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How To Survive Summer As A Goth

Well, it’s summer again and I’m sure I’ve already done some whining about it around here. I actually have gotten requests for tips for Goths surviving summer which unfortunately I haven’t been able to address since it’s been winter and I wanted to remember the suffering of summer to re-awaken my vampire instincts. Alas, I’ve finally compiled my top eleven tips to surviving the heat as a Goth.


1. Sun Screen!

Personally, I wear sun screen year round but it’s very important in summer and I’m more than sure you know why.

2. Bat-wing Sleeves And Loose Layers

Up until this morning I thought bat-wing sleeves were quite hideous; that was until I actually tried it out. The real reason that I’m mentioning them is that they provide air flow which is fantastic for summer. Loose layers act in the same way if bat wings aren’t your thing.

3. It’s All About The Material

Your wearing five layers in summer? That’s ridiculous! Well, not always. If those layers consist all of PVC then maybe but if you layer with breathable fabrics like chiffon, lace or silk (silk keeps you warm in winter while keeping you cool in summer, just Google it!) then you might just be able to stay cool enough to survive.

4. Accessories Are Your Best Friend

Now, this is something I always say – though I’m still working up my own selection. But in summer when you’re most likely layering down accessories will keep an outfit interesting. Everyone is different so it’s trial and error to find the kind of jewellery that you feel most comfortable in forty degree heat (Celsius obviously).

5.  DIY Vests, Waist Coats And The Like

 Vests and waistcoats are great for layering without heating the outfit up too much. While layering on top of the torso is probably the worst idea I could have had, waist coats and vests are usually very minimal in space and the DIY options of both are huge.

6. Garters, Stay Ups And Fishnets

Yes, those control tights make you feel and look great and in winter full stockings are a beautiful invention but in summer – you’re going to die wearing them. Stay ups, which may be hard to find for the larger thigh or the taller, are ridiculously cooling. Fishnets go along with this but apparently scientifically they hold in heat. Footless tights and leggings are a possibility as your feet are a major source of heating.

7. Vintage Hair Styles And Mohawks

Sure, placing a plethora of heated metal objects near your scalp when it’s hot enough that even the walls are sweating might not sound like the best thing to do but just take a look at some of the vintage hairstyles around. They tend to keep hair off the face and curls pulled back into a ponytail looks adorable any time of year.

Whether it’s shaved sides, a full, half or just part of an undercut or a full blown hawk it’s definitely cooler. I tried flipping my hair over my half-hawk yesterday and nearly suffocated with the sudden heat that I felt. Air flow is always a good thing in summer.

Isn’t this the cutest thing ever? – Link

8. Parasols Are Gorgeous Creations

I currently have three parasols: my gorgeous Alice and The Pirates parasol/umbrella, my lace parasol and a Chinese-inspired parasol. They don’t have to be expensive. My lace parasol was one of the first Gothy things I bought when I first started EBaying and it was only ten dollars. I also find it really useful to have an umbrella/parasol mix. Plus, it’s lovely when little old lady’s stop you to ask where you bought your parasol.

9. Avoid The Sun And Stay In With Your Favourite Bands

I’m one of those crazy people that would rather stay in and search around YouTube all day for a couple of new bands that I adore – which is probably why my favorites change so often. But this goes for introverts and extroverts alike that it’s best to stick to the shade.

10. We Can All Withstand Different Temperatures

Everyone is different and we can all withstand different temperatures. For instance my favourite temperature is in the ten to twenty bracket but my partner that comes from the other side of the country (the more desert part) thinks it’s freezing at twenty. Knowing how to dress in summer is something personal to yourself. So, getting to know what makes you cooler is a major part of  surviving the heat.

11. You Might Just Have To Suffer A Little Bit

That’s not exactly something that people like to hear and it shouldn’t be something you’re forced into. But if you aren’t willing to sacrifice things like layers you might just have to suffer through the heat. It’s sad to say I’m renowned for wearing layers of stockings in summer and other people being dumbfounded that I can withstand it. I don’t recommend it but it is your own choice.

 There is no reason that anyone has to suffer ridiculous amounts throughout summer. It can be terrible for your health. So whether you’re Goth or not be smart and take precautions because no one looks fashionable or adorable passed out on the grown from heatstroke.



  1. November 9, 2012 / 6:50 am

    😀 When I was younger, I used to wear knee-high combats even in the summer. When people asked me why I answered I wouldn't have felt goth enough without them XD
    Thank God now I can wear heels, so I bought a few pairs of Demonia and I'm ok with them (*and* goth enough XD).
    It gets really hot where I live (40 degrees all august), the only stockings I can wear are fishnets, I wouldn't even dare lace. But that's fine to me because I love fishnets, I'd wear them all year if I could 😀

    • November 9, 2012 / 7:56 am

      Oh gosh! I would die in your heat! I still have a habit of wearing boots in summer, I just can't get enough of them!

  2. November 9, 2012 / 12:41 pm

    Haha, I was very confused first when I read "it's summer again" because it's almost winter where I live. Then I remembered that you live in Australia. 🙂 Great tips! Mohawks are definitely good hairstyles for summer. The only thing is that you have to put sunscreen on the shaved part which is easy to forget.

    • November 9, 2012 / 12:47 pm

      Yeah, sun screen for mohawks is such a must. :3

      I'm pretty sure a lot of my readers would be just as confused since only a small fraction are Australians. Hehe.

  3. November 10, 2012 / 11:02 pm

    the very idea of a november/december summer seems like a foreign concept.

    • November 10, 2012 / 11:26 pm

      The opposite is the same for me! :3

  4. November 14, 2012 / 4:51 pm

    Great tips, but I firmly believe that there is nothing wrong with a little suffering for fashion every now and then!

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