorgeous pin-curls or back combing the shit out of a mohawk. A fine tooth comb is your best friend when you start doing goth hairstyles. Get the kind with a long thin hand so you can trace a nice straight part a la Morticia Addams or sectioning up dreads. A comb is great, keep one in your purse so you can fluff up your hair as needed. Big hair makes everything better.
Where to go- Target, Walmart, CVS
What were your starter goth items?