Gothic fashion, for as long as I’ve known about it, has been a bastion of style-friendliness to plus girls. The staples just lend themselves to curves: bosom-boosting corsets, peasant/Rennaissance style underpinnings, and the more custom-made it is, the more scene cred given.
As an example of how fabulous goth plussies can be, I give you this illustration of my friend Tanya, who graciously gave me permission to show this picture of her looking fanTABulous:
She wore this for a friend’s wedding, and mentioned that a little girl came up and asked her, “Are you a star?”
She took a drag on her cigarette and answered, “Not yet.”
I love this look on her – it captures the quintessential goth spirit, including making something beautiful based off her natural shape, rather than trying to conform to an outer standard. Even though there’s really nothing gothic about me – I’m so dark, I’m just funny – I completely admire the artistry that goes into goth clothing, and every so often I’ll sneak in a piece or two as part of one of my mainstream-fusion looks.
Since it’s October – de facto national gothic month – I thought I’d take some time to look closely at some of these plus-friendly goth clothing outfits. I’d also like to invite those who are custom corset makers and goth/Renaissance clothiers to come forward: just comment here if you make stuff for plussies, and make sure you leave a note about your website!