Not all Goths look alike. They don’t all wear black leather, chains, white make-up, and black fingernail polish. In fact some love pink! People in any culture have their own unique characteristics and fashion. Here is a list of some different types of Goths and what they wear.
Romantic/Victorian Goths – Romantic/Victorian Goths are what many people think of when they think “Goth”. Corsets, long flowing skirts, luxurious materials (velvet, brocade, lace, satin), beadwork, and ornate jewelry are a must in their attire. They tend to have paler skin as was all the rage in Victorian times. Their clothing is predominantly black, but can also include deep shades of reds, blues, purples, greens, and oranges.
Industrial Goths – Industrial Goths wear, as the name suggests, Industrial garb. They wear such things as boots with spikes/buckles/chains, military jackets, jeans with chains/studs, and jewelry with chains/spikes/studs. The materials used for this fashion includes leather, vinyl, denim, and cotton. They wear predominantly black, but are not put off with splashed of pinks, greens, oranges, grey, or red.
Cyber Goth – Think of a future world like that in a 1980’s sci-fi flick and you have Cyber Goths. The clothes for Cyber Goths are vibrant, form fitting, and out of this world. Some items they wear are Cyberlox, Hair Falls, face masks/gas masks, neon clothing, and fluffies or high boots.
Punk Goth – This is a combination of classic Punk styles with Gothic intrigue. The clothing has black mixed in with plaids, school girl uniforms with a bite, a little torn, a little rough around the edges, but always with attitude. Unnatural hair colors, spiked hair, and face metal are always welcome.
Gothic Lolita – An elegant style coming from Japan. This style is similar to Romantic Goths, but with a younger look. They use lavish materials, petticoats, umbrellas to keep the sun at bay, elaborate hair decorations, and stuffed animal/doll accessories. It’s not unheard of to incorporate a touch of cosplay or the styles of a favorite J-Goth bands’ attire into their outfit.
There are so many more types of “Goth”. As you’ve noticed, there are a few major groups that are more popular nowadays, but I find their fashion more of a hodge podge of the above styles. If you would like a review or a style added, let me know! =)
Throughout the years of watching Gothic fashion evolve, the best accessory/fashion is to be comfortable in what you are wearing. Don’t put on a costume, but be yourself! Have a blessed evening.