New Jersey is full of fashion choices that are both stylish and stylishly hip.
It’s not unusual to see a tomboy dressed in a full-length black top, a pink skirt and a pink blouse, but there’s a new style that’s been making waves on the East Coast of the United States for years now: the gothic style.
It was introduced in the mid-2000s by a fashion designer named Jennifer Bynum, who has since opened her own boutique and business called Bynums Gothic Collection.
She’s a tomboween and Halloween enthusiast who says she grew up in a goth family.
“My parents were goths,” Bynoms told me.
“We went to a very traditional Catholic school and our church had a big goth revival, and I was in high school when my parents went to see Marilyn Manson.
My parents really were goth kids.”
It was during the 1970s, however, when Bynams mother started feeling that she needed a bit of extra spice, so she decided to go on a trip to Italy.
Bynames family lived in the seaside city of Pozzuoli for a few years.
“They were living in the suburbs, they were kind of living off the grid, and my dad was sort of a fisherman, so they were just kind of like the kids of the village,” she said.
Bys mom bought a small cottage, and they moved there to be close to their town, where she found a lot of inspiration for the new style of goth chic.
Blys mom and dad both love the goths, and when Bys grandma died suddenly in 2007, Byns family felt the need to get rid of everything.
“And then I went into this fashion show that I was running, and it was this crazy goth party,” she recalled.
“I had this crazy black-and-white-and white outfit that looked like it was done by a kid who got a little bit too creative.”
It turned out the gaunt, brooding look she loved so much was her mother’s idea, but her dad didn’t have much of a choice.
“He couldn’t afford a new car, so he took this goth outfit and he bought a truck, and he drove it up to a cemetery and he laid it on the hood of this truck, like a coffin,” she told me, pointing to the truck.
“It was like, this is not a coffin!
This is a tombo.”
So she decided the outfit would become her first official Halloween outfit, and her mother decided she’d like to wear it to her funeral.
“She was very into it, and she said, ‘You know, I want you to wear this outfit when you go to the cemetery,’ ” Bynas mother recalled.
So Bynam decided to dress her mom up in the outfit, with her signature skull and crossbones on the front of her black top.
“The idea was, she would put her mother on the coffin, and then I’d get out and go to a gala and just hang out with her,” Bys dad said.
“When I was at the funeral, I had this tomboy-style outfit and I wore it to the funeral and people were like, “Oh, your mother is dressed like a grave,” and she was like ‘No, I don’t wear a grave!’ “
” Bys mother decided to wear the tombos in front of everyone, including her mom, and in the front row, and the gattai of goths who were there started to notice. “
“This is going to go viral and people are going to start dressing like tomboys,” Bies mom said. “
She was also surprised that her mom would be so enthusiastic about it. “
This is going to go viral and people are going to start dressing like tomboys,” Bies mom said.
She was also surprised that her mom would be so enthusiastic about it.
“At first she was excited about it,” Blynam said, “because it was so unexpected. “
She just loved it. “
At first she was excited about it,” Blynam said, “because it was so unexpected.
She just loved it.
She said, she was at a gawker event where they were talking about the tombo and she went, ‘Well, I love the outfit!’
It’s a very unique thing.”
And it’s one she’s keeping to herself now.
“For me, I’ve always been an introvert, but this outfit has made me feel a lot more