A large proportion of Goths are pacifist, supporters of organical and ethical clothing designers, and have strong views on the ethical treatment of animals, the environment, and other people. Some are interested in New Age or Pagan religions, which have a strong emphasis on caring for nature and often use the earth itself as a figure for worship (a Mother Earth/Mother Goddess sort of concept). A lot of Goths are also vegetarian or vegan.
With this in mind, it's not entirely surprising that hippie Goth developed as a fashion subset. Whilst the traditional hippies (or the neo-hippies of the modern era) typically dressed in flared trousers and tie-dye, and had flowers painted on their faces, hippie Goth is obviously darker and more Goth-inspired. Tie-dye, dip-dye and batik prints are still popular, usually in black with jewel-toned accents. Clothes are usually long and flowing; long skirts and drapey shirts being the norm.
Occult and Pagan symbols (e.g. pentacles or pentagrams) are often worn as jewellery or as a motif on clothing. Celtic designs such as knotwork are also often seen.
Hippie Goth gentlemen often have long hair, and may also sport a flowing beard. Dreadlocks are also common. Amongst the ladies, hair is usually long and kept reasonably natural, with henna dyes being the favoured way to add colour. Make-up is usually quite soft and natural compared to other Goth looks (e.g. deathrock, cyber), and eco-friendly brands are generally used. Tribal and Celtic tattoos are common.
Eco-Goth brand Dark Star by Jordash sums up the hippie Goth look nicely with its flowing dresses, tie-dye, crushed velvet and pentacle prints, all in predominatly black and jewel tones. Nomads Clothing also produce the occasional Goth-friendly piece.
Stereotypically, a hippie Goth may have a variety of New Agey interests, for example Tarot, crystals, palmistry, astrology or aromatherapy. You can often find hippie Goths at Renaissance Faires, faerie fests or folk festivals. In the UK they probably have Glastonbury Festival on their social calendar as well as Whitby Gothic Weekend.
Musically, hippie Goths may enjoy dark folk music such as Sol Invictus, Goth rock with definite folky overtones such as Faith and the Muse; ethereal and dark ambient bands like Cocteau Twins, Desiderii Marginis, Nox Arcana and Life Toward Twilight; Pagan rock bands such as Inkubus Sukkubus, and of course 'traditional' folk bands, ambient and New Age music (some New Age bands, such as Enigma, are widely enjoyed by the Goth scene in general). They may also enjoy some of the psychedelia-inspired 80s Goth bands such as Tones on Tail.
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