This year I have been invited to so many Hallowe’en themed events that I’m starting to get into a small panic about needing more than one outfit. To be clear, only one of these invitations is specifically aimed at me – inevitably that’ll be the one I can’t make it to – but as escort to a five year old in a glow in the dark H&M skeleton outfit, I don’t really have a choice about at least vaguely entering into the spirit of things.
As a child I adored Hallowe’en and
long before trick or treating found its way across the Atlantic to darken our doorways, my parents would throw us a party which involved green and red light bulbs, fake cobwebs (a bugger to get out of the carpet apparently), peeled lychees masquerading as eyeballs (this is starting to sound horribly middle class isn’t it?) and autumn leaves all over the floor. It was a lot of fun and everyone went to town on their costumes. Fishnet tights were borrowed from mums (only certain mums had slutty fishnets in those days, mine was one) with black eyeliner and fake blood applied liberally. I wasn’t ever a ‘goth’, far too silly and girly to be a goth, but I did enjoy being a witch once a year.
So in keeping with the time of year I am calling a ceasefire on my rage against black and dedicating this week’s blog to it. As it happens there is a lot of it about and much of it is quite gothicky, although you’re to call this trend ‘Victoriana’ please. If you are a fan of lace as I am (the boyfriend thinks it’s old ladyish along with another thing I love, dangly earrings) then this is the season for you because lace is a must for pulling off modern day witchiness. If it’s black lace you can’t really overdo it; white lace is Miss Haversham territory, coloured lace too ’80’s Madonna, but black lace is eternal. Don’t even think about taking your place around the cauldron if you haven’t got a bit of lace panelling.
Victoriana favours a high neck (the clue is in the title) but it’s a neckline which isn’t for everyone. Handily, good ol’ Warehouse seem to have covered all the bases with this gorgeous lace and chiffon collared blouse. It’s a lovely fitted shape as well as opening at the neck so once you’re done with the apple bobbing you can bung it on with a pair of jeans and a jacket for an effortless day to evening ensemble. Atterley Road’s beautifully shaped slip style dress is another great choice for curvy broads, the fullness of the skirt bit is practical for getting on and off your broomstick too.
If a dress isn’t practical enough for what you have planned for All Hallows’ Eve then check out these fabulous trousers by Oasis. They’re lace but also skinny, classic but somehow edgy, well done Oasis, the possibilities for these are endless but most importantly will be the chicest yet most practical item on the Trick or Treat run. Just add witchy boots or shoes.
Talking of which, look at these beauties from Karen Millen – probably not the shoes to wear whilst chasing after sugar fueled children, but kinda witchy and an alternative to the over the knee boot which can all too easily suggest you’re off to stand on a street corner in Balham. This necklace by French Connection is the right amount of scary, a little bit punk, a little bit goth.
Finally, it’s not black but it is spooky. This spray-on dress is by Marks and Spencer no less and even I will admit they have ramped it up a notch this season. The collection from which this piece comes is called Noir. That means black in french don’t you know – them at M&S have gone all dark and mysterious and this dress will enable you to attend your Hallowe’en celebrations dressed as a rather sexy metallic snake which is not only different, it’s bang on trend, how daft will all those mummies feel next to you? If you can find a reason not to be a sexy snake on 31st October, you’re a better person than me. What? Oh yes, quite right, it’s all about the children. ‘Course it is.