Plus Size Goth Clothes

Goths and Skinny Models?

The first thing to keep in mind for those unfamiliar with the Goth subculture is that Goths dress in colors other than black. Gothic styles are associated with England in the early 1980s as an offshoot of the post-punk genre, it is steeped in 18th and 19th-century Gothic literature and musically, Goth can be traced to 1960s rock icons like the Doors and “underground rock” of that era.

Another product of the 1960s was the emergence of rail-thin fashion models like the aptly named “Twiggy” and Veruschka. Fortunately, while skinny models remain popular, plus size fashion models like Ashley Graham and Tabria Majors, who represent a more realistic image, are gaining acceptance in the fashion world.

Off the runway and in stores, the problem remains for plus sizes of any style and that problem is the scarcity of clothing available in the fashion sizes that have an X in their description. Finding gothic skirts, dresses, and tops looks easy for those people shaped like the mannequins but it can be challenging for normal larger people.

What are Plus Size Goth Styles?

Goth fashions are unique, typically dark and mysterious, sometimes even morbid and old fashioned but they have followed suit with trending plus-sized dresses, pants, and tops.

There is no “one Goth style” for everyone. Instead, there are at least 10 types of Goth to suit every taste. Plus size Amish Goth may be appropriate for Rumspringa, but for now, let’s look at some of the most popular Goth styles. We can save Amish Goth for another day:

  • Traditional Goth – This evokes the typical image of Goth with the black hairstyle in a large up-do, or mohawk style along with the pale white skin with dark makeup, torn fishnet stockings, leather boots, and accessories. The black plus-size garments are perfect for Traditional Goth.
  • Romantic Goth – This is a more sensual aspect of Goth. Imagine the romantic scenes from 18th-century literature with a gothic plus-size style velvet and lace dress with some color added to highlight the darker clothing. Popular colors are red, orange, green, or purple.
  • Pastel Goth – This is quite a contrasting style featuring bright, frilly, and colorful clothing. The image of a Kawaii girl, overly cute and childlike comes to mind with balloon shorts, giant bows, and patterned pants. Whites, pinks, and light purples dominate Pastel Goth, a newer addition to the Goth style line-up.
  • Hippie Goths - Harken back to the Age of Aquarius, the Summer of Love, and some of the best rock and roll music ever produced. The hippie era look was long hair parted in the middle and beautiful tie-dyed and paisley garb. Hippie Goth fashions are darker than the flower children style with the occult and pagan religious symbols more prominently displayed. Many plus size hippie goth tops and flowing dresses will enhance your curves and your image as a laid-back hippie/Goth.
  • Vampire Goths - this style is not for preppy college-age people. Romantic in a spooky way, the goal of the Goth is to become a vampire right down to the pointed nails, tattoos, piercings, and of course, the teeth. Mix all of that with a plus-size black gothic dress with some purple or blood red accessories and an exotic choker to adorn the favorite place of all vampires, the neck.
  • Cyber Goths – Most Goth styles look to the past, but the Cyber Goth quest is with future fashion styles, whatever can be imagined. Goggles, face masks, and gas masks, presumably needed in the future due to climate change may figure more predominantly in the light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The cybernetic organisms called the Borg from the 1990s Star Trek series of TV shows and movies is a fair comparison to Cyber Goth fashions of today.
  • Bubble Goth – Once again, Goth is linked to the 1960s music aimed at adolescents called Bubble Gum music. The self-described goal of Bubble Goth creator, Estonian pop singer, Kerli Koiv, and her “Moon Children” followers, is to “make the beautiful, creepy and the creepy, beautiful, that takes light and dark and puts them together.” Her message of Integrity, Love, and Unity or I.L.U. inspire her followers to wear three dots on their foreheads while listening to her morbid and edgy techno style music.
  • Tribal Goths – Goth borrows from the ancient Egyptian art of bellydancing to create this brand for people who like to wear fake fur, bone and stone jewelry, and hair styled in a tribal theme style or dreadlocks. Tribal Goths seek the wilder side of life in their music and dancing. Don’t be shy about showing off the belly with a plus-size Gothic crop top and hip-hugging plus size skirt to show the world you can shimmy and shake with the best.
  • Gothic Lolita – This Goth style is not related in any way to the teenage seductress character in the 1962 Stanley Kubrick movie “Lolita”. Instead, it originated in Japan and was made popular by a Japanese musician named Mana. Don’t let the name Lolita fool you as plus-size dresses, skirts, and jumper skirts with darker colors and make-up will yield the cute and childlike quality as in Pastel Goth, but with a darker mood.
  • Casual Goth – This style can be considered the “default” setting for those seeking the Goth look but without the time to create the specialized look of other Goth styles. It’s perfect for “dressing down” a bit for a relaxing evening at home with other Goth friends. As the name implies, casual plus size Goth types are laid-back, and they usually dress in black with hints of red clothing. Fingerless gloves and skulls are typical accessories.

How to Choose Plus Size Goth Clothing

Based on the number of Goth styles that exist, it is obvious that Goth is not one-dimensional. The Goth “movement” encompasses almost every ethnicity, culture, and age group and even veers away from the signature dark colors and make-up that define Goth. The best news for plus-size people is that curves are “in” so plus-size fashions can be worn in any style of Goth. There will still be challenges for those with a 1X or 2x size but with some patience and following some basic guidelines for “plus-sizers” the perfect look in within your grasp. 

When shopping for Plus Size Goth clothing, the guidelines will be the same for any style of dress. Black has always been the most flattering color for the fuller figures and waist-cinching skirts and clothes that flatter the larger figure are good choices. Avoid baggy clothing and use common sense when choosing a Goth ensemble. Decide on the level of attention you wish to demand as you walk down the street. Do you want to be viewed in a Halloween, almost clownish light or that irresistible black-clad enchantress right out of the pages of an 18th-century romance novel?

Goth is one of the most diverse subcultures, so the choice is truly yours.