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.
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.
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).
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. ♦