My biggest problem with goth fashion is that if it’s not done right, it looks cheesy and cheap. Ovate has got the sleek and sexy look down to a science. Every item on their website is a crucial piece of their image, a well constructed collection of black that isn’t boring. No tacky fabrics, no gimmicky buckles. Everything borders on the line of simple and intricate: The pieces are easy to add into your existing wardrobe and yet they have a sense of style that is hard to come by.
My favorite piece would have to be the Valhalla Hoodie, mostly because hoodies are sexy to me, and I can’t really explain why. It’s over-sized in the hood, but fitted in the arms. I like the open cardigan styled (as opposed to pull-over) because I can still show off my vintage Cure shirt while wearing it. However, the wool cloak is heavenly and by far the most gorgeous cloak I have ever seen. The clasp is a scythe, which is also featured in their jewelry as earrings or rings. The mismatched scythe earrings speak to my love of asymmetry.
“Ovate is an independent clothing line designed by Audrey Cantwell and made in Montreal.” Check out their website, instagram and tumblr.
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.
A few days ago I had to grab make-up in a flash because I was lazy and didn’t wear any to work, but then was suddenly invited to an event that night. I left work at 9:30, the event was at 10 – you see how there was no time to rush home, get ready and then leave? I rushed into Walgreens where I spent $44 on the basic essentials for my face. Most of it was cheap Wet N’ Wild crap, a little bit of Maybelline, and L’Oreal’s mineral make-up foundation. You would be shocked what ended up being the best item of the purchase.
First off, someone please suggest to me a mineral make-up that isn’t powder. Seriously. It gets all over my (obviously) black clothes and I honestly feel like I’m inhaling most of it. Regardless of the great coverage the L’Oreal True Match Naturale mineral make-up has, it gets everywhere and essentially pisses me off most the time. If you have time and patience, and are constantly putting make-up on over a sink, you might really like it! As for me, I need something less messy. Seriously.
Moving on, the biggest unexpected hit was the Wet N’ Wild Fergie edition lipstick. It stayed on all night, and I was eating a lot of garlic knots. It will get all over your chin when your lips folds down as you eat though, so be aware of that. The color “Fuschianista” has a translucent blue shimmer over it, and it’s super hot with black, smoky eyes and minimal blush.
I know, goths are “supposed” to love black and rich purples, but this hot pink made such a statement with my all black attire. Think Siouxsie: