I learned very early on that piles of accessories looked awesome on other Goths...on me it always looked like I was trying too hard. I have a simplistic approach. It is certainly not the most dramatic or breathtaking, but it is most definitely me. My spooky point of view that makes me glow with happiness like a skeleton in the moonlight. Simplicity is the key word. Just one, good day, I would love to do a full-on Victorian Goth look, but until my patience has thickened and I explode with full-blown psychosis, I will stick to my throw-it-on style.
I love the collision of sweet and tough. If I had to put a label to my current style, I would borrow a line from a favorite author and call it Chiffon & Razor Blades. Is it everyone's definition of how a Goth should dress? I don't know. It took me many years to understand that I did not have to care either. The beauty of Gothic fashion is that it is constantly evolving. There IS no set definition. No right way or wrong way. It is left up to the individual to personalize to their heart's content. That is why I love it so much. It is TRUE self-expression.
This is my first attempt at a fashion post. I scored the dress on a trip to Austin, Texas. It was hiding on a sale rack at Hot Topic, of all places. Hot Topic has gotten a little too pop-culturely for my taste, but I was glad my island fever drove me into this particular location because I LOVE black lace (also, it only cost $20, so double-score!). I'm rambling away! Here is the list:
1. Black Lace Dress...Hot Topic...$20 (as previously mentioned)
2. Black studded pumps...Michael Antonio...Piperlime.com
3. Black rose ring...hand-me-down from my sister, Kati
Disclaimer: I don't smile much in pictures. Not because I take myself too seriously, but because I prefer not to look like an evil chipmunk.
My dog Mahala decided she wanted to model too.
Up close detail of the lace and the black rose ring.