Welcome to the third part of our series of gothic substyles for gimbo girls – a series under heavy criticism by the bimbofication community (I read all of your messages guys – and I appreciate them very much!), because of it’s disconnection from general bimbofication ideals and a disastrous lack of suitable rolemodels. I get it guys, and I agree with you: The status quo is not satisfactorily and I get your apprehension that this project might begin to deal with “normal girls”, bimbo-unsuitable content and bad examples – and I take it very seriously. But, do not fear! This series will be the furthest we go out there in “not directly bimbo related areas” – I promise (if you don’t count the cosplay series)! I already wrote about this problem in a special bimbo lesson (PLEASE read that!). However, I will continue with this series until the end, because of two reasons:
1. I started it. Yes. Now we’re in it, and I won’t just stop here. I hate to let stuff I started working on unfinished and therefore will go on until the bitter end. I wouldn’t approve of letting a half-way concluded project here on the site – so we have to make it through. In addition, because I still see the connection to bimbofication ideals, I have the feeling that in order to draw a complete picture of bimbofication, we HAVE to include all aspects, including this series – no matter how far off it might seem at first glance. I want to examine the topic of bimbofication from all angles and create a complete synopsis – so this is going to be in it.
2. I still have faith in the potential gimbo culture. I already hinted at the vast amount of messages I get from the community, expressing dissatisfaction and discontent with this series and my propagation of the “gimbo theory”. “What does this have to do with bimbofication and bimbo ideals or visuals?”, “Where ARE those propagated gimbo rolemodels and bimbo-equal gimbo queens?” – well, there aren’t any. They don’t exist. Yet. While we do have some girls who go in the right direction (here, here and here), there still aren’t any girls (I know of) who would deserve the label “gimbo” – just pretty goth girls with some bimbo related features. BUT: On the other hand, I also receive a very tiny amount of – believe it or not, positive messages regarding this series and my ideas about gimbos and the gimbo theory. And some of those messages are written by…. goth girls. As long as there is at least one real, dedicated goth girl, interested in the gimbo idea, ready and willing to go down that road, I will support this concept. I still believe in this and I still believe in you girls – please don’t let me down! Maybe YOU, maybe you, as a young, inspired goth girl, will be the first true and real gimbo rolemodel – coming out in the near future, putting many of the established bimbo rolemodels to shame. If you are out there – this series goes on for you.
The first two sub styles we covered, were about Victorian / Dark Romantic styles and Cyber / Industrial styles – two VERY different appeals. Broadly speaking, imagine what would happen if you combine these two opposing styles? What would you get? Kinda hard to imagine, isn’t it – but that’s why today, we’re going to have a talk about “steam punk“, it’s potential use for gimbo/bimbo girls and, because we’re trying to keep this series rather short and compact, we will briefly include the “Medieval / Fantasy goth styles for gimbos”. Before we start, please make yourself aware, that this style isn’t solely interesting for goth girls who are interested in making their steampunk appeal gimbo suitable, but also for cosplaying bimbos. Steam punk is a style which is not only worn by goths, but also, because of its pop cultural weight, something frequently used by cosplayers who try to express their connection to fictitious worlds from several different media products, like “Fullmetal Alchemist“, “BioShock“, “The Order 1886” or “Mortal Engines“. While cosplayers usually use this style to make a connection to very recent media releases, like the ones mentioned, the steampunk style as a sub style in the gothic community typically bases on far earlier examples of the general concept or even relies on the very first ideas leading to this style, namely the stories written by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells in the early 19th century. Of course, this is comparable to the influence other literature had and has on other gothic styles, like the stories written by E.T.A. Hoffmann, Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe formed the Dark Romantic / Victorian style we already talked about. Speaking of the Victorian era, we have our introduction to the steam punk genre right there: Usually, steampunk describes an alternative reality of the 19th century, in which electricity (or combustion engines – compare “Diesel Punk“) never caught on or only plays a very minor role, compared to the dominance of steampowered, mechanical machines and grinding gears. This “what if” scenario leads to a fantasy world, in which all sorts of complex, steam powered machines shaped society in a completely different way than we know it today, where the Victorian way of dressing of the upper class never went out of style, but merged with a cultish deference of fashion towards the power of the machines, gears and steampowered wearables. So, there you have it. Because of this background, many aspects of the gothic steampunk style, resemble what we discovered in our article about the Victorian / Dark Romantic style, but usually in more earthy colors, with more leather and less snobbish. The other aspect we have spoken of, is the “Cyber Goth” style we have to fit in here somewhere. This is, in fact, not that difficult, if you just replace everything the cyber goth style has to offer with a suitable counterpart already existing in the 19th century or convertible with something coming from the steam punk ideas: If something is made of plastic in the world of cyber goths, it should be made of leather in the steampunk genre, if it is about modern welding goggles, change it to WW1 aviator goggles, if something is made of silver metal, in steampunk it is made of brass or bronze, and so on, and so on. What you can learn from this: As a gimbo, you would have to follow all the rules of dressing from our article about the Victorian style and combine it with adapted gimbo suitable aspects from out article about the Cyber style. This means practically:
2. Wear a corset! (Victorian style, richly ornamented or made of leather in brown or black)
3. Wear either very short leather skirts (brown or black) or Victorian style balldresses with crinolines, that is at least so short in the front or the back that the lace of your stockings or your panties are clearly visible! (See this picture – this is perfectly done… love it!)
4. Wear stockings. However, apart from silky, smooth and elegant stockings, steampunk allows you to wear white or brown, cotton stockings also, depending on your general style.
5. Wear high heeled boots, made of leather (either black or brown)!
6. Make use of many Victorian assets, like cute, feminine and richly ornamented hats and tricorns.
7. Overall, aim for a massive amount of ornaments, jewelry and accessories, related to the general appeal of the steam punk style, which means: Jewelry and accessories in the form of gears and/or made of brass, gold and bronze (don’t use silver). In addition, this could be: Fans, hairpins, brooches, necklaces, rings, pins, chains and so on. The more – the better!
9. Showcase your legs, your ass and your tits! ALWAYS wear heavy make up!
10. Pay attention to the general rules of the Victorian gimbo style: “NEVER be lazy or modest! You are a queen amongst other, normal, boring goth girls! Be a gimbo and remember the women of the Victorian era you are borrowing from: Style over convenience, femininity over practicability, sex appeal over modesty! Pay attention to the rules, always respect them and make sure you are emanating the appropriate style, nobility, grace and elegance that can be expected from a Classic/Dark Romantic/Vampire/Dark Wave/Victorian gimbo princess! As a gimbo, you are always classy and princess-like – NEVER look “fucked-up”, punk-like, casual, messy or wasted!“
To conclude this part, we’re going to have a brief look at the Medival and the Fantasy style in the gothic subculture, although I feel by now you should know the drill. The Medieval gothic style is usually a more serious approach towards historic accuracy than what we saw in our article about the Victorian style. Apart from the fact, that this style usually deals with time periods preceding the Victorian era (f.e. “the Dark Ages”, 7th – 13th century), there is not so much difference between these two styles viewed from a gimbo perspective: No matter if you try to resemble a damsel from 1297 or a Victorian member of the “noblesse”, the rules remain the same! Although many reenactment participants will tell you, that historic accuracy is by far the most important factor you have to pay attention for – this simply does not count for gimbos! A style that is true to historic facts is NOT suitable for bimbos and gimbos and should NEVER be adapted! What you do as a gimbo, is to take loose bonds from said time periods to achieve a general appeal and feeling, and bend it until it meets the criteria of gimbo suitable outfits and styles. Of course, this means that you are going away from the demands of a authentic, historical appeal, and enter the realms of “Fantasy” – but by doing this, you are staying true to the bimbo/gimbo ideals, which is always much more important than anything else! The Fantasy style can be regarded as the gimbo version of a “historical genuine” appeal, optimized and idealized to achieve the special appeal the gimbo idea demands. Actually, this is not unheard of. Most renditions of medieval times you see in the media, no matter if you have a look at movies, video games, comics, books, paintings or something else, do render a fairly stylized picture of how those times have looked like in reality, no matter how much these products claim to be accurate (think about that ongoing lie about fire-arrows, used in most “accurate” films). You, as a gimbo princess, are not tied to the constraints of historic authenticity, you are tied to the demands of the bimbofication lifestyle! So, take your liberties regarding your outfits – and move towards the much more appealing “fantasy style”, which, also allows highly stylized sub-sub-styles, like the “fairy goth style“, to which a reader of my tumblr blog pointed me. Of course, here at the latest, gimbo wardrobe and cosplay-costumes merge together and form something completely new, which is why we’re going to touch this topic in our series about bimbo cosplay. Remember: All of this is absolutely allowed, if you pay attention to all the rules we spoke about. The bimbo/gimbo ideals ALWAYS trump everything else!