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- Search for typical prints and fabrics you like and want. I tend to use words like: leather, tartan, lace and velvet. But beware some store’s search functions just plain suck.
- When online stores let you customise your search by colour, is a godsend. It’s even better if you can select more than one at once!
- Never buy anything before checking for sales and discount codes. This is a more general rule of thumb but I’m not someone that likes to throw money away (unless it’s on my caffeine addiction). I frequent sites like Retail Me Not for discount codes. But beware of some websites because a lot of them are scams or secretly get commissions if you purchase something after being on their site (I’m not particularly bothered by this – everyone has to make a living).
- Look for mainstream stores that advertise a style that is more like your own. They may not be a Goth-rock store that sells Cure and Smith’s shirts but some have a more punk flair with lots of leather and plaid, and others (ModCloth) have a vintage inspired, romantic feel. They may be typically mainstream but they still have a certain flavour that you might enjoy!
- Do I really need to mention the sale section?
- Lots of online stores like ASOS have a vintage market place. And by ‘vintage’ they usually mean eighties and nineties (more retro than vintage). But we all know that eighties is a time filled with luxurious and ridiculously printed clothing that fits well in a Goth’s wardrobe. Shirts similar to Robert Smith’s could be found straight from eighties marketplaces.
- Do some research and utilise the trends. Military and Oxblood seem to have disintegrated, while Leather and Plaid are sky rocketing for winter.
Suggest me a store you love (any store, at all) and I will be forever in your debt! Alternatively, tell me what you think of mainstream stores? Am I the anti-Goth?