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Natascha

Location:
Belgium


For me, gothic fashion is something where you need to feel comfortably with.
I love to wear black, white, pink, blue... But don't let me wear brown, but then, I don't feel good.
Also, you need to be orriginal. Ofcourse you can get inspiration by other people, but give it your own touch!
Things I mostly wear:
(black) Skirts, with a lot of details
stockings, whatever what color (even pink is good ^^)
black boots or pumps. For this momenet I wear New rocks, but they are verry expensive
a black, white or other colored shirt, mostly with something over it. sometimes something like fishnets. They look always cool.
I wear sometimes pants, but I'm not really in love with them because you don't have always much choice with it.
and ofcourse, don't forget the accesoiry! I'm in love with silver jewels, but also spikes and pink things. I wear a lot of jewerly.
Not all goths have black hair. I have blonde hair. but you can also have dreads, or a flashy hair color, or even normal brown.

Gothic doesn't mean black. You can combine it with a lot of other colors like pink, blue, red, white, green...
It all depends on your own creativity, how you want to combine somthing (example: normal stuf with gothy details).. Your clothes are your second name.
Stereotypes are stupid! ^^

xxx

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Entry No: 50 | Posted: Wed Nov 12 2008, 4:08pm



Odracir Loborojo

Location:
Mexico


Well here at Mexico the thing is a little more complicated for Goths because here the society is a little more conservative and traditional and a person dress fully in black always is a spot in the people's ocean...

I work at a project of an important worldwide and sometimes I have little differences with my coworkers about the goths and goth philosophy and other urban tirbes.

About the fashion styles, well always dark or white shirts and a black long coat all neat and clean, lack of any jewelry. If is a day that I must use uniform, well only the polo shirt that is the uniform and black pantaloons and obviously the black coat...

In other words, I think that I dress like all the people with the only distinction that I always wear black or dark colors.

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Entry No: 49 | Posted: Sun Oct 5 2008, 6:08pm



Nyx

Location:
United States


I discovered one can make a whole corporate goth wardrobe shopping at places like Target. For $10, I got a Wednesday Addams type black dress with a Peter Pan collar people on their website were calling "retro". See, retro is good for goths, or in my case, a goth in her late 30's who moved to Southern California from the Northern Midwest, where it is very hot. When you get older, you naturally want to start wearing less clothes with skull on them...you grow up. But, for us there is the world of glam and retro. Hip, trendy, easy to find in even corporate stores and cheap, this look can be as simple as buying a few Mod pieces in black and then adding gothy colors and shoes/boots to it. I also got a velvet dress for $10, which I may not wear very often due to the heat, unless I work at an office with air conditioning on high (I freelance write at home and at studios). Even the shirt I am wearing now in 90 degree San Diego heat is goth to my standard. It is black with a vintage looking square collar I got for $12 or so at ye old corporate wearhaus. I buy a lot of shirts I could easily put under a corset if I was at a club. My standard work outfit when it is hot, which is a lot, is grey pinstriped pants, a dark grey or black shirt and smart chunky heeled boots, that usually stay under the pant leg (thank you fashion for making pants long again) so only the toe pops out. Casual for me is dark blue trouser pants and maybe a tee with a lovely Mandarin shirt over it, which is slightly transparent, this gives me a sense of gothic mystery and retro-ness without being too normal. I don't hang out too much under the sun so I can enjoy my pallor and carry pretty parasols, which people comment on ("that is a good idea on a hot day like this!) and that way, I also don't sweat my makeup off. It is hard being a Southern Cali goth as opposed to the Midwest, because in the winter you can wear velvet and fur so much more, which again, is retro and glam, and therefore accepted a lot more these days as normal fashion. It doesn't stop me from spending money at end of the year online sales, like getting the velvet dress for $10, because I love velvet. Silk and linen are nice substitutes, basically I feel gothic and decadent in any rich color or fabric and my color palette has opened up more since I moved to a hot place and got into my late 30's. I love jewel tones, Mod brights and even gold. Anything that seems regal. Yet anytime the clouds come to Southern Cali, like this year, I had a good two months to wear my velvet shirts, velvet pants and long black dresses and mermaid skirts. Yeah, I found a mermaid skirt at Wal-mart. It is amazing what you can find for cheap that will fit both a goth and work wardrobe. Same with pointy black heels which are featured a lot on fashion shows to make your legs appear longer and the basic white shirt, which can be gothified to your heart's content. My hair is long and red, dyed of course, because my natural hair is Cali blonde and my eyes blue. I try not to fit the girlie stereotype out here. I wear darker colors on my eyelids, but don't really do eyeliner anymore, except for clubs. Lips can be bright red or burgundy at work, no one seems to mind, ditto nails. Long nails get a lot of compliments. Oh, I also like ruffles, since when I was in high school, poet shirts were very popular. So you can goth up lace and ruffly girl shirts in different ways along with the pencil skirt and calf high boots, weird that a lot of workplace clothes have SM undertones to them. I watch Mad Men too, trying to copy the retro look of the 60's. I have a black skirt with a handmade bustle in the back and a skirt from Gallery Serpentine I've worn to business meetings. As long as you put a nice blazer and shirt (in a corporate color like white or jewel tone) under it, no one seems to say anything. However, I would leave fishnets, d-rings, skulls and Docs at home. I think maturing makes one take the gothic fashion elements of their youth to the next level, especially when you have money to pay for stuff other than thrift clothes, though I scored a beautiful Mandarin collared black jacket in San Fran at Aardvark's for a steal, $12. I also own a lot of plain blue jeans that take the edge off my gothic tops, like one I got from the House of Ill Repute, it is revealing but with the jeans, it looks a bit normal. I wear a lot of high heels and boots since I am short, and that is accepted also. I barely wear shorts or tanks unless it is close to 90, which it has been, or else it is lacey raceback tanks (scored one at Torrid) and black capri pants or bloomers. I have a lot of bloomers and people either compliment me or laugh at the Victorianism of it all, especially if I am riding my bike. I have a lot of Victorian looking tops in white and black, sleeveless lacey things with hook and eyes or lacing up the front that I brought at mall stores. I wear my black wool bowler in winter. I'd like to get a monocle for a steampunk look I think could go in the workplace. I would say it is a lot easier to pull off a retro or Victorian school marm look than a punk or deathrock one at work but I have always been a romantigoth, since the mid 80's when long shapeless shirts and lace/ruffles ruled, and never quite got out of it. But now it is more 1890's meet the 1950's meets now, with gothic undertones to the mix.

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Entry No: 48 | Posted: Thu Jun 19 2008, 6:22am



SeraphineFiery

Location:
Australia


Good to know there are other goths/gothically inclined people out there trying to keep their identities but having to modify it for the workplace. I always thought, am I just not brave enough? But really, if you want to succeed you unfortunately have to be acceptable to those who will judge you, your work and professionalism.

Dressing for work is always challenging especially if you've just changed companies (cos where people know you you can get away with more) and the dress code is different. For the professional dress environments it's easy to wear slightly healed black shoes, black slacks and jewel coloured shirts with cardigans and vests. You look very professional, not too scary and you feel like your good old gothy self is still in there somewhere.

Smart/casual is harder, especially if you have a tattoo to hide. Usually, in this casual environment I wear black or very dark blue, neat, smart jeans and a casual shirt, with a smart fitted jumper (light weight material) or dark grey knitted vest. It's smart enough for work, not too dressy and as long as your shirt/blouse is a dark red, a blue , grey or white you look normal enough without having to go into full pastels (eek). Has anyone else noticed that in clothes the colour range is almost always, white, pastel pink or green, or black? Wow what a choice....Why not rich red, jewel green or grey hmm?

My biggest challenge is covering my tattoo on my forearm (methinks this was not the most ideal spot for a tattoo in regards to work ) but hey, I like it there when I'm not working!! Wearing 3/4 sleeves in an Aussie summer gets some comments "aren't you hot in that?" Luckily light weight fabrics and aircon allow comfort temperature-wise and you can just claim to have bad circulation.

As for hair and makeup, my hair is always neat but cut in a sharp bob with chucky (touching eyebrows) fringe I can get away with for work and play. My hair is naturally very very dark brown or I dye it black, and it's near my natural colouring so I never have a problem. Make up I just wear a moderate amount of black eyeliner.

Jewellery for me is one ring on each hand (no pentagrams or other 'dark' symbols here, just onyx or moonstones), 3 small sleepers in each ear (after becoming established in the workplace) but my hair covers it anyway. I did away with the lip piercing before venturing into the professional environment, though I did like it, people found it a bit much.

And that is how I cope with being a goth in the workplace...

  

Entry No: 47 | Posted: Sat Jun 14 2008, 11:01am



Theblackwardrobe

Location:
United Kingdom


I keep thinking that the trick is not to dress goth from head to toes AND if wearing black, try to keep the make-up as "soft" as you can.

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Entry No: 46 | Posted: Tue Jun 10 2008, 12:04am



ravynblack

Location:
Canada


I think people have to be wise yet not afraid to let others know their beliefs. Discretion only gets you so much. There are a lot of things a boi can where to a conservative place of employment without any trouble. I dress up every day at work, and do not blend a goth influence much unless it is easy to do. Friday is our dress down day, and that's when I show my true colors. I also ride my bike to work every day and also show who I am so colleagues see me as I am. I do not wear my skin tight pvc pants ever to work because I don't, but I also do not wear them when I am going thru customs. Why draw more attention to yourself??? This does not mean that I a traitor, it means I am using my brain.
I also often will wear a pvc or latex top with come type of bottoms, people tend to give me compliments,
My philosophy is to push the boundary as much as you can, but make sure you survive, so you can continue to support what you believe in.

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Entry No: 45 | Posted: Tue Mar 18 2008, 6:51am



Conner

Location:
United States


I worked for an insurance outsourcing company for a while and while the dress code was very liberal, it doesn't mean your co-workers are.

Your best bet is to establish a good rapport with your coworkers. Excel in everything you do and do your best to be the best.

Your performance as a worker is more important to a company than how you look in the long run.

Fashion is about you, overall. It's an attitude and an art. A corporate look is just another challenge for you to face. If you look at it as an artistic challenge and not so much a means of repression of who you are, you can always win out in the end.

When I felt like looking professional at work, I donned tight pinstripe black slacks with a dirty pearl colored dress shirt, black tie, and a black vest. It looked smart, but it looked a bit "off" or different than what people were used to seeing. I accented the vest with a vintage looking pocket watch. I also wore a slight touch of eye liner.

I am male and my situation was a bit different.

But for some, you could possibly incorporate a bit of a punk flair to your professional garb by wearing a couple of small DIY buttons of your favorite bands or slogans and that's all good since we all know goth came from punk.

You basically have to take what rules they layed down for the company and figure out how to make something that not only would you wear at work, but you'd actually wear whenever you felt like it. If your work clothes don't feel natural to you, then you've done it wrong.

Besides, goth fashion wasn't meant to shock or offend in the first place. It was a statement against the trends of the times, hence the minimalist solid black garb.

I won my coworkers over with a friendly, professional attitude and in the end, I was able to go to work in full blown DEATHROCK garb. Layered torn fishnets, black furs, leather vests, and tight jeans filled with holes and black tights with gray fishnets underneath the jeans.

Obviously, it bothered a small few, but when the overall company likes you, there's really not much the small few could do. Just keep doing a great job at what you do. Performance outdoes looks every single day.

  

Entry No: 44 | Posted: Wed Apr 2 2008, 7:13am



latebloomer

Location:
United States


I work in education and have had to find a balance between who I am and what I do. I've found that black on black is generally accepted and I manage to still let a little of me shine through. Wide leg pants and fitted ts are put together enough for work and comfortable enough for working with kids. My converse are OK, since they always match and I need comfort. I wear my most understated jewelry and leave the make up alone ( this is the hardest, I love my eyeliner). I still have my red hair, but keep it 'natural' looking. During the summer months I undercolor it with the black.
I do have days when I wear other colors,usually a red or a navy, but I always add a little bit of me to it. No one really notices the dragon earrings, etc.
I'm much like Phantom and get teased about having a mostly black wardrobe.
The only time I stray is during those last few weeks of school when I'm at recess duty and standing out in the 100 degree weather. I tend to pull out some lighter clothing. However, I've discovered the magic of linen, in spite of how easily it creases. I can be me and still stay cool.
On my own it's black on black, often with my 'attitude' ts ( as I call them) and comfy slacks with my Docs or Chucks. When I go out it's my skirts and torn tights and makeup my b'loved boots.

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Entry No: 43 | Posted: Sat Apr 26 2008, 7:31pm



Taeden

Location:
Canada


I think maintaining your "dark side" in the office can be treacherous. It's a fine line between acceptable and not in a formal or professional work environment.

A lot of Gothic clothing on the market gears more towards the concept of "weekend" Goth dress-up, where people only live the culture at clubs or out on the town when they arent working.
Then there are the rest of us who want to be who we are whether it's called "Goth" or not.

For them there are solutions such as keeping to your all black wardrobe- but invest in some classic professional pieces. A well fitting velvet blazer is sexy enough to toss on over a corset friday night but can be worn with a lace trimmed undershirt for daytime at work.
Never underestimate the power of accessories, detailled necklaces in jet or silver can add that Gothic flair to a simple top and trousers.

One of my favorites is to wear a long overcoat, like knee length, with trousers and a nice top to work. It's dramatic enough to remain Gothy without frightening clients.

Cuz dammit you cant live in a club forever and once you grow up bills have to be paid somehow.

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Entry No: 42 | Posted: Wed Feb 27 2008, 2:46pm



**Rudy**

Location:
United States


My way of getting around it all
I always stick with basic black. (All be it when I joined my company it was required that I do so. So now that the "Color Ban" has been lifted I stick to my "I had to go and buy a whole new wardrobe" line and I get away...)

My Coats are embroyderd or brocade. Black and red. Black on black or Black and gold. (Being in catering the plush Victorian look goes a long way)

Long black slacks or a full length skirt. Boots are always a must. And just black button downs, tees and sweaters.

(Tip** NY & Co. is an undercover Goths dream.)

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Entry No: 41 | Posted: Fri Feb 15 2008, 11:34pm



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