Nu-Goth: How to Pull Off that Look

Hey there everybody! Today we are going to talk about Nu-Goth, the darker sister style of Pastel Goth, but first, where did Gothic style came from?

 Well, Gothic takes its roots in the 70's within the Punk movement. Musical artists like Robert Smith from The Cure leaded the movement in its beginnings.

Joy Division also made a strong influence within this subculture. But also Nine Inch Nails & Marilyn Manson helped to popularize this genre in the 90's with their catchy Electronica + Heavy Metal music style.

Within the movies and TV shows we can see its influence in the old television show “The Addams Family” with their unique graveyard look in dress, along its respective remake in the movies with Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams.

I'll stop wearing black when they make a darker color
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Added to that was the popularity of “Beetlejuice” & “Edward Scissorhands“, created by Tim Burton, who really pushed the Gothic aesthetic into the mainstream and made it chic. More recently within the mainstream goth popculture, we can see the character Lisbeth Salander based on the novel “The Girl with The Dragon Tattoothat also spawned two movies, a Swedish one and another remade by David Fincher, both exhibiting a new Gothic millennial style.

Nu-goth outfit: shirt, top, stockings and swing 220 boots (by Rosa Pekkanen)

Nu Goth Demonia Boots with Outfit

What is Nu Goth?

Now getting back to the style of Nu Goth, we can see the Gothic influences in its roots, but also a mixture with various other current tendencies. Such as Kawaii accessories, and more.

Cool Skull See Hear No Evil See No Evil T-Shirt

Nu Goth features a combination of both Gothic and Soft Grunge influences with a splash of Japanese Gothic. Unlike the purely black Gothic style, this style sometimes may include dying the hair silver, lavender or light pink. Its unique features such as upside down crosses, John Lennon style round glasses, doc martens, bondage inspired harnesses and black lipstick make it somewhat frazzled but wearable.

Nu Goth Black Maxi Skirt Outfit with Necklace
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It may appear as hipster style, but the main characteristics of this style are clearly underground in nature. Felice Fawn, an Internet celebrity of Tumblr notoriety, has added to its popularity as a fashion trend. Bunny Meyer, a popular YouTuber, has also added to the popularity of this fashion. Looking at some of these trend setting fashions on Pinterest will give you a detailed picture of its makeup.

Nu-Goth Black Jean Jacket
Source: Black Milk Clothing

Soft Grunge + Goth = Nu Goth

For a unique, total look, begin by taking samples from Grunge fashion such as crop tops, oversized sunglasses and shorts with high waists, and add some casual Goth. We all know Goth is all about black, and guess what, this fashion trend is too! However, do you know that not only is it about black, but it is also about pink hair and pastel colors? In other words, it's also Pastel Goth! It’s also about symbols, platform shoes, backpacks, denim shorts, mermaid hair, leggings, studs, occult symbols and black lipstick. You can purchase all of these items online at Ninja Cosmico's Store.

Nu Goth Sister: Pastel Goth

Reckless London Tee with Garter Skirt
Source: Rebelle Rogue

This style that is also known as Pastel Goth is eerie cute with its mixture of casual Goth, grunge, hipster and some sporadic 90s fashions. This trend uses quite a few symbols including unicorns, triangles, pentacles, crosses, oversized crosses, upside down crosses and evil cats.

Nu Goth Hairstyle Idea
Source: Weheartit

Even though it uses pastel colors especially in hair dyes, it still has tons and tons of black. Who knows why, but awkward hats are also part of the Pastel Goth look. Other strange fragments of the style are cheap lace gloves and arm warmers, black skinny jeans, cropped corset tops that are poorly fitted and black lipstick sloppily applied.

Nu-goth outfit: shirt, top, stockings and swing 220 boots (by Rosa Pekkanen)
Source: lookbook

If you want to take a look into Pastel Goth, you can check out our previous article about it here!

So there it is! We really like both Nu-goth and Pastel goth, the two are VERY similar, but it's up to you to chose your favorite one!

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