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If you're on your way to a special occasion or are travelling through time zones to a Gothic travel destination you might not always know what to wear. But don't worry, we have you covered. We have three rules to dressing that will have you fitting right into every situation. Just sit back, relax and get versatile.
Dressing for Any Weather!
Travelling isn't the most comfortable situation to begin with - maybe you're running to the airport trying to catch your flight, seated in the middle seat between two people who don't know about travel etiquette or you hopped on a bus during a heatwave and get off during a thunderstorm. While we can't help you too much with the first two issues (studded shoulder pads to fend off overly cuddly people, maybe?), we can let you in on our secret to dressing for any weather!
Layers! It's all in the layers.
If you've stumbled onto any fashion blogger's website in the last millennia you'll know that layering is an art form. Here's our simple guide to the easiest layering techniques.
Tie it Around Your Waist
When it comes to outerwear, things can get a little bulky. Why fuss around with shoving it into your bag, or carry it around all day when you can just channel your favorite 90s style icon by tying a flannel shirt around your waist!
Stick to Versatile Fabrics
Versatile fabrics are the key to not looking like a potato when you layer up for a long day. When you work with fabrics that will both keep you warm, but also stay ventilated, you'll need to wear less.
Denim is both warming and breathable for warmer weather.
Fishnet stockings and other net stockings have been scientifically theorised to keep body warmth in, while also being great for warmer weather.
Do not wear leather. It is the least breathable fabric around.
Take it Off!
The best kind of layers are the kind that you can take on and off during the day when the weather fluctuates, This could be something obvious like a coat or cardigan, or something as simple as a pair of thigh high socks layered over patterned stockings.
Oversize is Best
Oversized clothing is the perfect kind for weird weather. It acts like a stylish blanket when you're cold and won't get up in your space if you start to get sweaty. Opt for a nuGoth look to stay unique while stocking the oversized, layed look!
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Dress to Impress, No Matter the Occasion
When you aren't sure what the dress code is for an event you're going to, it never hurts to ask. But if that isn't a possibility, it's always best to be a little overdressed in any occasion. Although, if you know you'll be trekking across a mountain you might want to be a little weary of the kinds of pieces you wear. Here's our go-to list of pieces that will dress up any outfit without limiting yourself to a sit-down dinner.
Collared blouses can be toned up or down, but always keep a level of fanciness. Keep it crisp and white for added versatility. Whether it's a blouse with a petter pan collar or pointed in Wednesday Addams style, you're good to go!
One area that's hard to add versaility to when it comes to formality of events are cute shoes. Boots, flats, sandals and heels all have their unique places in the event spectrum. You wouldn't want to wear sandals to a black tie dinner, or heels for a trek in the mountains. But there is one shoe that's flat (good for most terrains) and will add a touch of elegance to any outfit: oxfords.
A thick black trench coat is also a versatile piece that is endlessly fashionable, sleek and versatile. If it's getting chilly, a black trench can make the perfect first impression.
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When Meeting the Parents - Don't Forget Personality
Now we've spoken about weather, practicality and formal events with focus on a lot of staple wardrobe pieces, but we can't forget about personality. When it comes to a situation like meeting the parents or dressing for a job interview, it's important to avoid dresing overly formal and without personality. Don't you want them to know a little about you?
Stay true to your style. Add your favourite pair of spider earrings, opt to wear boots with your dress, rather than heels, or be subtle by painting your nails ombre! At the end of the day it doesn't matter the formality of the event, if you're comfortable in what you're wearing you'll fit right in!
No one likes uncertain events, and sure we all make a few mistakes along the way, but at the end of the day it's all about being comfortable. At ease in the temperament, comfortable within the situation and happy with us! What do you think? Have you ever used any of these tips before? Let us know how it turned out for you!