Here in New York, the temperatures have finally started approaching something resembling summer! As the weather gets warmer, I always start getting asked the same question—"How are you wearing all black in this heat?" I know many of my darkly clad friends hate having to put away their velvet clothes and fancy outerwear, but summer is my favorite time of year to be a goth! There are many different ways to still express your gothy side without giving yourself heatstroke. Below are some suggestions based on my personal style. Feel free you share your own suggestions in the comments!
If I could, I'd wear black sundresses all year round. They're short and flowy, so you can stay cool in the summer heat. They're super comfy. And they go with everything! Whether I'm going to the beach or the club, a little black sundress like this halter dress by Demi Loon
would be perfect.
Big floppy hats
Probably not the first thing you think of when you think "goth," but floppy hats are a life-saver in the summer months when the sun is beating down on you. It's like carrying around your own little bit of shade, so your face never has to come into direct contact with that big bright burny thing in the sky. And you can find these pretty much anywhere once they come in season. I've found excellent black floppy hats in random department stores and street vendor booths. You can experiment with black felt, black straw, black and white stripes—or go all out and find something worthy of a garden party with flowers and feathers!
Tights/leggings with holes
You know when it's too hot out to really wear tights, but it's also too hot to go bare and let your thighs rub against each other? That's when I'm grateful to be a goth—the distressed, grungy look is really great for airflow! Grab some ripped fishnets, or some leggings with holes cut into them like this pair with side cut-outs from Tripp
—a perfect compromise. Your legs can breathe, but you're still gothy from the waist down.
I love my knee-high stompers, but once the temperatures climb, having my calves encased is the worst feeling. While some goths will commit to wearing their full boots in all seasons, I like to give my calves some air and go for a shorter pair of ankle boots. Lately I've been drooling over these adorable Demonia boots
with skull & bones buckles.
To complete the perfect Summer Goth look, all you need is a lacy black parasol. These can be a little tricky to find, but once you've got one they are a godsend. Your best bet is probably to scour the internet with the search term "black parasol" and buy one online. I bought one many years ago and always bring it out when I expect to be in the sun for long hours. Some may think parasols are cliche, but I find them to be the perfect combination of practical and fashionable!
What do you wear to keep cool in the summer months? Do you find it a harder time to be a goth? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Written By: TheGothicLibrarian