Goth it up on A Budget

Hello my darlings!

Your fave Fine Ass Old Auntie returns. We’re going to be talking about clothing and accessories that are budget friendly AND easily Gothable.

First a definition of terms.

Gothable- an item that can go Goth with attitude, accessories or styling or cause you say so.

Below there will be a pin board full of straight and plus size ideas. I’ll toss in some more masc stuff as well. I will say I am no expert in masc leaning clothing because frankly I am Femme as Fuck.

Some personal style history. In the past 20 years or so, I’ve gone from OMG SO GOTH MY ASS IS SHINY IN DAYLIGHT as in wearing a lot of club clothing, vinyl during the day type goth. I’ve done ruffly lace fancy Goth. I’ve done punky goth, some kinderwhore. A LOT O GOTH. I think I’ve not done a lot of Victorian Goth or EGL or a bunch of other styles because $$ for fashion haven’t been plentiful.

In the last decade or so I tend towards the slightly absurd office goth. I like comfy. I like a stretchy waistband. I wear a lot of skirts, I love dresses. I’m very partial as I’ve mentioned to the skater skirt. I’m not very particular about where I shop. Let’s talk about that for a sec.

Some of my links will be fast fashion. I personally am not in a position to vote with my cash most of the time. I just can’t afford it. I like the idea of saving for an amazing ethical piece but in reality, for me and a lot of folks that is impractical.

Prior to my weight changing, I really didn’t think about it because most of the indie dark witchy brands just (and still) don’t go above a size 10 or 12 if you’re lucky. Even now that I’m a chonky 10/12 a LOT of the designers I love are not checking for my lil ass.

For instance I am OBSESSED with Sisters of the Black Moon and I have literally dreamed of this dress. The FLUIR DRESS BLACK LINEN. It costs $305.00. Now, yes craftmanship and everything. I’m not mad about the price. That said, if I had that type of cash to spend on a single garment, nah. I could probs fit into Large
Bust: 31 1/2″
Waist: 35″
Length: 54 1/4″

But the way I’m built, no way because um, my bust is not smaller than my waist. I run into the same problem with the beautiful things from Noctex. This item I could save up for BUT, my titties. I have them. Big ones. This is not built for someone who is not the shape of the model if that is the look you’re going for.

Often in Goth circles, folks will get up in arms over Goth being trendy. Remember that H&M Girl with the Dragon Tattoo collection? I saw a lot of hand wringing and ZOMFG MALL GOTH WE ARE SPECIAL type lamentation and y’all, wrong attitude. Yes, DIY is great. However, it is not just a matter of being able to slap shit together. Not all of us can design. Not all of us can sew. No, not everyone can sew together clothing. That is bullshit. AND often, the materials to make one shitty franken thing cost as much as just buying the damn thing.

If you can make something awesome. if not, shit store bought is fucking fine.

One of the other reasons why I love Goth as a trend is that the styles circulating in the indie and high end Gothdom, come down to earth and will fit my ass and the asses of my fat friends. If you’re mad at mall goths, you’re mad at folks who likely can’t afford to sit with you and, you might as well click away.

Ahem.

Also a lot of what you’ll find in the pinboard is office appropriate. Yes in theory we all want to wild out and wear what the fuck we want when we want but, puppies don’t appear out of nowhere when we want them either and bitches got rent to pay.

I’m not including shoes because that is a whole other thing.

Some tips.

If you cannot go full goth at work for reasons, little touches are great. Spooky jewelry from the cheesy Halloweeny stuff to beautiful handmade occult or bone jewelry. Make up is also an option. From a classic wing to a fierce AF black lip. The fun part is figuring out how much of your freak flag to fly.

My opinion, much like my style is pretty easy. Do what makes you feel fancy and if someone is doing none of the following:

  • Feeding you
  • Paying your rent
  • Fucking you
  • Paying you in general

Nobody gives a shit what they think about your aesthetic choices.

Let’s talk affordability. That is also highly subjective. Two years ago, I couldn’t afford an unplanned pair of 30$ shoes. These days with my improved credit lines, I can usually work it out to spend more. Do you.

Let’s get our mall goth on. I suggest HIGHLY following me on Pinterest. I am putting together a LOT of idea boards. I will mark stuff that is expensive to me in the fantasy boards. Full disclosure, some of the links I get a tenth of a penny if you click em.

 

 

Walk Walk Fashion Baby- Killstar and Hot Topic Review.

Hi babes!

Let’s talk some fashion I’ve picked up recently.

First we’ll talk Hot Topic. I have come full circle back to being a mall goth. Or my body has just decided to be chunky teenager sized and HT has stuff that fits me that I can afford. SO let’s talk about some of my fave things.

I am a HUGE lover of the skater skirt. I wear them a lot, tucked in, with a geek tee, etc. Love them. Hot Topic has these gorgeous velvety skater skirts in straight and plus sizes. Y’ALL THEY HAVE MOTHER FUCKING POCKETS!

[image description: the view from above of teh author wearing a black velvet circle skirt, with their hand in the pocket]

MOTHER FUCKING POCKETS.

Ahem. The waistband is wide covered elastic, for reference my waist is usually 29-31″ or so depending on how the wind is blowing and I picked up a size Large. It is roomy enough I could have gone with a medium honestly. The stretch is quite nice. Pulled up high to my natural waist, it is almost knee length. The plus sizes, go up to their size 5 (About the same as Torrid) and waist sizes 52″ – 56″ .

IF you are a fat babe, do consider trying one on even if your waist is a bit bigger than the listed sizes because velvety material and a good stretch waistband mean you can likely fudge your sizing a bit as well as try wearing the skirt on different parts of your belly for fit.

I also picked up the galaxy print one because yes I am still obsessed with galaxy print. I would have actually paid retail for both skirts and y’all know Auntie hates retail prices. I HIGHLY suggest these skirts. They have a pretty good variety of sizes and colors most of the time. If you’re on a tight budget, get on their mailing list and wait for a good sale. They have them often.

Now to stroll to the high end area of Gothdom, I bought some stuff from Killstar. So if you’re not into dark aesthetics, you might click that and immediately go WTF…y’all. Killstar is in fact expensive af. I’ve been stalking the items I got for a while and when they had a big sale recently I hit it immediately.

I picked up my third pair of sneakers I’ve ever owned. I got these high top, spiked velvet platform beauties.

Sorry screen reader friends the images are as follows from the left:

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{middle image description: the back of the high top black velvet sneakers with spikes up the back, and the lower leg of a spider web print tall sock]

[far right photo: a top down view of the bottom of the authors outfit. A small bit of velvet skirt over black tights clad knees, grey and black knee high socks and black velvet sneakers]

These are the velvet version of the Unholy High Tops. 

First impression (this is my first Killstar order and I had intended on doing a little unboxing video but my phone was broken..next time babes) was WOW. The packaging is really beautiful. Your recipet comes in a lovely heavy black envelope and somewhere on the branding it says something like occult luxury. Hell yes it is.

I also picked up a few other items, the socks I’m wearing today and some other bits. I’m wearing the All Caught up Socks. Now, having come of aesthetic age in the time of terrible bullshit acrylic socks that were tiny I was not really expecting a whole lot. I was shooketh. The socks have a nice heft to them and are quite soft. My calves aren’t huge but often socks like this I have a hard time fitting into them. I don’t recommend them for large calves or plus size folks who want them to the actual knee.

The socks are nice but I wouldn’t pay full price for them. I’ll stick to Sock Dreams for fancy socks. I also picked up some mens shirts on clearance. I am glad to say that the mens 2xl tee fits a big fat man with a big belly pretty well if a bit tight across the shoulders. The mens 2xl sleeveless tee, makes a super cute mini dress for me. I’ll be wearing it a lot in the summer.

NOW my loves the shoes.

For context I LOVE GOTH SHOES. I’ve had dozens of pairs of Demonia shoes. Oh Demonia, I’ll save a whole ass post for the triumphs and hearbreaks of being a Demonia lover.

These shoes, I literally gasped when I opened the box. The velvet is so beautiful and soft, the spikes are soft but look hard? Weird but it works. The shoes look heavier than they are. They have a solid 2″ platform, no heel. There is some arch support so if you don’t have super high arches like I do, it should be enough support without an insole. I’ve got super high arches and my insoles fit fine.

The shoe is nice and light, wide feet should fit just fine with a lace adjustment. There is an inner zip on the shoe which I appreciate because sometimes in the morning my feet are too stiff to slide into high shoes without a zip.

I’ve been wearing them for a few days and they are very high quality. Everything I got from Killstar is great quality. This is such a departure from a lot of the goth brands I grew up with. So is Killstar expensive? Yes. Is it worth it, I’m going to also say yes.

If you don’t have big baller money, do sign up for their email list and watch those sales. Make sure you load your wishlist and check it every now and then for discounts.

If you want to order, feel free to use my referral link here for 5$ off your first order.