How to Make a Goth Costume for Halloween

How to Make a Goth Costume for Halloween

Dressing up as a Goth is always an option if you don't quite know what to wear for a fancy dress party. With a little bit of makeup and some black clothes that you probably already have in your wardrobe, you have the basis for an outfit that certainly looks good and attracts attention. You don't necessarily have to wait for Halloween to wear it as, if you feel identified with Gothic principles, this subculture's attire is its most characteristic feature. If you want to know how to make a goth costume for Halloween, read this article.

Steps to follow:

Black clothes. This is almost the most important part of the whole Goth costume. Black is the color of the Gothic look par excellence, so look for black clothes in your wardrobe to make your costume: dresses, shirts, skirts, trousers, etc.

You will find plenty of Goth clothes in specialized shops, although a black corset and skirt defines a classic Goth look, although, as many people who follow Goth subculture regularly know, you can combine other colors too in your clothing. The important part of your Goth clothes is that they reminisce the dark Victorian era, so tinges of red and even white are also common. Velvet and lace are the most praised fabrics in Gothic subculture, so if you can find items made out of these materials, all the better.


Makeup. Alongside black clothes, this is also essential. You can use a facial foundation that's lighter than your skin tone to give your skin a palid touch. This will contrast nicely with some black eye makeup, the darker the better. Your lips can also be painted black or a dark color, such as purple or deep red, as well as your nails.


Hair. Black or very dark hair nicely complements the rest of the outfit, whether natural or dyed by your hairdresser, or even with a wig. You can include strands of a different color, such as white, red or purple, to create more contrast and give a different touch to your look.


Completing the outfit. If you want to add a provocative touch to your costume, you can wear fishnet stockings, whether traditional or those that mimic a spider's web, which are perfect for this outfit. You can make your costume more sexy whilst retaining the Gothic aesthetic by wearing a corset that enhances your figure. Other options include layers or long coats.


Sinister jewelry. Rings, earrings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, bangles and anything else you can imagine. There are plenty of accessories with Gothic and sinister motifs that will go perfectly with your costume such as skulls, spiders, pentagrams, snakes, etc. However, you can also contrast these and wear jewelry that contains innocent shapes such as hearts or flowers, but it's even better if black in color.


Lenses. Light-colored lenses including white lenses, will give you a ghostly color, an almost 'other-worldly' appearance, and you'll attract lots of attention.


Footwear. Here you have several options, depending on whether you want to make a bold or more delicate costume by wearing thin high heels. However, large platform boots are a sure bet. Of course, they must be strictly black in color.


Drawings. A fake tattoo or small drawing on your face, shoulders or neck can be the icing on the cake to give your outfit the special touch that you may just be missing.


Abouth Gothic subculture

The Goth subculture covers many aspects such as a certain taste for fashion, films, literature and music. It is highly influenced by the 18th and 19th centuries' popular culture, where Terror literature based on creepy characters such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or the Legend of Sleepy Hollow brought mystery and the occult to the masses. The term Goth was first used to identify this subculture in the 60's, when adolescents were influenced by B-series movies depicting these characters from literature such as Dracula or Frankenstein. In music, it was the band "the Doors" that was first described as being Gothic rock, due to the mystical sound of their albums. Since then, the Goth subculture has been influenced by bands such as Bauhaus, the Cure or Adam and the Ants.

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