How to be the Perfect Summer Goth

  Summer Goth Perfection by boundinbone featuring a racerback dress Topshop racerback dress / River Island long sleeve jersey, £62 / New Look ribbed pencil […]

May 20, 2016
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Summer Goth Perfection


Traditionally, goths and summer don’t mix. If you’re pale and like wearing black then hot and sunny weather is dangerous. Tanning and overheating is a real risk. You’ve all heard the phrase goths die in hot cars (just me?)

Typical Brit, I often find that summer is too hot. My makeup slides, care-free from my face, jewellery irritates me and I end up wearing shorts and cami tops. All this means that I just feel really boring. Oh, and I have to shave my legs on a regular basis.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the warmth, I love the sun, I love summer. There are ways around feeling boring.

So, let’s get down to brass tax: How to be the Perfect Summer Goth.

First things first – the wardrobe basics. Sure, basics are basics are basics, but they are called so because they form the basis of your summer goth wardrobe. You need versatile pieces that will work in different outfits.

  • A pair of shorts is essential. Whether you like bearing your bare legs or you’d rather cover them with a pair of black tights, a pair of black, ripped shorts is the way to go. Go for high waisted, low rise, up-your-bum or half way down your thigh – whatever you’re comfortable with.
  • A couple of cami tops. I am not talking about vest tops here. Cami tops are less fitted (as in they don’t cling to your belly) and often have spaghetti straps.
  • Skirts. A pencil type skirt is flattering on pretty much everyone and is perfect because it can be dressed up (corporate goth style) or down. A fit and flare skater skirt works too, as does a long floaty mesh or lace skirt. If you’re going to buy a couple of skirts, try to buy them in different styles so you can get the most out of them.
  • Dresses. A t-shirt dress, a maxi dress and a 90’s style slip dress are all you need.

Next, come the hero pieces. Most of us will have the basics in our wardrobes anyway, so this is where you take the basics and make it awesome. With your basics you can afford to not really spend much, because you’ll probably be able to find them pretty much anywhere. For your hero pieces, you might need to invest a little bit more to get the look that you want.

  • A kimono. Throw a kimono on to any outfit, and I mean any outfit, and providing that its black and has tassels, you will have perfected the summer goth look.
  • Flatform sandals. Find a pair of sandals with a platform and you’ll combine the cool breeze between your toes and the cool style credentials of an excellent pair of shoes.
  • Sunglasses. Go for round or cateye to instantly elevate your look.
  • A hat. A black fedora will keep the sun off your face, and the wider the brim the witchier the feel.
  • Jewellery. Basically, a big cross or a big moon on a long necklace and a choker are all you need right now for maximum impact.
  • A bag. A goth bag is a finishing touch that should not be underestimated. Whether you’re into backpacks, across the shoulder bags or handbags, there’s a bag for you out there.

If you’re in need of inspiration, check out my Pinterest Board, Style.


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You will find me looking for some fringey kimono now but I don’t think any weather can be warm enough to force me into wearing sandals *g* nice article!

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