Thursday, January 17, 2019

Online Goth Communities: Reddit (and "gatekeeping goth")

Reddit, for me, has always been the somehow even less user-friendly 4chan. It's an ugly site not conducive to sharing outfit posts and ideas, and so I've avoided it for fashion-related stuff. Today I decided to join and interact with Reddit's /goth and /gothstyle.

My first post was replying to a user's "I've been in the scene for 5 years and I've only just joined Reddit!" post with "I just joined Reddit too, and I've been in the scene for 20 years!" to which someone immediately replied with:

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Ethical Shopping

This post was inspired by the always thoughtful and creative Sary Walrus and her post Sustainable Goth Fashion Haul. She also posts well-produced lookbooks that are always inspiring.

I'm defining "ethical shopping" as clothing and accessories that is environmentally and worker friendly, and this post isn't meant to make anyone feel bad or guilty or shame anyone who buys cheap clothing out of necessity. The free market isn't going to end slavery or the environmental problems associated with fashion--the responsibility to change begins with governments and the producers themselves. It's important to remember who the bad guys are, and it isn't the person who maybe honestly can't make the lifestyle change to be a more conscientious consumer.

Don't buy anything: This is the only way to shop ethically--by not buying anything. Think critically of anything you want--do you actually need this? Love and cherish the things you own, or alter them. At the turn of the last century, people altered clothing they own to match current styles. From collars to sleeves to waistlines, people kept what they owned for years and years--not just one season. Not everyone is as gifted with thread and needle these days, but we have YouTube now, and there are plenty of "hacks" to update your regular Ts into cold-shoulder tops and almost anything you can think of. If you loved the embroidery trend, why not watch a few videos and learn how to do it on your own? This used to be what gothic fashion was about. Altering what you already owned reflected your journey of self in a way--plus it looked a whole lot cooler.

When I stopped dressing cybergoth, I added some patches to this neon pink vest for a more wearable punk look. Also, obviously I've worn these shoes for ...almost 20 years now lol.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

New Year Tarot Spread

Well last year's Hermit card was oddly prophetic, wasn't it? I left blogging early in the year and later still, I was laid off from work. Still am.

I usually do a 1-card reading each year, but his year I'm doing a 1-card tarot reading plus an oracle card to supplement. The tarot card is from the Tattoo Tarot: Ink and Intuition deck and the oracle card is from the Pythia Botanica Oracle deck.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

2019 Trend Predictions (and trends I'd like to see)

What sort of dark fashion trends will we see in 2019? 

The nicer term for mall goth. I think we are going to be seeing more embellished clothing and accessories, so listen for sounds of chains rattling, straps jostling, zippers zipping, and belts tightening. Expect to see people getting caught on chairs and doors and each other, plus more lists of "problems only goths have."

Thursday, December 20, 2018

2018 Trend Recap

I'm back! Those of you who follow me on Instagram @5thAvenueGoth know that I've been recently laid off from my job. Fun fact is that this blog started while I was looking for work, and since I've got some time on my hands now, I'll return to blogging. Instagram isn't really good for the commentary I like to do, and I'm still toying with the idea of doing YouTube--that's where I go for fashion commentary myself, so it makes sense that the audience who is interested in dark fashion commentary would be there as well. 

It's that time of year again, when I recap the 2018 dark fashion trends. Still enjoying wearing cold-shoulder tops? See where they started in the 2017 recap. Are you gluing things to your forehead? Check out the 2016 Recap

Monday, June 11, 2018

Personal style: what's in and out for summer 2018

The seasons have changed and so it's time to pack away what won't be worn (my "outs") and hang up what will be (my "ins").

IN: Black horn jewelry. I've been wearing gold and silver and bone for the past year, and I've missed all my black stuff!