(I'll be going corporate for much of this summer, so for me it's going to be a bit of a pain, but I'll talk about that at a later date!)
So let's have a look at what my picks are!
Ripped or Laddered Clothing
Ripping your clothes gives them a gothic vibe while actually reducing on the amount of fabric actually touching your skin. Score! This summer (as with the last, what, five?) grunge clothing has been in style so you could buy laddered clothes if you really wanted, but they're also not hard to DIY. It's Black Friday has a good video tutorial of no-sew t-shirt laddering if you need a refresher.
Wearing shorts is the perfect opportunity to let some garters peek through, especially if attached to thigh high stockings or socks. There are all sorts of garters out there now days, from ones with O-Rings to lacey confections, and they add a very cute (and sometimes sexy) touch to most summer looks.
Ivory and Other Pale Neutrals
Goths talk a lot about wearing white (myself included) but you know what else is a good look for summer? Ivory and other pale, brown-y neutrals. If you want to DIY this look, here's a basic tea or coffee dyeing guide. (This is also preferable if, like me, you're a bit accident prone and don't want to ruin a white garment within minutes of wearing it!)
Billowy Clothes with Structured Accents
Layering light, breathable fabrics like chiffon with structured elements like cage bras, harnesses, belts, corsets (on cooler days), etc. is one of my favorite looks and is absolutely perfect for summer. There are all sorts of tutorials for harnesses that you can make yourself out there, including ones for pentagram harnesses!
DIY Denim Vests
Swapping out your black leather jacket for a black denim jacket or vest is a great way to keep from boiling yourself alive in the summer, and they're just as easy to customize! Pick up patches, studs, pins, lace, or whatever you like on Etsy, eBay, local shops, even HotTopic, and Goth up your wonderful vest.
Fishnet shirts add instant goth appeal to any less-than-interesting outfit (they're fantastic for layering), and if you can't find one near you, you can make one out of an old pair of fishnet tights! Adding rips or safety pins add another gothy touch. Just remember to add sunscreen if you don't want weird tan lines.
How are you all going to be keeping cool during the summer months?