DAMN Twistie! I’ve worked in the publishing industry for most of my adult life so I know how things are but this is LOW. I’m meandering through the comments deleting the spam ones that got through –y’all don’t even KNOW how many spam comments we get a day, close to a thousand– and I’m ASSAULTED WITH CRUSHED VELVET AND BELL SLEEVES from our very own previously-beloved Twistie, who I now must assume is angling for my job and/or trying to make murder on me.
As for some sources Cat might find useful, I’ve got a couple to point her at, having a touch of Gothlove myself.
Persephone Plus carries a small but fabulous line of goth-inspired dresses for the larger lady. Several of them are fairly stripped down and minimalist versions of goth, too. Oh, and check out the link to her Etsy store for some super steampunky jewelry. (There’s no jewelry currently for sale as she seems to have gone underground -get it, get it?- for a few days –ed.)
If she’s an in-betweenie, Cat may also find some things she can fit into at Gypsy Moon. The styles run from Stevie Nicks to nuevo piratica – a term I just made up, because of the fun! – to renfairy. Yes, there are some ruffles, but there are also some pieces based on menswear of half a dozen eras. Even if you don’t find something to wear, you can definitely find some inspiration for what you’re looking for. (credit where it is due; they know the difference between a pantaloon and a pantalette, so well played there. –ed.)
Good Goth Has a variety of looks for a variety of figures. In fact, I think I just fell in love with the Mood Indigo jacket on the Plus Size page. Considering that it’s only $29.95, I may give in to temptation, too. (worth checking out if only for their howling copy. –ed)
Oh my GOD y’all, do you EVEN know how hard that was for me? With the not snarking and the wiping spit off my monitor from the laughing of the earnestness? SO. HARD. I give and give to you people.
And it’s not like I don’t have some serious sympathy for the devilgirls.
Hell, I’m going to her wedding on Sunday:
(Miss Ruby Lamb as the model for Dr Sketchy’s at Beerland, Texas; one of the last great rock n’ roll clubs in America)
Here’s my counsel about goth or goth-adjacent. Lighten up, emo kid. Because if you’re just REALLY EARNEST about looking like a belle epoque street urchin it’s not going to work and you’re just going to look like someone with an unnatural fascination with Baz Luhrmann, and that doesn’t look good on ANYBODY.
It just occurs to me, thinking of Baz Lurhmann that I graduated from high school 12 years ago today so here is mister Lurhmann’s famous “Everybody’s Free (Wear Sunscreen)” which comes from a 1997 article by columnist Chicago Tribune Mary Schmich.