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Gothic fashion represents an alternative, occasionally eccentric, fashion style. Gothic clothing is characterized by dark pieces worn from head to toe. Some consider the style to be morbid or vampire-like. Some pieces are inspired by designs in the Victorian and Elizabethan era.
Gothic clothing is typically composed of black clothes, usually combined with bold accents in red, deep purple or silver. Designs of gothic clothing include crosses, Wiccan symbols and Egyptian ankhs, to name a few. On certain occasions, instead of the typical all-black ensemble, Goths also tend to wear all-white clothing.
Typical clothing for female Goths includes elaborate dark-colored corsets and detailed gowns. Fitted jeans and boots are also favorite pieces worn by female Goths. To add more drama to the outfit, girls also wear fishnet stockings, veils and black boots.
On the other hand, typical clothing for male Goths includes rugged or tight pants combined with a dark suit. They also tend to wear black trenchcoats. Occasionally, male Goths also wear female clothing, such as skirts, corsets and even dresses.
Goths typically wear black make-up to further enhance the dark look. Both males and females wear dark make-up. Black eyeliner, black lipstick and black nail polish are usually worn. Goths also usually wear white powders on the face to appear pale, a stark contrast to the dark make-up. The hair of Goths are also usually dyed black, although some Goths choose brighter colors, such as deep shades of red or violet. Tattoos and body piercings are also common in the Goth subculture.
There has been a gradual but steady increase in the number of clothing stores selling gothic apparel. This continuing growth has led to the development of various gothic fashion shows, where gothic clothing is showcased. Examples of these include Seattle’s Gothique Fashion and Melbourne’s Nocturnal Instincts.