Gothic fashions are still a major fad in the UK, with many people turning to ‘the dark side’ for sartorial inspiration and wearing everything from leather to PVC and crushed velvet. There are a number of Gothic designers working in the UK, not to mention online stores where you can pick up clothes and a range of accessories.
One of the biggest and most well-known is www.the-gothic-shop.co.uk which stocks an impressive selection of Gothic and alternative clothes, including wedding dresses, boleros and corsets.
Women often fall in love with Gothic fashions because of the form-fitting beauty of corsets and fish-tail skirts which accentuate curves and give you a certain dark glamour. Although corsets aren’t for everyone and are something of an acquired taste, being not particularly comfortable, they do come in a dazzling array of colours and styles and are a worthy addition to any Gothic wardrobe. If you’re not afraid to be dramatic and stand out in the crowd opt for a Dark Raven Cameo Black Satin Underbust Corset by Restyle, but if you’d prefer a more subtle look while still benefiting from a cinched-in waist then purchase something like a Black Faux Leather Girdle Belt.
When it comes to dresses The Gothic Shop stocks everything from day-wear to prom and party options. If you have a Gothic wedding or other event to attend opt for the purple grandeur of the Alvira Lace Purple Gothic Prom Dress by Sinister or an Autumn Black Velvet & Copper Taffeta Dress, by the same label.
For something a little more casual peruse the wares of Hell Bunny and settle for an Avalon Rose and Anchor Mini Dress. To find out more about the range of women’s clothing head to www.the-gothic-shop.co.uk/ladies-gothic-clothing-dresses-c-52_62.html
The Gothic Shop is a fashion haven for Goth men as well as women, selling everything from tees and work shirts to elaborate trousers and formal tops.
The Slaine Mens Black Twill Fitted Gothic Shirt gives you sleek lines and a distinctly brooding look while the Mephisto Mens Gothic Shirt is military inspired with faux leather stripes and is particularly eye-catching.
For a more casual day-to-day look select from the online store’s selection of men’s T-shirts such as the Back from the Dead Men’s White T-shirt or the Waisted Men’s Fitted Sleeveless Top, perfect for warmer weather.
In winter, when you want to look stylish without risking chilblains, you can still rock the Gothic look in a Marduk Men’s Hooded Trenchcoat, a Cratos Woollen Military Men’s Coat or an Odin Full Length Gothic Hooded Trench Coat with a high collar to protect your face from the winter wind.
There is an extensive selection of Gothic accessories available on The Gothic Shop online store. Women can enhance their look with a pair of Beautiful Black Mesh and Satin Roses Gothic Gauntlet Gloves and adorn their hair with Bat Gothic hairclips or even a metal tiara, while men can experiment with different eye colours courtesy of the store’s range of contact lenses by XtremeEyez.
They say that if you love your job then you’ll never work a day in your life. Some people know exactly what it is that they want to do from childhood right through to adulthood, whereas others take longer to discover what it is they want to spend the majority of their life doing. Most people however have a eureka moment at some point down the line where they suddenly realize what it is that they would happily do day in and day out. The challenge then, is to land that dream job.
The first step is getting your foot in the door. If you are very lucky you will realize what your dream job is around the same time as it is advertised, if not then you have to work a little harder to inch closer to your career goal. Search for companies where you might be able to work in the role you dream of. Check their recruitment pages on their websites and see what jobs are already on offer, and if anything is a close fit. Even if it is not the exact job you may be able to convince them of the usefulness of other skills you have and adapt the role to fit. Alternatively send CVs speculatively to companies you might like to work for with a covering letter detailing your skills and how you feel you might be of benefit to the business. Often positions are filled before they are even advertised, as employers have a bank of CVs to draw from should they need to hire someone.
Once you have landed yourself that all-important interview, it is your time to shine. Making a good first impression is vital, and this means presenting yourself well, being punctual and having everything with you that you need, as well as speaking clearly. Women don’t need to wear a full suit for most interviews these days, and you can still dress in a feminine manner and appear professional. You can find a great range of work dresses at George at Asda, which when worn with a suit jacket and some smart shoes will make the perfect interview outfit for less than you might expect. Dressing for success has long been a tactic employed by those in the corporate world, and the idea is to portray an image of success in order to obtain a new level of seniority.
Make sure you answer questions with authority and concisely so that your interviewer can see you know what you are talking about. It is best to always try to give demonstrative examples of how you have applied certain skills, but try to stick to the facts without rambling. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification on any of the questions or to say you don’t know, this will be appreciated more than blabbing your way through an answer, which your interviewer will pick up on straight away.
Getting that dream job is a big step and you will understandably be nervous in the run up to applying and having an interview. Try to view it as any other job interview, stay calm, do your research, and you will sail through ready to enjoy weekdays for the rest of your working life.