8 Fashion Tips for a More Mature Gothic Look ...


8 Fashion Tips for a More Mature Gothic Look ...
8 Fashion Tips for a More Mature Gothic Look ...

I love gothic clothing and culture, but even when I was younger never really went for the full-on look, as I don’t like to dress the same as everyone else. Now that I’m a bit more mature (only a bit), I still like elements of gothic style. If you share this taste, but feel that you don’t want to overdo it, the key is to pick out elements of gothic style. Try wearing one of the following …

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Who says that you can only wear gothic boots as part of a gothic outfit? Try a pair of Victoriana ankle boots with a work suit or a long dress. Or take a pair of platform boots with straps up the legs and wear with jeans, skirt or leggings.


The versatility of boots in a mature gothic wardrobe cannot be overstated. To invigorate your ensemble, consider a pair of studded biker boots as they add an edge without overwhelming your style. Even on formal occasions, sleek black knee-high boots with minimalist buckles convey a sense of gothic sophistication that pairs exquisitely with a tailored coat. The key is to balance the boldness of the boots with the rest of your outfit, ensuring a powerful yet polished gothic aesthetic.


Hair Colour

Hair Colour Photo Credit: stefie_jones

You can get a gothic touch by changing your hair colour. If you have dark hair, using a deep red can give your hair a lovely sheen without being too strong. For a bolder look, try a temporary colour or hair clips. Or if you have long hair, add streaks to the top layers (these can then be disguised for work by pulling your hair into a ponytail.



Makeup Photo Credit: absinthedream

One way of adding a gothic touch is with makeup. It’s best not to apply it too heavily though, or you’ll look like you’re trying too hard. Stick to the old rule of either emphasising the eyes or the lips.


One way to incorporate a gothic style into your fashion is through makeup. This can be achieved by emphasizing either the eyes or the lips, but it's important not to overdo it. Too much makeup can give off the impression of trying too hard. Instead, opt for a subtle yet bold look by using dark, rich colors like deep reds or purples. Another tip is to try out different textures, such as a matte lipstick or shimmery eyeshadow, to add dimension to your makeup. Remember, less is often more when it comes to gothic makeup.



Elegance Photo Credit:gloomth

One branch of gothic style is the elegant Victoriana look. Long dark skirts, riding jackets and wide belts are perfect for a more mature look. Match a long skirt with a corset top or a dark shirt.


Opt for rich fabrics like velvet and lace which underscore the sophistication of the style. Accessorize with vintage-inspired jewelry such as ornate cameos and chandelier earrings to add a touch of antiquated glamour. Footwear also plays an important role; lace-up boots or vintage heels with delicate details can tie the entire outfit together. Remember, balance is key, so while layering is encouraged, it should be done with a discerning eye to maintain that refined gothic aesthetic.


Corset Belt

Corset Belt Photo Credit: Confession NY

If you’re not quite brave enough to wear a proper corset or corset-style top, then a corset belt can add a gothic touch to even the most basic dress. Imagine a plain black dress with a lace-up belt – it would change the look of the dress completely.


A corset belt, cinching at the waist, exemplifies the Victorian influence pivotal to gothic fashion without forgoing modern comfort. It's a versatile accessory that can be coordinated with wide skirts and ruffled blouses for a softened, feminine silhouette or used to toughen up a look when paired with leather pants and chunky boots. It’s the perfect compromise, lending you a touch of the era's romanticism while still allowing freedom of movement and breathability. The suggestion of a corset without the restriction can also be a nod to the subculture's roots in Victorian mourning attire, which makes it an ideal element for those who value historical accuracy in their style choices.


Long Skirt

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Younger goths can get away with tutus and plaid minis; most of us would look utterly ridiculous. If you’re not that young and you want a gothic look, then the longer the skirt the better. Again it gives that Victorian/vampire image without being extreme.



Hat Photo Credit: dollyrockergirl.blogspot.com

Why do more people not wear hats? The right hat can finish off an outfit beautifully. They might take a bit of courage to wear, not being so common these days. However, a riding hat with a small veil would look stunning, as would a wide-brimmed fedora worn at just the right angle.


Hats indeed confer a dash of sophistication to any ensemble, especially when paired with Gothic attire. Consider the elegance of a top hat when venturing into Victorian Gothic aesthetics, which adds height and an air of mystery. For women, a delicate fascinator adorned with lace and feathers can be both feminine and fiercely gothic. Remember, the beauty lies in the details—a ribbon here, a skull brooch there. When selected thoughtfully, hats are more than mere accessories; they are transformative pieces that can elevate your gothic fashion statement to new heights.


Dark Polish

Dark Polish Photo Credit: coco_chanelle

Pastel shades just don’t do it for me. I love the deepest, darkest reds and purples. Dark shades of polish add just that hint of gothic, if you like the look but are too nervous. Don’t forget to try them on your toes in summer – they would look striking with peep toe shoes.

Were you a goth in your youth? Do you cringe now at how you looked? Well, you don’t have to give it up completely, as there are lots of ways to incorporate a gothic element in an outfit.

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Cool post, I don't know why, but I absolutely love the Gothic/Victorian style. <3

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omg!!! That corset is lovely. I wish I had one.

this is a really good post! I love all the styles.

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