“What does a working goth do when it’s hot outside?” That’s the challenge that Trystan Bass has posted on her blog, This Is CorpGoth. Dressing goth in a corporate environment can be challenging enough. But add heat and humidity to the mix, and it can seem almost impossible to wear black and fabulous makeup.
What’s a goth lady to do?
Well, here’s what I do. I do the opposite of layering, which is to simplify what I wear on my body and my face. And I always – ALWAYS – carry a light cardigan in my bag, for when it’s humid outside but freezing indoors.
For example, here’s what I would wear, if I want to dress more corporate. Luckily, my job has a very relaxed dress code, but sometimes we have different vendors and representatives visit our company (whom I call “the suits”). When they come to visit, I’ll dress a bit more conservative than usual:
For jewelry, it helps to keep it basic. I’ll still wear bats, natural stones, or anything simple (such as my monogrammed necklace) but will leave the fake blood vials, crosses, pentagrams, and skull jewelry at home.
I live in the Washington, DC metro area (Maryland, to be exact). This is a city known for its humid summers, so I keep my makeup pretty simple. I basically wear just eyeliner, mascara, foundation and lipstick. I’ll also wear tikkas or bindis on my forehead, but if I’m dressing in corporate attire I won’t wear them.
Be sure to check out This Is CorpGoth for more how-tos and to see Trystan rock the corporate goth look. She shows us that corporate goth does NOT have to be boring. Thanks, Trystan!
Love & Shimmies,