Friday, July 31, 2009

Cyber Goth: 'Tokyo Metro' Top at Cryoflesh

UV reactive prints are always permitted on Cyber Goths. Always. Remember this, my little children of the night. I would that you were also to remember that not all that is UV reactive is Cyber Goth.

Anyway, it's a nice, fairly basic T-shirt, not too much going on but still undoubtedly cyber. I specifically like the vertical contrast stitching in the front, going across the one in the bottom. If the style were to be trimmed down a bit, then I'd say the top would be well off without the print in the front, because of the stitching, but I do like the print where it is, too.

Available here.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Steampunk: 'Fantasy Anachronaut's Buckle Boots' at Drac-In-A-Box

Goths and pirates seem to somehow connect, I've noticed, and Steampunk enthusiasm and pirates collide even more often. A slightly wider heel would have suited these boots better, but they still look refreshingly new in the context of the alternative scene. They are definitely dramatic, which is what gothic aesthetics is all about.

The boots come in red as well, and the shade is actually fairly nice. They can be found here.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Gothic Daily: 'Strappy T' Top by Z~ENTiTY at Alternategear

Nothing too extravagant, a nice, clean fit, and straps, plus the detail zipper that doesn't go all the way down (and probably doesn't open to a bare chest, either - most of these garments don't). Full marks for good daily wear.

Available here, for a... surprisingly high price.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Gothabilly? 'CONTESSA-57' High Heel Shoes at Arsenic Fashions

Whenever I see clothing bearing anything playing-card-related, for some reason I tend to think of either 'Emo' or 'Gothabilly' (or Alice in Wonderland, which is not only a fantastic book and a brilliant (and completely bonkers) animated motion picture, but also an upcoming live-action film by Tim Burton). If someone completely disagrees with my labeling , let us by all means discuss.

These shoes are extremely cute and look fairly comfortable - and, yet again, a nice example of versatile alternative wear, seeing as these could pass as both for evening and day. It really depends mostly on how formal your style is in general. I suspect that for an Emo Goth these would be evening wear, and for a Gothabilly, daily wear.

(Found them here.)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fail: 'State of Constriction' Trousers by Lip Service at Iris Noir Boutique

Old news from the world of mainstream fashion: anything sheer is considered hugely chic at the moment. Personally, I can't stand this particular trend the least bit.

Now, mesh has its purposes, and cleverly combining it with a firm and tasteful fabric it's actually quite tolerable. But with these trousers you'd just end up looking like you're wearing a very loose pantyhose. With the sock bits cut out.

(In case this pantyhose is your dream come true, get it here. The site's pretty good otherwise.)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Rivethead: 'Insecticide' Jacket/Shirt by Lip Service at Voodoo Dolly

Clearly I'm going through some mysterious jacked period - although the description of this garment claims this to be a "long sleeve stretch black poplin shirt". Something I know for certain that this jacket-slash-shirt is: it's completely rivethead and very attractive. By the looks of it, it'd hang best on someone with a reasonably flat chest and a slim waist.

(available here, for a discount)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Medieval (/Victorian) Goth: 'Romanian Tsarina Great' Coat at Drac-In-A-Box

For once someone has made something that can be read 'medieval goth' and actually looks classy, sophisticated and, le gasp, gothic. It's mostly down to the choice of materials. With a periodic look the fabrics need to be canon or appear as such for the correct impression, and the tailoring has to be impeccable.

Of course, there are some who modernize the historical look, of which I absolutely approve (they all ought to, in my honest opinion), but those who do it should still be aware of the quality and they should respect their source of inspiration. There is a fine line between medieval or Victorian goth and just putting on a costume. Finding ready-made quality clothes done in such style is very uncommon, which sets a high demand on a person's own sewing skills.

Seeing that the fur on this coat is faux, We approve. We order you to seriously consider buying this garment, though We are aware of how expensive it is (£ 385; more if you live outside of UK) and We could not even consider getting the garment Ourselves, because it is not exactly Our style, and, mayhaps more importantly, because We are broke.

It is also available in red. Found it here.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Gothic Lolita(ish): 'White Cat' Mini Skirt by Evil Kitty at Voodoo Dolly

I was drawn to this piece for more than just the cute factor of it. I think the skirt would best suit a j-goth, or a gosurori, due to the tulle attached, but the cut is so clean and simple that I'd imagine this to appeal to a vast variety of styles and preferences. Besides, the versatility of the garment makes it easy to transform from daywear to eveningwear (or for us heliophobes, early evening and night) by simply changing the top and possibly shoes and accessories.

I approve of clothes that can be worn for multiple occasions, as alternative clothes tend to be a bit on the expensive side and often even without any guarantee of quality. This one, however, seems very well made. Get it here.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Steampunk: 'Steam Machine' Vest by Lip Service at Arsenic Fashions

An alternative trend I've spotted: steampunk mania. I see people who have so far had a Thing for the Victorian era in general, also known as Victorian goths, now going completely mental over not just embroidered vests, monocles, walking canes and top hats, but also rusty clocks, brass bells, copper-plated pipes, steamships and even bulbs. Steampunk, unlike most other gothic aesthetic preferences, can really be applied to nearly anything instead of just clothes - except, amusingly enough, to music, unless it's strictly tied to the historical period of 19th and early 20th centuries which, I've noticed, seldom is the case with goths. And seeing how goth in itself really originates and still stands for a style that is very closely related to a certain type of music, it's even more bizarre how goths in particular (some goths, that is) seem to have taken a fancy of steampunk aesthetics in the first place.

Lip Service is one huge brand when it comes to alternative fashion, and they tend to cover a lot of gothic styles from rivethead to lolita to, apparently, steampunk. This piece is, again, not for everyone, as the garment appears to have a strong requirement of boob action in the front in order for it to function as designed, but it's very much steampunk-y, and the details are beautiful, and the back is gorgeous. And wearing a huge ruffle in the front of the shirt that you'd have under the vest might work as well, eliminating any prerequisites of biological nature.

Sadly this vest (like all the other items that match it, listed behind the link) appears to be made of real leather, which is why I advise you not to get it here. If only they made it in faux, now, that would be a different matter altogether.

(Edit: If you really do want this (still not advised), it's available for a little bit lower price at Voodoo Dolly. Just so you know.)