Layering: Tips

Source – Texture in practice!

This was a suggested article by an anonymous user; if I remember correctly. I honestly do read all your comments but I don’t always have time/know what to say in response! I’m not always very good at communicating. But I hope this answers their suggestion.

Layering is a somewhat important aspect of most clothing styles especially the Goth and Grunge looks though both in very different ways. There’s layering in the Victorian Goth’s detailed outfits from corsets and blouses, skirts, petticoats, socks, boots and among that accessories and then on the other side of the Goth fashion spectrum there’s the Deathrock layering of fishnets and ripped stockings, (of course not always worn on the legs), corsets, gloves and more! Generally layering in fashion gives your outfits depth and completes them much like artwork.

Of course not layering your clothes is fine, especially for hot weather and over layering can look ridiculous (as I’ve done so badly before). But the key is to try and mix and match textures while trying not to overwhelm the outfit. Then again only you can be the true judge of what you wear. Don’t try and pile on as much as you can find if you don’t want too, or even if it doesn’t suit you – unless you want too. It isn’t a rule that you must layer but generally layering is in almost all outfits if at least slightly.

                            But it’s, like, a hundred degrees!


Try layering fishnets or lace tights which are great for summer. Alternatively you could layer on some cool metal accessories or ripped stockings. (I’m always about the stockings!) What I usually do on a hot day is layer a ripped shirt that I cut to hang off the shoulders over some ripped fishnet shirt or ripped tights make into a shirt! Fishnet let’s your skin breath but be careful in hot weather as you don’t want tan lines in the shape of fishnets.

What do you mean texture?

By texture I mean the feel and look of the material in your pieces. For instance lace is very textured and so is velvet! It gives your outfit depth and an almost and automatic fabulousness when done right. Don’t be afraid to mix and match textures: for example a burgundy velvet coat in a Victorian style with short bloomers edged with lace and some layered fishnets would look adorable.

Don’t forget those accessories!


You could be surprised at how a well co-ordinated belt can make your outfit. While I’m still striving to collect from for my own accessory pile I can see how lack of accessories are affecting the strength of my outfits. I’ve read a quote on many other blogs by Coco Chanel saying “before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory” but I don’t particularly agree with this; only to an extent. While going for a more simple style this may be adequate such as the Mod look or maybe even grunge (for lack of ‘caring’ that the style attempts to achieve) but in Goth accessories can make or break our outfits. Look around at pictures of Goths and what will you see? Chokers, bracelets, piercings, earrings, belts, harnesses, nose chains, pocket watches and much more. I’m not saying I believe the belt outfits are covered in ‘bling’ but the accessories are usually very apparent yet completing.

Well, I think I’ve waffled on about layering for it to be somewhat helpful. What do you think of Chanel’s quote about accessories?

Best wishes,


  1. November 30, 2011 / 12:39 pm

    "in Goth accessories can make or break our outfits"

    I totally agree with this 🙂

  2. November 30, 2011 / 2:41 pm

    Come on! Fishnet tan lines is the ultimate Goth tan! 😛

    I once had the lace motif from my socking burned (since I don't tan at all) on my legs. Lovely.

  3. Anonymous
    December 1, 2011 / 2:11 pm

    Thank you for this post.

    I live in a country where you can't easily get alternative accessory but I know some people that make them and I if I can't find something that I like, I just make it myself.

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