I really cannot think of any other form of fashion and styling that is so accessory-friendly as the Goth look, and essentially anything black, and a lot of other colours too, can soon become Goth with just the addition of a couple of statement accessories. This makes it particularly easy to switch from a subtle Goth-at-work look to a Goth-on-the-town style in just a few minutes with a splash of makeup and some bling or lace.
One of the easiest ways to slap a bit of Goth onto an otherwise boring outfit is to work some cuffs, and slip-on cuffs of all types can make for a neat and cheap addition to your wardrobe, and provide plenty of ways to vary the look of your plainest outfits.
In this blog post, I’m going to offer up my pick of the best cuff styles and types, and some tips on how to wear them with.
Leather and “genuine imitation leather” cuffs are easy as pie to find on sale all over the place, from Camden stalls to Ebay imports, and they’re generally sub-£5 and fasten with button poppers. If you buy yourself a pair of plain leather cuffs, you can also customise them with beads, lace, sticky things or whatever you fancy. A wardrobe staple, with some vegan-friendly options on sale here.
Metal cuffs and slave bangles
Metal cuffs and wide silver bands are very impactful and really draw the eye, but they can be pretty pricey if you want real silver that won’t turn your arms green. However they do make for a sound investment, and are generally adjustable to fit either under or over your sleeves. Somebody should buy me this.
Lace and handless gloves
The term “handless gloves” might seem like an oxymoron, and it is entirely possible that this is not the correct term to describe what I am on about here. If I say arm warmers or what my Mother calls “socks for your arms,” I’m sure you get the picture though. These are usually fabric and may be either fingerless but with holes for your digits, or just be a basic tube of fabric to warm up your wrists. If you’re a bit knitty you can make your own without too much effort, or buy a plain pair and again, stick beads or embellishments to them for some variety. This Pinterest pin shows a nice lace pair.
Bead cuffs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and even the most dexterously challenged of Goths stand a reasonably good chance of making their own, should they so wish to. You can buy yourself a wide, one piece beaded cuff, or layer up with a range of chunky beaded bangles and bracelets to achieve the same sort of effect.
Quick, simple and highly customisable, a wide strip of velvet or satin ribbon can be wound around your wrists to make an under or over sleeve cuff, or you can pair them with wound metal or chain maille for a whole new style. Although if you’re as cack handed as me, you may need help tying them on and getting them off again!
Ashley Williamson, guest posting on The Everyday Goth, has her own thoughts on cuffs and how to do them too, here.