Grey & White Floral

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Romantic Corp Goth Fashion

This was one of my favorite Corporate Goth outfits when I first started at my current job. The variety in the shades of grey, black and white feel almost colorful, without a bit of color. This style is much safer than starting off day one in all black!

Romantic Corp Goth Fashion

I’ve now been at this job nearly 2 1/2 years, and have definitely evolved more into my usual, preferred style. I wear much more black these days and am less concerned about calling attention to myself with bolder accessories. But I still love the soft femininity of this outfit, and will likely pull it out again from time it time.

Romantic Corp Goth Fashion

Nope, not a haircut – I just twisted my hair around once before clipping it up in a pony tail. ;) It gets less tangled throughout the day that way!

Romantic Corp Goth Fashion

I’m always gearing my posts toward the experience of being a goth woman in the corporate world, since that’s where I’m coming from. But I’m curious what my readers do for a living. What line of work are you in? How carefully do you have to adapt your style to be acceptable for your job?


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More Rear-View Details

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Fancy Crocheted Fishnets

You all know how much a love an outfit with interesting details in the back. I’ve featured these ornate fishnets before in my Hosiery monthly theme, but not with a complete outfit. For a recent day outing with Mr. Kitty, I paired them with my favorite Shape FX dress and plenty of dark, artsy accessories.

Gothic Fashion

It most definitely requires bravery and finesse to wear so many rings and bracelets with such delicate and pricey hosiery. I was incredibly careful each time I had to visit the ladies room! Somehow I made it through the entire day without a snag. Still, I won’t be wearing these too often, because I do want them to last. They were enough of an extravagant purchase that I’m not likely to ever own another pair!

Gothic Hair


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Glasses at the Club

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Goth Club Outfit with Purple Brocade Corset

Usually when we go out to a club, it’s something we’ve been planning for at least a few days.  We have quite a drive to get to any venue that hosts Goth-friendly events, plus I’m particular about which ones I’ll go to.  Once in a great while, though, we’ll get bored on a Saturday evening and head out to whatever club might be available, without having planned to do so.  Wearing my glasses to a nightclub is usually the result of such spontaneity.  My eyes are a bit sensitive to contacts, so in order to wear them more comfortably I soak them in a powerful cleaner between each wearing (I only use them on weekends, and even then only when I *really* am going for full-on Gothic splendor).  Sadly, this cleaning process takes 6 hours, so spontaneous dancing means dancing in glasses.

Goth Club Makeup

 

I don’t really mind so much, because I do find glasses attractive and I feel the various frames I currently own suit my face and my style incredibly well.  Although the blurry peripheral vision does always throw me off a bit on the dancefloor at first, since I’m not used to it!

How do you feel about glasses when dressing up?  Do you think they detract from the glamour?


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Announcement: Theme for September 1: Makeup!

The theme for September 1 is: Makeup

I am often asked to share makeup tips and tutorials, but since makeup isn’t really my focus here (and I find tutorials far too time consuming), I thought it would be fun to crowd-source some makeup inspiration as the Monthly theme for September.

For this event, you are free include daily makeup looks, special event makeup, drag queen style, Halloween effects, reviews, tutorials, favorite products, inspiration from around the Web (just be sure to credit your sources!!!) or whatever you can think of. Share whatever you love most about makeup!

You don’t have to be a makeup blogger or makeup artist to participate. Even beginners are encouraged to share their favorite styles, tips, and even advice on what you’ve learned from trial and error! ;)

Be sure to come back on September 1-3 and submit your post.

How It Works

On the first day of each month, I will post my theme post with the Mr. Linky sign-up form at the bottom. You can link to any post you’ve done that day or previously, as long as it matches the theme. Be sure to add the icon to your post, and link your post to mine using the Mr. Linky box at the bottom.

You can post your theme post earlier than the first of the month, or link to an old post, but you must add it to Mr. Linky on my first post of the month. I will leave the Linky open until 11:59 PM PST on September 3, so everyone has three full days to post.

You don’t have to participate every single month. Feel free to join in whenever you wish. Just be sure you get your post linked before the third day of the month!

You don’t have to do outfit posts. Post on whatever type of subject matter you like, as long as it is related to the theme.

Also, let’s keep the posts appropriate for all ages, in terms of both language and imagery. Thanks!! :)

Posts that are linked up without including the icon will be removed from Mr. Linky.

HTML for the icon: (The icon and the HTML will remain the same each month)

<a href="http://www.sophistiquenoir.com/category/monthly-themes"><img src="http://www.victoriankitty.com/blogPhotos/monthly-theme-icon.jpg" border="0"></a>

Be sure to paste the code in while in HTML mode.

Please pass this invitation on to any bloggers you know who might be interested, and feel free to share the announcement on your blogs. Of course, it’s a good idea to follow my blog to be sure you don’t miss any of the themes. ;)

Questions? E-mail me!

Want to Suggest a Theme?

Leave a comment on any post at any time, or e-mail me. If I use your suggestion, I will credit you on my theme post for that month and in the theme announcement the week before. No promises that I will use every suggestion, because the themes have to be things that I would be able to do a post about.

Want to participate in the Monthly Theme?

Here’s how:

  1. Add the Monthly Theme icon to your blog post (copy the code below and paste into your post using the Edit HTML feature):
    <a href="http://www.sophistiquenoir.com/category/monthly-themes"><img src="http://www.victoriankitty.com/blogPhotos/monthly-theme-icon.jpg" border="0"></a>
  2. Paste the URL to your post using the Mister Linky box at the bottom of my September 1 post.
    Please use a direct link to your relevant post, NOT a link to your blog’s home page.
  3. Visit all of the other participants who have entered, and show them you appreciate their theme posts!

An Older Black & White Outfit

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Today’s post is another outfit from the Unposted Photos archive. I wore this more than two years ago at my previous job. I have to say, I wasn’t crazy about the pairing of the color-blocked top with this ruffled skirt. Actually, I’ve worn the skirt a couple of times since and find it challenging to find any top I like with it. Untucked tops look bulky due to the rows of ruffles, and I usually only tuck in button-up blouses, which simply wouldn’t go with this skirt. I’m still searching. Someday I will stumble upon the perfect combination, then wonder why I never thought to try that before!

Black and White Corp Goth Outfit

Skirts and tops with this ruffled treatment seemed to become super popular a year or two back – everyone had them, and now I see no one wearing them. I’m actually glad – it’s nice to give a occasional nod toward current fashions, but I’m always happiest when I’m more unique. The tricky part is maintaining a style that is timelessly individual without just looking behind the times. What are your thoughts on walking the line between “fashionable” and “unique”?


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Revelry in Black Metal (and ANOTHER Giveaway!)

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Gothic Masquerade Ball Outfit

Today I reveal the second of the two masquerade masks presented to me by Success Creations. This one is laser-cut from metal with a striking black finish, embellished with shimmering crystals.

Success Creations Masquerade Mask

I love this totally different, modern take on the masque theme, and enjoyed creating an outfit and hairstyle to do it justice. I thought all-black was the only way to properly emphasize the delicate lines of the mask. I even used only solid black jewelry so the crystal highlights would stand out.

Gothic Masquerade Ball Outfit

My hair is styled in a fancy chignon framed with a velvet headband, which I embellished with two satin flowers, large faceted buttons and an ostrich feather.

Gothic Masquerade

Mr. Kitty again assisted me in going “on location” for this photo shoot – this time, to our living room. :)  An additional challenge to shooting photos outside of my little “studio” is the lack of a mirror. I hung a full-length mirror in the little corner of our loft I claimed for my photo studio, and it aides greatly in posing without looking dumb. ;) In other parts of the house,I just have to keep guessing until I stumble upon a shot or two where I look reasonably natural but in a flattering pose that showcases the outfit well.

Gothic Masquerade

Giveaway Time!
Success Creations is very generously offering a $50 gift card to another lucky reader of this blog!  To enter, just comment below – this time, let me know what your favorite mask is from the Success Creations website.  I will choose a winner randomly from all who participate.

Enter before midnight (PDT) on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.  U.S. Residents only.

Be sure to comment below for a chance to win a $50 gift card from Success Creations!


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A Hint of Victorian

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Just a quick post today from my Unposted Photos archive. Sometimes I take outfit shots and then either am not thrilled with the outfit or the quality of the photos, or just don’t have time to post them. I realized that I have ended up several decent outfits stashed in that archive, so I’ll be posting a few over the coming weeks in an effort to remind myself that creating blog posts doesn’t always have to be massively time consuming. :)

White Victorian Blouse

I’ve always felt the details of this blouse impart a Victorian sensibility into an outfit, especially when highlighted with an antique-styled brooch at the neck. Overall, the outfit is decidedly NOT Victorian, thanks to the pencil skirt and tights, but this is a corporate Goth outfit so I thought the combination was perfect for work.

My next post will feature another giveaway, so stay tuned! :D


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Mid-Month Status Report – Summer Office Attire

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Summer CorpGoth Fashion

Today is the Mid-Month Status Report due date over on This is CorpGoth!  I’ve actually finished my report on time for once, more or less.  :)  My summer office attire doesn’t differ greatly from my winter attire.  I live in Southern California, where there’s really not a “cold” season, so we dress fairly lightweight year round.  Of course, offices are kept very chilly in the summer so I practically have to wear my winter clothes to work in summer and my summer clothes to work in winter.  We are a very confused population around here.

Summer CorpGoth Outfit

A typical warm-weather outfit that’s work appropriate from my repertoire is pretty much like the one seen here. A fancy t-shirt from White House Black Market, paired with a satin pencil skirt from JC Penny. I try to go with lightweight flesh-tone stockings more often in the summer, although it’s not uncommon to see me in black tights throughout all the seasons.

Summer Corp Goth Outfit

It’s usually too hot to wear my hair down in the summer, but when it happens to be clean, look nice AND is cooperating, I can’t help but go for it.

Summer Corp Goth Fashion

What’s your typical office ensemble for warm weather? Post your look and then share it over on This is CorpGoth’s Mid-Month Status Report!


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A Magical Masquerade Giveaway

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Silver and Black Masquerade Mask

I was recently invited to test-drive two divine masquerade masks from Success Creations.  Browsing through their website was a treat, as I discovered many gorgeous creations that were perfect for a dark aesthetic.  The first mask that caught my eye was the Deco Lady Silver – an exquisitely detailed piece in a slightly antiqued silver-tone.  Covered in swirling, shimmering filigree, highlighted with just a touch of glitter and finished with a silver rose spray, I knew it would pair perfectly with my silver brocade corset.

Gothic Masquerade Outfit

Along with my blog redesign, Mr. Kitty and I have been brainstorming on new photo shoot ideas.  I’ve been getting bored with the same studio shots, but honestly, a controlled environment like that is worlds easier than going “on location” (in this case, our dining room).  It was much trickier than we expected to get a composition that looked nice without competing with the outfit (which is, after all, the point of this blog).  Even after moving my studio lights and tripod downstairs, there were an array of technical difficulties due to the large room, the dark furnishings, quirky camera and just plain lack of advanced photography skills.  It was hard work, but we ended up with a few great shots.

Gothic Fashion Photography

After our frustrating but fruitful dining room shoot, we hauled the equipment back upstairs into my loft studio so I could do some shots in a controlled environment where I knew they would come out well (and do this lovely mask justice).

Gothic Masquerade Outfit

I’m looking forward to featuring my other selection from Success Creations soon!

Gothic Masquerade Mask from Success Creations

Giveaway Time!
Success Creations is very generously offering a $50 gift card to one lucky reader of this blog, to be used on the mask of your choice!  To enter, just comment below and let me know who your favorite masked character is!  I will choose a winner randomly from all who participate.

Enter before midnight (PDT) on Monday, July 7, 2014.

Be sure to comment below for a chance to win a $50 gift card from Success Creations!


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Corporate Goth, Sans Black

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Mauve, Plum & Grey

Today, I have another black-free outfit for you! Except the shoes, but since I rarely do colored shoes, those are pretty much always going to be black. If I ever don a pair of nude pumps, it’ll definitely be time for an intervention. ;) For me, maintaining a vibe of dark elegance without the use of black requires rich colors, a variety of textures and a high level of femininity and sophistication. Plus very black hair and pale skin helps me maintain an “alternative” feel even when my clothes are more subtle. While this isn’t a color combination I would ever wear outside of work, it did make me feel very professional and beyond stylistic reproach during a full day of big meetings.

Mauve, Plum & Grey

I’ve featured this blazer before in my Purple theme. You might remember that while it’s fairly plain from the front, it has lovely details in the back with matching ribbon trim that creates beautiful lines, and a pleated peplum. I didn’t get a full view of the back in these photos, but you can see it here.

Mauve, Plum & Grey

Also, the winner of my Red & Black Week Giveaway, chosen randomly from those who posted all 6 days, is:

Guin Lucard
of

Betwixt Two Graves

I’ll be contacting her over on her blog to arrange delivery of this lovely choker.  Congratulations, and thank you again to ALL who participated!

Red & Black Week Giveaway


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