August 31, 2010

Best of the Dark Side: 13 Awesome Goth Clothing Shops

It was really, really difficult only picking 13 fabulous goth clothing shops. I probably should have done 2 or 3 different posts on the topic. But I'm a bit eager to put "Best of the Dark Side" behind me, so I promise to revisit all the goth clothing sites I know about in the future and mention them again in some way.

1. Arsenic Fashions

A Salt Lake City, Utah-based shop selling things for ladies and gents. Corsets, dresses, gloves, armwarmers, shoes and stockings. The brands carried include Darque, Lip Service, Leg Avenue, and Shrine.

2. Ashes Gothic Clothing

This UK-based shop makes and sells gothic gowns, velvet and lace chokers, jackets, coats, hair accessories, bustiers, and more. I love the look of the clothing here.

3. Bats Meow

They sell alternative and goth fashion for alternative kids. They offer T-shirts and onesies, blankets, christening gowns, crocheted sweaters, dresses, and even bowling shirts for little ones.

4. Delicious Corsets

Besides the lovely aforementioned corsets, they sell men's jackets and pants, women's clothing, and some bridal wear. Not a goth site, but they have some nice things that would work well into your wardrobe if you can shell out the bucks to pay for them here.

5. Drac-In-A-Box

This UK purveyor of goth clothes has been around since the dawn of grime. Besides goth, they sell cyber and industrial styled clothes and accessories. They also carry makeup and jewelry.

6. Gloomth and the Cult of Melancholy

Original clothing and accessories. Skirts, tops, dresses, coats, men's and accessories. I like their corset skirts! Orders currently take 2 weeks to process, understandably.

7. Heavy Red

A large variety of gothic clothing. Capes, dresses, shirts, menswear, and even bathing suits! They also sell hosiery, jewelry, hats, gloves, and other accessories.

8. Inkubus Haberdashery

Clothing for men, women and children, plus accessories (hair color, cosmetics, chokers, belts and hosiery). Under the "Stuff" category they sell paper goods, sugar skull making supplies, and some off-topic cocktail accessories. A lot of the clothing here is vintage or thrift store prom dress looking at first glance, but when you take a closer look and see how morbid the fabric is, it makes more sense.

9. Spooky Boutique

Established long ago, and highly respected shop. Here's where you can find fishnet stockings, goth and punk boots, Tim Burton and Edward Gorey T-shirts, cool purses, and hair dye. Plus jewelry and fun accessories.

10. Kambriel

"Clothing and Accessories for Femme Fatales and Decadent Gentlemen." Extremely beautiful gowns, plus hats and veils, jackets and capes. The menswear section offers jackets, cassocks, capes, shirts and vests. The photography and webdesign here make browsing very enjoyable, almost dreamy. There's also a home decor section with pillows and coverlets.


Excellent store that's been around since 1996, back when they were The Cornerstone. So many cool things here I can't begin to list them, go check it out for yourself. Not just clothing and jewelry, but also Halloween. Mostly importantly (to me), they sell vegan combat boots.

12. The Twilight Parlour

Nothing to do with the "Twilight" craze! This is Azrael's Accomplice/Azac Designs. Absolutely gorgeous gowns here, plus beautiful corsets. There's also a section of stunning bridal gowns.

13. Rose Mortem

The clothing here is splendid. So many skirts and dresses I want for myself, like this Colchique dress. Items are custom made, so custom sizing is possible. There's also an ethereal bridal gown section that makes me want to get married again just to wear one!

--Carrie Carolin

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