A huge part of gothic fashion is having great accessories that add a dark edge to any outfit, and no look is really ever complete without them. However, in these cash strapped times it can be difficult to get hold of those exclusive and beautiful little additions to your attire. Good gothic accessories don’t come cheap, unfortunately.
But there’s a way around shelling out for highly priced pendants and other jewellery, and its been a core part of gothic fashion for decades – making your own gothic accessories. DIY clothing and added outfit components have been the lifeblood of the gothic lifestyle, and there’s nothing more alternative and individual than creating your own look all by yourself. Fans of the gothic look have been stitching and sticking together their own accessories and recycling bits and pieces for years – especially since its the only way to get an authentic look you rarely find in shops.
And so, because we don’t like to forget our gothic roots at Blue Banana, we’ve made this handy guide so that you too can make your own DIY gothic fashion accessories if you find yourself short of money. So, lets get creative!
Neck pendants can be a core component of a gothic ensemble. However, they don’t necessarily have to be expensive and you can create simple jewellery yourself. Pendants are very easy to make with a few simple bits and bobs. All you need is a smooth bit of rope, cord or string and a favourite gothic style jewel or object (a little skull, bat or cross perhaps). Make sure the string you have is long enough to reach all the way around your neck and rests down at chest level. Create a loop and tie the chosen object to your string, making sure its tight – or thread the string through the object, if you can. For more difficult objects, create a tiny custom loop to attach to the item for the rope to thread through, using super glue to make it secure. And there you have it, an instant and easily made necklace. You can also add beads for extra gothic flair if you wish.
Armwarmers & Fingerless Gloves
You won’t catch many gothic outfits missing armwarmers and fingerless gloves – a staple part of any self-respecting gothic wardrobe. Luckily, these two happen to be really easy and cheap to create. All you need to begin with is a pair of old or cheap tights, preferably fishnet for a more alternative look. Cut the tights in half to get two tubes and then measure your arms from elbow to the base of your middle finger. Using these measurements, trim the tubes so that they fit your arms, but make sure there’s extra space so they’re not too tight. Carefully cut holes for your fingers in the ends, making sure to give plenty of space for your thumbs on opposite sides. Make further adjustments to suit your size and style and voila – cheap instant gloves! You can also sew, stitch or glue on other accessories to improve the look of your new armwarmers.
Studs and spikes can be bought cheaply in packs from most textile or home stores and can add an instant alternative edge to everything you own. Choose the style of stud you want to go for and then you should be ready to go, although you may need some glue and a tool such as a screwdriver to make holes for the studs to attach themselves to your accessories – just be careful! Studs can be added to clothes, belts, bags, jackets, shoes, gloves – whatever needs an extra level of awesomeness.
Hair Ornaments & Veils
A goth is only as cool as their hairstyle and little added bonuses such as hair ornaments and veils can add a glamorous dark edge to an outfit. These don’t have to make a sizable dent on your bank balance either. Hair ornaments can be made easily with cheap old hairbands and clips as the base and then by super gluing on little jewels, objects and even ribbons and bows to give them a gothic makeover. A corpse bride-like veil can also be made with a little initiative. Using another old hairband and basic sewing skills, you can attach netting to create a simple veil. Wrapping a ribbon around the band or attaching a bow or jewel can add more flair to your veil if you make the effort. All the parts you need for these can be easily bought in fabric stores, although you could recycle old materials such as net curtains.
Making gothic accessories really isn’t that difficult or expensive if you use a little bit of imagination, but we hope our guide sets you on the right path to an awesome new gothic look. But if you do have a bit of spare cash, or are just plain lazy (we don’t judge!), then you can always check out Blue Banana’s amazing selection of gothic accessories and clothing from brands such as Alchemy and Hell Bunny.