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No one can deny the huge impact of the Gothic subculture on modern fashion and style trends. It has been with us for decades, and, I'm sure, not going away from style any time soon. Of course, since the early '80s, the Gothic style has outlived significant changes, giving birth to numerous genres and subgenres in music, literature, and even fashion. Today we are going to find out one about one of such Gothic subgenres, in particular, about nu goth fashion style.

What is Nu Goth Style?

If someone would ask me to describe nu goth fashion in a simple, understandable way, I would say that it is a soft mixture between two fashion styles — a very classic understatement of Gothic motives, like all-black clothing, an abundant amount of baroque-inspired jewelry, and accessories, elegant Victorian silhouettes, all of this combined with up-to-date fashion trends you may encounter in popular magazines and even social networking services. You may also observe a slight sway of soft grunge, punk, and hipster subcultures in the nu goth genre.

a fashion collage with a three nu goth style outfit ideas

According to the Aesthetic Fandom, nu goth followers value self-discovery above anything else, therefore their style is highly influenced by personal fashion taste. Usually, nu goth fashion is sleek, simple, and at times minimalistic. Unlike the cheerful pastel goth style, nu goth fashion is gloomy and accepts only black, shades of gray, and only a slight touch of white. At the same time, nu goth outfits are wearable and comfortable, hence it is more approachable, than posh Gothic corsets with floor-length skirts.

Come over to the dark side—it’s infinitely more stylish here. Vogue

The Main Nu Goth Style Characteristics

Nu Goth as a separate genre in lifestyle and fashion appeared in the early 2010s, receiving wide distribution throughout popular a time Tumblr and Pinterest boards. It is tightly connected with the occult aesthetic, which inspires nu goths to use pentagrams, crosses, and other witchcraft tools and accessories. Sounds pretty clear, isn't it? Let's define some of the main nu goth style characteristics.

a fashion collage with a three nu goth style outfit ideas

  • High waist skirts, pants, and jeans combined with cropped tops and blouses;

  • Stretchy, sleek leggings, like the ones you can find at the Punkrave, are mandatory;

  • Fishnet stocking and bodies are worn underneath distressed clothing;

  • A fashion look on BDSM culture — harnesses and suspenders can also look stylish;

  • Tees and hoodies printed with crosses, pentagrams, stars, and other dark motives;

  • Shoes as chunky as possible: combat boots, wedges, creepers, and tons of laces and studs;

  • Oversized clothing is also welcomed. Trench coats, knit sweaters, and cozy hoodies look fantastic in nu goth rendition;

  • Round sunglasses, fedoras, chockers, and chains are reoccurring elements in nu goth fashion style;

  • Makeup is usually simple-looking and monochrome, black lipstick and matte finishes fit this style the most.

More than Just a Phase?

Some may call nu goth a millennial phase of the classic Gothic style, yet I find this approach a bit disparaging to the interest of younger people. There is nothing wrong with bringing in a brand new touch to the old things, especially when it comes to fashion. Personally, I adore the simplicity of lines and tasteful usage of modern influences in my favorite Gothic fashion. And what about you?

Lots of love,