Gothic fashion in clothing is quickly identified by the conspicuous dominant blackness of everything – clothing, hair, eyeliner, lipstick, and fingernail polish. Black, black, black…
So many dark meanings. Scary yet enchanting, like the lidless gaze of a cobra.
But look a little more closely and you’ll see there’s more to it than just the color, if black can even be considered a color. Boots, coats, pants, skirts, and shirts – all the elements of fashion – present themselves. Indeed, there are many sub flavors of “goth” roaming the streets by day and by night.
The goth look began to surface in the UK in the early-1980s as a part of the gothic rock trend, a branch of post-punk. It has managed to outlive others of the same era, diversify, and spread internationally. Although the term was supposedly coined in 1967 in reference to music produced by Jim Morrison in a dark cellar atmosphere, the look associated with it took momentum from diverse icons like Alice Cooper, the Addams Family TV series, and anything with a vampire in it.
That dedicated “goths” today recognize the existence of “posers,” or goth wannabes, serves to demonstrate how widespread and enduring this fashion has become. Indeed, subdivisions are recognized in the fashion industry, which include Haute Goth with its obligatory tragic black dress and elements of leatherman;Gothic lolita, a combination of Gothic and lolita fashions;Aristocrat, a Japanese street fashion; and Cybergoth with its Mad Max tight leather pants, chains, and platform boots.
Since piercings and tattoos are only for the truly dedicated, what does a weekend goth or a person who merely wants to dress up for the occasional party use to set off the basic black look? For this, one need look no further than a decent retailer that caters to bikers. The goth look overlaps big time with biker fashions. Check out Bikerringshop online for an amazing display of choices.
Silver is the metal of choice, with polished steel a close second. Both look great against a black backdrop. Before you choose your pendant, earrings, or rings, take a little time to think about your message. What do you want to say?
If you’re into the devil, you might go with a simple pentacle, the five-pointed star of pagan origin which has been adopted by Satanists. Or take a pendant with the sign of the beast – 666. Just be careful not to wear it upside down. 999 doesn’t mean anything.
Baphomet, or the Goat of Mendes, originates from Egypt, but is often mistaken for the lusty ithyphallic goat-god Pan, which Christians adopted as a manifestation of the devil.
A snake is also a good Satanic symbol as it recalls the legend of the Garden of Eden and the form Satan took to tempt Adam and Eve.
If death is your theme, nothing says bye-bye for good like the Grim Reaper. Or go with the opposite – Life – and buy an Egyptian Ankh, symbol of life after death.