I found this gem of a clothing website, Disturbia, after a friend of mine admitted his jealousy of not being able to wear this Necronomicon bathing suit top:
And that is just the beginning of the must-haves! A perfect hybrid of goth and 90’s grunge, Disturbia has everything I ever wanted to wear during my transition from awkward 6th grader to full fledge alterna-chick (which happened in the 90’s…). My favorite include:
I can’t stop browsing through the website. It’s awesome. I love all of it. Too bad it’s in the UK and somewhat expensive to own. One dress on sale is going to cost about $60 to get to me… and you know, now that I’m thinking about it, it’s really not that expensive. Hmm…
I love pop culture references in my wardrobe. I own so many Disney movie still tops it’s a bit ridiculous and I’ve had to give some of them away or I’d only ever wear Ariel’s face on my chest. My biggest peeve about having pieces that represent my fandom is that they are usually T-Shirts or hoodies and they get tired. Sometimes I don’t want to wear jeans and a tee, you know? This Gremlins collection by Dropdead has a few tees, but they also have great prints in button-up shirts! Seriously! A Gizmo printed tunic style button up top?! Love it. This is probably the best pop-culture fashion mash-up I’ve seen so far this year.
Though leggings would seem like a well fitted item when purchased at any store ever, they are not. When I wear a size small legging, my butt stretches them to the point that they feel like they’re falling down and I’m consistently pulling them up. Also, muffin top! A size medium is baggy under the knees and roomy in the waist. For the affordable price of less than a pair of Splendid leggings at Bloomingdale’s, I had a pair made specifically for me by Dame Fatale! High waisted and perfect! If you wear leggings 3-5 times a week like me, I strongly suggest getting a pair made to your exact measurements. Also, check out her Pac Man hair bows.
I was very excited about seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, but I also didn’t want to make a costume. It’s not an economical project for me. Instead I found an orange dress, some raccoon knee-highs and twisted some of my hair into little ears. I think it came out rather well! And I’d totally wear this again, and not just for a Guardians related event!
One thing I’ve never been that fashionably adventurous with are accessories. Most of my jewelry is very simple and dainty. Being more of an introvert, which may have nothing to truly do with it, I tend to stick towards classic and simple fashion, thus the need for conversation piece jewelry is minimal. However, I can’t help but appreciate great costume jewelry as they make great statement pieces that can make the most simple of outfits stand out.
Not far from where I currently reside, there is literally a small, hole in the wall shop that specializes in unique vintage costume jewelry called Hunted. The owner, Erika, hand-picks her inventory from various avenues and her assortment does not disappoint. Not strictly goth, or any fashion genre for that matter, there are great pieces for any person’s style. I wouldn’t suggest wearing the studded cuffs to work, but maybe one with an a few bangles would be a nice edge on casual Friday.
Hunted is located at 843 Divisadero St, between McAllister and Fulton in San Francisco.
Last Friday night it was Dark Shadows’ Beetlejuice themed night. Obviously I had to tease my hair into a giant rat’s nest for the occasion. I had learned this practically painless (well, until you brush it out the next morning/afternoon) procedure from a YouTube tutorial. Basically, put half of your hair into a ponytail and the very top and center of your head. Then douse it in AquaNet hairspray before teasing every bit of it with a thin toothed comb. It’s really that simple. I also add another coat of AquaNet at the end, to ensure the volume of tease. Bow is optional.