A Closeted Goth Girl Trying to Make it in the Professional World

Thursday, December 7, 2017

FW Trends 2017/2018

I recently read a post from The Mutant Stomp Friends about the style elements that she will be working in to her wardrobe for fall. I thought that was a great idea so I am going to do a post about it as well!

I do not really consider myself a slave to fashion who must obey and follow the trends every year; however, I DO enjoy trends because they give me new ideas for ways to use the clothing that lurks deep within my closet! Sometimes, I have items stashed away that I couldn't figure out how to style and trends give me new ideas on how to use these pieces. I also like buying trendy stuff when things I like are "in". For example, if leopard print is in style I don't mind adding some more to my wardrobe because I LOVE it enough that I don't care if I look dated as all hell wearing it when it hasn't been cool since two-thousand-and-late. You've got to stock up on things while you can, some years the clothing that's available won't be to your taste. 

I bought a couple of fashion magazines at the beginning of fall to see what the powers that be are telling us we should wear this season.  These are the trends that I am currently loving:

BOLD RED

I would LOVE to get my hands on a pair of red boots so I could pair them with EVERYTHING!! In my closet, I have various items that I am going to work with such as red earrings, a red faux leather jacket, and red lipstick.

PLAID

Oh, how I have always loved plaid. In high school, I had plaid pants and plaid skirts in a variety of colours and they will always be my favourite clothing items that I have ever had. I would love to find a nice red plaid knee-length or maxi skirt as well as a plaid scarf.

FISHNETS

Fishnets are in style? HELLS YEAH, I have a whole drawer full of them. I have and will be bringing them out, they are easy to add to many of my already put together outfits. 

VELVET

In recent years, I have gravitated towards modern, geometric, and oversized styles. I almost forgot how much fun it was to wear luxuriant fabrics like velvet and lace. I will definitely be trying out some more romantic and Victorian goth inspired style elements this winter. I already have a lot of accessories that fit the bill as well as velvet pieces that I have acquired over the last few seasons. 

LEATHER

Leather is in? Super. I have lots of faux and real leather pieces that I can crack out. This will be an easy one to pair with other trends such as fishnets and pops of red.

Disco Metallics

I am loving the disco-inspired metallic looks in the magazines but I am not quite sure how to pull this off myself. I do have some metallic shoes and clothing pieces so I will be cracking those out for sure. Metallic makeup and lips also sound like fun!

LEOPARD PRINT

Is it cool to wear leopard print again??? F*** YES! I have been looking for a nice leopard print skirt for quite some time but haven't found anything that I like. I have decided to sew one out of scuba knit fabric......I'm sure the results of this undertaking will be quite marginal. The magazine also suggested pairing leopard print with a bright accent......since red is in this year, I want to try combine these two things in an outfit.

MAXIMALIST

I am a recovering maximalist so I ADORE this trend! I have seen so many neat runway photos with crazy print-mixing and over-accessorizing, it looks like so much FUN! To take this from runway to everyday, I may try some pairing some clashing prints or piling on the accessories. This one is pretty hard to pull off without looking like a nutcase (note that I do not really care if people think I look like a nutcase in my outfits so maybe this is a good one for me to try).

RETRO SPORT
I am kind of loving the retro-sport casual athletic wear thing for some reason. I don't think I am going to try it out in my wardrobe; being that I am the farthest thing from athletic and LOATHE my begrudging workouts, I would feel like a fraud wearing such things. However, I saw a photo of a beautiful famous person like Rihanna or something wearing tear-aways over fishnets and I WANT TO DO THAT TOO! It brought back memories of grade 5 when you weren't cool unless you had a pair of Adidas tear-away track pants. 


I saw these glorious T by Alexander Wang tear-aways online recently. Thank goodness that these were way to expensive to justify purchasing them (also the Canadian dollar sucks), otherwise I would be sashaying about in them with aplomb and looking like a grand dingus whilst doing so. 


 SOMEBODY STOP ME from buying track pants and wearing them over fishnets, PLEASE. Thankfully I haven't been able to find any that are suitable on me. 

What will YOU be wearing this season?? I would love to see some outfit posts this winter!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Cyber Monday

As per tradition, here is a cyber goth outfit for Cyber Monday.

THE EQUIPMENT

Earrings: Catherinette Rings, my old friend MAC Cyber lipstick
THE OUTFIT


Dress and Armwarmers: Zolnar

I wore this dress to go to a VNV Nation concert.


My favourite part of seeing VNV (I think I've seen them at least 5 times now) is watching the drummer, Mark Jackson. He has such a great positive energy and has such enthusiasm; you can tell that he loves what he does. Sadly, I just heard that he is leaving VNV Nation to pursue other projects :(

Today I shall use my day off to work on some crafting projects! I have some sewing, drawing, and fabric dyeing lined up for today, I hope I don't screw any of it up too badly!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday

It is Black Friday. Here is an all black outfit which mixes the contrasting textures of shiny leather and delicate lace. 

THE OUTFIT


You can't go wrong with all black. 

Did you do any sale shopping? I got some new shoes!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween 2016

Happy Halloween!!!!

Here is the Austin Powers group costume that I participated in last year. We had Dr. Evil, a Fembot, a shark with a fricken' laser beam on its head, Mustafa, Number 2, a go-go dancer, Agent Kensington, and Austin Powers. I went as a fembot. I got a blonde wig and it looked SUPER WEIRD on me. I made the costume using simple hand and machine sewing. I bought an inexpensive pink bra and sewed marabou trim on it by hand and glued on some aluminum tubes that my husband found in the garage for the guns. I sewed some shiny pink fabric to the bra and added trim at the bottom. I made a hair clip out of a bobby pin and some of the feather trim. I found some pink gloves and spray-painted some old high heels pink and glued on some feather trim to complete the look. My friend who went as Agent Kensington sewed her own costume as well. 


A pretty good effort if I do say so myself!

Aaaaaand now that Halloween is over, I must brace myself as we shall soon be bombarded by everything Christmas......noooooooooooo!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Spiderwebs

ONLY 2 DAYS UNTIL HALLOWEEN!! 

I must say, I just had a damn good weekend! My friends from my hometown came to visit and we went to see Depeche Mode! They put on an amazing show, it was really something to see. I didn't think I'd ever get to see them live. We also put together a group costume and partied it up for Halloween (since it falls on a Tuesday this year, we got our partying done early.)

Here is a spider web themed outfit that I wore to a Halloween party last year. 

THE EQUIPMENT


THE OUTFIT


Dress: Pinupgirl Clothing
Waist Cincher: Artifice Clothing
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

If you're dressing up for Halloween, make sure you post it on your blog! I would love to see your costumes!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Corset

Good day! I hope everyone is having a good weekend! I had this weekend off so I got to do some fun stuff! I went out for a nice steak dinner for a friend's birthday, went to see Blade Runner 2049, and hung out with some friends in the hot tub! 
Today's outfit was from last summer when I went to a corset fashion show/burlesque performance. I am not sure why I felt the need to wear a  steel boned corset, PVC skirt, and no less than five different hair accessories in the middle of the hot summer....it wasn't great (thus the cranky looking outfit picture). I guess I wanted an excuse to wear my wedding corset again. 

THE EQUIPMENT

Earrings, necklace, bracelets: Random goth-ish jewellery I found at random times at the very mainstream store Le Chateau, Various Hair accessories: some made by me, Lipstick: Riri Woo (the most annoyingly named lipstick ever).

THE OUTFIT


Corset: Sweet Carousel
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

How was your weekend? Who is excited for Halloween next week???

Thursday, October 19, 2017

2 for 1

As I am trying to clear my summer outfits out of my folder (SINCE IT'S FREAKING THE MIDDLE OF OCTOBER ALREADY), today's post shall contain not 1 but 2 outfits. Wow.

The first outfit is gold and brass themed. It was fairly casual as I wore it to go for a bite to eat and then to a friend's house party. The shirt has a neat gold tentacle and bubble print on it as well as a cute ruffle neckline. It is also longer in the back and has a neat shape to it; it's one of my favourite casual tops.

 THE EQUIPMENT

Bracelets: old, my mom gave them to me. Ring: was my mom's grandmother's I believe. Earrings: Studio Valyr (Etsy)

THE OUTFIT


Top: Plastik Wrap

Outfit numero dos was worn to a luncheon event for which I had to endeavour to look somewhat spring-y and festive. I managed to sneak in a couple of alternative elements such as spikes, animal print, and black lace. 

THE EQUIPMENT

Necklace: Bunny Paige.
THE OUTFIT


Skirt: Was looking to add some lace to my wardrobe, found a skirt for $10 at a secondhand store.

WOO-HOO, Halloween is coming up soon! I just finished my costume and my good old friends are coming to visit! We are doing a group costume as we have many times before. This year we are doing old-school Blade Runner; we felt it was the year to do it as the new movie just came out. We are also going to see Depeche Mode!!

Now if only I can get through work until then.....it has been an utter GONG SHOW.....it is always a gong show but it is particularly bad right now. Hopefully I shall survive the the copious overtime, weeping, and gnashing of teeth that shall occur over the next week or so......