Apparently “Health Goth” is something that I’ve kind of been doing without realizing it, because it basically consists of having a background in musical subcultures and wearing head-to-toe black when you work out. Cool beans! I hope I get a pass for the color of my shoes, though; I just wear whatever isn’t going to break my feet, regardless of their color. (Is Health Rainbow Goth a thing?)
A few thoughts: First, do you have to listen to goth metal or industrial goth to be Health Goth, or can you listen to goth as in The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen? Second, I’m pretty sure most lifting gyms play “aggressive” music most of the time anyway (much to my chagrin). Third, I do not endorse statements like “No one wants to see a Grover belly poking through your Under Armour compression shirt” (from HealthGoth.com founder Johnny Love), especially in subcultures. Come on, man, the kids already get enough flack for being weirdos, don’t give them in-scene pressure about their bodies, too. Yeuch. Keep reading »
At the beginning of seventh grade, my very, very preppy middle school got a new student. He was dour and lanky, he wore his hair in a bowl cut with two long pieces hanging around his face, and he wore a long black trenchcoat all the time, indoors and out. It was 1999 and the coat was bad timing (the Columbine shooting had happened just a few months earlier), but he told me he’d had it for a long time and he wasn’t going to stop wearing it because of someone else’s bad decisions.
Several of my Abercrombie & Fitch-wearing classmates didn’t know what to make of him, so because of his fondness for black they defaulted him to “goth,” and because of his sour mood and his trenchcoat some of them speculated he was going to kill us all.
I started thinking about this last week when I saw the Daily Mail getting predictably stupid and feigning shock over the fact that one of the Slender Man killers’ dad is goth-y, listens to metal, likes morbid stuff like cemeteries, and (oh god, no) thought his daughter’s fascination with the macabre was all right. Keep reading »
You know what they say about us former high school freaks always getting the last laugh, right? Case in point: this season’s most-wanted makeup is all about all things glamorously goth. (And no, we will not be drawing Robert Smith comparisons. Rather, think Morticia Addams meets Dita von Teese.) This is quite the boon for the naturally fair among us; suddenly, my ghostly pallor is trendy! The dramatic, dangerous vamp look is easier to pull off than you might think, especially when the rest of your body is swathed in sweaters and scarves ― there’s no better, more weather-appropriate way to make a statement. [Photo: StyleBistro] Keep reading »
Still struggling with what to dress up as for Halloween? Us, too. But even if your costume is a disaster, you can get your makeup game on lock with one of our easy-peasy makeup tutorials. Here, Rachel and Ami show you how to get a vampy, gothy, darkly sexy look. Throw this look on with an all-black ensemble and go as a depressed high school goth girl! Or wear it with a little black dress and a witch’s hat, and pretend you’re a sexy witch (hey, we don’t judge). Take a peek at this makeup look and tell us how you’ll rock Halloween this year.
Is it just me or has Kristen Stewart been looking her best ever while doing the “Breaking Dawn” publicity circuit? She’s obviously very attractive, but some of her past appearances have made me cringe just because she looks so damn uncomfortable. I don’t keep up with “Twilight,” but I do keep up with celeb style, and the photos of Kristen in J. Mendel at the U.S. premiere made my jaw drop. Kristen looks gorgeous and glamorous while still managing to maintain her punky, not-overdone allure.
One thing I’ve noticed from her most recent ensembles is that she’s grown into a master of a feminine style that alludes to goth without bringing Hot Topic to mind. Classy, clean goth? What a feat! I love what Kristen does with her girly-goth sensibilities, so I’m breaking it down into tips and tricks we can all use to channel the look. (Flawless British boyfriend not required, but always preferred.) Keep reading »
Meet Adora BatBrat, a Swedish gothic electro queen who wants you to rethink your look. Why do you insist upon brown eyeshadow and nude lip gloss, when Adora can show you how to style baby pink bangs, give yourself lace face, wear cat ears, or use scissors to make goth eyebrows? Also, she has fangs. Happy makeovers, ladies! Keep reading »