Despite the fact that I wouldn’t define myself as Goth, it is since a very long time that my style has been growing and evolving in the dark side of fashion. Minimal and cyborg oriented or more aggressive with punk highlights, it always points towards an underground, edgy and almost total black aesthetic ideal.
So, when I heard that Zellain Dystopia, author of The Morbid Fashion, was coming out with a fashion guide I got pretty excited and literally couldn’t wait to punt my hands on it. Zellain was so kind to send me a copy a few weeks ago and I couldn’t be more happy because at the time I had some days off at work and had the chance to dedicate myself to one, actually two, of my fav things: fashion and reading! With her book in my ipad I headed to Amsterdam (which was a blast) and sitting in nice cafes along the canals, under the light Holland sun (that doesn’t tan or burn…perfect to keep a nice pale skin) I went through all the different chapters of the guide. In fact I meant to write about it much earlier but then huge amount of work I got when I came back from Amsterdam had the upper hand over blogging and stuff…
The Morbid Fashion guide is witty and clever, just like Zellain’s blog, and proves itself to be a very enjoyable reading. Touching on everything from style idols to wardrobe organization, it has got every issue covered in a very extensive way. Even if by now my style is quite defined I found many useful paragraphs, especially the ones about organization both for closet and ideas (having a creative job I always try to be more organized than what I am and I’m a real sucker for any kind of organizing suggestions and specific instructions about editing my closet) and the clothing care instructions. Tips and tricks from chapter number 4 “Compiling your goth wardrobe” are also pretty smart and more than once I found myself taking mental notes of how to translate them into my shopping habits. I highly recommend this book over all the other fashion guides for its alternative take on being your authentic dark-fashion self and its precious and smart advice. Also I loved to read Zellain’s talking about identifying and capturing your own definitive signature style and I got to the end of the guide wanting for more.
Buy the Morbid Fashion style guide HERE
Below one of my inspiration moodboards