Hey Spooky, what advice do you have for overweight goths who are also poor and can't afford really expensive brands or items of clothing, let alone fit in most of the clothes sold at stores, to dress how they want? As a larger person, I can't find clothes I really like, or anything close to my size. I suffer with very large unisex t-shirts, jeans, and no makeup (because that too is too expensive), but never feel like I dress how I want. I want to dress goth,but it seems that it's weight limited.
Hmm, I’ve never had this issue myself so I can’t really answer with personal experience, but a few things come to mind:
- Basic sewing skills are always great because they let you modify basic pieces of clothing into something that looks more “you”. If you know basic stitches, you’re not limited to finding that one perfect piece of clothing that both fits you and looks good, but you can find something in your size and then add or take out whatever it is that you want to express your style (e.g. lace or studs). Cut, add, take in, take out as you wish!
Never underestimate the power of bargain stores, second hand stores and eBay! There are also goth swap/give/buy/sell groups on pages like Facebook where you can make great finds if you keep your eyes open and act fast. The members are of every gender, size, and age, and the clothing comes from all over the world and from different years, so the selection isn’t as limited by trends and prominent brands.
- One step further from basic modifying would be to learn how to sew clothing from scratch which would ensure correct fit and style every time. The price of the sewing machine pays itself back quite quickly (especially if you buy a used one), but I do understand this is not always possible for everyone.
- Instead of spending money on creating a vast wardrobe, try investing in a few basic go-to outfits that you can wear on multiple occasions and alter the look of with accessories. For example, a basic velvet dress can be turned into so many different outfits depending on what you wear with it: a shawl, a hat, a belt, a collar or lots of jewellery all send out different vibes and the best part is that accessories like those are usually quite cheap.
If you have trouble finding a basic piece of clothing like that, there are gothic brands that do big sizes. For example, @corvuscoronefashionphotography (or https://www.etsy.com/shop/CorvusCoroneFashion on Etsy) makes really nice gothy clothing and the sizes go up to UK 22 and bigger sizes are available custom made. They are a bit pricier than what you’d get at mainstream stores but they ensure a correct a size and the style is already there. Again, I know it’s not always possible to save up but even one really nice piece of clothing in your wardrobe can make you feel so much better about your style!
I’m sorry I can’t be of much more help and I don’t really know if that was helpful in the first place. There are a few blogs dedicated to plus size goths, so maybe the people who have submitted there will have better ideas and tips. I can’t access one of them (my browser blocks it for some reason) but the other blog is here: @plussizegoths.
Good luck! (: