How To Pastel Goth (An Introduction)

This is one of my all time favorite styles. It’s adorable. It can be innocent or inticing. The light spring colors are a nice vacay from all black, all of the time (not that we don’t adore black). Pastel goth fashion is a joy to experience, plain and simple. This intro is my first article on the style. I plan on having an entire section all about it.

What is pastel goth?

I’ve already covered some ground on goth vs gothic, which should clarify some things if you’re new to all of this. (Is pastel gothic a thing? It can be.)

Pastel goth is a subset of goth. The word pastel is a type of color family. Taken from Wikipedia, “Pastels or pastel colors belong to a pale family of colors, which, when described in the HSV color space, have high value and low to intermediate saturation.” In layman’s terms, this means colors that aren’t super pigmented, and have been lightened by adding white. Examples of pastel colors are lavendar, pink, baby blue, peach, and mint.

Pastel goth looks like the child of modern goth and Japanese Fairy Kei or Kawaii fashion. It seems this is where the style originated. There’s still black in the mix, but pastels are the main course. In my opinion, pastel goth looks best when lightly accented with black. This could be in eyeliner, text on a shirt, trim on a dress, black gloves, an earring and necklace set, or shoes.

Who can dress pastel goth?

Aka, who looks best in this style? The answer, anyone with style. Here’s some examples I grabbed from Google.

There aren’t many easily available photos for people with darker skin, males, and plus size people.

Which is lame, because the whole point of alt fashion is to express without holding back who you are. Something I’m ready to see is the abolishment of only worshipping LSTYF’s (light skinned thin young females) as the ideal model for all of alternative fashion.

If you or someone you know has nice pastel goth photos of someone who deosn’t fit in the oversaturated LSTYF category, please email me at and I’ll be sure to feature it in this article.

How do I put an outfit together?

If you’re having trouble coming up with a solid outfit in this style, here’s some advice.

Go simple first, then, remember layers. Your first pastel goth outfit doesn’t have to be complex. The best place to start is with the basics. Go from the feet up, keeping in mind your chosen color palette.

Here’s some items you might want to include:

  • Shoes/Boots/Socks/Leg Warmers
  • Skirt/Pants/Dress/Overalls/Onesie (whatever you want after socks)
  • T Shirt/Sweater/Cartigan/Poncho/Jacket/Hoodie/Blouse/Crop Top/Suspenders
  • Gloves/Bracelets/Cuffs/Arm Warmers/Rings/Painted Nails
  • Necklace/Earrings/Collar
  • Makeup/Stickers
  • Dyed Hair/Wig
  • Hair Bow/Barrettes/Horns/Hat
  • Other Accessories

You may already have some of the items you need in your closet! It might not look perfect the first time you try it, but keep practicing and you’ll get the aesthetic right.

Color Palettes! (Don’t be scared)

A good way to learn about color is by looking through color palettes. I found these by searching for “pastel color palette” in Google. Find one you like, and look in your closet and online for clothes that fit the scheme.


An artist who helped pastel fashion, and me, break through

I’ve been watching Melanie Martinez ever since I found Dollhouse on YouTube in middle school. I even learned how to play that song on the Ukulele so I could sing it in my free time. 🙂











As soon as I saw that video at 14 years old I wanted to go shopping for some new clothes. As I’ve said before, I had virtually no money during that time. It’s a hard place to be. Pubescent, with no way to fashionably express myself. *Sigh*

Things are better now. Though it would have been so helpful growing up.

In future articles I’ll be addressing how to DIY this style for cheap, and how to find the best deals on pricier items. This is, after all, just an introduction.

I hope this post helped you grasp the concept better, if you have any feedback or questions feel free to comment below!

2 thoughts on “How To Pastel Goth (An Introduction)”

  1. I love this article. When I lived in Portland Oregan, which is a diverse city, the goth community always seemed dark and dreary. After seeing a way that you can add color to goth maybe it is not so bad after all.Heck who knows maybe I will wear a goth/pastel in one of my review videos. Thanks for the great read.

    1. Ahh, Portland. I get that. Yeah that sounds visually miserable. I love that it takes the same themes and brightens the whole thing up. Thanks for the insight 🙂

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