In any case, I do hope that I'm not introducing myself to a group of corpses, as I am rather new to the gothic aristocrat style and would appreciate a bit of guidance. EGL is overwhelmingly active, but I dare not breathe a word to them about any style which doesn't require a petticoat and copious amounts of lace. I am involved already in lolita fashion, but aristocrat suits my personality rather well, and would provide a bit of balance to the lolita meet-up groups in my area.
I am presently attempting to put together a decent outfit, and will post pictures if and when I succeed. Any advice on good basic pieces to get, or customization ideas would be greatly appreciated. I imagine locating a nice yet affordable top hat will be particularly challenging.