Goth Wardrobe ‘Splurge’ Pieces

There’s no doubt in my mind that you’ve by now noticed my insane obsession with getting the most out of my wardrobe through my wardrobe overhaul. A particular thought that has been encompassing my mind for a long time – and goes hand in hand with my Goth Wardrobe Basics post here – are the investment or ‘splurge’ pieces that you would want to spend a little more money on for great quality that will last a lifetime.

Blood Lust
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 My outfits posts have been filled with my Doc Martens to the point you’re probably all sick to death of them but their wear for worth is certainly obvious. And sorry to say I don’t think I’ll be falling out of love with them for a long time.

Little Black Dress:

 Goth’s can never have enough black dresses. I should know since I have a habit of bringing them home with me to no avail. But this dress should be typically plain (for dressing up or down), it should fit perfectly while being flattering to your body-type.

Top Hat/Fancy Hat:

 If you’re into neo-victorian wear you might be interested in those fancy large hats, top-hats maybe even vintage hats. These hats definitely fit all the checkpoints for an investment piece!


There are thousands of people spouting that you need a good quality coat and while I agree with that that isn’t entirely all. Here comes a word that you’ll be sick of hearing by the end of this article: versatility!


If you’re a corset wearer or want to be you should know that corsets are major investment pieces. You wouldn’t want to be spending fifty dollars on EBay for a corset you’ll be wearing everyday because you really will be paying for quality. As important as quality is the selection as you’ll want to fully research the store and reviews of the corset. Not to mention it’s incredibly important to try the corset on first – even more so for custom made pieces.

An investment corset should contain thick fabric that will last, grommets with no pre-existing splits, firm corset laces and heavy duty bones – most prefer steel bones but there are few alternatives (just please, no plastic boning). You’ll want to buy a corset in a colour you’ll use often – particularly a nuetral because they blend well with most other combinations. 


  • The good thing about Goth clothing is that there seems to be less of a focus on trends which means you’ll get all the more out of what you wear! But it also means that you can look for your quality basics in thrift stores! I’ve found some of my most favourite and most worn clothing from thrift stores.
  • Look outside of well know Goth brands into more basic clothing stores as well. All clothing stores have plain black clothing that is more versatile. Besides you’ll want to try the clothing on for a perfect fit and not everyone has assess to these niche stores.
  • Fit is important!
  • Remember that investment means different things to different people. One person may take investment as spending fifty dollars on a thrift-coat while others might want to spend a few hundred on a brand new pair of Doc Martens. You are in charge of what you buy and no amount of someone telling you that you need to buy this is going to make it true. Stick to your budget and stick to your own tastes!
  • Remember that just because something is expensive does not mean that it is good quality which deepens the importance of researching!
  • Don’t by an item just because it’s on an investment list if you aren’t going to wear it.


    1. February 11, 2013 / 10:45 am

      This post is brilliant. So far I've splured on a corset, Demonias and Docs. The rest of my 'expensive' clothing is thrifted or given to me by friends.
      Like, I found an English woolen overcoat that goes past my knee for only $5!!! XD That's was totally an worthy investment!

    2. February 11, 2013 / 10:47 am

      Oh man, I'm so jealous about that overcoat! It sounds very cozy. :3

    3. February 11, 2013 / 11:11 am

      Sadly I haven't had a chance to wear it yet due to all of this unpleasant summer weather!

    4. February 11, 2013 / 12:49 pm

      I so want to splurge on a really great gothic coat, but alas, I don´t have that kind of money… I don´t have too many little black dresses either, I have one extremely vampy and one very versatile, but I´m still looking for that perfect one! Check on top hat and boots for now!

    5. February 11, 2013 / 1:48 pm

      I say check on all the points 🙂 But my biggest problem is shoes, I spend way too much money on fancy shoes living a quiet life at the countryside.

    6. February 12, 2013 / 1:30 am

      ah yes this list is right on the point!

      I've been dying to get a normal pair of black doc martens, and tomorrow might be the day I buy them! so happy.

      I have white doc martens but they're just not the same.


      And thanks so much for your reply ^__^. <3

    7. February 12, 2013 / 8:27 am

      well. the only splurge I did was my New Rocks. All other items are hunted down at flee markets. Last time I found a super amazing long cotton jacket for my boyfriend that fitted perfectly. And it was a about 6 dollars 😀 And he looks OMG with it. Well I also ordered some new corsets. The price range was from 10 to 20 dollars. So totally I spent about 70 dollars on them. And then Lolita hit me. So I went on rampage and got myself Lolita heels, and two jumper skirts, a jacket( from other Lolita)a new blouse. I won't do any new splurges at least till my birthday.
      I put all my old clothes to a bag. I'll keep them for a year, and if they are not worn at least once during the time then they are out. The reorganization always hurts the wallet a bit. But I always have two to five peaces that my wardrobe is built around and they usually cost more that all other my clothes that I have to combine with the main ones. I don't like to have a tones of clothes. So I have to to five good quality pieces that stays for years and others are the one that changes all the time. Now I have few Lolita pieces, a few aristocratic – romantic and some more edgy. Since the Lolita goes well with Gothic romantic, they actually share some peaces. And for edgy one I have a punk rave west, few D rings decorated skirt. everything else is fish net black tops and accessories.

    8. February 13, 2013 / 8:57 pm

      I think my biggest splurge was my coat With adjustments it was about £125 and completely custom made to my size and colour (black with purple trim) I've had it for several years now and it's still perfect and going strong. I also have a pair of Doc Martens that I still need to wear in properly (after several years of non-use). Any tips on that front?

    9. February 13, 2013 / 9:57 pm

      Stefanie: That coat both sounds and looks awesome!

      I would say wearing in Docs is basically torture. I choose to dive right in and blister my feet but you could try really thick socks! I know it's annoying but I think it's very worth it. :3

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