January 25, 2011

Gothic Men’s Fashion that doesn’t totally suck

Ask a Metalhead, Kvlt Fashion

A couple of months ago, a reader wrote to ask me for advice on choosing gothic clothing for men.

Now, owing to the fact that often men don’t give a flying fuck what they wear, there’s not so much interest in men’s fashion anywhere, and the same is true in the gothic/metalhead scene. Now, with metalheads, it’s pretty easy – a metal shirt and some black jeans or camo pants and you’re done, but what if you want something a bit fancier? A bit more sauve? You’re probably going to be looking at gothic fashion sites.

And what are you going to find? Stuff like this:


Gothic trench coat


Too young. Too blingy. Not nearly pragmatic enough for most guys older than 16. And that’s the problem with gothic clothing in general, and gothic men’s clothing in particular – it’s hard to find pieces for an older, more professional man – a man who favors a stylish fit to a chest full of buckles.

However, hope is not lost. I do have a few ideas:


As I personally love the concept of the utilitarian and “fashion as subcultural uniform”, I am a sucker for military-inspired fashion for men and women. Purpur is an aussie label run by Russian fashion designer Kate Musina, who takes this overdone look and gives it a modern, sophisticated twist with their “Total Control” collection. Purpur’s men’s collection is just as stunning as their ladies looks, and it’s not ridiculously over-the-top expensive (although with the aussie dollar what it is these days …)


Military shirt, $159AUS, by Purpur


Black shirt, $159AUS, by Purpur

Gallery Serpentine

Every gothic gentleman worth his salt needs a long black coat. The trick is to find one that looks suitably gothly without being covered in buckles and spider-print material (unless that’s what you’re into). Galler Serpentine – another excellent and long-standing aussie label – offers a range of men’s coats, including this plain black Matrix-style priest coat. Owning a few Gallery Serpentine pieces myself, I can attest to their quality and excellent fit.


"The Lieutenant", men's coat, $270AUS, by Gallery Serpentine


Pinstripe Undertakers coat, $320AUS, by Gallery Serpentine


Another great source of men’s fashion is cyber-wear. Some of this stuff can look a bit silly, but I love that it’s always made from comfortable, sensible fabrics. Crytoflesh sell a good mix of the silly-looking stuff and the comfortable, chilled out, reasonably-priced stuff.


pinstripe pants, $72US, by Crytoflesh


Tracktion Top, $49.95US, from Crytoflesh. Man, that dude as a silly haircut. He looks really sad, too.


And, for those of you who like a little bit of the dark ages in your dark wear, I present my favorite place for practically everything – Wulflund. Most items are casts of archaeological examples, and you won’t find better belts, buckles, broaches, leather goods, or charms. Milan – the Czech man behind Wulflund – knows his stuff. I own several pieces from here, as well.


Medieval long belt, 28 Euros, Wulflund

Skane Thors Hammer (sterling silver), 89 Euros, Wulflund

You Stars

Lots of the stuff in the You Stars ebay shop is a bit nasty, but there are some nice, somewhat trendy but interesting mens items to be found.

black cloak cape, $62, from You Stars

Cycroptix Tie Lab

I used to be a regular tie-wearer myself (I loved the funky designs, and still own about 30 ties, mostly in various colors of paisley), so I know a good tie when I see one. And these ties from Cycroptix are stunning. High quality silk ties with screen=printed designs of awesome.


Tie from Cycroptix


Rocket Science, from Cycrptix ties

You don’t have to go to specialist “gothic” stores, either. There’s plenty of decent pieces in ordinary chain stores and second-hand shops that, with a little bit of scouring, and perhaps even some DIY, can become your signature look. Remember, with gothic fashion – especially men’s fashion, especially men’s fashion for an older crowd – it’s not about what you wear, but how you wear it. A skull ring, the right choice of buttons can turn any old piece into an item of gothic finery.


Haute Macabre

Stylish Gent

Yes, I am painfully aware I’m rather lacking in resources. There really aren’t that many.

13 Comments on “Gothic Men’s Fashion that doesn’t totally suck

May 10, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Dang, that “black cloak cape” from You Stars looks pretty sweet… would of bought one for the heck of it, anyone know where I can find one or something like that?

Only thing about it I don’t think looks good is it looks to be made out of low quality material.

March 23, 2011 at 9:52 am

Thanks for the links.
It truly can be a pain finding something decent within general goth shops or festival markets.

January 30, 2011 at 9:05 am

Hey, this may not be your area of expertise but these links are great. The Purpur collections are especially wonderful. Thank you!

Emily Bleak
January 27, 2011 at 11:47 am

I found my tux vest at a thrift shop – there tends to be racks and racks of mismatched pieces of three-piece suits there! Etsy Vintage has a ton of them, too. Otherwise, I’d just comb the menswear department for sales. :)

January 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Im not so interested in Gothic fashion (girls make this style look cool, but guys never seem to look quite right), but that Wulflund website is too cool for words. Ive never seen a place where I can buy a working cannon (bet that would get you put on a few watch lists) along with a Mjolnir amulet.

January 27, 2011 at 1:30 am

@Rob – Yes. If everything weren’t so bloody expensive I’d be ordering in cannons by the boatload.

January 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Sry, Steff! Gothic mans fashion toatlly sucks. Goth’s are cool, but 90% of goth wear is just wrong.

In my hometown there’s a metal club with 2 floors. One floor is metal, the other gothic. And if you watch the gothics you can’t see if a human is male or female. Espacially cyber goths! They all look the same.

January 27, 2011 at 1:35 am

It’s not really my style either, especially on guys, but I’m always happy to oblige anyone who sends me a question, esp if it’s one that means I have to think :)

Emily Bleak
January 26, 2011 at 7:28 am

Tuxedo vests! They look so hot over a boring button-down and simultaneously class things up while throwing a little goth or psychobilly in – like a semiformal denim vest. :)

January 27, 2011 at 1:36 am

@E – ooooh, yes! Any idea where to get some decent ones? All the ones I find are covered in chains …

January 26, 2011 at 5:11 am

Awesome suggestions! I especially like that Undertaker’s coat. I would even take that for a spin around the block (although I’m really very short, so that might be rather comical).

January 26, 2011 at 12:13 am


January 27, 2011 at 1:38 am

@Wes – you’re most welcome. Keep reading and sending in the article ideas, dude!

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