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…
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 just found these great jeans at Urban Outfitters that are high waisted, ankle length and skinny leg with a very subtle hint of acid wash. This hint gives it a grayish hint of color and is a great use of gray, as I had mentioned previously. The pictures on the website make the acid wash look more prominent than it really is, so I took some photos of my pair in the bathroom for real-life translation:
The slight hint of gray makes them break up solid black outfits while still keeping the outfit dark. They are super comfortable, but they do stretch out. You might want to size down, especially if you’re small waisted. And as of right now, they are on sale. If you live in SF, the closest location is the one on Powell and Ellis, across the street from Macy’s Downtown.
Ah yes, gray as a neutral. Love it. The black/white contrast is just too drastic, but gray instead? Solid. A big, comfy gray cashmere (or acrylic for vegans) sweater with some black leggings is where my mind first goes, but there are numerous style options to lighten up the dark abyss that is a solid black wardrobe:
One of my favorite uses of gray is to make a rather dramatic evening outfit more daytime or casual. For example, a gray scarf with a black dress. There is this myth that to be goth you should only wear black, but I refuse this theory. Yes, the dark and macabre are enticing to us, but living in complete black isn’t the only way to express yourself as sinister and mysterious. Some examples:
Also, that whole “graphic tee under an open cardi with jeans” that Robert’s got going on is pretty much my casual state of being.
The reports back from Fashion Week in NY have been heard loud and clear this month, and I’m actually very excited about the trends. I’m usually more of a classic-style girl: lots of basic and structured dresses that don’t really ever go out of style. The announced styles and trends this coming season are actual ones I already follow. I will go into each trend separately and offer some insight on how to follow trends while still being dark and mysterious. I would like to state for the record that I don’t follow fashion advice from designers. I strictly follow what looks good on me and what I feel comfortable in. I suggest you do the same, but in case you were wanting to incorporate both, read on.
The first one I will cover is leather. Now, if you’re a vegan, there are options! I own this one by French Connection and it’s completely pleather. I get so many compliments on it, and the best part is how easy it is to clean! You seriously just take a damp cloth and wipe!
Now if you don’t mind dead animals, might I suggest this awesome wool/leather blend by All Saints? That cowl neck is just great for the brisk winter that is coming.
Some more leather ideas (love the collars and boots that coincide with the trend):