10 Cool Summer Goth Outfit Ideas for 2024

Feeling uninspired? These summer goth outfit ideas are sure to help!

June 16, 2024
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As temperatures rise, it really is hard to be goth. Black is not always the one when it comes to staying cool and comfortable in the hot weather. Luckily, you’re in the right place! Whether you’re going to music festivals, picnics in the park, or simply strolling through the city streets, these 10 summer goth outfits will ensure you stand out for all the right reasons (and not because you’re sweating your t*ts off). 

In this blog post, we’ll explore a variety of outfit combinations that incorporate classic gothic elements with lightweight fabrics, bold accessories, and strategic layering. From flowing maxi dresses to band tees paired with shorts, we’ve curated a selection of looks that are both stylish and practical for the summer season.

So, if you’re ready to defy the traditional notion of summer fashion and inject some darkness into your wardrobe, keep reading for 10 summer goth outfit ideas that will keep you looking (and feeling) effortlessly cool all summer long. 

A disclaimer: this post is for inspo, which means that you can buy the exact things I’ve linked, or you can buy second hand or cheaper alternatives!

Black lace crop top, high-waisted shorts & chunky trainers

Summer goth outfit: lace crop top, high waisted shorts, chunky trainers and a studded belt
Lace crop top | studded belt | chunky trainers | high waisted shorts

Weather looking pretty warm? That sounds like it calls for shorts! Keep it simple with a detailed halter neck crop top, high waisted shorts and a pair of chunky trainers. Perfect for a walk round the park.

Victorian-style black maxi, pointy Mary Janes & wide-brimmed hat

Summer goth outfit: floppy black hat, Victorian-style dress and pointy Mary Jane shoes
Floppy hat | Victorian-esque dress | pointy Mary Jane shoes

For a romantic goth vibe, pair a big floppy hat with a twirly dress and some pointy mary janes. This dress from Lively Ghosts is beautiful – I can imagine it being the perfect thing to wear to a picnic on a summer’s day.

Black romper, black kimono, combat boots & a chunky necklace

Summer goth outfit: paisley print poncho, leather and gold necklace, romper, stacked lace up combat boots
Paisley poncho | leather & gold necklace | romper | stacked boots

For a simple, yet impactful summer goth outfit, pair a sleeveless romper under a dramatic poncho (love this rock n roll one from OTHER UK) with stacked dm boots. To finish, this handmade necklace from Tommy Vowles will add edgy goth detail.

Black top with bell sleeves, black leather mini skirt, silver chains & ankle boots

Summer goth outfit: lace up body, belt with chain, pointy lace up boots, small barbed wire hoops, leather mini skirt.
Lace up body | leather skirt | pointy lace up boots | small barbed wire hoops| belt with chain

Looking for a witchy summer goth outfit idea? This one is a classic. The bell sleeves and the a-line skirt paired with pointy lace up ankle boots just scream “I’m on the way to a coven meeting”. Layer up with a long cardi if it gets chilly.

Black slip dress layered over a black mesh long-sleeve top, combat boots & a belt

Summer goth outfit: mesh patterned body, plain black slip dress, belt with a chain and combat boots
Mesh patterned body | plain black slip dress | belt with a chain | combat boots

Another simple go-to summer goth outfit! Mesh is great for summer as it lets the air at your skin and it looks awesome layered up. Restyle has loads of mesh body designs so you’re sure to find one that you like. Alternatively, layer a loose mesh t-shirt over the top of a slip dress instead.

Black crop top, high-waisted skinny jeans, round sunglasses & pointed boots

Summer goth outfit: leather jacket, crop tank top, skinny jeans, pointy ankle boots, crossbones ring, round sunglasses
Leather jacket | crop tank top | skinny jeans | pointy ankle boots | crossbones ring | round sunglasses

If the weathers giving grey clouds, then skinny jeans, a tank top and a leather jacket has to be the way to go. It might be a millennial outfit but it’s still a classic!

Graphic tank top, cap, bum bag & biker shorts

Summer goth outfit: pentagram cap, metal tee, biker shorts, bumbag, flame converse, chunky chain necklace
Pentagram cap| metal tee | biker shorts | bum bag | flame high tops | chunky chain necklace

Looking for a comfy, casual summer goth outfit? This is the one. Pair your favourite oversized tee shirt with biker shorts and some cool shoes, accessorise with a bum bag, a cap and a chunky chain necklace and you’re done! Ready for anything summer might throw at you.

Puff sleeved dress, harness & sandals

Summer goth outfit: harness, puff sleeve dress, barbed wire hoops, cathedral tote bag, sandals
harness | puff sleeve dress | barbed wire hoops | cathedral tote bag | sandals

Cute and relaxed, this outfit uses a harness to toughen up a feminine dress. Can confirm this summer goth dress is comfortable (and works for breastfeeding mamas too because of the shorter top).

Tee & midi skirt

Summer goth outfit: cat eye sunglasses, band t-shirt, button up midi skirt, chunky boots, o-ring necklace
cat eye sunglasses | band t-shirt | button up midi skirt | chunky boots | o-ring necklace

This is one of my favourite summer got outfits. The lynchpin is the midi skirt, and you can easily swap out the band tees and the footwear for a slightly different feel. The suspenders on the Rammstein tee makes it dorky cute, which I love!

Button up sundress, sandals & and straw hat

Summer goth outfit: straw fedora, button up sundress, straw beach bag, slip on sandals
straw fedora | button down sundress | straw beach bag | slip on sandals

Beach day? You can’t go wrong with a sundress! Slip on a pair of sandals, a sun hat and grab a slouchy beach bag with your favourite crime/thriller/horror in it and some snacks and you’re ready to soak up the sun or take a walk on the shoreline.


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