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Whimsigothic is an aesthetic that blends the dark, mysterious allure of Gothic with the whimsical charm of fairytales and various forms of folklore, embracing the beauty of the macabre and combining it with a touch of enchantment and fantasy. It is heavily inspired by the works of Tim Burton and other similiar authors.


Whimsigothic visuals include surrealist visuals that are gloomy, yet warm; looking like something out of a movie, specifically a Tim Burton one. Often times, lunar/night time themes will be included. This aesthetic includes a lot of overlap with Witchcore, Cottagecore, and Gothic styles. In summary, Whimsigothic is dark, gothic themes with a warm, whimsical twist. Much of the fashion is derived from "witchier" styles which seem to blend Gothic and Bohemian fashion.


Whimsigoth fashion draws lots of inspiration from traditionally "witchy" clothing and dark, saturated colors, mainly purple, emerald green, maroon. Layering and flowy fabrics are considered core elements. Patterned fabrics are also prominent.


  • Bell sleeve tops
  • Velvet camisoles
  • Mesh tops
  • Wrap shirts tied in front
  • knitted cardigans


  • Maxi skirts
  • Wide leg trousers
  • Velvet skirts
  • Corduroy pants
  • Bell bottoms


  • "kitschy" jewelry
  • tote bags
  • gold jewelry
  • crystals, tarot cards, pendulums (note: these are commonly used in spiritual practices and should not be treated as accessories, many people who identify with whimsigoth practice spirituality)
  • shawls/capes



  • Labyrinth (1986)
  • The Craft (1996)
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
  • Hocus Pocus (1993)
  • The Addams Family (1991)
  • Addams Family Values (1993)
  • Eve's Bayou (1997)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
  • Practical Magic (1998)
  • Ginger Snaps (2000)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
  • Corpse Bride (2005)
  • MirrorMask (2005)
  • Coraline (2009)
  • Paranorman (2012)
  • Boxtrolls (2014)


  • Twin Peaks (1990)
  • Sabrina The Teenage Witch (1996)
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997)
  • Charmed (1998)



  • The Cure
  • Cocteau Twins
  • Sad Lovers & Giants
  • All About Eve
  • Florence + The Machine
  • Stevie Nicks
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • The Cranberries
  • Dead Can Dance
  • Barenaked Ladies
  • Suzanne Vega
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Vashti Bunyan
  • Kate Bush
  • Julee Cruise


  • “Persephone” by Cocteau Twins
  • “Lope” by Sad Lovers & Giants
  • ”Close To Me” by The Cure
  • ”Evangeline” by Cocteau Twins
  • ”Pictures of You” by The Cure
  • "Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac
  • "Crystal" by Stevie Nicks
  • "Dreams" by The Cranberries
  • "Duvet" by Bôa
  • "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac
  • "Exploration" by Bruno Coulais, from Coraline (2009)
  • "Sorcerer" by Stevie Nicks
  • "Fade into You" by Mazzy Star
  • "Hijo de la Luna" by Mecano
  • "As The World Falls Down" by David Bowie, from Labyrinth (1986)
  • "And Dream Of Sheep" by Kate Bush
  • "The Nightingale" by Julee Cruise, from Twin Peaks (1990)
  • "Into the Night" by Julee Cruise, from Twin Peaks (1990)
  • "The World Spins" by Julee Cruise, from Twin Peaks (1990)
  • "Faint Glow" by Toby Fox


External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.