The Gothic Dandy 


The artist of artifice and the dark aesthetic 

So comes the question; how does one practice the sartorial art when black is the color of preference?  

Let's delved for a bit into style and the dark aesthetic. For those who would rather be dead than be caught in pastels, and for whom summer is a barely tolerable season, and dressing for that season even more offensive, how can the art of Dandyism still be practiced?

First of all let me state that one who favors Goth, who's preferred color is black will have a much harder time being a true dandy. True, black is primarily the color of formality.and a dandy appreciates formality, but a Dandy is also a man of his time, and a man of society, and to wear predominately black makes true sartorial rigor more difficult. One's clothes should only pleasantly shock- if ever, so the phrase "should John Bull turn to look at you,  you're not well dressed" [meaning you stand out dramatically form the rest of society] will be harder to live up to. This was the motto of "Beau" Brummel the first dandy and arbiter eleganciae of his age. He wore black, in fact he made a social staple, but he also wore a myriad of other colors tailored to each situation. A man who thus wears predominately black will have a harder time achieving sartorial elegance. That having been said, with a little prudence, and following a few simple guidelines, those who prefer the dark [be it literal or sartorial] can be about as dandy as the best of them.  

Let us then consider the wardrobe for the photophobe:  

I turns out that a certain bit of luck resides here. Black is the color of formality and for those photophobes who prefer  vesperal / nocturnal hours, black is the ideal color to begin with. So let's look into what makes up a dandy of the dark.

We'll leave out here all talk of skin pallor and nocturnal / interior activities and focus only on the wardrobe.

Obtaining suits that are black or perhaps dark Grey is easier then one might think. Black is a fairly popular color, and other than the stares you might encounter when purchasing such an outfit in mid-July, actually obtaining such garments is generally not an issue. the issue comes in dressing your self in a somber manner without looking theatrical, or too morbid [which was fine when you were 18], but being fashionable and dark is much preferred once the age of 30 has been reached.

Lets look then at a few ideas: 

Create a wardrobe of black suits, somber ties, and black overcoats. This does not mean looking dour or like Lurch from the Addams family, it means looking dapper and refined, just somber and grave.

A silk tie in a classic design with dark stripes. dots or small dark motifs, cuff links with dark stones or tarnished silver, and watch chains and other accessories in silver [preferably  dull or tarnished in hue] are best.  This does not mean Halloween motifs, leave those for the teenagers. These accessories should give you a dark mine, but a dignified and stylish look; very Dandy

Despite acquiring a predominately black wardrobe, stay with white shirts. Black shirts, and even gray ones look very modern, and rather casual; white truly is the best color for your shirt. 

Be aware of things like skull canes and coffin cuff links, they can look a little theatrical; use caution, a little Goth goes a long way.

See also: The Consumptive Muse