Dating a goth boy

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I kept my makeup minimal with the exception of some very bright blush (because I guess it seemed quirky) and took to the festival-inspired items in my wardrobe (and my basically-mother-in-law's).

I even added a beautiful and somewhat mystical-feeling stone necklace to complete things.

Because my "style" has changed so much from childhood to my early '20s, I've seen a lot of mixed reactions from both acquaintances and passersby to all of my different looks, be they punk girl, tomboy or anything in between.

That in mind, I thought it would be an interesting experiment to revisit some past fashion choices and see how friends, family and perfect strangers reacted to them now.

That something so tragic and so heinous could happen based on someone's clothing really struck me and has stayed with me ever since.

He described this type of gal as, "that bubbly, shallow, cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures." It's since been used to describe Zooey Deschanel in pretty much everything she does.

I love the cuts and silhouettes of the '40s through the '60s and find the subtle red lipstick and cat eyeliner to complement my complexion quite well.

But for this experiment, I tried to vamp up my traditional style to a bit more of a classic look.

Black hair, black lips, red and black eye shadow, incredibly thick eyeliner, spiked chains and Hot Topic clothes (this was back when Hot Topic sold actual alternative-wear, mind you).

And what I found was the not-so-shocking realization that humans are pretty cruel. And an overall cattiness that left me emotionally drained after just one day.

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