Attitude and mindset come first, I think...The interest in classical literature and arts, whether they are darker or romantic. Also the realisation that life can be pretty horrible - and instead of bemoaning it - finding creative expression in the aforementioned classical and romantic arts-- and not being afraid of juxtapose it with the harshly modern and industrial. I believe out of this, comes the lifestyle, music and clothing. The beauty of being goth, I think, is that you can reinterpret it for yourself--be creative and individual, rather than fit the stereotypical mould.
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