Get the Glamour-Goth Look in 10 Easy Steps
- The first thing you probably have to change is your hair: do you have blonde highlights or streaks in your hair? Do you have a curly haircut?
Dye it black, dark brown, red, or extremely light blonde. Straighten your hair, cut your bangs. These are all things you can easily do by yourself, I do my hair myself; buy the hair dye in your nearest supermarket!
- Go and take a look around your nearest H&M;, Pimkie, Tally Wejil, Zara, Pull and Bear: they’re full of those total black collections, full of metal zips, studs, skulls, black lace and whatsoever! Indulge in them whatever time it takes, and buy first only the basic things (a couple of black t-shirts, a pair of black skinny trousers, a black bra, a studded bag, a pair of boots)
- Be careful to different blacks! It’s not true that when you own all things black it’s easy to match them: black colours are all different, and all materials and fabrics have a different light, so you have to be very careful when you stare at yourself in the mirror! Match things like black lace with black fake leather, or cotton with cotton, or wool with fake leather! These looks good, don’t do things like satin&leather; it would look awful!
- CLEAR OUT your shoe racket of sneakers, gym shoes and whatsoever: if you need to be comfortable, wear booties! Nice combat boots (there are a lot of feminine ones out there if you’re worrying about your sex appeal) or black simple low heel boots will be ok!
- Make-up. It doesn’t matter if you’re only going out to buy milk, you won’t be credible as a dark lady if you do not wear some light powder that makes your skin like porcelain or a line of black eyeliner!
- Nailvarnish: same as make-up. Always always always wear it! Black is the best, but strong colours like red, magenta, purple, dark green are great as well.
- Wear lace, buy lace, go and look for lace things in your grandma’s closet, in your nearest flea market, in thrift stores, buy some lace gloves in the toy shop (they have great ones!), h&m; is full of lace leggings, lace tops, lace dresses. Go for lace. Also ivory lace is a very good choice, it makes a nice ghostly damned look that will be perfect for our look.
- Crosses: you won’t go wrong with them! I think you can find very good ones in vintage stores or flea markets, or even in religious shops.
Hipsters are taking the cross pledge too lately, so you can find them almost everywhere, they’re à-la-page 😉 Cross patterns are ok as well.
- Foulards and scarves: they give that plus to your outfit, especially if they’re embroidered, with that victorian look, or just total black, or lace ones. If you cover your chin with a black foulard you will add mischeviousness to your figure!
- Be very careful to the wrong look you don’t want to gain. You don’t want to look like a rebel 16 years old who listens to Evanescence or Marilyn Manson. Don’t go too far with ruffled skirts or lace shirts, don’t wear rough combat boots, don’t wear purple satin, and don’t wear corsets. They’re only ok for evenings out, and not all of them!
How do you like the darkness that fashion is going towards in the last years? Have you embraced the dark side yet?
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