Gothic clothing is one such look that people turn to when they wish to showcase their wild side and add a shock element to their style of dressing. If you wish to incorporate this style, there are stores that stock a lot of gothic fashion ensembles. These are not always easily available but a hunt for it online can definitely throw up loads of options.
The history of the Gothic clothing is basically based on the two periods of the Gothic era-the early Gothic period and the late Gothic period. The early Gothic period saw more elegant and sophisticated styles of dressing. Sleeves became tight and the forearms got prominence. The early Gothic period also saw minimal trimmings on the Gothic dresses. The necklines went deep and the dresses became longer.
The clothing styles changed during the late Gothic periods with the fabrics looking stiffer in their appearance. Here the draperies shortened considerably and women wore their hair long with different headgears such as the wimple, which would cover the head and the gorget, which was used to cover the neck. The men had short hairstyles and there was more emphasis on the detailing of the upper silhouette.
Gothic fashion would always show the major use of reds, blues, greens and gold. The vermilion shade also was highlighted during the Gothic period. It also has interesting elements fused in their design. Here are a few:
Cote-hardie - This is a short A shaped garment which opens in the center and has buttons down on the front. Women who generally wore the cote-hardie had it tight-fitting especially around the shoulder, hips and waist area. This generally ends at the hips in such cases and can be laced up at the front or back.
Pourpoint - This was generally worn under the cote-hardie. The pourpoint is a short jacket with tight sleeves. It was even lined with fur to provide warmth. The pourpoint was also known as the paltock.
Houppelande - This was a long garment that was mainly worn by men in the Gothic period. This costume was fitted at the shoulders and was worn with a belt at the waist. It was also worn with a stand collar with long decorative sleeves. The sleeves had slits at the elbows for the hand to pass. The remaining portion of the sleeve dangled below.
Surcote - The surcote was generally a traditional dress for women. These were also available in various versions. Sometimes, such dresses were also known as the sideless gowns. This was because the woman's gown was cut from the arms to the hips. This would reveal the cote hardie that was worn below.
Gothic Clothing in Your Wardrobe
- Girls, get yourself pointy-toed shoes or combat boots.
- The costumes can also incorporate lot of velvet and long flowing skirts.
- Go in for well-fitted corset tops.
- Use bold make up for eyes and lips.
- Men can go in for loads of black in the wardrobe. You can opt for white shirts with black pants. Team it with a black vest and combat boots.
- Incorporate loads of studs and zippers.
- This may sound scary to some, but the nail color should be black.