It's a darker interpretation of the high/low fashion mix.
Despite the fact that the girls have been doing it for years, dudes have recently discovered you can wear designer goods with the occasional streetwear piece or Walmart come-up. The "street goth" aesthetic is merely a darker interpretation of this style philosophy. No need to step into Hot Topic—it's not nearly as extreme as what's traditionally considered goth, meaning there's no nail polish or makeup involved. The look is characterized by a mix of streetwear with high-end fashion with an overall black aesthetic. Far from Jay-Z's "all-black everything," the look is raw and deconstructed. There is lots of layering and playing with texture. Think minimalistic and asymmetrical cuts.