How to Wear the Dark Romance Trend and Not Look Like a Goth

We’ve all been seeing it on the runways and websites. I call it “Dark Romance” – lots of black, leather, lace dark and moody vibe. But how do you wear the dark romance trend and not look like a goth? Not that there is anything wrong with the gothic look. In fact there is obviously a lot cool about it or we wouldn’t still be seeing these looks on the runway. However, there has to be something between Alexander McQueen skulls and Vampire/Twilight chic that is appropriate for everyday wear. Or at least for an everyday girl to wear!

Finding Dark Romance

Finding Dark Romance

Haunted or Haunting?

Haunted or Haunting?

Haunting: Here I am haunting the old cemetery in town while wearing my version of the “Dark Romance” trend. Oxblood seems like the perfect colour to wear if you don’t want to go all black for this trend.

Oxblood and Dark Romance

Oxblood and Dark Romance

Dark Romance and a little Heavy Metal

Dark Romance and a little Heavy Metal

Go into the Light: I like all the contrasts in this look. The dark vibe of the skirt print but done on white. A white t-shirt worn with a sequined bomber jacket. Chains and metal capped shoes worn with pearls. It’s that mix that keeps the Romance in my look rather than having it all be absorbed into darkness. This juxtaposition of fabrics and finishes also keeps this look from becoming too costume which makes it something that an everyday woman like me can wear.

Dark Romance Accessories

Dark Romance Accessories

The Details: You may remember the skirt and bomber jacket from here and here. Both were purchased from but about 3 months apart. The bracelets are just a mix that I have acquired over the years. The clutch bag was actually a make-up bag giveaway item from Lancome that I have only ever used as a clutch! All finished with a basic white t-shirt and the Metal Toe Capped shoes from my Lust Have List Haul, by Kurt Geiger.

I’m kind of thinking some version of this look is going to make another night at L’Oreal Fashion Festival.

What do you think? Have I figured out how to wear the “Dark Romance” trend without looking like a goth?



About astimegoesbuy

Just a middle-aged woman with a love of fashion trying to have a purchasing fast. Spending 90 days dressing out of what is already in the wardrobe.If I can't shop for clothes, I may as well write about clothes! View all posts by astimegoesbuy

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