For those of you who love the goth culture, clothes, or attitude, you may wonder what to do when prom time arrives. The idea of a traditional prom dress and a traditional tux may be unappealing or just not you. That’s ok – here are some ideas to help you get ready for the prom – goth style. You’ll be able to express your personal style and still dress appropriately for the prom.
Www.talkpromdresses.com tells us that goth prom dresses don’t have to be black, although that is a popular choice. They can also be deep rich reds or purples. Many goth prom dresses will have corsets and long, full skirts. An alternative to the corset would be a dress with long flowy sleeves and floor length skirts. Stephanie Smith, who wrote “Gothic Prom Dresses that Make a Statement” says to look for dresses made of lace, satin, or crushed velvet. The dress might lace up the back, be very tight, or even be strapless. The over-all look is sexy and very romantic.
Once you have your dress, you will want to accessorize it to match. Pull out your best goth jewelry – a black velvet choker necklaces with crystal charms dangling from the center is a great way to accessorize a strapless corset gown. Victorianesque jewelry is also a great choice. Large chandelier earrings and matching necklaces are a throwback to that romantic time period. They will make a beautiful statement against an elegant and romantic dress. For a more edgy look, try skull and cross bones jewelry.
Shoes are always the best part of the outfit. Your goth prom shoes should be very high heels. They could be laced up black patent leather boots, or a beautiful heel with a ribbon tied around the ankle. If you are wearing a black dress, you could opt for a heel in a deep red or purple to add a splash of color to your attire. When in doubt, an elegant, high heeled black patent leather pump goes with everything.
Flowers are important at any prom, but goth flowers are going to be extra romantic and extra sophisticated. Deep red roses will give you a classic Victorian look. Calla lilies are expensive but have an air of mystery around them, especially if you get them colored a deep dark purple. Avoid flowers that are bright and cheery and stick to dark rich colors and velvety textures. Forget wearing a corsage and carry a tussy-mussy instead.
A goth tuxedo may be tricky to find, but you can always mix and match pieces from various places. A goth tux should be black. Look for a tux that is double breasted, satin trimmed, with tails. It should cut in at the waste. Wear a tux shirt that is a deep rich color – forget bright white! Opt for a ruffled tux shirt in deep purple, dark red, or even an off white ivory color. Make sure you wear a vest with your tux. If you want to create an edgier look, add a dog collar, a chain from button to pocket, and wear a pair of black boots. If you are really bold and very edgy you could wear a cape and or a top hat.
For guys and girls, dark black hair is the standard look. Ladies, you can still wear a beautiful updo. Leave a few romantic pieces loosely curled around your face. Guys, you can wear your Mohawks, fauxhawks, or however you choose to wear your hair.
Great places to shop for all your goth prom needs include ebay, vintage shops, Good Will or Salvation Army shops, and even costume shops will have some great clothes. Do a google search for “goth prom dresses” and you are sure to find a few that you will like.
Keep in mind what the essential parts of the goth look are and you will be able to make your own gothic style come alive for your prom. Remember to look for Victorian era dresses with corsets or long flowy sleeves in rich hues and romantic double breasted tuxes with satin and tails. Enjoy expressing yourself creatively through your prom attire and have a wonderful time at the prom!