As 90’s and 00’s kids, we grew up watching Tim Burton movies (shame on you if you haven’t watched Edward Scissorhands or Corpse Bride). Not that having grown up, we did any better. As we get older, we generally give up on Disney movies (no one saw us crying during Zootopia), or films inspired by children’s books (subtly hiding our Harry Potter merchandise), but Tim Burton is for life!
As entertaining to adults as they are to children, his movies have the kind of dark comedy we don’t see elsewhere. Burton’s work is either dark or has bright, glaring colors. Styles range from Victorian to contemporary to Goth, and sometimes a mix of them all. On his 58th birthday, we bring you some of the best Goth looks from his movies. Here are some ideas for your Halloween costumes:
Not surprisingly, Burton’s favorite color is black. Black stripes, black swirls, black patches – have it any way you want, but black is the fundamental color for any Goth look. Get you style inspiration for an all-black look from Lydia from Beetlejuice. Complete your look with the tattered dress, wide-brimmed hat, and the spiky fringes.
Burton also loves stripes. Beetlejuice’s black-and-white striped pant suit has been so popular, even fashionista Kendall Jenner sported it. Make sure your hair is messy enough to match the outfit. Neon-colored hair will go well with the look.
Get your S&M look right with the help of the Scissor Man. Opt for leather or latex, with lots of buckles. Darken the circles under your eyes and put on dark lipstick to complete the look. Even the floppy hair works.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
You could also perk up your black-and-white striped suit game by wearing a bat bow tie for the Goth effect. This could also be your chance to show off that new skull tattoo. If you want to add some color to your outfit, opt for a patchwork dress with clashing prints like Sally.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Get the two-tone hair of Sweeney Todd by highlighting a portion of your hair white. To nail the look, use a foundation lighter than your skin tone. Do not bother contouring or bronzing your face. Make your eyes smokey, especially around the lids and the bags.
Mix Goth with a Victorian look by wearing dark colors with bright make up. Gel your hair to make it sleek and spiky. Follow the same make up procedure as in Sweeney Todd, and complete the look with dark lips.
Alice in Wonderland
Every character in Alice in Wonderland can be your fashion inspiration. You can go for a structured red and gold look like the Red Queen, or an ultra-feminine look with white pearls and dark lips like the White Queen. Do not write out Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum with their pinstripes and suspenders.
But the Hatter takes the award for the best Goth look in the movie. Pair a plain-colored suit with a bright scarf full of colors. Use the same colors for your make up. Do not forget to incorporate his messy orange hair and lime green eyes, and of course, the famous hat!
Happy Birthday, Tim Burton! Which of his outfits is your favorite?