Alternative Style Tips:
Body modification is a vast yet arcane realm, despite the growing popularity of tattoos, piercings and the Modern Primitives movement. Flesh-pulling is one of the kingdoms in that realm. Meet one of its citizens.
So. Can you do waist training in cheap corsets? Should you even try? KathTeaChin turns herself into a well-dressed lab rat to discover whether the bad reputation of cheap corsets for waist training (and regular wear) is fact or fiction...
Australians know too well that devastating moment upon clicking “check out” when a $40 fantasy skirt doubles in price with shipping. So... here are places to buy vintage clothing online. If you live in Australia.
Looking for tattoo ideas? Real Star Wars fans will do anything to feel close to their favourite film characters... and that means decorating themselves with Star Wars tattoos. Feast your eyes on 10 cherry-picked pieces of Star Wars body art and feel the Force...
Gyaru Fashion Tribes: Hugely popular in Japan, Gyaru fashion rebels against Japanese ideals to create an extreme style more akin to California surfer girls. Gyaru fashion splits into many sub-styles, from Rasta to Princess Gyaru...
In a world full of modernity, change and mass-production, the world has lost, even shunned both Old World elegance and Industrial Revolutionary grit. These steampunk DIY tips may help you to inject 18th century flair into your closet.
Lolita fashion is widely accepted in Japan, where girls dress as pretty dolls on a daily basis. It's less familiar in the West, so our experienced Western Loli assists baby Lolitas in dealing with reactions on the street...
How to dress like a modern raver. If you're partial to hopping along to those fun little events known as raves, or thinking of giving it a go, here's a breezy little rave style guide. Plan ahead, tweak your current rave style or nurture fond memories!
Every now and then we like to review DIY alternative clothing shops online. As well as custom gothic / victorian clothing, Gaia Noir has DIY accessories under £10 - cheap but made with love, our favourite combination. Bustles for £15, Lolita bloomers and more. Bravo, chaps!
To celebrate the special edition DVD releases of It's a Wonderful Life and Holiday Inn (8 and 22 November respectively), we have scoured the high street to locate 1940s fashion replica clothing. And for those wanting to support indie retro clothing stores, that'll be a separate article :)
'Zettai ryouiki' is a term for a japanese fashion that translates roughly into 'Absolute Territory' or 'Absolute Region', which are catchall terms for any exposed legflesh between the tops of your socks and a skirt. Zettai ryouiki are excellent for cosplay, lolita, and just about everything. Even keeping (most) of your legs warm.
Gyaru girls and aficionados of Japanese fashion have a secret to make their eyes cute, big and bug-eyed: Circle contact lenses. One intrepid Mookychick roadtests several circle lenses to see how they wear on the eye. Can circle lenses really turn you manga?
Rockabilly (that's rock and roll spliced with hillbilly) has a distinctive style and sound as well as all that gorgeous rockabilly clothing. Sure, we tell you how to get the feisty look - but we'll also help you source amazing rockabilly bands.
Goth clothing: Find punk, retro, indie & gothic prom dresses online with our list of unusual prom dress shops. Plus we give prom dress advice on how to really feel your dress and how to buy it online - tears-free.
Goth umbrellas: Okay, these umbrellas aren't just for goths. The whole world needs them. We've sourced some lovely umbrellas that are cheap, windproof, piratey AND beautiful! Rain cannot defeat beauty! Hah!
Tattoos: What really happens at a tattoo parlour? Mandi guides us through her first tattoo experience - from researching tattoo artists to getting her design inked, pain factor and tattoo aftercare...
Grunge fashion: Kinderwhore fashion, from the grunge era, sits at the other end of the lolita spectrum. Our style guide transforms strappy shoes and babydoll dresses with Peter Pan collars into NaughtyLand.
Nylon stockings: In WW2 women couldn't get hold of nylon stockings so they'd dye their legs with tea bags and paint seams down their legs. Our style guide tells you what to look for in both modern and vintage nylon stockings, and how to wear them.
Alternative Clothing Tips and Ideas
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