First of all what are they? And what's the difference?
Bubble goth was a term apparently started by the Estonian singer Kerli, to describe her style. It seems to take cues from Cybergoth with PVC, masks, fluffy legwarmers and dreadfalls, but uses a lot of white rather than black, with accents of bright color. The masks are sometimes made out of stuffed animals, and outfits can include childlike motifs.
I'm not sure where this style developed from, but it seems to combine elements of Lolita, and gothic motifs, like bats and skulls etc., but in pastel colors. Some wear black lipstick with pastel dyed hair and clothes, while others combine black clothing with pastel, and use motifs like cute bats, cats etc. I did hear someone describe it as "casual lolita" but I think it's a little more than that, as it does use some gothic symbols.
So What's All the Fuss?
There are those who sneer at these terms saying they're not goth at all, as they are too colorful, and not dark or macabre enough. Those of us that have been around the scene for a while may look down on this as a new fad, or as something that is watering down goth, making it more palatable for the pedestrian masses.
I think that pastel goth can be a great introduction to the subculture for the younger set. Especially if their parents may frown on wearing a lot of black. I also think that both these styles still contain some of the elements of fascination with things that are considered dark or macabre (the Teddy bear masks of bubble goth are definitely disturbing to me in a weird way).
Source - Tumblr
Whatever people choose to label these styles, I think, at the end of the day, it is important to dress in a way that pleases you. There will always be those who say "you are not goth enough" or who frown on others for stepping outside of a prescribed fashion box. To loosely quote Jillian Venters, there is no goth cabal who will kick you out of the subculture. I also find that those who criticize others the most, are usually projecting their own insecurities onto others.
What are your thoughts on these styles? In favor of it? Do you hate it? Let me know.
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone