I have to admit I'm sorta cheap, not in the 'I stand on the corner' sorta way, but in the pocket book sort of way. I went through a chunk of my life living paycheck-to-paycheck, not knowing where my next meal or how to put gas in the car was going to come from. These hard times in my life made me appreciate every little thing I had and thus made me have to get creative in the fashion department. I think in the goth subculture we get hung up on labels and spending loads on frillynilly garments. Not that I don't like to support independent designers, but let's get real, it's expensive. To fill my closet with ultra expensive designer goth labels equaled a few years later having to sell it all because I'm an ass who used credit cards to buy all the pretty. My best advice: don't do it. Save your pennies for the few things that you really want and ignore the rest. Use a little savy and make the most out of your wardrobe; reuse, renew and refresh. Infuse a few new things here and there to give a 'breath of fresh air' into your closet.
A casual day look
Base outfit is a lace tank, black shirts with studded details and black/grey leggings.
Evening aka club look with thrifted $4 grey booties
I would amp up the look with a little more dramatic make up and a dark lip.
I know there isn't a ton of difference in the two looks, but to me heels vs. flat boots and more elaborate accessories, like the bondage belt, is more club attire. I'm not saying you can't wear a bondage belt and heels during the day, but it's just not my average 'day look' style. I like to get the most out of my wardrobe and I've broken the 'this is only club wear' and 'this is only day wear' rules. The 20-something year old me would have been screaming from the rooftops in angsty disdain, but the old me was in debt up to her eyeballs and the 30-something me is debt free and still stylish. *Wink*
Learning how to use your wardrobe to your advantage and perhaps wearing pieces in different combinations, different settings, or dress pieces up or down is extremely beneficial! Besides, you'd be surprised at how creative you can be when you revisit old clothes and perhaps pair them up with new ones, it's a lot of fun!
Thanks for reading! Have fun exploring your closet!