NEVER. That's when.
Oh, please... Did you REALLY think I'd agree with this? I certainly hope not! But WHY is it that so many people think that goth is just a "phase" some of us go through, like teen angst, menopause, or a midlife crisis, instead of seeing it as a lifestyle choice? Maybe it's because so many of us seem to disappear as we get older, as we 'assimilate' into the
boring mundane world because we feel that we have to choose between being ourselves and paying the rent. It's an understandable reason, maybe, but it just should not have to be a choice between a rock and a hard place.
In spite of that silly photo I posted in my March "I'm SO Goth...", I really do believe that one can be goth at any age. But while most ElderGoths are only just starting the approach to that age at which we can no longer stave off the word "old", many of us are already nervous about it. How should we dress? What style of makeup is best and won't make us look even older than we are? And what about shoes? Would somebody think of the shoes!!!
I've said before that once I reach 60, I plan to be dressing like a combination of Stevie Nicks and Morticia Addams. Here are some pictures that I find extremely inspirational:
I'd ditch the big bag she's holding (unless, of course, it's actually a suitcase!), and substitute a coffin bag instead. (I wonder if those boots have orthopedic inserts???)
A bit too much jewelry for me, but I wouldn't wear that much NOW, either. It's a great look, though!
50 shades of AWESOME!!!
50 shades of ELEGANT!! (These ladies make Cruella DeVille's outfit look like a Goodwill castoff.)
Two goths contemplating the site of their eventual eternal rest...