Style with a gothic edge.

Anonymous asked: You may have already asked this, but for someone who's dipping their toes into sophisticated Gothic style, what do you recommend would be a good starting point for their wardrobe? (If it helps, I'm a law student, so office style is a good go-to).

Great question! I would start with basics, like a good black or dark grey suit, some nice dress shirts and some lovely black dress shoes. Bring in the touches of goth with accessories like ties, socks, cuff links, watches and belts. 

Depending on your budget, you have a lot of options. For more affordable style, I would go to vintage stores and thrift stores in your area. But I’ve also included a list of some of my favorite shops to get basics below. 

The other aspect, which is arguably the most important, about finding your style is figuring out what fits you and what doesn’t. Most of us can’t afford much, if any, made-to-measure clothing, so it’s off-the-rack, which often doesn’t fit perfectly. 

For example, I have a 16 inch neck and a slim waist, but most of the off-the-rack shirts I can find in size 16 have way too much fabric to fit me well. I’ve found a few brands that have an “extra slim” option, but even those I often have to get taken in by a tailor. All of which is to make a few points:

  1. Figure out your measurements. The main ones for men are chest, neck, sleeve, waist, inseam and foot. There are a ton of others if you get into made-to-measure stuff, but those are the basics and if you know them it makes shopping off-the-rack a lot easier. 
  2. Find a good tailor. Take a shirt to them and have them tailor it for you as a test. If you like the result try other garments, moving up to a suit jacket which is usually the toughest. Find a tailor you love, because unless you are extremely lucky, you will need to use them a lot. Which reminds me, I have three shirts and a pair of pants I need to take to mine. 
  3. Try things on. It’s certainly no where near as bad for men as women, but sizes do vary, so try things on before you buy them. Or, if you’re buying online, try to find something by the brand in a store to test sizing first or check the online shop’s return policy. I’ve been burned more than once by this, but I’ve also had a lot of success buying online.

With that out of the way, the shops I recommend for starting a good base for a corporate goth look are under the cut.

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suitsupply:

Softest fabrics and expert construction are key features of this look, with the paisley pattern adding just a hint of color. http://bit.ly/XgbCRV

I like to imagine this is what Constatine would look like if he were a little better dressed.

suitsupply:

Softest fabrics and expert construction are key features of this look, with the paisley pattern adding just a hint of color. http://bit.ly/XgbCRV

I like to imagine this is what Constatine would look like if he were a little better dressed.

30 Ways to Dress Your Best

Esquire has a pretty good article on suggestions for dressing your best. There’s some great advice in here. 

Tips on How to Buy a Suit

There’s definitely an art to finding a good suit off-the-rack, and GQ has some good pointers.

maskedbrute:

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/dear_god._some_rich_guy_is_trying_to_produce_a_suit

Welcome to a revolution in apparel for the modern gentleman. Imagine looking professional but feeling like you are in pajamas. Consider wearing a suit and a onesie at the same time. Welcome to the Suitsy.
The Suitsy is a jacket connected to a shirt connected to pants. A zipper is hidden behind the shirt button placard (with false buttons) and pants zipper. Fake shirt cuff material extends from the end of the jacket sleeves to give the impression of an actual complete dress shirt worn underneath. It’s like if a jumpsuit and a business suit had a lovechild.


BURN IT!

maskedbrute:

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/dear_god._some_rich_guy_is_trying_to_produce_a_suit

Welcome to a revolution in apparel for the modern gentleman. Imagine looking professional but feeling like you are in pajamas. Consider wearing a suit and a onesie at the same time. Welcome to the Suitsy.

The Suitsy is a jacket connected to a shirt connected to pants. A zipper is hidden behind the shirt button placard (with false buttons) and pants zipper. Fake shirt cuff material extends from the end of the jacket sleeves to give the impression of an actual complete dress shirt worn underneath. It’s like if a jumpsuit and a business suit had a lovechild.

BURN IT!

thegentlemanscloset:

I love this waistcoat. English, circa 1760 this waistcoat shows off it’s quality through the highly detailed corded quilting. Cotton. At the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts. 

(via theblacklacedandy)