Simply speaking, people who are avid followers of Gothic fashion are widely recognized as Goths. Because of the very distinctive styles of clothing in general and distinguished lifestyles, Goths are known to have been the practical instances of less-than-interesting characters. As with any culture that human civilization has adopted so far, conceptions and misconceptions are also associated with the mainstream idea of what Goths wear and love to do.
Here are some common misconceptions along with substantial discussions which may unveil the way Goths feel and think about their fashion sensibility.
“Depression is an all-time companion of Goths”
It is the most common misconception. According to the popular belief, Goths tend to look sad as they pretend to show sadness instead of happiness. As they are thought to be sad, they are also considered to be somewhat complicated. However, there are not many evidences to substantiate the fact that Goths are all about depression.
Verdicts regarding the elimination of the misconception:
Perhaps, there are evidences that all Goths are not depressed because many of them affect a sort of despair which they never feel. Yes, nonconformists are often found to avoid conforming to conform to be nonconformists. Also, many Goths seem to be happy with proper adjustment throughout their lifetime. Everything they have or show, from their outlooks to their outfits, just serves as a reminder of past events and morality. In literary senses, such exposure can be termed as “memento mori” which actually provides them the inspiration to enjoy their lives to the fullest sense of contentment.
Many Goths still believe that their life would take a deplorable course, if they were given to dress like All-American Fathers or Stepford Wives. They even think that any significant changes in their outfits and outlooks could lead to a state of utter depression.
“One who wears Gothic clothing or follows it is essentially a Goth”
It is a conventional misconception. Goth fashion incorporates some related subcultures which include heavy metal, hardcore, straight edge and punk. All these subcultures have had identical aesthetics to Goth fashion. Black lipstick which is one of the fashion staples for Goths has already come back with strength and innovative features in the modern fashion industry. However, it does not necessarily substantiate that a fashionista will magically become a Goth just after wearing black lipstick.
Untraceable are the traits of Goths, right?
There are Goths who once used to follow Gothic subculture and now are in their mid-twenties. If you meet them, many of them would not be willing to identify themselves as Goths even though you might see them retaining some fashion elements belonging to their old style. In fact, neither you nor any fashion police can force them to identify or admit that they used to be Goths.
“All Goths hold a subhuman spectacle”
This is more of a blunder than a misconception. Many people with their general cultural belief think that all Goths cut themselves, worship the devil, drink blood, take drugs, commit bisexual activities and compose crap write-ups or poetry. Practically speaking, there is hardly any evidence behind these wrong beliefs.
Finally, it is safer to recognize that the majority of Goths share a general and conventional philosophy of life.