At core, goth is a music based subculture so in order to consider yourself goth, your music taste must contain goth music. A subculture must have aspects, traditions, and characteristics which make it what it is and a common ground for all the people who consider themselves as part of that label.
What does it take to be goth?
It is stereotyped as eerie, mysterious, complex and exotic. A dark, sometimes morbid fashion and style of dress, typical gothic fashion includes colored black hair and black period-styled clothing. Both male and female goths can wear dark eyeliner and dark fingernail polish, most especially black.
Is it OK to be goth?
Goth is not a sin because there is nothing sinful about being goth. If you are goth, that doesnt automatically make you Satanic, evil, sadistic, psychopathic, or anything negative at all, it just means you find beauty in things others consider dark and enjoy your own form of artistic personal expression.
Can you be goth and not like the music?
However, as a general rule, I am inclined to say that yes, you can be a Goth without liking the music. For them, the music is what makes the subculture. Therefore, their views fall in line with those that believe if you are to class yourself as Goth then you must listen to and enjoy the music.
Can you be goth and not dress goth?
Since goth is a music-based subculture, all one really needs to do to be classified as goth by modern standards is listen to the music and immerse themselves into macabre aesthetics that goth is all about. No goth has to dress up, but we do anyways, to further show our love for the subculture.
They arent nearly as fashion based as the rest of those in the Goth subculture, and whether or not theyre a type of Goth is debated, although the two subcultures cross over easily since they both love black, leather, boots, and many Goths enjoy metal.