Casual Corpse: How to Wear Comfortable, Minimalist Goth
Darkling style is creative, varied, experimental, and artistic – encompassing anything from classic Victorian gothic to futuristic cyber-punk. This ghoul’s wardrobe, however, is much more minimalist, taking inspiration from the ‘nu-goth’ scene that marries grunge, goth, hipster, and sportswear and makes it something that requires minimum effort, but creates maximum witchy effect. Want to still get your spook on without sacrificing comfort? Look no further.
One of the most common silhouettes in this trend is leggings or skinny jeans paired with an oversized tee or jumper, and chunky-soled shoes. Oversized tees are (IMO) the best – I feel most spooky when I’m also an amorphous mass, and can potentially hide several familiars under my shirts.
Can’t Sit With Us t-shirt by Disturbia//£19.95; Janis Fringe Handbag by Killstar//£39.99; Edie Tiny Sterling Silver Skull Studs by Regal Rose//£16; Bovver Boots by Disturbia//£115.95; Heart Lock Bracelet by Disturbia//£14.95; Liquid to Matte Lipstick in Grim by Black Moon Cosmetics//£12.91; pair with your favourite leather-look leggings or skinny jeans.
Nothing says cozy like a cable-knit jumper. Killstar have got you covered with their slouchy pentagram version. Pair with silver jewellery, a statement tote bag, and pale taupe makeup for a look that says “I just got out of my coffin.”
Magus Knit Sweater by Killstar//£49.99; Little Skull Cross Earrings by Regal Rose//£14; Pentagram Harness Bag by Disturbia//£44.95; Studded Kiss Lipstick in Zero by Kat Von D//£13.60; Ash and Ember Eye Soot in Cultist by Ritual de Fille//£27.25; Witch Script Necklace by Empty Casket//£12.
Featured previously in our Darkling Guide to Vegan Brands, Sovrin Apparel specialize in screen-printed tees, cardigans, leggings, dresses, and bags. Ideal for those who want comfort and soft fabrics along with occult and magickal imagery.
These outfits are wonderfully androgynous; where classic gothic clothing styles can often feel gender restrictive, the only stipulation here is that they maintain some kind of minimalism or simplicity. Keeping your outfits plain gives you room for statement shoes and accessories, or a pop of colour in your makeup.
Omen Gothic Jacket by Punk Rave via Attitude Clothing//£79.99; 2 Strap Faux Leather Wristband by Attitude Clothing//£5.99; Runic Moon Black Backpack by Restyle//£42.99; Forbidden Lipstick in Chrysalis by Ritual de Fille//£17.10; Your Coffin or Mine? Pin Badge by Mysticum Luna via Attitude Clothing//£4.99; Witch Patch by Disturbia Clothing//£3.50; M.373-S7 Boot by New Rock via Attitude Clothing//£222.99.
Graphic tees or jumpers are a great way to make a statement without sacrificing that cozy feeling. This jumper by Attitude Clothing is just the right amount of irony in a great font. Pair with o-ring leggings for some industrial vibes and finish off with rusty, taupe, or blush makeup for understated undead.
Harness Leggings by Restyle//£27.19; Oh My Goth Sweat Top by Attitude Clothing//£24.99; Hecate’s Diadem Onyx Necklace by Blood Milk Jewels//£142.50; Ash and Ember Eye Soot in Serpent de Mer by Ritual de Fille//£27.25; Liquid to Matte Lipstick in Gloom by Black Moon Cosmetics//£12.91.
Darkling darling Aviv Grimm demonstrates the appeal of a rose-toned vinyl eye – simply cover your favourite shadow in a clear eye gloss for an instant editorial look. NYX’s Lid Lacquer is great for this, and comes in both clear and black.
Minimalist doesn’t mean needing to sacrifice details. This look takes a simple base and layers leather and metal accessories with pastel lips and nails for a hard-edged take on cutesy cadaver.
White Collar Gothic Button Dress by Jawbreaker Clothing via Attitude Clothing//£31.99; Eyelets Holster Bag by Restyle via Attitude Clothing//£48.99; Swing 105 Gothic Wedge Platform Boot by Demonia via Attitude Clothing//£96.99; Big Ring Belt by Restyle//£12.75; Snake Hairclips by Restyle//£13.61; Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Zero by Kat Von D//£14.25; Nail Polish in Northern Lights by Starrily via Attitude Clothing//£14.99.
Chunky boots and messenger bags can be cool and practical – carry all your witchy essentials with you while you travel through the void. Pins and silver jewellery make plain black outfits pop without fuss.
Ritual Ring Messenger Bag by Killstar//£44.99; The Guard Gothic Longsleeve Top by Punk Rave via Attitude Clothing//£44.99; Runic Signs Necklace by Restyle//£12.10; Buckle Boots by Disturbia Clothing//£115.95; Bite U Later Enamel Pin by Killstar//£4.99; Ash and Ember Eye Soot in Obsidian by Ritual de Fille//£27.25.
For a quick update to any black tees, dresses, jumpers, or coats, try adding a collar or harness. Deandri have a gorgeous selection of accessories that add instant attitude to any outfit.
All prices are correct at the time of writing