Summer Guide for Alternative Guys
After writing my ''Summer Guide For Goth Girls'' article, I realised fairly quickly that there are many guys out there who have the same summer struggles as us spooky girls, but, unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be the same number of helping hands offered to men as there is for women.
As the summer is fast approaching, or in a lot of cases already here, I thought it would be helpful to adapt my original article to suit all of you darkly inclined guys out there who are looking for ways to survive the summer months without losing your preferred everyday appearance.
Skin care seems like an obvious place to start, but still, so many people forget the importance of regularly applying sunblock throughout the day and keeping themselves shaded when the sun is at its highest.
This is also extremely important for those of you with tattoos, as it will help ensure that your pieces of art will stay looking great for as long as they possibly can.
I recommend using sun cream in the highest available SPF, and Manic Panic offers us spooks our very own Goth Block called ''Vampyres Veil'' which is SPF 45 and is completely cruelty-free and vegan-friendly.
If you don't wear makeup as part of your everyday look, then feel free to skip over this section, but for those of you who do, keep reading.
It's a given that makeup plus heat can equal a total disaster. As much as we all love The Crow, his makeup look is probably not the one that you're striving for. After putting a lot of effort into getting your makeup just right, it can be disheartening when the sun just melts away all of your hard work.
A good setting spray is going to be your best friend if you want to avoid this from happening to you this summer, and Gerard Cosmetics offers just that with their Slay All Day Makeup Setting Spray. Not only can you choose from seven amazing scents, but you can also be content with the fact that the brand is cruelty-free and that you are getting amazing value for money.
Stocking up on waterproof products, which are available anywhere, will also increase your chances of keeping your makeup set for longer.
As we all know, black attracts the heat, which is something we most definitely don't want or need on already hot days. So for the summer months, it's time to trade in your black velvets and heavy, knitted sweatshirts for something a little bit more lightweight.
When it comes to trousers in the summer, you will probably want to avoid denim materials or styles that are extremely fitted. Instead, search for lightweight cargo trousers like the ones shown below. You don't have to pay extreme prices; you can buy any cheap, plain ones from your closest retail store and add zips, chains and spikes/studs to make them match your style more.
Alternatively, if you really want to stick to jeans, then creating rips in the knees and thighs will help you to keep as cool as possible in the overbearing heat.
Loose fitted or baggy t-shirts are an absolute must for any summer wardrobe, and there is no exception when it comes to being alternative.
Plaid and distressed shirts are a great way to keep yourself cool whilst keeping true to your personal taste.
For shorts, I definitely recommend checking out Attitude Clothing for some unique styles. For example, these Zombie Killer shorts will add a badass statement to your summer wardrobe.
Although if you are confident with DIY or know someone who is, it may be in your best interest to purchase a plain pair of shorts and add your own design.
What is most important to you in the summer?
Accessories are going to be the most important part of your look, as I'm sure they are most days. Getting really creative in the summer will impact on your look a lot and will really help you to feel as comfortable as you usually do in your normal attire.
Metal chains and cuffs can become restricting in the heat, so instead, opt for things that aren't going to hinder your daily movements and comfort.
Things like hats and sunglasses are super easy to source and for very low prices. There are plenty of stores that sell a wide range that can be styled to suit your chosen outfit.
You may be more of a boots kind of guy normally, but unfortunately, the summer calls for more comfortable footwear. But don't worry because you have a huge variety of awesome shoes to choose from.
I hope this guide has helped you out by igniting some ideas on how you can prepare for summer. Us spooky souls can enjoy the hot weather too and still look bad-ass doing so. Feel free to ask any questions and let me know your thoughts on this guide below.