Some fashion trends come and go, and others simply grow and evolve. Such is the case with goth. One of the newest goth styles is called pastel goth, or modern trend goth. As you can tell from the name, it’s a little bit less dark than what you probably picture as regular goth, which is heavily built around the color black. Pastel goth incorporates (you guessed it) pastels! This trend has its roots in Japanese fashion, or Kawaii fashion, which means “cute”.
A mainstay in the pastel goth scene is the chalky, pastel-dyed hair. Pinks, blues, purples, yellows and greens are common hair colors, and are often times mixed together for a unique one-of-a-kind look. Think Easter on drugs, and you get a great idea of what this look is about. Other influences come from imagery of princesses and Harajuku girls. If you don’t want to commit to dying your hair, wigs or extensions are a less permanent, but just as effective style. Floral crowns in pastel colors can also be worn on your natural colored hair if wigs are extensions are even a little too much.
As for clothing, the pastel look continues down from the hair into the rest of your outfit. Instead of black jeans, light colored cutoffs are often dyed with light pastel dyes, and sometimes can be bedazzled with spikes, studs, or sequins.
Touches of Black
To keep the goth look in the style, touches of black can be added anywhere from makeup to accessories to the clothes themselves. Black lipstick or eye shadow with a pastel blush looks great, as does a black leather jacket over a pastel shirt, or even a black leather purse or boots. A pastel tie-dye shirt or leggings can also tie the look together.
Some symbols that Pastel Goth incorporates skulls, crosses, Ouija boards, unicorns, etc. These can be worn as necklaces, graphic tees, charms, earrings, and other accessories. There are also a multitude of bags and backpacks with great designs that fit perfectly into the Pastel Goth theme. Hello Kitty, unicorns, cute dolls, Japanese Anime characters, as well as other more traditional goth symbols are all readily available and fit the look.
For footwear, you can go with a classic goth patent leather boot, be it short or knee-high, or something a bit cuter like pastel high heels or tie-dye Converse All Stars.
One thing to remember when getting your pastel goth look together is that it’s a very “do it yourself” look. You can throw things together without too much worry, and most pastel colors tend to match with any other pastel, so you can mix and match your wardrobe without much worry. Remember, you don’t want to seem like you’re trying too hard, right?