Sunday, 18 May 2014

Outfit Ideas: How To Channel Daytime Gothic

Angelina Jolie as Maleficent in the brand new film, Maleficent. 

The character of Maleficent is the polar opposite of Princess Aurora from her personality to her style. Aurora's style is light and has elements of romanticism with a fairytale vibe. Maleficent on the other hand has a darker more menacing twist to her style. Dynamic with sharp angles, Maleficent's customary style is Gothic with its all black colour scheme and invites a meaner and harsher interpretation than the clothes of Aurora. Yet elements of fairytale and magic are maintained, because of course, Maleficent is a character full of magic and transformation. Maleficent's style and description fit perfectly with current S/S14 Gothic trends. Inspired by Maleficent and her hints of S/S14 Gothic, I put together 5 looks and outfit ideas on how to channel the daytime gothic look. 

Look 1 - 
This outfit has a casual look inspired by the Gothic trend. With subtle inspiration from Maleficent's transformation, the injections of striking green in this outfit are similar to those that Maleficent radiates as she casts her spells.

 You can keep your outfit Gothic without having to dress in head-to-toe black. Sometimes, the best way to channel a trend is to have small hints of it throughout your outfit. If you're like me, head-to-toe black would completely wash out my skin and make me look even paler than I naturally am. Keeping your outfit mainly dark will give the impression of the Gothic look that you are trying to achieve. This look is perfect for day-to-day activity and practical with the Chelsea-style boots! 

Tip: Don't be afraid of bold colour when trying to channel the Gothic look. Splashes of colour as seen in the River Island Green Zip Collar Biker Jacket will brighten up your Gothic look but will not detract from the darker elements of your outfit. In fact, a hint of a brighter colour will even highlight the darker tones in your outfit by providing your look with a colour contrast. 

Look 2 -
This outfit is another casual daytime option and an example of how you can channel the Gothic trend. Although mainly black, the hints of colour in this outfit mean you won't look washed out. The Navajo Print Trousers have blocks of colour to distract from the primarily black impression of the outfit. Made Urban-chic with the addition of the Backpack, this outfit is casual-dressy with the addition of the Cut Out Mules. 
Tip:  I really like this outfit because each item has versatility and would be totally adaptable for other S/S14 trends! For example, think monochrome and colour blocking as other S/S14 trends that you could adapt some of these items into. 

River Island Black Wrap Front Sleeveless Blouse £26 
Miss Selfridge Navajo Print Trouser £28 
ASOS Backpack with Chunky Zip £35 
Missguided Indiana Black Cut Out Mules In Colour Block Contrast £34.99 

Look 3 - 
For a slightly more dressy daytime look I paired together an A-Line Skirt with a Floral Silhouette Peplum Top which gives the impression of a tailored outfit. Similar to Maleficent's outfit, this look relies on angles and structure to give it its dynamic and tailored appearance.Not only is this outfit channeling the Gothic trend of S/S14 but the touch of monochrome and floral patterning in the Peplum Top is channeling the monochrome and floral trend - this outfit's a win-win! 
Topshop Diamond Jacquard A-line Skirt £30
Miss Selfridge Chelsea Block Heel Sandal £39 

Look 4 - 
This outfit is casual but also has those all important hints of other trends while channeling the popular seasonal trend - Gothic. The Floral Print trousers channel S/S14 Florals and the Sporty Rib Crop channels the Sporty theme of S/S14. Of course, I had to throw in my all-time favourite fashion comeback of all time - the jelly sandal. This jelly sandal also helps break down the typical 'all black' look associated with the Gothic trend and helps the outfit achieve a more monochrome appearance while still in-keeping with the Gothic twist and impression. Inspired highly by Maleficent, the Bag with Front Zip reminds me of Maleficent's headpiece with its raised, sharp angles at the sides.

New Look Monochrome Rose Floral Print Jeans £22.99

American Apparel Woven Jelly Sandals £25  
Topshop Sporty Rib Crop Tee £22 
ASOS Handheld Bag with Front Zip £30 

Look 5- 
This last outfit idea would be the perfect outfit for the hotter days of S/S. The Bloom Culotte shorts give the Gothic look a Summery twist - Gothic doesn't have to appear all doom and gloom! I love the addition of the Yellow Peep Toe Sandals because they brighten up the Gothic look and also add an injection of colour to your toes meaning those shoes will get noticed - isn't that what every girl wants? I also love the Zip Bucket Bag for its practicality. The Zip Bag dresses down the outfit making it accessible for daytime wear, but if you wanted to adapt this outfit for nighttime wear, simply ditch the Zip Bag for a clutch bag and add statement accessories into your outfit! 

Topshop Black Notch Hem Bandeau £28 
Topshop MOTO Bloom Culotte Shorts £38
Mango Zip Bucket Bag £34.99
River Island Yellow Peep Toe Sandals £55

Those are just some ideas on how you can channel daytime Gothic, a popular trend of S/S14 and inspired by Maleficent's daring, Gothic choices in the brand new and upcoming film - Maleficent!

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