Dress like My Chemical Romance -- We tell you what goth garb is worth buying

By Michelle Romero
Updated September 15, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Who said band uniforms had to be geeky? At a recent London gig, singer Gerard Way and his Goth-punk quintet MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE rocked raven-hued military garb cool enough for the catwalk. For guys with dark sides, EW has fashioned a head-to-toe guide.

Step 1, superlight gold locks: Use bleach, peroxide, and a trained professional (”Unless,” quips colorist Daniel Garza of NYC’s John Sahag salon, ”your mom is a hairdresser”). Step 2, black eyes: Pile on liner, shadow, and pencil; try très-rock-star-chic French line Make Up For Ever (pictured; $16 — 21, sephora.com). Step 3, ghost white pallor: Avoid daylight.

We stood at attention when we saw Dolce & Gabbana’s regal red Fall 2006 riff on the 19th-century coatee, but our wallets are more at ease with this French-cuffed, denim-and-velvet Versailles coat in — all together now?black ($300 at Gothic Renaissance; 212-780-9558).

To stay cool underneath your coat, try a supersoft cotton crew (far right; $40, jamesperse.com for retailers), or Marc by Marc Jacobs’ whimsical Admiral Jacket tee (near right; $88, bluebeemen.com).

Dark pants with a side stripe used to say dressy; now they scream doorman. Get in on the skinny-jean trend with these Dee Dee (as in Ramone) Jet Black jeans, adorned with clever tiny cross-stitches, by Down Under designer Tsubi ($205, bluebeemen.com).

Step out in Dr. Martens’ Malibu + Velvet leather boots — pick a red or blue plush interior ($130, dmusastore.com) — or go from the mosh pit to the basketball court with Reebok’s Classic Ezama Lux sneakers ($80, 800-228-7867 to preorder).