My thoughts on goth subculture
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As a young female goth girl, I am always interested in keeping up with the latest trends and developments in goth culture.
Goth culture has come a long way since its inception in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Over the past few years, goth culture has undergone a number of changes, with new trends emerging and old ones being revitalized. In this blog post, I will be discussing some of the current goth culture trends that I have been observing, from fashion and music to lifestyle and community.
One of the most distinctive elements of goth culture is its fashion. Traditionally, goths have been associated with black clothing, heavy makeup, and dramatic accessories. While these elements are still very much a part of goth fashion, there have been some new developments in recent years. For example, there has been a growing interest in Victorian and Edwardian-inspired clothing, with corsets, lace, and ruffles becoming more popular. Similarly, there has been a renewed interest in platform shoes, with chunky boots and heels being a staple of many goth outfits.
In addition to these classic goth fashion elements, there has also been an increased emphasis on sustainability and ethical fashion in the goth community. Many goths are now turning to second-hand clothing, vintage pieces, and eco-friendly brands to create their looks. This shift towards sustainable fashion is not only better for the environment, but it also helps to support small businesses and reduce waste.
Hair and Makeup:
Goth makeup and hairstyles have always been bold and dramatic. Black eyeliner, dark lipstick, and heavy eyeshadow are staples of goth makeup. However, recent trends have seen a shift towards more natural looks, with a focus on bold brows and soft smoky eyes.
In terms of hairstyles, the classic black bob and long straight hair are still popular. However, we are also seeing an increase in more unconventional hairstyles such as pastel hair colors, shaved heads, and undercuts. These hairstyles are often accompanied by intricate braids and hair accessories such as flowers or crowns.
Music has always been a central part of goth culture, and there are many sub-genres within the broader goth music scene. Some of the most popular goth sub-genres include darkwave, post-punk, and industrial. While these genres have been around for decades, there has been a resurgence of interest in them in recent years, particularly among younger goths.
Another trend in goth music is the growing popularity of electronic and synth-based music. While these genres are not strictly goth, they have been embraced by many within the goth community as a way to explore new sounds and push the boundaries of traditional goth music.
In addition to fashion and music, goth culture is also associated with certain lifestyle choices and interests. For example, many goths are interested in the occult, witchcraft, and other forms of spirituality. This interest in the supernatural is not just a passing trend; it has been a part of goth culture since its inception in the 1970s.
Another trend in goth culture is the growing focus on mental health and self-care. As someone who has struggled with mental health issues, I appreciate this trend and the emphasis on taking care of oneself both physically and mentally. There has also been a push towards body positivity and inclusivity within the goth community, with people of all sizes, shapes, and backgrounds being welcomed and celebrated.
Finally, I want to talk about the importance of community within goth culture. While goth culture has always been a somewhat niche subculture, there has been a growing sense of community and solidarity among goths in recent years. This is due in part to the rise of social media and online communities, which have made it easier for goths to connect with each other and share their experiences.
In addition to online communities, there are also many goth events and gatherings that take place throughout the year. These include concerts, festivals, and other events that allow goths to come together, socialize, and celebrate their shared interests.
In conclusion, goth culture is a constantly evolving and changing subculture, with new trends and developments emerging all the time. From fashion and music to lifestyle and community, there are many different aspects of goth culture that are worth exploring and embracing. As an aspiring "goth-ian", I am excited to see where goth culture will go next, and I look forward to be a part of it.