Features of Neo-Gothic Fashion

Zara Khurana

A Creative and Content writer by profession, I also dabble in Baking, Painting, Nutrition, Fitness, and Fashion. Other than that, I excel in Brand Management, Marketing, Content Marketing and Advertising. Figuring out strategies to get more traffic to a business, a company or a product is one of my highest rated skills. I like working hard. It stimulates me and mentally challenges me all day. I am also the Creator and Founder of a baking and art page called “Bites & Brushes”, a page where all my creations are displayed.


You’re probably living under a rock if you haven’t heard of Neo-Gothic Fashion. But that’s unlikely considering you’re reading this article. So yes, you probably have heard of it, seen it, admired it and sometimes, even emulated it. However, what you see is not what you get when it comes to gothic fashion.

Over the past few years, we have seen a huge rise in gothic fashion. Described as a “clothing style marked by conspicuously dark, mysterious, antiquated and homogenous features”, the gothic style has taken the fashion industry by storm. Movies and books have shown us characters in dark and grungy clothes with dark makeup and leather-clad boots, looking depressed yet indifferent to the world around them. The concept may not work but the style sure has. This dark style may have been popularized by movies, but it has definitely created a mark in the fashion industry.

Goth Style: Wow or Woe?

“Darling, some people have a twisted sense of beauty.” – Morticia Addams
Morticia Addams spoke all our minds with this quote. Neo-gothic style is funky, grungy, fresh and has a no-nonsense air about it that makes one feel in awe of this style. All black, lots of leather, dark makeup and an attitude to match, neo-gothic is here to stay and I for one am glad about it. Horror, supernatural, dark, underworld- whatever you may call it, has been an interested and coveted genre for centuries. It was inevitable that it would seep into the fashion world as well.

What Exactly Does Goth Fashion Entail?

Inspired by the 18th and 19th centuries, one of the biggest aspects of gothic fashion is period clothing, which includes lace, corsets, cloaks, bustiers, ankle boots, etc. Apart from that, another necessity for gothic fashion is tattoos and piercings, mostly of Celtic designs and grungy shapes.

Digging Deeper into Goth Fashion

Challenging Society

The goth movement started with a big middle finger to society and their expectations of what certain young boys and girls were supposed to wear. Staying away from the traditionally accepted attire, colors, and styles, goth-inspired people went for black and crimson colors, tight clothes, unconventional tattoo designs, and piercings.

The Allurement of Gothic Fashion

Mysterious, haunting, foreboding and mystical, the goth fashion emerged and entranced everyone. Fascinatingly morbid, this fashion style was admired, replicated, redesigned and incorporated in every style, including our basic day to day fashion. Seeping into the music world was its first successful attempt at being considered a coveted fashion style. With that came its influence on art, films, literature, and eventually our daily lives. There’s just something about this dark style that attracts everyone to it, men and women alike. With its stark contrast to pale skin, goth clothes can stand out even more.


Gothic styled clothes are usually made of velvet, satin, and other materials that accentuate dark colors.


Gothic fashion promotes individuality and delves deep into the concept of death, grief, the afterlife, supernatural elements and an indifference to the “normal” people around them.  Whether it’s heavily inspired from the past or blends with modern style, goth fashion is always a treat for the eyes and if one looks closely, can tell a lot about the wearer.  The flexibility of this fashion trend is in its ability to smoothly incorporate individual styles and still look good. With its romantic, shocking and artistic appeal, goth fashion is one of a kind and cannot be replaced.