Goth-spiration: Winter Outerwear

 Before I get into the wonderful world of winter coats I want to draw your attention to this lovely article written about Fashion vs. Style for “Shiny Black Sheep” AKA. Goths (and alternatives, I’m sure) – It’s a worthy read for anyone that gets dressed in the morning.

I know you may not be in winter currently, but I’m a firm believer that it’s never too early (or late) to start bulking up your winter wardrobe! I’m the kind of person that plans their seasonal wardrobe for months and I only buy any of it when the season is over. And so, here is my current coat-spiration.

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Military is always easy to find around winter – often in thick and strong materials.  

I’ve been seeing fluffy, black fake fur coats everywhere in street style and online. It’s not a coat for everyone (I would love one but would probably never in-my-life wear it) but I have seen amazing Goth styled outfits including it. If that’s a little bit too much ‘fur’ for you, adding a faux stole can warm you up dramatically (plus you can switch it to any coat/etc that you want for more versatility.

It would be fashion-blasphemy if I didn’t have a leather jacket here. The fact that they’re made out of leather or to resemble leather makes it extra warm as the sun bounces off the surface it heats the inside! I learned this the hard way on a just-too-warm day. 

Why not ditch coats and go for a cape? I hate using this word but there’s no denying that if you can pull off a cape (preferably of good quality) you are automatically chic.

Peacoats tend to be thick, warm and can be be assimilated into most styles. And who says you can’t have a little prep in your alternative? Certainly not me.

 If you’re going for a neo-Victorian/Elizabethan coat (maybe something like mine here?) I would suggest you go with something plain and simple. Because the piece itself is very elaborate and adding to that with an, ahem, brocade pattern takes away from the versatility (particularly with longer coats in which you can’t see what you’re wearing underneath it). Trust me, I’ve been there.

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4 Comments

  1. I love the cape and the faux fur jacket! My winter coats consist of a full-length 1980s black leather coat that I found on Etsy, and a brown thigh-length jacket with a fur-edged hood that I bought back in the 80s or 90s. The first is for cold days when you can still look great, while the second is for those miserable wet-and-windy days when umbrellas are totally useless and no one cares what you look like because they're just trying to get out of the rain! And I have a heavy black cotton ankle-length hooded cloak that I bought at a Renn faire, which I wear when I want to be mysterious and/or am carrying things I want to keep dry.

    And thanks for linking my blog post, and for the great intro! 🙂

  2. I really want that cute cape. Or at least something like it. It's funny because, even though I do enjoy wearing some of my warm weather things I miss the chilliness of autumn/winter. Looking at these cute coats makes me miss it all the more.

  3. Ariadne: Aww, I'm sorry! I understand that feeling. But I know that when I am finally thrust into the freezing mornings and pouring days I wont be nearly as happy as I am being nostalgic about them.

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