Thursday, September 15, 2016

Medieval/Fantasy Looks

You may or may not know it, but we are in a golden age of sword and sorcery fiction. Every fantasy book I pick up has amazing badass women who fight alongside men. They're not just love interests or prizes, they're bandits, fighters, powerful antagonists, and main characters. I remember giving up the search for female knights when I was growing up...It was pretty much only The Hero and the Crown.

So it's no surprise that "Medieval goth" when I was younger was similar to the first search result you get when you type that in Google image search:
still awesome by the way

Historical anachronisms ahoy. But you know the look: big sleeves, corset, long dress. Damsel in the castle. The aristocratic goth look is very very dead. The big sleeves and dresses are coming back, but more in a witchy way.

I see medieval coming back more in a warrior way, inspired by LARPers (live action roleplaying) and cosplayers and the geeky renaissance we are currently in.
http://www.medievalboutique.com/ 
http://www.medievalboutique.com/

Obviously the above are for LARPs and not for everyday wear. But it can translate well to everyday, combining elements of tribal and nugoth...

Mai Magi does this look well:
a festival look


 Necklace: Claires ( 1998), dragon earrings: Body Artforms (new), arrow industrial: bodyjewelry.com (new) )

Manic moth

To have a more fantasy-inspired goth look, I suggest adding the following to your already-existing dark fashion wardrobe/look:

  • Having more armor-influenced accessories/clothing like chain mail, scale mail, tooled leather
  • sword, dragon, axes, and other geekery accesories
  • tribal-inspired makeup
  • braids or dreads

I don't think this is currently a trend, just more a thing I'm in to nowadays. I've been reading nonstop sword and sorcery these days! Do you dress historical/inspired by fiction? Let me know in the comments!

11 comments:

  1. Ha! The second and third photo are from the store Dracolite (also the links gave it away)They are based here in Montreal. Really great store. The owners are awesome. I got my wedding dress and so did most of my bridesmaids from there! The store has some really neat window displays too!

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    1. I wish I'd went! Is this sort of look big in Quebec? I was trying to recall an awesome shop I'd went to in Quebec City, but could not recall the name (at the time they didn't have a website either... Really). After much pointless googling, was led to the Montreal store. It's definitely on my visit list next time I go!

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  2. Oh no, the picture doesn't show :(
    But I totally love the fierce warrior-goth look, and I'm all for that warpaint! Might be because of the books I read (loads and loads of fantasy, but also post-apocalypse, and I think the look combines the two very well.)

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    1. Ugh stupid Blogger and its old tech. Thanks for letting me know!

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    1. Maybe! I've been wondering what's going to replace nugoth... My fingers are crossed

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  4. I've been seeing this endlessly on Instagram, exactly by the bloggers you've mentioned. By god, if I see someone doing horizontal lines on their nose I'm going to rip their nostrils out! I have to be honest - it's a cool look, but I can't stand the whole "survivor chick" thing anymore. It looks like these bloggers are copying each other and I find it ironic to dress like this when you live in a city lol. I dunno, not my thing XD

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    1. Lol I love the horizontal nose lines! That's totally going to be my next makeup look. And I'm absolutely in love with those bloggers. Must be 4 years of big hats, round sunglasses, and leggings

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  5. I do love medieval inspired style! Ties in with my faerie inspo from Ren Faires...

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    1. For sure. You're the far, I'll be the warrior, and there's a million witches out there... We've got ourselves an adventure party.

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