Saturday, 7 December 2013

How to goth in hot weather † outfit ideas, accessories

Down south, the weather is getting warmer and gothing becomes more difficult. The sun is not kind to black things.

That said, there are plenty of ways to get around this problem. Goths in Hot Weather has some great outfits (although still not always practical for 30+ degrees Celsius) and Color Me Goth wrote a good article on it. Kazlovesbats has video on youtube, The Lady of the Manners wrote on it and of course, there's a post in the Ultimate Goth Guide/Stripy Tights and Dark Delights.

Okay, so we've gone through this already. What have I got to add?

Well, let's go through what we've learnt.

Colour me goth
  1. Wear less black
  2. Avoid 'hot' fabrics
  3. Limit your fishnets
  4. Tie up or cut off long hair
  5. Wear lighter boots
  1. Use parasols/umbrellas
  2. Layer less
  3. Replace non-breathable fabric with fishnet, lace, etc fabrics
  4. Wear spaghetti strap tops/dresses
  5. Wear shorter skirts
The Lady of the Manners
  1. Sunscreen/block
  2. Water
  3. Avoid pvc and polyester
  4. Wear cotton, rayon, linen or silk
  5. Wear bloomers
  6. Avoid boots, wear converse or sandals instead
  7. Wear wide-brimmed hats
  8. Wear less makeup, or waterproof makeup
Stripy Tights and Dark Delights
  1. Wear mesh
  2. Cover tattoos
  3. Go ice goth/ghost goth
  4. Avoid wigs
  5. Use fans and sunglasses
Together, they've given us some great tips for summer. There are only a few things I want to add.

Accessories are a great way to goth up an outfit which is otherwise very pared back. Keep in mind though, dog collars and broad cuffs will be very uncomfortable in the heat. Also, you may discover metal allergies (in hot weather, I get rashes from nickel/steel jewellery and belt buckles), so keep on hand some antiseptic cream or calamine lotion or something. Further, metal can get very hot in the sun. String, leather or plastic is a better bet.

If you don't want to wear less makeup, or you can't find waterproof makeup (unlikely...), use primer. It'll stop you from looking like a panda.

Be comfortable
In very hot weather, things can get irritating quickly. Wear comfortable clothing. Preferably something practical.

Thin your hair
So maybe you don't want to tie up your lovely long hair, or cut it off, for that matter... try thinning it. Although my hair is very short, it is quite thick, so I regularly grab the thinning shears and chop merrily at it with no particular skill. If you don't have thinning shears, just ask your hairdresser to do it.

Carry tissues, anti-perspirant and a bottle of water when you're out and about. Reduce sugar and salt intake.

Keep all these tips in mind and you should be able to get through hot weather safely.

Can anyone think of more tips?


  1. Great tips (and I liked that you summarised the other posts). This is something I really need for today's hot weather!

    1. I should have followed my own advice >_< Didn't think it would be so hot.

  2. I love hot weather! I wish the sun would move back to my hemisphere :)

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