The Different Types of Goth Styles

One of the most popular and diverse subcultures of the world is none other than Goth. The Goth movement can be found in different cultures and among different age groups. The signature dark clothing, dark makeup, and spooky jewelry are typical of the style. However, there are different types of Goth styles.

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Traditional Goth

These are the original goths. They were inspired by the early gothic rock bands of the 1980s. Typical features of this look include big black hair, too pale skin, dark makeup, ripped fishnet, leather, and boots.

Romantic Goth

Romantic goths are captivated by the dark, sensual, and mysterious world of the gothic subculture conceived by early Victorian literature. Of course, they wear lots fo Gothic Victorian clothing.

Signature features of romantic goths are velvet and lace, flowy crowns and the love of poetry and literature.

They add a splash of color to the normally dark shades of clothing. So, it’s not uncommon to see red, orange, green, or purple highlights.

You can check out the best women’s Gothic clothing sites for some inspiration on this look (there’s stuff for guys too).

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Pastel Goth

Pastel goth refers to a style that combines the hard edges of gothic fashion, with the soft pastels more regularly linked to Kawaii fashion subcultures. Pastel goth clothing is a relatively new trend.

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Hippie Goths

These types of Goths are more aware of dark religions and their environment. Their fashion is dark, with lots of imagery and symbols from the occult world and pagan religions.

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Vampire Goths

These goths aim to replicate vampire-like features. Normally, vampire goths wear dark hair, dark makeup, have beautifully shaped, sometimes pointed, nails and may have tattoos and piercings to complement the look. And, let’s not forget the teeth.

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Cyber Goths

Would you wear neon dreads, a gas mask or goggles? These are all characteristics of the typical cybergoth. Their sense of fashion is sometimes considered to be the opposite of traditional goths in that they are futuristic in their fashion style.

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Bubble Goth

Bubble Goth is a newer type of Goth created by the Estonian pop singer, Kerli Koiv. She aims to “make the beautiful, creepy and the creepy, beautiful”, something that “takes light and dark and puts them together”

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Tribal Goths

The tribal Goths began when belly dancing was most popular. Their fashion style mostly exhibits a blend of belly dancing and traditional Goths styles. 

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Gothic Lolita

A gothic/lolita subculture that features darker clothing and make-up, but colors are not limited to black. The style was popularized by Mana, a Japanese musician.

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Casual Goth

Casual Goth types are laid-back. They usually dress in casual black or black with hints of red clothing. They also accessorize with fingerless gloves and skulls.

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You can shop for various styles from the top goth clothing brands from many online goth stores.