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How to wear…a gothic romance novel

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On rainy midnights do you ever find yourself curled on the sofa, reading a worn paperback with a cracked spine, the shadowy darkness of the tattered cover providing the backdrop for a beveled tower, backlit by the moon and away from which a pale faced and wan young woman flees, her ruffled peignoir trailing and tangling behind her?

What is this poor, doomed lady running from? Could be any number of gothic romance tropes – ghosts, phantoms and strange sinister spirits. Abandoned monasteries, isolated castles. Brooding, mysterious gentleman. Wild, turbulent love and bitter betrayals.  Fearful family curses.  Dreams, illusions, obsessions, murders.  I mean…what isn’t she running from, right?

And do you ever find yourself wondering…“what would I wear if I were running in her shoes?”

Well, nothing practical or suited for running long distances, I can assure you!  See below for an array of ruffles, lace and dark baubles with which to bedeck yourself should you find deeply entangled in a highly atmospheric, possibly historical and definitely creepy love affair with a sweetheart who may or may not want to kill you.

Be sure to click through the images to visit the polyvore pages where you can find information on the items shown.

midnight

forbidden

shadows

phantom

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Not into gothic romance? Not to worry – I’ve got you covered! Below are some bonus wardrobes for lovers of pulp and general weirdness.

piggy

satan

weirdo

 

 

How to wear: Your favorite tarot deck

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Another entry in my ridiculous “How to wear” category: How to wear your favorite tarot deck.

You have packed up all your cold-weather clothes and are no doubt simmering with equal parts resentment and bewilderment (also, literally simmering because it’s hot AF outside) as you survey your scant summer wardrobe–for you, a child of bleak and dreary days, are far more content to cloak yourself in layers of darkness during the winter season than you are to strip down in the hot weather to one-piece rompers and accentuating with those dreadful “pops of color” that fashion magazines and beauty bloggers blather on about.

Curse you, evil day star! Why must you shoot your hateful heat-lasers at us? These legs haven’t seen the sun in six months, it’s not safe to wear shorts! Our delicate shoulders prefer wraps and shawls and leather jackets covered with super cool enamel pins! Who can we turn to for advice on building our wardrobe for these heat-blasted days? Where can we find a fashion forecast that won’t leave us feeling disgruntled and stabby?

In our search for more esoteric style inspiration, let us not rule out a more mystical, metaphysical approach. Perhaps through a bit of practical prognostication and pattern prediction we will reveal cosmic trends that resonate with us on a deeper level. In doing so, as universal ideas and corresponding symbols unfold before us, we can interpret intuitively that which speaks to us as sacred and divine and integrate it into our summer capsule wardrobe!

The tarot is brimming with rich, iconic symbolism and gorgeous imagery of the mysterious world of our unconscious, so why not look to the art of your beloved divinatory tools for outfit expansion this season? See below for suggestions from some of my treasured tarot decks, incorporating the old-world, melancholy elegance of David Palladini’s Aquarian tarot, the otherworldly intensity of Lady Frieda Harris and Aleister Crowley’s Thoth tarot, and finally, the neon WTF-ery of Oliver Hibert’s eye-meltingly psychedelic tarot deck.

Fortune-teller fashion? Sybil style? Psychic chic? Oracle aesthetic? Who knows–perhaps we will start a trend of our own. 2016, the summer of visionary vogue.

The Aquarian Tarot, art by David Palladini.

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The Baphomet Tarot, art by H.R. Giger.

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Tarot of the Cat People, art by Karen Kuykendall

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The Bohemian Gothic Tarot, created by Alex Ukolov, Karen Mahony

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Manara: The Erotic Tarot. Art by Milo Manara

manara

 

The Fantastic Menagerie Tarot, art by J.J. Grandville

 

menagerie

 

The Phantasmagoric Theatre Tarot, art by Graham Cameron

phantasmargoria
The Thoth Tarot, created by Aleister Crowley, Frieda Harris

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How to wear…dramatic jewelry

Allow me to reiterate: I think “how to wear” columns are dumb.

HA! I said it. It’s true. They are dumb.  But, as I confessed to my sister the other day: 80% of my daily broodings revolve around how I think I could have done something better than someone else did it (she promised to diagnose me at a later date)… and so I sometimes have to jump into the fray of dumbness just so I can do a better dumb.

Today we have…how to wear DRAMATIC JEWELRY*! And by dramatic, I mostly mean ridiculous. Who else is going to show you how to style a resin lobster necklace, right? Isn’t that why you came here today?

*Please note – some of these selections are more “art” than “wearable accessories” as they are one of a kind, gallery pieces
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Tatty Devine Giant Lobster necklace at 6000AD

 

lobster


Märta Mattsson beetle necklace

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 Phases of the moon necklace at Army of Rokosz

lunar

Claw necklace by Sian Edwards

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Fretwork Sword Necklace by Eina Ahluwalia at Boticca

scimitar


Elaine Ho necklace
 (this may be sold out)

knife

 

Spacecrab choker by OS Accessories

crab

Philippe Audibert Riviera Necklace

baubles

 

 

How to wear a tee shirt

Now I imagine most people reading this blog are of an age where they can dress themselves and their wardrobe choices are no longer monitored closely or chosen for them.  You’re all probably folks who know what you like and have a snazzy sense of style and you don’t need someone – especially someone whose idea of formal attire is a polyester turtleneck with psychedelic mushrooms dancing all over it – giving you fashion advice. Fair enough.

So don’t consider this a “how to wear” column.  Even though that’s what I titled it.  I don’t mean to be confusing!  I’m simply sharing a few really cool tee shirts here and how I might style them, for folks like me, whose wardrobe is somehow 140% tee shirts and who can appreciate a fantastic, casually cut cotton top with killer graphics on it.

Please note that not everything here is budget friendly.  Actually, there is not a single item listed that is budget friendly…except maybe the tee shirts themselves.  I will not apologize for my exquisitely expensive tastes! Clicking on each ensemble will take you to a polyvore page with a listing of each of the items featured.  And of course there is a perfume paired with each!  I mean why bother even getting dressed, otherwise.

Dracula tee shirt at bookriot.com

 

Windom’s Queens tee at skreened.com 

twinpeaks

 

 

Spider Baby tee at The Great Tee Shirt Store

spiderbaby

 

Weird But Nice tee at Buy Me Brunch

weird

 

 

Electric Wizard tee at Rockabilia ( sold out, apparently, but probably found elsewhere)

wizard

 

 

Zombie Rave tee at Phantasma Disques

zombie

 

 

London Sorcery tee at The Orphan’s Arms

sorcery

 

 

Looks That Kill tee at We Love Fine

misfits

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