Early in my career, I was sitting in a meeting and someone said to me, “You look like a vampire!” There was a dead silence and all eyes were on me. I wasn’t dressed up that day to look like one, but I was amused by it. I adore dressing up and have adopted a Gothic look. It has become my very own art and form of expression. I wear it as a day-to-day style with a mixture of vampire, romantic Goth, and business attire.
You see, my boyfriend and I both work in a corporate environment and despite our style, we are both greatly respected and are both very successful. We are cautious in some ways at work, but when the weekend comes, we go all out.
You are probably wondering how you yourself can pull off Gothic clothing while at a formal place of business. Well, there are several ways to express the lifestyle and your love for Goth. I like to go for dark colors, lace blouses, satin, and velvet materials. I enjoy accessorizing classic hair styles and makeup is a fabulous way to bring it all together.
Little by little I started wearing black nail polish and waited patiently to see how things went. There was no negativity; therefore, I took it to the next level wearing a thin choker or gothic bracelet. Then I waited again to see how people reacted. They were accepting of it.
In my every day attire I usually wear black pencil skirts, black hosiery, black trousers, lace blouses and black jackets, and it works. I definitely would avoid anything branded from the mall that would make you stand out. Especially, any type of reference to death, this may be offensive and unsuitable for the workplace. You want to make it your own but cautiously.
Wearing old accessories can help polish off a perfect look. You might want to surf the internet for that special item, hit a swap meet, or browse your local vintage shop. You will find some unique items and catch some great deals. Some ideas to consider consist of watches, antique brooches or pins, old necklaces, lace bangles, and silver or pewter bracelets and pendants.
Remember, putting on elegant clothing that has an old look, is taking it to the next level. Wearing elegant tops with ruffles or neck-tie blouses with a long flowing skirt will perfectly compliment your Gothic style. Be as creative and unusual as you wish, but take it slow.
My advice to you is to remember that when you wear black, it’s elegant and people might start getting the idea that you are into Goth. Slowly introduce yourself to unfamiliar co-workers and clients or when starting your new career.
-Play it safe in Gothland and stay true to yourself while rocking your unique style!