So far as colors go, here is my current palette. You'll see the traditional black (which will, indeed, make up the most of it) alongside colors such as gray, white, dark red, a mid-tone red, and indigo. Personally, I find the hardest shade to find in Goth clothing to be the indigo color. To remedy this, I am considering buying clothing in white and then dyeing it until I get the shade that I want. Apparently there is a RIT shade which, with a touch more red, will come very close to my vision, so I'll be looking into that and then writing down the exact formula so that I can match the color in all these articles of clothing.
As for patterns, I think I would like to stick with just two for the time being. Perhaps I will add to this overtime, but these are what I know look good on me. The first of them is a vertical stripe, preferably a pinstripe but I like to pretend I'm flexible with this sort of thing. I love the vertical stripe because it's extremely flattering, in my opinion, and very elegant. The second of these is a brocade/damask pattern that I love. I already have it on one of my jacquard jackets and I think it's just stunning. However, unlike in the image given, I prefer for the pattern to be less stark. For example, I would like it to be grey/black or black/black rather than white/black. I find it more pleasing to the eye and less jarring.
Finally, I thought about the details that I find most aesthetically pleasing in my wardrobe. First and foremost would be the traditional bell-shaped skirt (in knee-length or full-length, depending on the occasion.) This silhouette was what first drew me to Lolita fashion, now one of my largest influences. Secondly would be Victorian-esque boots and footwear. While not what I would call practical, they're extremely elegant looking (and besides, I'll always keep some flats around for long-distance walking anyway, haha.) Third is actually a recent discovery of mine, which would be my affinity for some military styled details (especially on jackets.)
Next, I would like to develop a collection of blouses with higher, Victorian-styled collars. To me these epitomize elegance and my love for the Victorian era. Bonus points if there's a brooch at the collar. After that, I have to say I really like the look of a nipped in waist. I would prefer not to be walking around in baggy clothes and, if I have to, will use a belt, corset, or some darts to create the desired effect. Sixth on my list is black opaque tights. While I sometimes like the look of stripes or all sorts of other patterns, I think nothing beats the simple elegance of a black opaque tight. It makes my legs look longer and slimmer and matches pretty much everything. I'll have to buy several pairs.
Now, you might be wondering why there is a little image of a woman's cleavage as the next one. Well, simply put, I really like to display my cleavage when I'm dressed up. So, while this contradicts a previous detail I had mentioned, I really can't forget it. Next, I thought it apt to mention my love for the look of an underbust corset. I've actually been thinking about beginning to tight-lace, which would be fun, and I need some quality corsets for that. Besides, they just look really nice. Lastly, I have a love for black venetian lace which cannot be tamed. The only form of it I have right now are in the form of wrist cuffs, but it seems that it would be even more lovely as a detail on a hat or at the hem of a skirt. My current plan is to buy a few yards of it and begin experimenting on where the details would fit best.
Have those of you who are joining me on the "wardrobe overhaul" journey been thinking about which colors, patterns, and details you enjoy the most?