Saturday, 28 December 2013

Encyclopaedia of Alternative Fashion † Ice goth

The full Encyclopaedia of Alternative Fashion can be found here.

Also known as
White goth, negative goth

Defining colours
  • White
  • Very very pale colours

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What
Ice goth is a subgenre of goth with a significant focus on the colour white, hence the name. Ice goths tend to be more inclined towards romantic goth than any other style, probably due to the origins of ice goth. The style is believed to have originated in the early days of goth, when young goth women on a budget would wear their mothers' old wedding dresses. This is not to say that all ice goths are romantic goths. Here, for example, is an outfit and makeup tutorial for ice goth in Lolita style:


Ice goth stands out in a style tribe that prizes black. It can be an extremely striking style. As Amy Asphodel points out, ice goth can be particularly impressive when worn by goths of colour, as the white makeup and clothing creates a sharper contrast.


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Accent colours such as red or black can be used for makeup or accessories.

Style icons
Top of the list would be Emilie Autumn. Emilie's outfits are regularly all white with striking red accents, although she appears in pink and white on her latest album cover. Her style can be described as Industrial Neo-Victorian.


Inspiration in popular culture
It could be argued that the White Queen from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland has an ice goth fashion style. She wears all white with accents of red on her nails and lips. Her gown really suggests 'ice' with tiny glass beads sewn all over it, and sleeves of sheer material. Her strongly marked brows bring a darker feel to the outfit.


Further reading and resources

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Happy Xmas

Christmas colours!

Hey kits. Happy Christmas to everyone reading this.

People go on about how magical a time of year it is and whatnot, and I agree it's important, but for other reasons:

Without a sense of renewal, life just keeps going and going. Christmas is part of a ritual that makes us feel that something is being renewed (despite the fact that years are a human construct, and new year doesn't mean a damned thing to the greater scheme of things).

Without it his day, there is no sense of preparing to let out that breath you've been holding all year. No preparation to do better the 'next round'. Christmas is a milestone.

For those people who say they hate Christmas, think about that. Is it because of the commercialisation of the holiday? Bring it down to its bare bones: the celebration of renewal - and maybe you'll like it more.

The best Christmas song ever. Not just because it's sung by Tim Minchin.


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Christmas wishlist † tartan, NANA, Gothic and Lolita Psycho

My Christmas wishlist... How materialistic. -_-

In all seriousness, though, these are things I've been wanting for a long time (in some cases more than 3 years).  Maybe I won't get them any time, soon, but one day, one day...

1. The complete NANA manga series
This is my favourite series of manga. It was briefly replaced by another of Yazawa Ai's works, Gokinjo Monogatari, but only very briefly. I have several of the volumes already, but I'd love to get the rest of the ones available.

2. The complete Tokyo Crazy Paradise manga series
This is my other favourite. The manga is unfortunately only available in Japanese, but I don't mind. ^_^

3. A tartan dress
I saw a cosplayer rocking one recently and fell in love :D
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4. A Nintendo DS. And then all of the Ace Attorneys games.

5. Goth/Horror movies: Gothic and Lolita Psycho, The Grudge, Gypsy 83, My Summer as a Goth

6. And other shows/movies: Adventure Time, Daria, The Last Unicorn, Serendipity, Gokinjo Monogatari

I'm sure I could keep adding to this list, but these are the first things I can think of. Who else has a wishlist?

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Things I want to make † bloomers, scarves, skirts

I love to DIY and craft, but I have rarely had the time... UNTIL NOW

Now that I have finished university, I'm turning my attention to a bunch of projects I have started but not finished, as well as some projects I've wanted to start, but never got around to.

Skirts
I'm in the process of making a rainbow patchwork skirt. I've unfortunately cut all the squares too small, so I have to come up with some way of bulking it up, or I'll have to cut a tonne more squares :/ I'm also in the process of turning a pair of jeans into a maxi skirt, and the result is... unusual...

Scarves
I have wanted a ridiculously long black and white striped scarf since forever. And I've been knitting one since forever too...

Something like this? Source
I'm also in the process of making one of these:
I'm up to yellow. Source
But holy hell, I have so many wants.
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Guitar/Uke straps
Similar to scarves, I'd love to crochet/knit some guitar or uke straps. And my designs for those? Longcat, Tacgnol or Speedycat.

Bloomers
I'm kind of interested in making bloomers, but I'm not sure if I'd wear them. They're cute, but I'd probably only use them as pyjamas or under skirts, and I feel that would be a waste.

Bags
I have a plush owl which I have disemboweled a la Kazlovesbats, but not gone much further (although I think I've sewn a lining into it...)
I also want to have a go at making one of these owl bags:
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I've seen them being sold in the local shopping centre. They look pretty easy to make... once you know what the hell you're doing.

I'd like a clutch as well. I've seen some black clutches in the second-hand shops, but they all have gold detailing, and I'm more of a silver girl.

I also want to make some collage clutches (they're so easy). And Cut Out and Keep has a ridiculous number of tutorials for amazing bags.

I mean, look at this. Source
I could probably keep going, but I think I'll stop there (otherwise I'll never be finished). Anybody else have projects for the holidays?

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
Kazlovesbats
  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
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.

Primer
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.

Miscellaneous
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?

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Shopping the wardrobe † Staying goth on a budget, yup it's another one of those posts

So after FINALLY finishing my university degree, I've been thinking more and more about jobs, and my lack of one.

This inevitably leads to thoughts about lack of money. I admit, I like to shop, although I don't think I'm a shopping addict. Nonetheless, I would like to decrease my shopping, as I really don't need any more clothes, or things, for that matter.

Many bloggers have discussed gothing on a budget. Sary Walrus' blog post is probably the one that set me off writing this, but I've also noticed this subject in pretty much all of Bane's posts, this post by Lizzie (which is actually about Gyaru, but anyway...) and this one by Juliet's Lace.

So as a raging leftie who rallies against consumerism jobless waif, I feel I should join in. But I'm going to make it a challenge to myself :)

So for each day of the month, I will seek to create a particular type of outfit, using only the clothing in my cupboard. It's shouldn't be hard, and will prove to me that I can look awesome without buying more stuff, geez.

Okay, here goes:
  1. Wear a dress
  2. Don't wear a t-shirt
  3. Wear an outfit with no black (this is going to be hard D:)
  4. Wear jeans
  5. Wear a skirt
  6. Go cat-themed
  7. Wear a t-shirt
  8. Wear a pair of stockings which have not been worn/for a long time
  9. Dress like a cartoon/anime character (nothing too outlandish)
  10. Wear boots
  11. Wear something that hasn't been worn for a long time
  12. Wear a scarf
  13. Wear a hat
  14. Wear all second-hand
  15. Wear leggings
  16. Wear Vans (because I don't wear them enough. They just sit in my cupboard :/)
  17. Go OTT goth
  18. Wear stripes
  19. Wear gloves
  20. Wear a tank/camisole
  21. Go casual goth loli
  22. Wear pleather
  23. Wear a black dress
  24. Go hipster :P
  25. Wear something distinctly Asian (come on, admit it, Asian clothing is pretty interesting)
  26. Wear a single colour outfit that isn't black (this is going to be REALLY hard)
  27. Wear something I've made/DIYed myself
  28. Wear a waistcoat
  29. Wear a statement belt
  30. Wear something someone gave me
  31. Dress like a hippie :)
Okay, well, I may not do each individual thing every month, but I will try to follow one of these every day. How many months can I hold out for? 

Other things I'll have to do:
  • Think: Do I need this?
  • Think: Seriously, do I need this?
  • Think: How much does this cost? Is it worth it? (Unfortunately I usually buy my clothing second hand so it's usually cheap :( )
  • DIY: Make it myself
  • Do something else to fill my time
Does anyone else have any other tips on how to stop spending on clothing/shop a wardrobe?
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