Five Goth Closet Must-Haves (That I Haven’t Already Said)

This is a post in the series of The Goth Challenge altered by Darkstalker Girl from a former Lolita Challenge. Find more information here.

First thing’s first, I talk about this topic a lot in my Wardrobe Essentials, my Splurge List (to come), The Basic Goth Wardrobe even in my Wardrobe Overhaul Step One post. So, if this topic spikes your interest be sure to check out some of my more in depth posts.By now you might already have guessed why I added the “That I Haven’t Already Spoken About” – because I speak about the same few all the time! These I find are just as important as the basics and are must-haves for developing your own style!


1. A Signature Hair-Style/Hair Cut

Whether that haircut is long and
straight, black and bobbed, a sky-scraper hawk or a bold pink everyone
has a signature hairstyle. The Good thing about something as simple as hair is that if you are unhappy with what you have it can be easily changed within your budget. Most
subcultures from Skinheads, Punks and Goths to Panda Poppare and even
Soft Grunge have a signature hairstyle but that doesn’t mean you are limited or restricted to your ‘designated subculture’! In the end
your hair is something that can be simple and easy to maintain, make a
simple outfit look that much better and shows the world a little bit about you.

2. Confidence.

Confidence makes every outfit look wonderful. Alternatively, it really does warn away others that are on the verge of saying something unkind. In wearing clothes that are out of the norm it really does help to hold you head up high. Having a friend to talk about these situations with, dress up and leave the house with (to get used to it) and understands can really help boost confidence also.

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3. A Kick-ass Coat!

What does a ‘kick-ass coat’ include?

  • Great quality so that it can be used constantly and last long.
  • A style that you love.
  • The versatility to be used with the majority of your wardrobe.
  • It’s perfect for most wintery conditions or is easily to layer.

This coat can be practical but should also showcase your own personal style.My own example would be that I’ve been searching for the perfect leather jacket for years (I think I might get it this year!) that is highly feminine but holds masculinity in it’s fabric and details. Aka, the problem has been I look terrible in masculine silhouettes and I can’t find any that have fitted arms and lack shoulder pads. To find your ass kicking coat you might not have to be as picky as I am though!


4. Pieces That Intricately Shows You And What You Like

This is a little more of a liberal ‘must have’ but is just as important as any pair of stockings. It can be anything as straight forward as a band-shirt or as covert as a constant theme of leather or leapard print. Though these are the kind of things that happen automatically in most people’s wardrobes it can sometimes be smothered away when trying out new styles, incorporating trends (even Goth trends, guys!) or when in the process of developing your personal style.

5. A Fall-Back Outfit or Outfit Silhouette

You’ll want something:

  • Easy to pull on.
  • Comfortable.
  • Looks effortlessly nice.

This is certainly a must have for those days that you wake up sick or feeling terrible and just want to pull on anything that will take less than five minutes.That’s where you key silhouette or fallback come in handy! I’m sure you’ve noticed that I tend to pull on a silhouette of high-waist skirt, band shirt with ripped stockings and Doc Martens.

There’s no doubt that when picking these must haves the key is
versatility and general likeness to actually wear it – which is why
everyone’s should be different and unique to their own style. I would love to hear yours if you do
this challenge or even down in the comments! And if you have any suggestions of websites that have amazing leather jackets (preferably fake leather) please post them in the comments too so I can check them out!



  1. January 14, 2013 / 3:45 pm

    These are all perfect! Especially the fall back outfit. Great post Sary!

  2. January 17, 2013 / 12:24 am

    I've been looking for the perfect leather jacket too! It's so hard because I'm so particular about what I like

  3. January 17, 2013 / 1:32 pm

    Hi – I recently just discovered your blog through various other alternative fashion bloggers, and I have to say I love it! You have lovely style, and a nice spread of posts

    Definitely agree with you on what you've chosen – a lot of these 'goth must haves' I've seen have been along the lines of 'black skirt, leather jacket, pair of boots, etc etc' which is all very well if you're just starting out and like those things, but it ignores the massive diversity in the gothic subculture.

    Not to mention there's definitely having more to life than having the perfect wardrobe. 😉

  4. January 21, 2013 / 8:27 am

    Hi, great post – completely agree, especially with confidence. There are people just looking for a moment of weakness to point out weirdness as a bad thing.

    As for the hair and signature piece, those tend to happen, I think, when you don't try.

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