Monday, May 30, 2011

Fail: 'Mens Buckle Black Gothic Trousers' by Dark Star at The Gothic Shop

Fit? What fit? Gothic trousers don't have to fit, silly. Just stick a bunch of buckles in there and be done with it! (mumbles) Fit! Ha! They'll be wanting a proper fabric, next, I bet.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Actual History: Fedorovna's Coronation Herald's Boots and Coachman's Jacket

These pieces were actually worn by a coronation herald in the Tsardom of Russia. Just imagine how many hours the skilled clothesmakers have been working on each piece.

That jacket is heavenly; almost too full of stuff, but that is entirely forgivable in the context. A modern-era person could definitely combine that jacket with a sleek pair of trousers or even a skirt of some sort, creating an outfit certain to turn some heads.

And the boots? Dear gods, the boots. Bizarre and strange and wonderful. They've got moustached faces on them!

I found these in an article by the Guardian. Read it here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Special Edition: Towel Day

Baby Bats love everything about and related to Nightmare Before Christmas, but let's not give up that fantastic animated motion picture to the poorly dressed youth. -- It should belong to anyone!

Available here (currently sold out). Always be aware of the whereabouts of your towel!

Monday, May 23, 2011

EGA/EGL/Romantic Goth: 'Elegant Goth Gothic Pirate Pleat Short Jacket' at FanPlusFriend

Now here is an interesting piece. Despite of how much there is going on with this jacket, it stays incredibly well together; there is so much to look at, but the colour tones down the otherwise-ensuing chaos. A large neckline makes it lighter, and the pleats are most elegant in their strict structural form. It is also quite appealing how the entire jacket is basically the same shape as that large bow.

Found here. Comes in a great variety of sizes.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Faery/Hippie Goth: 'Elegant Elm Skirt' at Alienskin Clothing

Rarely does a long skirt look better than when it's properly floor-length and not, for example, ankle-length; this allows the fabric to drape most attractively, as we see here. The waistband is also of a nice flattering shape, giving the whole garment a bit more structure.

Available here, in various colours and colour combinations. (If you order this, please select just one colour for both the waistband and the rest of the skirt, to avoid AFF - Alternative Fashion Failure.)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fetish/ Steampunk/ Goth: 'Tye' Cincher at Hors Norm

There isn't much one can do with cinchers or waist corsets except for what has been done here: get creative with the material. I don't recall ever seeing a weave-like effect such as this before, and how fortunate it is that the garment itself seems very well made and quite flattering on the body, too. I doubt this could work in any other colour, save for a dusty shade of dark brown.

Found here. (Site in French.)

Monday, May 16, 2011

EGA: 'Empire cotton gothic tuxedo shirt' at Drac-In-A-Box

Minimalistic? Check. Military-inspired? Check. Asymmetrical? Check. Sleek, clean shape? Check.

I have this creeping feeling that I am starting to repeat myself somewhat. Moreover, I might suffer from slight redundancy.

Found here.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Rockabilly/ Gothabilly: 'Domino Doll' Dress by Bettie Page Clothing at Cats Like Us

This is a great example of how the cut makes the garment. Black and white panels create a beautiful, clean shape, and the faux bolero continues the lines all the way up, which elongates the body most attractively. I can't imagine this working with any other two colours, however, except for antique white and navy blue, perhaps.

Like Rockabilly/Gothabilly pieces usually tend to, I imagine this fitting best on a shapely person. And the hem must be exactly the right length, as shown.

Found here. On sale, two sizes left.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Visual Kei: 'RTBU Chemise Goth-Punk' by RTBU at Capsule Tokyo

A handsome garment, and very likely a devil to try and match with a bottom. Asymmetry has once again shown its power provided a balance of sides remains; also, the lacing popping out of the vast whiteness adds its own suitably subtle flavour by nodding into the general direction of guro (グロ) aesthetics - with a spectacularly elegant approach.

Available here for a suspiciously affordable price. (Site in English and French. At the same time.)

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Rocker/Punk: 'Green Stars' Mini Skirt/Shorts by Clarabella at Rocky Horrors

A Rocker classic, from the thin fabric to star pattern and a bright, 80's-inspired colour. This particular specimen happens to be of fairly good quality, as well, and the cut is excellent for precisely this kind of fabric.

What to wear with it? Fishnets, convos/combat boots, a short faux leather jacket, and a chiffon scarf. And lots of accessories. For example.

Found here.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Sailor/ Sweet Lolita: 'Sailor' Coat at Metamorphose temps de fille

Classy, elegant, effortless, prim, and sweet. There's room for a multi-layered dress, but I can think of no reason why someone couldn't wear this with a pair of trousers, as well. What this coat does demand, however, is a pair of flat shoes.

Found here. Available in antique white and, of course, navy.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Cyber: 'Axiom' Shirt by Plastik Wrap at Plastik Army

Again I picked a design that works because it is simple and neat, and there is a sense of control and structure about it. Every element supports one another. Zen has been reached, and we are at peace with our clothes. Ah.

Depending on what one would pick to accompany this neat shirt, this could make both a day and an evening look. While on its own this speaks Cyber to me, there are dozens of possible combinations which could transform this into some other style, too. Corporate (Cyber) Goth springs to mind, for instance.

Found here. Plenty of sizes.