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CorpGoth
CorpGoth

Corporate Gothic (also referred to as CorpGoth) was originally the name given to goths working in the office. The term Corporate Gothic referred as well to the formal clothing the ‘Office Goths’ were wearing during their work.

Recently, CorpGoth is more turned into a more independent, generally accepted by other goths, variation on the gothic subculture. Goths wearing the darker version of the usual corporate wear can be seen visiting goth clubs and events.

Unlike many other forms of goth subculture, like Victorian and Cyber, which have a very ideological background, CorpGoth was originally nothing more than a practical solution for an unexpected problem adult goths were faced with.
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nlike the cliché which portrays goths as unskilled rebels working in a tattoo shop or fixing motorcycles, many goths work as accountants, lawyers, or insurance agents.

Dropping their goth clothing was something many goths had difficulty with. Instead, they started adapting their original look into a more "corporate" form of it. The result was the appearance of gothic wear that was obviously designed to wear in very conservative offices, rather than visiting the goth clubs at night.

After some time, the Corporate Gothic style became semi-popular. To be CorpGoth was to leave the office at five and enter a world of darkness at night. CorpGoth was no longer a style exclusive for the white collar goth. Blue collar goths and those still in high school started to take over the CorpGoth look for going out at night.

CorpGoth looks sharp, clean, and chic. It is ideal for goths who want a look that is slightly different from everyone else in the gothic club. Gothic clothing in general is a form of expression. Using modified corporate wear was a whole new way to express emotions and feeling.

More remarkable was the fact that something similar was happening in the corporate world. Some "regular" office co-workers, having originally nothing to do with the goth subculture, became quite fascinated by the gothic version of business attire. Looking less dull and more mysterious it seemed, for some of them, was an ideal way to get a more edgy look.

For male CorpGoths, the traditional black suit (or charcoal for the very conservative companies, since black from origin is the color for formal parties and funerals) is very popular. Pinstripe suits are popular as well. Probably because of its link to some Tim Burton Movies. The corporate look gets his gothic touch mostly because of the use of accessories: long Victorian black overcoats, Victorian cufflinks and tie clips, neckties with small gothic motifs, black-white stripped dress socks, black dress shoes made from perforated leather, belts with a skull cloth (or something similar) and a silver ring and a silver pocket watch. For formal events like weddings, more Victorian based traditional suits (like white tie) are popular as well. Corporate Gothic appears often to be a more up to date version of Victorian Gothic. Male CorpGoths usually don't use make-up (or only very few) since it is not accepted in most offices.

Female CorpGoths have more options in choosing their clothing. The black/charcoal lady’s suit (sometimes with pinstripe) is often worn by female CorpGoths. The little black dress is popular as well. For accessories female CorpGoths use often black high heels (pumps or ankle boots), black nylon stockings (or un-ripped fishnet stockings with very small holes), black-white striped socks, belt with a gothic looking cloth, silver jewelery and an overcoat with a little gothic touch. Black or grey trenchcoats, and velvet blazers as well, are preferred by many female CorpGoths when weather gets colder. Make-up is mostly rather moderate.

Image from blackwaterfall.com, info from wikipedia.

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