Style

Because You Can

Channel your inner hobgoblin.

You don’t have to wear a Halloween costume to inject a little witchiness into your style. Here are some ideas to inspire you. Stuff to do, if you want to, just ’cause you can.

Everybody loves to wear black because it’s dramatic and easy to match, and doesn’t show stains when you accidentally slop hot sauce on yourself. Still, there’s no reason you can’t mix some color into your otherwise gothy ensemble, like model Aline Weber here. Vintage stores in the fancier parts of town are a great source for little Chanel-esque bouclé jackets, or you can try this one from Zara. Pair it with a skinny neon belt (ASOS has them in every color but I like this yellow one best), a clashing suede bag, and a long swishy skirt in black lace or velvet.

Photo from Style Sightings

Showing just a bit of skin will make you stand out in a sea of layered-up Rhiannons. Mohair sweaters like this one were so ubiquitous in the ’50s and ’60s that they’re easy to find in thrift stores now, and they’re cheap enough that you won’t feel bad about doing an inelegant hack job on the hem, or washing it in warm water so it shrinks (this was how we made our “baby tees” in the ’90s!). Pair with a dramatic ankle-length skirt like this one from Topshop and your very simplest pair of black flats.

Every witch worth her salt needs a black cat to tell her secrets to, and to help her remember the really complicated hexes. These cat flats by Charlotte Olympia are adorable, but at $750 you’d have to know some pretty advanced prosperity spells to snag a pair. Why not make your own with this tutorial by The Teal Cat Project instead? Or, if you’re as hopeless with a needle and thread as I am, then your very own cat flats are just a pair of Chinatown Mary Janes and a white fabric pen away.

Images by Amy Creyer via Refinery 29, Greg Kadel via homfree.com, and Basic Appeal. If that first girl looks familiar, maybe it’s ’cause it’s Rachel from our Teen Witch gallery yesterday?

White is such an underrated color that, when worn right, can have all the drama of black. Take a tip from these white witches and ground your look with dark accessories and a striking plum lip – my favorites are Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Raspberry Bite ($8, drugstore.com) and NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Scarlet Empress ($24, sephora.com).

Images by Gypsy Moonchild, Steven Meisel via vogue-italia.blogspot.com and Peter Lindbergh via Periferie.

Now that you have the perfect plum lip, you can create an ethereal pallor to go with it using pancake makeup or foundation that’s a shade or two lighter than your natural skin tone. How far you want to take this look is up to you—you can stop right there, or go nuts with deep-purple eyeshadow (Buxom makes really great ones!) and glitter. Or, you can skip the makeup completely and just wear a little silver star right over your third eye. A good witch doesn’t have to do much to make everyone fall under her spell. ♦

29 Comments

  • mirandab17 October 4th, 2011 3:20 PM

    I was just pleased as punch when i saw that the links you gave us to find some bits and pieces of the first outfit weren’t out of this world expensive. So damn refreshing.

  • EveyMarrie October 4th, 2011 3:40 PM

    This reminds me of my recently obtained long black dress with long sleeves, a turtleneck, and a high slit in the back that OOZES witch or nun depending on it’s accessories haha

    http://twitter.com/#!/eveymarrie/media/slideshow?url=pic.twitter.com%2FwKg2PZII

    ^ Picture of it. Nevermind that it’s sideways dammit, tilt your head and fall in love with it haha

    Love this :)

  • River Phoenix October 4th, 2011 3:40 PM

    Rookie has made a much happier and creative person, thank you for being so inspiring.

  • Marguerite October 4th, 2011 3:52 PM

    I luv kittys so much (they are my fav animals btws) so im gonna make me some kitty shoes right now! :)

  • stephanie4786 October 4th, 2011 4:11 PM

    LOVE THIS
    gothlet vibes without going overboard

  • PessimisticTeen October 4th, 2011 4:15 PM

    Reminds me how badly in need I am of shopping. In need of BLACK.

    love it!

  • weepygonzales October 4th, 2011 4:49 PM

    Excellent! Perfect for fall

  • junebuglove October 4th, 2011 5:07 PM

    I have THE BEST witchy skirt. It’s black and lace and goes to just below my knees. I love it.

  • Tavi October 4th, 2011 5:33 PM

    i’m gonna make all the schoolgirly stuff from september’s Because You Can into The Craft schoolgirl by adding crosses and black lipstick weeeeeee

  • erin October 4th, 2011 5:49 PM

    Well… I’m most certainly in need of a trip to the thrift store for some witchy clothing. I love october so much anyways, but all this rooki-spiration is making me even more excited! I simply need flowly black items and dark lipstick, and now!

  • Toilets October 4th, 2011 5:50 PM

    So much cute in one pair of shoes! I am making me some of those beauties.

  • Raebbies October 4th, 2011 5:56 PM

    I like how this was more generalized and I didn’t feel like I had to lust for a particular item just to make my look complete. I’m loving the whole witchy thing! Favourite article so far.

  • Rita Unicornia October 4th, 2011 7:18 PM

    This is PERRRRRRFECT! This month will be the best month ever! I changed my blog’s name from Rita Has A Blog to The Teen Witch Has A Blog! I love it because I’m never sick of watching Halloweentown High movies! I hate it that some people think that October is a month to wear spider webs on your clothes and spiders drawn in your face -.- Tchhht.

    http://www.ritahasablog.blogspot.com
    The Teen Witch Has A blog hahah

  • AineFey October 4th, 2011 7:56 PM

    The shoes are adorable. I might have to make some. :)

    As a pagan, I love to add a bit of witchy-ness to my outfit.

  • Pandeirada October 4th, 2011 9:32 PM

    PLEASE do a halloween costume idea/inspiration post!

  • Jamie October 4th, 2011 9:36 PM

    I CAN NEVER FIND THE GOOD MOHAIR SWEATERS

    been searching all of my 19 years

  • littleDani October 4th, 2011 9:53 PM

    yes yes yes
    i love everything about this. i just got this amazing black maxi skirt and it’s very gothy, but it’s been too warm to wear it

  • kayce. October 4th, 2011 10:00 PM

    another great plum shade (especially for those of us with pink undertones) is MAC soulfully rich ~ i just bought it and am obsessed!

  • Jenny October 4th, 2011 11:09 PM

    Oh my gosh, Leanne you are the cleverest lady I cyber-know!

  • julalondon October 5th, 2011 5:10 AM

    OMG give me this black lace skirt from the first picture!!!! Need it NOW!!

    Great post, while i was reading it, i just realized i was wearing black all over today…

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  • catdeneuve October 5th, 2011 1:14 PM

    There are some incredible inspirations here, thank you!

  • RockHatesMiriam October 5th, 2011 1:35 PM

    THIS is probably all I’ll be wearing for fall, thank you Rookie ;)

    http://rockhatesmiriam.blogspot.com

  • AbigailRae October 5th, 2011 5:05 PM

    I’m obsessed with this article & Rookie in general. <3 And I definitely need to make my own pair of cat shoes

  • laksjdhfg09 October 5th, 2011 8:32 PM

    So many great ideas! I’m for sure trying some of these out! (:

  • sungiant October 5th, 2011 11:00 PM

    I love dark lipstick. Also, if you want to get some insane witchy vibes, watch the video for the song “Gallows” by cocorosie. Intense.

  • insteadofanelephant October 6th, 2011 2:40 AM

    i plan to wear my long, red velvet dress tomorrow. woot.

    instead of an elephant

  • jinkies October 6th, 2011 1:07 PM

    yay! thanks for the links!

  • Demmy October 7th, 2011 11:10 AM

    I really luv the second outfit.

  • vimari October 11th, 2011 1:43 PM

    pussy shoes are amazing.