More Goth-rock revival music
Everyone has different tastes in music, which I get and love, but a lot of contemporary Goth music is very much EDM-inspired. While I'm not demanding every band be a Sisters of Mercy coverband, a bit more variety in the music scene and particularly some 80's Goth influenced styles would be a great improvement in my opinion.
More affordable plus-sized fashion
It's becoming wearily predictable that whenever I hear someone mention a new store that has cute, cheap clothes their plus-sized selections are either A) priced much higher than their straight-sized lines, B) a much more limited selection in styles or C) non-existent. I've talked about fat Goths before on this blog and I would hope that, in the future, Goth companies design clothes for plus-sized people without charging us an arm and a leg for them.
More freedom in the workplace for alternative styles and body modifications
This is less something directed at the community than it is at society at large, but really the horror many employers have at the prospect of having modded or alternative employees is really ridiculous. While this could, and probably will, take well more than a decade, I still have hopes that people will recognize that it really is the quality of the work that matters in a new employee, not their physical appearance.
More representation of POC Goths
The issue of representation for Goths of Color in Goth-related media is something I hope the subculture takes an active interest in over the next few years. The Goth subculture likes to claim, as a whole, that it is very accepting, but our media so rarely features Goths that are anything but pale-white that it's hard to take our "openness" seriously. So, more POC Goth models, musicians, authors, public figures, etc. would be something I would like to see over the next decade.
More meet-up communities
I think the subculture could benefit a lot from a meet-up community in which Goths that want to meet other Goths would be able to socialize with people in their areas and maybe go to events together. A lot of Goth clubs that I'm familiar with have closed after the recession hit small businesses rather hard, but the proliferation of social media and internet subcultures would make this an ideal time to get things moving on that front.
More blended styles
Goth had a bit of fun for a while blending in with Steampunk and personally I'd love to see what other fashion styles and subcultures Goth will be mixed with in the future. I know Trad-Goth has been having a bit of a revival as of late, which is cool, but there are so many styles to choose from and surely more will be around in the exciting space-year of 2024.
What are your hopes for the future of Goth?