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Romantic Goth: How to Get the Look

Romanticise your style with the romantic goth aesthetic.

April 21, 2024
5 min read

The romantic goth aesthetic is a gorgeous fusion of darkness and beauty, mystery and romance. Drawing inspiration from gothic literature, Victorian elegance, Romanticism, and even the medieval era, romantic goth fashion offers a bewitching journey into femininity, sensuality and whimsy.

In this guide, we will navigate the labyrinth of romantic goth style, from darkly elegant garments to whimsical accessories.  We’ll explore how to embrace romantic goth fashion and weave it into your own personal style. 

What is Romantic Goth? 

A romantic goth is someone who incorporates elements of gothic culture, such as dark clothing, literature, and music, with romantic ideals and aesthetics. They often appreciate the darker aspects of life but also embrace beauty, sentimentality, and a love for history and literature. This combination results in a style that blends darkness with romance and often includes elements of Victorian or medieval aesthetics.

How to Dress Romantic Goth

Dressing in a romantic goth style typically involves wearing highly embellished, beautiful clothing that harkens back to when there were princes and princesses. It’s almost like LARPing, so it’s not a style you’ll often see on the street. Here are some key elements:

  • Colour: A romantic goth sticks to a predominantly dark colour palette, such as black, deep purple, burgundy, dark red, or midnight blue. Anything that evokes a sense of grandeur.
  • Fabrics: Luxurious and textured fabrics like velvet, lace, satin, and chiffon add a romantic touch to any outfit.
  • Silhouettes: The feminine-presenting romantic goth chooses clothing with flowing, draped, or fitted silhouettes. Think long skirts, flowing dresses, fitted bodices, and tailored coats. A more masculine version might be a ruffled shirt, skinny jeans and pointed boots.
  • Details: Romantic details such as ruffles, lace trims, corsetry, bows, and intricate embroidery make your vibes immaculate. 
  • Accessories: Chokers, cameo jewelry, ornate hairpieces, lace gloves, and vintage-inspired hats all enhance the romantic goth aesthetic.
  • Footwear: Think Victorian-inspired boots, lace-up heels, or platform shoes in dark colours.

Overall, the key is to blend dark, gothic elements with romantic and elegant touches to create a unique and stylish ensemble. Experiment with different combinations to find a look that resonates with your personal style.

Romantic Goth Influences and Inspirations

Image credit: Crimson Peak

The romantic goth aesthetic is influenced by the Romantic movement, which celebrated emotion, individualism, and the beauty of nature. Romantic goths often incorporate elements of Romantic art and literature into their style.

The imagery, fashion, and architecture of the medieval and Renaissance periods inspire romantic goth aesthetics too. This includes medieval-inspired clothing, Gothic architecture, and themes of chivalry and courtly love. 

Elements of other subcultures, such as punk and emo, contribute to the romantic goth aesthetic as well. However, romantic goths typically emphasize the softer, more elegant aspects of these subcultures while maintaining a dark and mysterious vibe.

Romantic goths draw lots of inspiration from art movements like Pre-Raphaelitism, with its emphasis on beauty, nature, and medieval themes. Additionally, films and TV shows with dark, romantic aesthetics, such as “Interview with the Vampire” or “Crimson Peak,” can influence romantic goth style.

Overall, the romantic goth aesthetic is a fusion of dark, romantic, and historical influences, creating a unique and truly enchanting style.

Shop the Romantic Goth Style 

Church of Sanctus – a goth slow fashion brand that perfectly encapsulates the romantic goth aesthetic. Think big sleeves, corset tops and medieval motifs. 

Absentia Couture – a vegan, Polish fashion brand making the most stunning corsetry, dresses and skirts.

Chamlor – an Instagram business creating made to measure double sided corsets with art pieces of your choice..

BlackMilk Clothing – they have lots of romantic goth pieces, the latest being the Ascension collection.

Bound in Bone’s Romantic Goth Picks

Fallen Angel Corset Top by Galeria Label
Image credit: Galeria Label

No romantic goth is worth her salt without a classical art corset. This handmade one features our favourite guy, Lucifer! Shop here.

Cathedral Window Wall Hanging by The Blackened Teeth
Image credit: The Blackened Teeth

Bring the romantic goth vibes to your home with this gorgeous cathedral window wall hanging. Shop here.

Revelation Chiffon Midi Dress by Disturbia
Image credit: Disturbia

A print to die for – Death on a horse with Hades right behind him. With a layered skirt, puffed sleeves and a fitted bodice, this dress is a romantic goth’s dream. Shop here.

Cathedral bodysuit by Restyle

This stunning body by Restyle is inspired by Gothic architecture with flocked velvet detailing. Perfect paired with a corset belt and flowy skirt. Shop here.

Fractal Underbust Corset by Von Myrce
Image credit: Von Myrce

This beautiful, made to order underbust corset features Gothic cathedral windows, making it the perfect addition to any plainer romantic goth outfit. Shop here

Mercy Midi Dress by Forest Ink
Image credit: Forest Ink

A very cute dress designed to flatter whatever your shape. With a milkmaid neckline, puff sleeves and a drop waist, it’s the perfect addition to your romantic goth wardrobe. Shop here.

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