Back To School 90s Goth Style
This post is a part of the Ahead of the Curve blogging collective. The theme for the month of September is Back to School. I had a ton of ideas for this theme and actually had a different post all together planned that fell though; I was going to take you back to the 80’s and pay tribute to the film Revenge of the Nerds, however, the photos were not done in time. BOOO!! Have no fear, I will still share the nerdy look when it’s done.
So today’s back up blog is a look I threw together from pieces I had deep in the back of my closet. I’m taking you back to the 90’s when I was in college, full of coffee, clove cigarettes, and angst… lots of angst.
My fashion from the 90’s…
(From head to toe)
Hair: I didn’t have much of it in the 90’s. In fact my head was either completely shaved with a #2 clipper guard or a mass of short, colored spikes for the better part of the 90’s. If I wanted to change it up I pulled out one of my many goth wigs that were all styled in inverted bobs. I searched my basement for the wigs but came up short, so you get my real, current hair for the photos.
Face: Only four makeup items were required for a full-face, goth makeup look in the 90’s. White pancake (or baby powder if you were broke), black eye shadow, black liquid eyeliner and a black eye pencil (that doubled as lipstick). I would like to take the time now to thank the 90’s, and Marilyn Manson, for ruining my eyebrows — had I not shaved them, or tweezed them to death to draw them on, I would actually have decent eye brows today. When putting together my look I tried to recreate my thin brows. My brows were also not always in the shape of actual brows. X’s and upside V’s were also acceptable brow looks in the 90’s. (See ‘20 Mega Eyebrow Fails’ on Buzzfeed for more details). I should also note this is a representation of day time gothic makeup. If I was going out to the club my makeup would have all been much darker and heavier or black as midnight on a moonless night.
Neck: A choker or collar of some type. It was not unusual for me to head out to the local pet store to see the new collars they had in stock. The bigger the spikes the better, the more hardware the better, and if it looked like I ran an S&M parlor I was right on track. I wanted to look hardcore even if I did match the neighbors dog.
Top: A Goth/New Wave band, Vampire, Wiccan or plan black tee with possible modifications. All black tees and sweaters had to be 3 sizes too big in order to cover my hands and allow me to shred the cuffs and poke a hole though them for my thumbs. I was also known to kick black velvet, fish net, and lace blouses.
Bottom: There were no pants for me in the 90’s, only leggings and tights. I pretty much live by the same rule today. Staples on my bottom were striped tights, black leggings, kilts, and black skirts in various lengths and fabrics. I just mixed and matched these items to match with my top. I always, always, wore a floor-length, black, silk nightgown to the club with a band tee on top. I inherited the nightgown from my grandmother when she passed away. I was so morbid.
Feet: There was only one thing I would wear on my feet in the 90s… Boots! Three types of boots, specifically. Docs, army boots and my skull buckle boots. It didn’t matter that those 21 holes took me 10 minutes to lace or that they took 3 months of blisters to break them in, or that your feet smelled like death after wearing them for 12 hours a day in 90 degree summer weather. I was going to look cool in my kick ass boots, but never with white laces. White laces were bad. HA! Does anyone remember lace colors and what they meant? Speaking of laces, I would like to apologize because my boots are laced incorrectly in the photos — my sixteen-year-old daughter has inherited my boots, and well she is just not as hardcore as her mama. I would never have been caught dead with my boots laced like this back in the day.
Accessories: A lunch pail was my purse of choice usually, or some vintage purse I found at the Sally Ann. The two items you could always count on being in my purse were a pack of B&H 100’s in some metal smoke case I had picked up at the corner store and a black eyeliner. I always envied the girls who carried the coffin purse, but never had one in the 90’s. It wasn’t until about 2002 that I acquired one as a gift. I never used it.
Thanks for creeping my Back to School 90’s Goth Style look. It was a blast pulling this stuff out of the closet. My Sisters of Mercy shirt was a little beat up and I had to do a quick surgery on it. While the total look is not 100% on-point for the 90’s, I think you get the idea. I do believe studded belts were more of an early 2000’s thing, but it seemed to be working with the skirt.
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