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Which Goth Type Are You?

October 20, 2013
Which Goth Type Are You?

Gothic subculture has exploded since its modern rebirth in the 1980’s. There are different types of goths, each with their own unique style, aesthetic and different dressing styles So, which Goth type are you?

Here at RebelsMarket we have compiled a list of some of the main groups. It looks like a lot, but really, it’s just a drop in the bucket; there are literally hundreds of genre’s with more and more popping up each day.We will highlight different goth clothing and accessorizing options you might consider to try out one of the goth types

Traditional Goths

These are the traditionalists of the Goth world, listening to punk and guitar based music from the 80s. No doubt they’ll be in a deep discussion about Joy Division, the Bauhaus or the Banshees. Most think the best days are past and yearn for the days of old (the 80’s that is!). Their musical influences go back to the modern birth of the Goth scene when it emerged from Punk.

The Cure Robert Smith Simon Gallup Reeves Gabrels Tee

cure shirt

Being of the Traditional persuasion there’ s a pretty good chance you’re a fan of The Cure. These 100% cotton silk-screened tees are a good standard issue for your wardrobe.

Romantic/Victorian Goths

They’re influenced heavily by Victorian art, literature and film. They’re known for their fine, elegant and often lacey outfits, think corsets, long flowing gowns and frock coats. While Romantic Goths love black, it’s not uncommon to see them in deep reds, blues, purple, green and orange. Romantic Goths love all things tragic, you’ll see them pouring over a copy of Romeo and Juliet or lost in a poem by Lord Byron. They love Victorian society and past times so they will often partake in tea parties, the theatre and masquerade balls.

Gothic Victorian Steampunk Dip Back Coat Buckles

romantic gothic coat

This dip back coat by Niccy’s Black Box embodies Victorian elegance. The excess material has been gathered at the back and confined with three oversized silver buckles. Front on it appears like any other jacket, but turn around and you’ll see that it tapers down to calf length. The effect is that of an elegant, Victorian noblewoman.

Velvet Long Dress

velvet long dress

What Romantic Goth would be complete without a gorgeous, sensual dress? You’ll love this full-length black velvet dress, finished with bone white corset with black detailing. The neckline has been left open, with the sleeves sitting bellowing the shoulders for a feminine feel.

Lolita Goths

The Lolita fashion subculture originally emerged from Japan, but it has become so much more. Lolita Goths have taken the Lolita style and given it a dark twist. It’s similar to Romantic/Victorian Goth but is for a much younger audience. It’s common to see Lolita Goths carrying beautiful and elaborate parasols, dolls and stuffed animals. Their hair is often done up and a fine petticoat doesn’t go amiss.

Japanese Apron Dress Butterflies Punk Lolita

gothic lolita dress

You’ve nailed the Lolita look. So why not check out this lolita dress which will give you a bit of added zing. This is a black asymmetric apron dress with Japanese detailing, which includes flowers and butterflies for a girly touch. This is a one-size fits most style dress, but a black belt with help retain your lovely girlish shape.

Demonia Gothic Lolita Shoe Interchangeable Bows

lolita gothic shoes

These chunky platform shoes in jet black have three interchangeable bows in red, black and white. The wrap around strap ensures these shoes stay solidly attached to your feet while the scallop trim adds to that ‘school girl’ look.

Pagan Goths/Hippie Goths

These form a religious subculture of the Goth universe. They’re immersed in the world of the occult including Wiccan, Celtic, Druidic and many other ancient religions to name but a few. They’re fascinated by sorcery and magic, myths and legends. Hippie Goths can be found perusing the New Age shop, discussing their favourite vegan recipes and listening to Cocteau Twins.

Magic Gothic Dress Long Gown Hood

long black dress

This is a full length, hooded dress with elegant cut out shoulders and detachable sleeves. Whether you’re a dabbler in the dark arts or a seasoned professional you’ll feel every bit the high priestess in this spectacular dress.

Gothic Witch Pagan Velvet Pentagram Choker

gothic choker

Is something missing from your outfit? Take a look at this gorgeous choker. The soft black velvet is both comfortable and stylish. Complete with silver drop pendant in the shape of a pentacle this necklace will be the piece de la resistance of our wardrobe.

Industrial Goths

Industrial goths love all things heavy, metallic and well…industrial. You’ll see a lot of spikes, studs, chains and buckles on their attire and jewellery. They also love all things military and can often be seen in leather, denim, vinyl and canvas. In some ways they’re similar in fashion to Cyber Goths in that they reflect a futuristic appearance, however, the Industrial Goth prefers a much more monochromatic palette.

Wavy Industrial Barbell With Spikes

punk industrial barbell

Even your own flesh isn’t safe from the industrial look. This barbell has a distinct wave pattern through the centre and two spikes at either end.

Solo Leg Holster Bag

solo leg holster


This Solo Leg Holster is truly a heavy-duty bag. Made from abrasion resistant, waterproof codura you’ll never have to worry about this bag falling apart like some other factory made knock offs. When Crisiswear say this is industrial – they mean it.


Cyber Goths

Cyber Goths mash modern trance, techno and industrial music and all of today’s modern electronic trappings with the more traditional elements of the Gothic world. While a lot of Goth genres focus on the past, Cyber Goths are all about the future.  Ultra bright, colourful hair extensions, neon makeup and dress are all part of the fun. Although loosely related to Industrial in terms of musical influences, Industrial Goths generally loathe Cyber Goths.

Purple & Black Cyber Goth Clubbing Corset Choker

cybergoth corset

Attention all Cyber Goths! If you want to compliment your uber futuristic get-up then cast your eyes over this boned corset. The bright purple pvc and silver buckles stand out proud against the cotton lined black satin. Oh, did I mention it comes with a matching choker? Need I say more…?

Cyberlox Cyber Falls Green & Black Metallic Stripe Foam

cybergoth falls


Give ‘going green’ a new meaning with these nuclear coloured cyberlocks. These puppies have the advantage of being attached with elastic, rather than a hair tie, which means you don’t have to worry about them coming away while you’re living it up.


Glam Goths

Glam Goths look the part, wear all the clothes and makeup, listen to all the right music and have the right attitude. To put it simply, they love the aesthetic that is associated with being a Goth. But behind the façade they lack the substance of a true Goth. In short, they do it to show off and are considered by true Goths to be wannabe posers.

Gothic Skull Shoulder Sling Bag Roseanne Jones

gothic shoulder bag

Being a Glam Goth you like the aesthetics of the Goth world, so stick to the basics and you’ll be fine. Human skulls and death are synonymous with Gothics, so this black shoulder sling bag with an oversized grinning skull is pretty much perfect.

Vampire Goths

Vampire Goths are obsessed by all things dark and vampiric. They like to look, live and love like a vampire. Being well groomed is essential, including long dark hair, beautiful nails and eyes. They take good care of their bodies as part of the aesthetic is too look like a creature of the night, gaunt and hollowed out. You won’t find them at the sunbeds, because perfect, pale skin is a must.

Red Contact Lenses

What better way to complete that creature of the night look than with some red tinged contact lenses?

Gothic Vampire Cross Necklace

The filigree on this cross is delicate and elegant, befitting the throat of only the finest undead beauty. The black zircon stones hints at darkness, concealed only just below the surface. The antique style chain pays homage to all things…ancient.

Perky Goths

Are super energetic and bouncy – think the Energizer Bunny on steroids. Perky Goths love life and unlike their traditional Gothic counterparts they don’t like the morbid, gloomy stereotypical attitude that many Goths have. For them, embracing the Gothic lifestyle is about having fun, they love the lighter side of the Goth world (translate = the cheesier things) such as the Halloween and all thing 80’s. They like nothing better than to party and are often found dancing up a storm.

Vixxsin Harmony Hood

goth punk hoodie

Sometimes even the perkiest of Perky Goths, just wants a stylish, super fun hoodie. Look no further because this extra long, fleece hoodie in chunky stripes of pink, grey and black is the perfect number. The devilish black skull wrapped around the shoulders is a dark touch.

Twickers Stripey Tights Blue

spripy tights

Here’s a style hint for all you Perky Goths. Leggings will get you the biggest bang for your buck, meaning they’re just about the most eye-catching (and the cheapest) item you can own. These leggings with contrasting stripes in black and blue are scene-stealers and a must have for your wardrobe.

So which subculture do you fit into? There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to the Goth world, so, maybe you don’t fall into just one, but a few. Why not let us know below.