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Goth style for grown men

Goth formal outfit

The unique aesthetic of goth style can be adapted into a respectable way of dressing. You can remain true to your individual sense of style but transition into a more mature look. These tips take inspiration from the dark goth look but fit in with modern stylish dressing.

For some, the idea of changing a counter-mainstream style of dress into a fashionable one misses the point entirely. Perhaps for you, the entire purpose of dressing in goth style is to repel those who do not share your inclinations. There is still some merit in knowing how to tone down your style for situations where it is not appropriate. However, this advice more applies to those who appreciate the aesthetic of goth style but are not immersed in the sub-culture, such as those who have grown out of the style and want to dress in a more mainstream way.

Black jeans

A pair of distressed black jeans is a wardrobe staple, and not just for goths. You probably have countless pairs of black skinny jeans, which can be paired with a nice shirt to create a smart casual outfit that retains some of your goth roots. Take your style further with a belt. Usually, I would suggest a plain leather belt as a man’s go-to accessory, but that may be too pedestrian for your tastes. A belt with stud or chain detailing may be closer to your personal style.

Thick jewelry

Go for chunky, masculine jewelry made out of materials such as stainless steel and leather. Woven bracelets and necklaces are unique but not overly attention-grabbing. Chains are a goth favorite that is normally found attached to pants, coats and even shirts; this facet of goth style can easily be adapted into jewelry. If you have pierced ears (or a single pierced ear), black stud earrings are a good option. Even if your outfit is entirely boring, jewelry will give you a hint of the goth aesthetic.

Trench coat

A trench coat is an essential wardrobe item. Some goth guys have floor-length black leather trench coats; I would actually suggest to avoid such a garment if you are looking to make your style more mature. Do not go any longer than the top of your knee; a mid-thigh length would be even better. A thick wool is the usual material for a trench coat, but leather can be okay too. Go for a double-breasted style as it has plenty of ornamental buttons.

Dark shirt and tie

Dressing formally can be tricky for those inclined towards goth style. However, it can be done pretty easily with items you likely already own. Pair a dark colored shirt with a dark tie. These two pieces must be subtly different in color for maximum impact. Try a dark blue shirt with a black tie, or vice versa, for a striking look. Combine with suit pants, a black blazer and plain leather dress shoes, and you have made yourself a formal outfit that takes inspiration from your personal style.

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About Natasha Abrahams Natasha Abrahams is a writer and journalism student from Melbourne, Australia. When she is not busy with being a principal writer on Weekendnotes or skipping lectures, she can be found emptying her wallet at the nearest shopping centre. You can read more from Natasha at: http://mensstyleandfashion.com/

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