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Pastel goth (might include soft grunge or nu goth), is a new trend where usually girls (on Tumblr) will dye their hair pastel colors, wear hipster/vintage-looking clothing that vaguely) promotes goth images, and blend cutesy images/colors with skulls, inverted crosses, etc. They try to justify their look as gothic with a pastel color palette although it is more reminiscent of a lighter emo/scene look. Often looked down upon by many goths as posers (most pastel goths don't actually listen to goth music or enjoy its true elements). Also disliked by Nirvana fans because of their loose use of the term grunge to describe themselves.
Girl A: Dude, check out those cute faded lilac short shorts! Soo cute.
Pastel Goth: Yea totally! They'll go great with my Actual Pain sweater!
by PlzNo February 04, 2013
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Pastel goth, sometimes referred to as soft grunge or nu goth, is a new trend where girls (usually on Tumblr) will dye their hair pastel colours, wear clothes promoting satanic sub culture (666, inverted crosses, etc) they also wear creepers and jc litas. Often looked down upon by Nirvana fans because of using the term grunge to describe themselves
Girl on tumblr: ☯follow my blog for pastel goth and grunge☯
bitchy Nirvana fan: uhggg thats not grunge omfg youre a dumbass blahhhhh
by catsarecoolokay June 13, 2012
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A fashion sub-culture (originated on tumblr) that is heavily inspired by Japanese "kawaii" street fashion mixed with elements of goth and grunge fashion. Usually worn with pastel, dark, occult, scary, and cutesy accessories and hair colors/wigs. Vintage elements are also welcome.

Commonly misinterpreted as a part of goth (it is a subset of goth) fashion and wrongly accused of being a poser fashion. Pastel goth is strictly a fashion asthetic, not an identity (no intention of involvement in gothic or grunge culture or music) nor do pastel goths/nu goths identify as goth, pastel goth, grunge, etc.

Pastel goth is also synonymous with creepy cute, pastel goth lolita, and nu goth.
I love how she coordinates her ripped black sweater and pastel purple skirt with hair bows and a studded choker, so pastel goth.
by La Gateau August 04, 2019
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