The return of goth is here – here’s how to dress for it

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We are in 2021, are you already gothic? It seems like everyone is dressing for the dark side these days, from Goth TikTok and fashion week shows (Rick Owens, Balenciaga, Marine Serre, to name a few) to the duo “Goth Girlfriend” Megan Fox and Kourtney Kardashian. (Even famous children Penelope Disick and North West are going through a Gothic phase.) The red carpet has also been a place for Hollywood’s most famous to try their hand at gothic dress-up, and lately we’ve spotted Halsey, Bella Poarch, and Phoebe Bridgers channeling the aesthetic in all -black sets. But the look goes way beyond fashion, as black lipstick and nails are also all the rage when it comes to beauty.

Dressing in gothic should also mean more than just having a penchant for skulls, lace, and a moody color scheme. “Basically, the goth accepts that the darkness is out there”, Eloise HR, designer and founder of Thief + Wolf, NYLON said in 2018. “[By] by choosing to bring darkness close to your heart, you recognize it and you are more ready to face it. Of course, the aesthetic certainly has a morbid meaning, but that’s quite the point and maybe with the state of, well, all, that kind of mentality is more than adequate right now. So why not dress for the role too?

Inspired by NYLON’s latest goth-inspired cover photo shoot, featuring Lily Collins, below we’ve picked out the best gothic fashion items to stock for the aesthetic return in 2021.

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