Outfits worn by members of the Gothic subculture take many forms. They can range from trashy to downright elegant to vintage looking styles like Romantic and Victorian. Most of these outfits are designed by combining what they find on thrift stores, buy online, or create with their bare hands while some items or even complete combinations are bought from independent fashion designers specializing in the underground scene. For goths fashion has no limits as long as it has a dark aura to it and no, goths do not buy all their clothes in stores like Hot Topic. I personally know many goths and they create their own designs by modifying regular items with spikes, studs, buttons or combining women's and men's items (Androgyny is widely accepted in this subculture.).
Think of Morticia Adams, Lydia from Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands or just an 18th century black funeral dress and you will get an idea of how dark translates into fashion.
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