The flowers are blooming. The birds are chirping. The goths are suffering.
That’s right. It’s spring which means that black clothing is disappearing from racks the world over. What’s a poor darkling to do when all the stores are pushing their brightly colored floral prints onto consumers? Hibernation is out of the question, although it is tempting. You could make sure to get your wardrobe shopping sprees done in the fall and winter, but what if you get the urge to do so earlier in the year?
Are we doomed to suffer? Certainly not.
If you like trying on your clothes before making a purchase, your best bet is to start in your community. Some populous cities, such as Tampa, are home to goth clothing stores. This is your most reasonably priced option, but unless you live near these lucky locations, you’ll have to make quite the drive to give this choice a shot. What you might save in shipping fees could very well be spent on gas money.
Many of these shops feature items from Hell Bunny, Spin Doctor and Sourpuss to name a few. Finding all of these brands in one spot is a heartwarming experience, especially when you come across a pair of creepers on a shoe rack. It’s goth heaven, I assure you.
Of course and unfortunately, a lot of cities (ex: Orlando) aren’t home to stores like Ravens & Rockers. If you still want to do some in-person shopping, however, conventions are another option, specifically Spooky Empire. The con’s April date is a perfect middle-of-the-year break from the pastels you see taking over the malls. Keep in mind that items will be priced a little higher here.
Both of these options have a similar downside. If you’re my size (x-small), it’ll be exceedingly difficult to find anything that fits. Since these environments don’t bring in as many customers as online stores do, it’s best to keep inventory to a select, popular range, which tends to be small all the way through to large, sometimes x-large.
If you’re not in that size range, try calling the stores or booths beforehand to see if paying a visit is worth your time.
Then there’s the Internet. Oh what a glorious invention.
Many months ago, I blogged about my experience with Vera’s Eyecandy. While I adore the selection, it hasn’t evolved too much since then, so I’ve started to look elsewhere. Again, I find the same problem I always have, with stores refusing to acknowledge that people my size exist.
Then I discovered Blame Betty. At first, everything seems to be way overpriced. No way in hell was I paying $80 for a dress. I’m relieved to say that the prices for U.S. residents aren’t what they seem. The site defaults to its Canadian prices, but a quick changeover will show you that many dresses are in the $50-$70 price range.
Items come from respectable brands and usually are available in a wide range of sizes. The $8 shipping fee is a bit of a turnoff, but chances are your package will get to you in about a week. That’s rather impressive for international deliveries.
If none of these options appeal to you, there’s always thrift stores. That’s a day’s adventure all on its own, but the finds can be memorable. I’m still impressed with my friend for chancing upon some $10 Dr. Martens a year ago.
No matter what path you take, there will always be some disadvantages. It comes with the alternative territory. Just remember: The sun is out, but that doesn’t mean you have to let its rays dry out your wardrobe. There’s hope for you bats out there.
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