I’ve never been much down for the whole “goth thing”. However, I have friends and relatives who fully embraced the trend a long time ago…the whole dark and moody thing just never really worked for me. I mean, I didn’t even start wearing black until about five years ago! I am the least dark and twisty person you could find…and a lot of time my style reflects that. That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate the style in certain ways though!
Goth seems like it was a total late 80s and early 90s style kind of sub sect, especially amongst angsty teens. I remember one of my good friends talking endlessly about Marilyn Manson (although we were a bit on the young side to really be listening to him) and wearing almost black lipstick. She definitely embraced the moodier side of fashion while I was still wearing pink and listening to uber pop music in all it’s happy glory.
Isn’t it funny how the style cycle is moving quicker these days it seems? I think because of social media and iPhones and all that jazz, photos get disseminated much quicker and almost immediately after a trend begins, we are oversaturated with it. Fast fashion pumps out a style quicker than you can blink, and before you know it, you have an email in your inbox from Forever 21 with a complete collection of clothing based on that trend. The fast fashion fairy godmothers plus the magic of Instagram equals a trend reaching the masses and then being “so over” much MUCH quicker than in any other time in history. So we are now seeing trends cycle through, like some of the 90s punk goth stuff we are starting to see, when it wasn’t all that long ago we just saw black velvet chokers and dark lips walk down the runway THE LAST TIME they did.
The great thing however about all this lightning speed communication of trends is that there is so much more creativity happening amongst them! The “goth” we are seeing now is definitely a throw back to the early 90s, but this time, it’s gotten a little fancier. And this time, I’m gonna test it out because I’m a little bolder in my style choices than I was when I was a kid. Clearly.
I found this photo in Marie Claire that I liked because it’s kind of an edwardian romantic take on goth.
I love the idea of mixing white and black lace together. It takes the sweetness and delicacy of the lace and adds an edge. I love testing out a trend or a style that doesn’t necessarily feel like “me”, because it often gives me new ideas and new courage to think (and dress) outside my usual box!
This look is like the fancier older sister of the moody goth younger brother. Know what I’m saying? I have a vintage Gunne Sax lace dress over a vintage black slip dress and some ruffly combat boots…because the ruffle is just plain fun. I feel both moody and fancy at the same time. I weirdly used to wear dark lipstick ALL THE TIME, but now it feels fun and yet strange. It’s not my usual go-to style, but I’m gonna try and sneak some pieces of it into my weekly wardrobe! Still listening to pop music though. That’s not gonna change :)
There are times when I’m out and about and someone will say something to me or I catch another girl checking out my outfit and it dawns on me. She thinks I have my sh** together. Woah. That’s crazy. Because…uhhhh I’m not one of “those girls” who’s got it all down. Hold up a minute…do “those girls” actually even exist, IRL?? So here’s the deal. I figure, if I can fool ’em all, SO CAN YOU! Let me give you some food for thought. When you see a girl on instagram who makes you feel badly about themselves, this is what you need to think to yourself. She has four square feet of her house clean and she put on a hat. YOU CAN DO THAT!!!! Social media is NOT real life, people, and heck, what people see when you’re out and about is not always real life either!! I don’t lounge around my house in fringe boots and vintage caftans (although I’d like too!). I mostly wear super gross food covered clothes because I have toddlers who like to smear chocolate on EVERYTHING without giving it a second thought. With that being said, it’s super nice to fool some of the people some of the time, right?
Here’s some simple tips to fool the masses. Girls will give you the once over, maybe a twice or third time over, and even if you spent all morning being the most unglamorous human on the planet, you’ll feel like an “it girl”!
Okay. This is a simple outfit, right? Here’s the pieces that really make this work without a lot of effort on your part.
Tall Boots. Something about boots screams “I PUT EFFORT INTO MY OUTFIT!”…and, um, it took me under 30 seconds to put these on my feet. If you’re not into shorts, pair them with a cute skirt or a pair of skinny jeans tucked into them.
White or Black Shirt. This one is vintage, which, a distressed tee always ups the “cool” factor, but either way, a simple white or black tee is perfect and ALWAYS a piece that looks put together. Not into vintage? Raid the men’s undershirt section at Target or get a simple black tee in the women’s section.
Statement Necklace. Again, putting on a large piece of jewelry signals a bold style and screams out that you REALLY tried. Uh, HOW long does it take to put on a necklace? I rest my case. Worth the 15 seconds.
A Hat. You guys, there is something about hats that make women instantly think you’re cool. It certainly makes me think the girls who wear them are cool! There are some girls who wear a lot of hats on instagram, and I just think they’re the coolest girls ever. Why? They plopped a wide brimmed hat on. #easy
Lipstick. I’m not all that comfortable in bold lip colors. But I’m working on that because something about fall makes me want to rock some color on my lips. My suggestion for this, is to get a nice big lip crayon because it’s a one-and-done kind of application. There’s not a zillion steps required and touch ups are easy. I get more compliments when I wear lipstick, no matter what I’m wearing on the rest of my body…heck I could go out in pajamas and red lips and I’d probably get people thinking I “tried”.
Go forth, and be a COOL GIRL. You already ARE one, but if you’re like me and you don’t FEEL like one, this is guaranteed to do the trick!
Hi, my name is Katy, and sometimes I don’t feel like putting together a fun and creative outfit. Sometimes, I just want to throw something on and go. Maybe I’m just tired, maybe I just have to run out to the store and don’t feel like putting a ton of effort into what I’m wearing, or maybe I’m just not feeling all that creative, but I still want to feel like I look good. Know what I’m saying? I’m going to introduce you to your new lazy day BFF, the new MVP of your closet, the thing that will make you look “date night” while you feel “pajamas”. I’m talking about the black jumpsuit. This is not a theory, you guys, this is a tried and tested fact. This is the LBD of the daytime, the go-to for park days and target runs. It’s the thing that may not be all that exciting, but it’ll sure as heck get a whole lotta wear!
Let me tell you a few stories of my first hand experiences with my LBJ (not, Lyndon B. Johnson, Long Black Jumpsuit, to clarify). I went to Target with one of these babies on with some red lipstick. I got told multiple times that I looked “SO GOOD” and “SO PUT TOGETHER”. I wore a different one out running errands and someone asked me “where I was going”. I looked at her, puzzled, and said…”um, here?” Then I realized that I looked like I was going to a fancy event because of this amazing article of clothing that requires ZERO effort. Another time I was at a playground, and one of the moms told me she had been staring at me because she thought I looked so good. Have I convinced you yet?
If you really want to look good, and I mean, like you REALLY tried, add lipstick and a nice pair of mule slides. I’m not kidding you guys, this is the magic look for the days you just don’t wanna try.
Here are some options for you. Strapless, really cute culotte style, and probably the most comfortable and flattering (in the tummy area primarily!) thing you’ll ever wear.
Go get yourselves one of these! You won’t regret it :)