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Last Update: August 21, 2017
Velvet Cutaway Blazer
Size XS - 4X
Tartan Plaid Cross
Size 2 -
Black Lace Corset Top
Size 1X - 6X
Loosely related but styled differently by the
women who wear goth, steampunk and Lolita
fashion, these styles find their roots in the
vintage fashion of the Victorian era. One
of the best resources for
unusual plus-size Goth, Lolita, & Steampunk finds is on eBay.
There are many direct
from manufacturer and custom made sellers there.
With Buy It Now options bidding often isn't
necessary and payment is easy through Paypal.
Goth women can move more toward Medieval
inspired silhouettes, rich fabrics such as
in blood red, purple, or black which are steeped in the
ethos and romance of the Victorian Gothic horror
novel and art of the Arthurian romantic
Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The hallmark
ethereal chiffons and lavish lace, along with
rich brocades reminiscent of the European
Baroque and deep velvets make this style easiest
to shop for during the Holiday party season when
these looks tend to go more mainstream.
Steampunk fashion, on the other hand, is more
Jules Verne than Bram Stoker. It combines
Victorian corsets and bustle skirts with
invented gadgetry reflecting on the futuristic
fantasy and promise of the Industrial Age.
Props, leather and
boots mix with vintage
watches, cogs and metal bits with women's looks
borrowing freely from vintage men's styles of
the Victorian age in forward thinking feminist
carries Victoriana, Steampunk, and Goth inspired
laces and velvets all year in sizes up to 28W,
with a collection of unusual jewelry, shoes, and
accessories to go with it.
Every now and again
will carry styles that can be adapted, but their
main focus is mid twentieth century looks (Size
S - 4X), while
offers more art deco and fifties swing styles in
sizes S to 4X.
Lolita fashion takes English Victoriana and runs
it through a Japanese style blender, sending
often saccharine sweet, China Doll confections
rooted in the innocence of a Brave New World
back towards a now jaded, and slightly
disenchanted West as escapist, fantasy world
nostalgic for both childhood and bygone eras.
This last permutation of Victoriana in modern
style closets is perhaps the most difficult to
find in larger sizes.
Plus specialty retailer
has fewer Goth inspired styles than
in the past, but the on-line collection
offers more options along with looks
inspired by Disney that play with both
sweet and villainous storybook themes
that can work well for Lolita looks in
sizes to 6X.
Thigh high stockings and fishnets are regularly
Hips & Curves
in sizes up to 6X. They are also an
excellent resource for items such as bustles,
bloomers, tulle skirts, and corsets.
Thanks to the 2013 punk themed
fashion exhibition at the heavily influential
Metropolitan Museum of Art edgier, tougher looks
are trending into the mainstream and can be
throughout our shopping directories
at all levels and price points. This trend is
expected to last for a couple of fashion cycles.
Recent pop culture influences from television
shows such as Game of Thrones, Once Upon A Time,
Outlander, and Downton Abby in recent years are mixing with
dark super hero imagery, Star Wars fantasy
costuming, and sumptuous live action fairytales
such as Beauty and the Beast on the big screen for a heavy vintage fantasy
influence that resonates in the Victorian
inspired style sphere.
Also trending in is a heavy
bohemian influence which will make some pieces
suitable to Goth and Lolita styles more readily
available from mainstream retailers. While
colored laces are remaining strong style
influencers with the vintage and retro trend of
the last few years, black lace is also regularly
surfacing throughout mainstream on-line
catalogs. More highly stylized pieces will
still mainly be
available from specialty