Is it any wonder I had a major goth phase as a teenager? The dramatic looks, the music and the poetry (thankfully, not penned by me!) featured heavily in my high school years. Even though I’m much more colourful these days, there will always be a part of me that will feel wooed by the dark side – so long as I can add a dash of glitter for good measure of course!
I recently channelled my inner Lydia Deetz when Rare London sent me a lace dress from their new collection. As I tried it on, I loved the striking black lace, and the longer length of the skirt. I knew that it was just itching for a gothic photo shoot, and the perfect setting was just a hop, skip and jump away from the flat…
If this photo shoot had a soundtrack, it would feature a lot of The Cure, The Damned and Bauhaus.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is probably my favourite building in all of Glasgow. Its Spanish Baroque-style and enormous stature is enough to stop anyone in their tracks, even for a second, and take it all in. What lies inside of course, is even more impressive, but on this day I was much more interested in showing off my lace dress outside the building and in the surrounding woodlands.
The lace on the dress has a little stretch, and is really soft – unlike some lace dresses which can have a tendency to itch. How’s a gal supposed to read her copy of The Raven in peace if she’s scratching at her dress all day? What a godsend…
There is a slit on each side, just the right length too – we don’t want an Angelina-at-the-2012-Oscars situation on our hands! The slits made the full skirt easy to wear as I enjoyed mooching around the iconic stone steps of the museum.
I accessorised the feminine frock with a Meadow crown from my beloved Crown and Glory and my new favourite sparkly ballet flats. I kept jewellery to a minimum (although I DID consider a crucifix for the ultimate Like A Prayer look!) and wore cameo earrings by Tarina Tarantino and my Marc by Marc Jacobs watch.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before…
Edgar Allan Poe
My Goth Girl getup included:
Black Lace Maxi Dress: C/O Rare London
Meadow Crown: Crown and Glory
Earrings: Tarina Tarantino
Watch: Marc By Marc Jacobs
Silver glitter pumps: New Look
I loved indulging in the romance and drama that a little bit of lace can create – and re-visiting a gothic look that, with a few tweaks, feels more distinctly like ‘me’. The awkward teenage goth girl will always be an important part of my own style journey – and she’s still here in spirit although nowadays much less likely to reach for the black lipstick! You can check out the full collection from Rare London here.
Tell me about your style journey – how much has your look changed over the years? Any looks that you’d re-visit?
The bats have left the belltower…
Miss West End Girl x
All photography in this post by Gary at Trouble With Film