Halloween is upon us so it is only fitting to pay tribute to some of our favourite TV goths, past and present. For each character I’ve also picked out some appropriate music to get you in the Halloween mood.
Hopefully it’ll also help if you’re looking for some last-minute costume ideas!
The Addams Family
Girl Scout: Is this made from real lemons?
Girl Scout: I’ll tell you what- I’ll buy a cup if you buy a box of my delicious Girl Scout cookies. Do we have a deal?
Wednesday: Are they made from real Girl Scouts?
Wednesday is one of the most awesome characters ever created. Smart, feisty, individual and with an acerbic sense of humour she is definitely her mother’s daughter and she is perfectly embodied by Christina Ricci in the 1990s movies.
Wednesday’s outfit is super easy to do: pick out a long-sleeved black dress and white shirt and tie up your hair in pigtails. Voila! Even though Wednesday doesn’t wear a bag, I love this one from Coffin Case which has a real hardcase with velvet lining and working lock. For the make-up I used this great video for reference.
♫ Terrifying Tune: To get me in the Wednesday mood I put on some Jack Off Jill especially as Jessicka, the lead singer of the band (above, centre), is also a good reference for Wednesday. Check out Fear of Dying or Girl Scout for inspiration.
Dress: Oasis £45
Shirt: Miss Selfridge (from forever ago)
Hold Ups: M&S 40 denier (£6)
Shoes: New Look £25
Bag: Coffin Case (gift)
Tina Cohen Chang
Tina: I know who I am and I’m not allowed to show it. It’s like Communism.
Tina Cohen Chang is the resident rock chick of New Directions. Her style is reflective of a lot of teenagers experimenting with their look. Her wardrobe references Harajuku girls and Victoriana wrapped up in a schoolgirl package. Think subversive school uniform.
For Tina, anything goes as long as it carries a punk edge. Tartan skirts or tutus (or both) are perfect along with Doc Martin style boots, some blue streaks in her hair (her hallmark) and, of course, arm warmers!
Shirt: Zara £29.99
Skirt: Charity shop c. £4
Hold Ups: M&S £4 for two
Arm Warmers: Camden Market c. £2.50
Tutu: Camden Market c. £20
Necklace: Topshop (circa 2003) £15
Boots: Renuar c. £40
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy: I didn’t say I’d never slay another vampire. It’s not like I have all these fluffy bunny feelings for them. I’m just not gonna get way extracurricular with it.
Joss Whedon created Buffy because he liked the idea of subverting the typical scenario where a little blonde girl is saved by a supherhero. In his vision, the little blonde girl is the superhero or, in this case, the Slayer. In its day Buffy was one of the most well-scripted series on television (to the point that books have been written about its lexicon) and at its heart is a story about a girl who has a ton of responsibility on her shoulders, has a really hard time during high school and happens to slay vampires. But she always styles it out with witty lines and kick-ass attitude.
Although Buffy herself wasn’t really a goth the show had a great gothic vibe (natch, given that it was about vampires and slaying thereof). Her actual style was usually pretty simple: sleevless top and leather trousers. The top I chose is, appropriately, in the colour ‘Oxblood’ from Topshop. The leather trousers are from Marks and Spencer – not the first place you’d think of for leather trousers but I love these – and the Kurt Geiger ‘Savoy’ ankle boots helpfully have good grip. Hey, you’ve got to dress practically when you’ve got demons to slay after school.
♫ Terrifying Tune: Although released a year after Buffy ended, We Are by Ana Johnsson really encapsulates that late 90s/early 2000s alt music vibe that was a big part of the Buffy world, especially those episodes where the Scooby gang would head over to The Bronze.
Top: Topshop £6
Trousers: M&S £120
Boots: Kurt Geiger £160
Jenny: I know that it’s hard for you guys to understand, but I like being me and as crazy as it may seem, I choose not to be a Park Avenue Princess on my birthday or any other day.
Towards the end of her time on Gossip Girl Jenny’s style very much began to merge with Taylor Momsen’s, the actress who played her. Although Taylor gets a lot of rap for her age-inappropriate outfits I have to admit that the fifteen year old in me really loves them. On the show Taylor was dressed by Eric Daman, the incredibly talented stylist for Gossip Girl, and he did a great job of mixing in her edgy personal style with the show’s more couture vibe. Oh, and also toning down the raccoon eye make up.
Both Taylor and Jenny’s style is very much grounded in the 90s grunge/kinderwhore look, teaming feminine dresses teamed with hard jewellery, leather jackets and boots. This look has to be accessorized with tons of jewellry. Eric often chose multi-strand necklaces for Jenny which created a really chic but punked out effect. In real life Taylor loves her suspenders but, for the less brave and exhibitionist, mock suspender tights are a better option. And if you like the raccoon look, I used this fab make-up tutorial video.
♫ Terrifying Tune: Although Taylor hates the comparison, it’s impossible to talk about her style and not mention Courtney Love and it’s not just because they’re both blonde. Check out Mono by Courtney or the iconic Celebrity Skin by Hole, her former band, to see why. I also love Make Me Wanna Die by Taylor’s band, The Pretty Reckless.
Dress: Motel Rocks c. £45
Bra: Ann Summers £22
Tights: New Look £4.99
Shoes: Carvela from Kurt Geiger c. £100
So I hope that’s given you some ideas for the Halloween season or, at the very least, the inspiration to wear what you want, especially if it’s non-conformist!
(Because, as we know from South Park, goths are always totally non-conformist ;))