We know, we know 鈥 yet another celeb-inspired trend from the red carpet. Cue the heavy eye-roll as you play fashion police for a hot sec. Before you completely pass on the upcoming gothic by day, vampy by night style that Hollywood starlets have been flocking to as of lately (how could we forget Taylor Swift鈥檚 Met Gala look?), a little outside-the-box thinking is in order. As it turns out, embracing your darker side a la a slew of grunge-inspired statement pieces, a lotta lace and a healthy dose of patent leather could prove to be game-changing in the depressingly cold (SO cold!) weeks and months to come. Ahead, we鈥檝e uncovered 16 gothic-inspired looks that will have you channeling your inner Jenny Humphrey (post-Constance days, natch) this winter. Whether you go full-on goth聽or take baby steps along the way, everybody wins with this unexpected micro trend.


1.聽Topshop Crushed Velvet Slip Dress ($50): We can鈥檛 explain it, but there鈥檚 something about crushed burgundy velvet that reads wild GNO. Not to mention the whole vampy-after-dark appeal. Utilize its throw-on-and-go potential by layering it over a thin black turtleneck or tossing it on alongside a tough-girl distressed denim jacket. Fishnet tights and聽a cross pendant necklace will be in order for that voodoo girl look.


2.聽Free People Bouquet Babe Velvet Mini ($128): Found it. Take on the thrill of the weekend with this floral velvet mini dress that鈥檚 ready to mingle. Complement the swingy silhouette with a leather jacket, intricate lace tights and heavy-duty stompers for no shortage of style cred this season.


3.聽Missguided Black Shirt Cami Lace 2 in 1 Dress ($63): From the boardroom to drinks has never rung聽truer than with this two-in-one dress consisting of a white collared shirt and a black lace slip. Test-drive it for your nine-to-five with menswear-inspired loafers and a top knot for an HR-approved look before subbing in a leather moto jacket, patent ankle booties and a bold red lip.


4.聽Reformation Anjela Top ($98): How to pull off a gothic look when you haven鈥檛 got a clue? Here鈥檚 a hint: Start with lace. Part romantic, part witchy, this sheer cap-sleeve top is the wardrobe workhorse that will transition all your daytime looks for the p.m. Team it with a black bralet, a leather mini and Gaga-esque platforms for a sultry date night-ready getup.


5.聽Nasty Gal Kaelen Velvet Choker Burgundy ($18): Fierce would be an understatement. Take any getup from zero to 100 with this bordeaux-hued velvet choker that will have you channeling your inner vixen聽in no time. Let it be known: It鈥檒l look just as slay-worthy with a lace-up bodysuit as a scalloped lace wrap dress with a deep V. *Adds to cart without hesitation for an after hours-approved look.*


6.聽Topshop Jess Hi Vamp Loafers ($100): File these bad boys under what to wear when blending in with the crowd is considered so pass茅. Ready to hit the town or channel your inner HBIC at the office has never looked so good. The vampy heel, gold finish and stud details will have you reaching for a leather biker jacket or a neck-plunging lace bodysuit like that.


7.聽Topshop Petite Lattice Stud Jumper ($95): Ah, of course. The lattice details on the side *totally* make sense for babes who play by their own sartorial rules. We practically expect a studded ear cuff and an of-the-moment shag to make an appearance. Dial it down with old-school Chuck Taylors or slip some retro Mary Janes聽into the mix for a聽spontaneous night on the town.


8.聽Zara Faux Fur Vamp Sandals ($60): Usher in a DGAF 鈥榯ude with these man-repelling faux fur steppers that deserve to be placed in a category of their own purely based upon their traffic-stopping potential. Day or night, work or play, they鈥檒l serve as the exclamation point to many a winter #OOTDs. Think: leather pants, an oversized knit mock-neck sweater and a longline coat for your morning commute or a sweeping maxi dress come winter formal.


9.聽Topshop Bumble Feature Ankle Boots ($70): What better way to kick a gothic high-neck lace dress into overdrive than with a pair of these floral embroidered boots that bring the Drama (with a capital D)? The contrasting metal heel delivers on the rocker-inspired front; that鈥檚 for sure. The eastern influence will make you want to reach for a lace kimono or an equally entrance-making velvet gown.


10.聽Silence + Noise Mesh T-Shirt Mini Slip Dress ($64): Take a no-frills approach to winter dressing with this mesh t-shirt dress that鈥檚 equal parts grunge and gothic. The layered slip makes it perfect for an oversized fringe poncho or on its own with some Doc Martens on standby.


11.聽Topshop Gothic Ruffle Stud Dress ($85): It鈥檚 all in the details when it comes to this edgy lace LBD featuring a partial mock-neck style, frills and studs. Achieve a Met Gala-inspired聽look by tossing your hair into a sleek聽ponytail and opting for black mid-heel ankle boots (what else?!). For makeup, a signature smokey eye and deep red pout aren鈥檛 up for debate.


12.聽BaubleBar Morgause Bib ($68): Don鈥檛 stop at fabulous 鈥 dripping in diamonds like RiRi is more like it. This OTT crystal and chain bib necklace deserves to be displayed front and center with a Black Sabbath t-shirt, an alternative tulle skirt and a faux fur topper. Wear the choker and bib together or separately for double the style possibilities.


13.聽Sol Sana Clarice Mule ($180): Look at you being so tough and edgy with your new grommet mules that deserve to be teamed alongside distressed black jeans and an edgy velvet necktie top. Insert #girlboss emoji here as you show 鈥榚m how it鈥檚 done. We鈥檒l let you lead the way.


14.聽Love, Courtney by Nasty Gal Night Moves Slip Dress ($88): Don鈥檛 back down now 鈥 you鈥檙e either in or you鈥檙e out when it comes to this envelope-pushing satin slip with Courtney Love鈥檚 seal of approval. And, no, it need not be reserved to the bedroom. The choker detailing and Chantilly lace trim will double down for date night with bae or a bachelorette party in Vegas. Play up the heavy eye makeup and opt聽for sky-high ankle-strap steppers for the ultimate gothic-glam getup.


15.聽Free People Mod Fishnet Tight ($34): If you鈥檙e really serious about ditching your goody-two-shoes image, then investing in a pair of fishnet tights should be your first order of action. Toss 鈥榚m on with anything from ripped black cutoffs to a Victorian lace dress for a contemporary goth vibe.


16.聽For Love and Lemons J鈥橝dore Maxi Dress ($396): J鈥檃dore is right. If this sophisticated glistening maxi dress doesn鈥檛 have you swooning left and right in envy, then we don鈥檛 know what will. Between the va-va-voom neckline, the thigh-grazing slit and the risqu茅 factor (hello, head-to-toe sheer everything), this triple threat in disguise won鈥檛 let you down. We especially love how it looks styled with a velvet necktie scarf for instant rocker girl flair.

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