With Halloween just around the corner, I'm sure I'm not the only one with spooky style on the brain. Although I'm unlikely to be able to hop onto the train on Friday morning in full on White Walker mode (as much as I'd love to!), you might remember that last year I came to a pretty cracking compromise thanks to my amazing Christopher Kane Frankenstein tee. If you want to embrace the dark side this weekend but aren't overly fond of false fangs and ghoulish get ups, here's a little look at some of the more subtly spooky pieces in the shops at the moment, sure to have you looking fangtastic (sorry!) whatever your Halloween plans are:
Speak of the Devil Tee, Kate Spade/Ava Padded Neck Tunic Dress, £135, Whistles/Felt Fedora Hat, £60, Whistles/Cross-Back Jumpsuit, £30, Topshop/Cat Waist Belt, £12, ASOS/Combined Lace Top, £25.99, Zara/Woodland Rectangular Watch, £75, Olivia Burton/Lip Polish in Twin, £8, Topshop/Spider Pouch, £325, Charlotte Olympia.
I love this tee from Kate Spade as it's super simple but still makes a bold statement, like so many of their standout pieces. It's also something which is simultaneously brilliant for Halloween and which you could also easily incorporate into your day to day wardrobe too. If you're planning on heading out trick or treating or are welcoming in the start of the winter with some fireworks, then wrapping up warm is a must. Whilst I'm still to properly unravel my knitwear collection, I'm already thinking about getting properly prepared for the chilly weather, and this jumper dress from Whistles ticks all of the right boxes. As well as being super practical, it's also seriously versatile and the sort of staple which you could happily come back to season after season. Speaking of Whistles, this hat from their AW14 drop is well and truly at the top of my wishlist, and is another true classic which would give you a guaranteed return on your investment.
Tapping in to this season's penchant for all things gothic, this blouse from Zara is a lovely, subtle Halloween alternative. The lace detailing adds a really sophisticated feel, and again it's another ultra versatile purchase which lends itself just as well to dressing up as dressing down. Speaking of dressing up, if you've got a spooky party in the calendar, then this jumpsuit from Topshop is definitely one to add to the shopping list. It won't break the bank and channels casual cool as well as having plenty of potential for being dressed up around a theme. If you're feeling feline, then look no further than this amazing waist belt from ASOS- so cute that I'm tempted to wear it all year round!
With accessories in mind, this Olivia Burton watch offers a sophisticated take on spooky, and is another sound investment piece thanks to the simple, versatile design. If you're avoiding face paint in favour of more understated maquillage, then Topshop's vivid lip stains are perfect for creating a statement without looking like you're a long lost member of the Addams Family. Finally, for the perfect finishing touch, look no further than the queen of Halloween- Charlotte Olympia- and her incredible spider clutch.
Do you have any exciting plans for Halloween?
(Image credit: Kate Spade, Whistles, Zara, Topshop, ASOS, Olivia Burton and Charlotte Olympia.)