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Vintage Witch | 1970’s Inspired Outfit

Vintage Witch | 1970’s Inspired Outfit

It’s October now (how did that happen!?), the month where I dress like the love child of Stevie Nicks and the spirit of Halloweens gone by.

Halloween aligns with spring here in New Zealand and isn’t widely celebrated, so I dream of a spooky autumn Hallow’s Eve surrounded by pumpkins and crimson leaves. While I hope to one day spend October in the USA or Europe, for now I  make do by making my wardrobe and life even spookier than usual.

What else could you expect from someone who lives in a haunted hotel?

This vintage witch outfit is inspired by the dreamy white witches of the 1970’s, using their crystals and spells for love and healing.

THE OUTFIT

1970s romantic vintage witch outfit Velvet DeCollete

 

It’s fairly simple as my outfits go. Just a hat and a dress.
No gloves, no shoes, basic accessories.
But with a dress like this, who needs ’em?

This bewitching dress is a vintage gothic dream. Inky black satin falls in glossy folds and the cut is impeccable. Delicate latticework on the shoulders and yoke creates just the right amount of texture and definition. The double sleeves are my favourite feature, the silhouette created by that cape-like oversleeve is so dramatic!

Created by iconic New Zealand designer Annie Bonza, this gown is one of the most precious in my collection. Owning such a beautiful piece of Kiwi fashion history is a humbling experience.  Considered a pioneer of boutique fashion, Annie’s signature ‘doodle’ style consists of braiding, ribbon, beading, embroidery and hand painting clothing with Māori and Polynesia influences. You can see some of that trademark braided lattice on this dress! Her designs are held in collections at Te Papa Museum and won awards at the Benson & Hedges Fashion Design Awards in 1971 and 1989.

If you’re not familiar with Annie Bonza, I recommend you visit this New Zealand Fashion Museum page to find out more about her.

 

1970s romantic vintage witch outfit Velvet DeCollete

1970s romantic vintage witch look by Velvet DeCollete

 

I made this witch hat from an old pre-loved felt hat I had lying around. Its crown is softly pointed, in a wearable  ‘daily witch’ style. The fluttery pink flowers are two hairflowers that I clipped to the grosgrain band for a romantic, feminine finish.

(Keep scrolling to find a quick tutorial for reshaping your own hat!)

I tied a dusty pink grosgrain ribbon around my neck to carry on those soft femme vibes, threw on a few silver rings and pronounced this outfit done!

1970s vintage witch dress Velvet DeCollete

1970s romantic vintage witch dress and hat Velvet DeCollete 1

HAIR & MAKEUP

In keeping with the romantic 1970s influence I chose a simple makeup look.  A swipe of pale green eyeshadow, bold liquid eyeliner and long lashes, with white eyeliner pencil on the inner rim to create that bright eyed effect. I did apply false eyelashes to the edge of my bottom lashes for the first time! I loved the bottom lash effect, but I wish I’d blended the edge in with liner a bit more.

Cheeks and lips are dusted with subtle peachy pinks, and brows are softly defined.

I left my hair in its natural curly state, and backcombed the bottom half for fluffy volume.

 

1970s Vintage witch makeup look Velvet DeCollete

 

DIY VINTAGE WITCH HAT

1970s vintage witch hat diy

 

I don’t know about you, but  cheap plastic witch hats make me cringe. They’re not sustainable, they don’t look good and the number of them that end up in landfill every Halloween hurts my soul.

Good thing ethical witches like you can make a vintage inspired witch hat with a wave of your wand! Or at least with nothing more than a thrifted felt hat and your own two hands.

Make your own vintage style pointy witch hat

  1. Find an old felt hat. I used a thrifted one that bought a few years ago. I forgot to take a photo before I started, but it had a standard round crown, and had become a bit faded on my hat rack, which doesn’t matter if you’re making it into a vintage witch hat!
    Now stick that hat upside down in a pot or bowl of hot tap water. Make sure the whole of the crown is submerged, I plonked a bowl in mine to stop it floating back up. ( The yellow in the water is just dye from the hat, don’t panic if this happens. )
  2. Once the crown of your hat is totally soaked through and warm, you can start shaping it! Put an old towel on your bench to catch the excess water and start gently stretching and pulling the crown into it’s new shape. If it starts drying out, just pop it back in the hot water for a minute.
    I created the pointed shape by holding one side of the crown against my benchtop like in the photo, and then pulling on the top side to stretch it out. I worked my way around the crown like this, making sure I kept my fingertips where I wanted the point to be.
  3. Every now and then check your shape and use your hands or the side of a bowl or vase to smooth our any unwanted dips or bumps. You can also lightly wet the brim and reshape that if you want to!
  4.  Try on your damp hat and make sure you like the shape. Then leave it somewhere warm and sheltered to dry – I left mine in the sun on my deck.

Now your hat is reshaped trim is with ribbons and flowers, paint it, glitter it, whatever you want!

 

Reshaping a felt hat into a diy vintage witch hat

Don’t feel like you have to stick to wide brimmed hats either! I also reshaped an old felt fedora into a 1920’s influenced witch hat.

With Style & Sass,

Velvet DeCollete

 

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Halloween Lookbook | Pinup Style Outfits for the Spookiest Month of the Year

It’s so close I can feel it ya’ll. Excitement is building like a sugar high as we approach the spookiest day of the year … All Hallows Eve. That delightful time when black and orange prevail, bats and spiders take centre stage and costumes are accepted as daily wear.

In honour of this celebration of spook, I dove head first into my wardrobe to make you a Halloween lookbook!
This is my first lookbook video, and my second video ever, so it’s got a (charming?) amateur-ity, but was so much fun to make. Created with clothes and accessories I already had, these outfits cover every occasion October might have to offer, from formal wear to haunted house visits. Fashion is fun, so watch the video for inspiration, push aside the monster in the closet and make your own Halloween style magic!

Pssst, I’ve included photos and info on the outfits below the video

Bride of Frankie

Forget lady killer, I’m a monster killer. Inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein’s distinctive black and white hair, the outfit is pure rockabilly badass. Black on Black speaks to my ex goth soul, and who doesn’t feel cooler in leather pants?

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein

Outfit Details

Satin western shirt | Vintage deadstock
Faux leather pants | Neuw
Striped slingback heels | Pulp Noir
Bangles | Thrifted
Acrylic earrings | Ebay
Sunglasses | Kabella Baby
Adorable dog | Silverdale Animal Shelter – adopt don’t shop!

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein
Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein
Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein
Shortly after my manical laughter, my dog Echo destroyed that monster head before pretending it exploded into a mountain of green fluff all on its own.

Puddin’

Okay so maybe I just wanted to pull my Harley Quinn  mallet out of retirement. I miss cosplay! Sans mallet, this outfit is super wearable and sassy. Put a wiggle in your walk and a giggle in your talk by dressing up a fitted dress with some red and black Halloween accessories. Easy!

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a pinup look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture, Harley Quinn, and modern pinup fashion

Outfit Details

Dress | Collectif Clothing Julliete dress
Shoes | A gift from the UK
Stockings | Voodoo Hosiery
Belt | Thrifted
Harley Quinn Mallet | Duke De Bonair + me!
Hair flower | $2 shop
Earrings | Aliexpress
( I know, I know, Aliexpress is bad but every now and then I can’t resist.  I couldn’t find another supplier of these earrings and I loved them!)

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly pinup look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture, Harley Quinn, and modern pinup fashion

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a pinup look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture, Harley Quinn, and modern pinup fashion

The Pumpkin King

Or should I say the Pumpkin Queen? Inspired by my favourite Halloween movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, this outfit is pure haunted carnival fun. Orange, black and white is a classic Halloween colour combo, and always makes me think of candy corn, pumpkins and black cats!

Almost every piece of clothing in this outfit was thrifted or free. I think it cost about $40 NZD all up!

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by evil circus performers, Tim Burton and modern pinup fashion

Outfit Details

Velvet tap shorts | Thrifted
Wool Jacket | Pagani – thrifted
Striped bodysuit | Forever New
Brooch | Fant & Jack
Gloves | Vintage
Pantyhose | The Asockalypse
Shoes | Hand me downs from my Mum!
Hair flowers | Thrifted shoe clips

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by evil circus performers, Tim Burton and modern pinup fashion
I couldn’t resist the old “surprised by fruit” pose that fashion models pulled out in the 1950’s!

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by evil circus performers, Tim Burton and modern pinup fashion

Formally Frightening

If you needed an excuse to be a deliciously dark, gothic glamour oozing vamp, this is it. Morticia, Lily Munster and Elvira all knew the power of a slinky black dress. Is there anything more dangerously feminine?

It’ll come as no surprise that I love velvet. The way it drapes and absorbs light gives it a lush, deep appearance, perfect for seduction. As a texture loving person I adooooooore wearing anything this soft and strokeable.

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by vintage style, Morticia Addams and Tim Burton

Outfit Details

Vintage velvet dress | Thrifted
Vintage satin gloves | Tock Tick Vintage
Beetle ring | Diva
Dragonfly earrings and dragonfly brooch | Gifts
Parasol | Bought for my wedding, can’t remember where from!

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by vintage style, Morticia Addams and Tim Burton

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by vintage style, Morticia Addams and Tim Burton

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by vintage style, Morticia Addams and Tim Burton

Hell’s Belle

Your classic 1950’s comic book bad girl. Vixens in the 50’s were all curves, and so is this outfit. Designed by Micheline Pitt, the fetish print wiggle skirt pays tribute to the scandalous Bizarre magazines, John Willie and Bettie Page antics that inspire so many of my shoots. Paired with a pair of sharp batwing sunglasses and high shine black stilettos this witchy day outfit would be right at home on the cover of a pulp paperback emblazoned with “Sin Becomes Her”.

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture

Outfit Details

Top | Pinup Girl Clothing Lauren top – second hand
Skirt | Vixen by Micheline Pitt Frisky Fetish wiggle skirt
Brooch | Fant & Jack
Sunglasses | Wholesaler – limited rhinestoned versions will be available in my store soon
Faux patent stilettos | Thrifted
Hair scarf | Thrifted

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture

 

And there you have it! A lookbook of Halloween ready pinup and rockabilly outfits, mostly using thrifted or everyday clothes! Giving a look that extra creep factor can be as simple as pairing unusual colours or some oogie boogie accessories. Make the most of the Halloween spirit this October and have fun with your style!

Need a little more inspiration? Check out my Halloween in Technicolor post for non-black Halloween options, or my Spider Web Style post for some creepy crawly cobweb clothing.

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by evil circus performers, Tim Burton and modern pinup fashion

With style and sass,

     Velvet Decollete x

 

 

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Halloween in Technicolor | Spooky Style for Colour Lovers

I know it’s not October yet, but I can’t wait any longer. I need to pack as much Halloween as I can in before the Christmas decorations roll out!

Last week we coveted spider web style, this week it’s all about Halloween ready clothes in GLORIOUS TECHNICOLOR. That’s right, I’m talking spooky stuff that isn’t black! Reveling in graveyard ghoulishness doesn’t require dressing for a funeral and the afterlife has never looked so bright!

I’ve tried to showcase a mix of colourful Halloween fashion with clothes and accessories to suit all budgets, from big brands and of course my beloved small businesses. Please buy ethically this Halloween. It’s easy to buy cheap holiday themed items and throw them out afterwards, but please consider buying lovable pieces you’ll wear all year ’round!

Now grab a witches brew and scroll down for some Halloween fashion inspiration that’s downright cheerful.

Halloween ready clothes in ghoulishly bright colours1. Adorable twinning jack ‘o’ lantern jumpers | Hello Fashion      2. Frankenstein Manicure | Pinterest
3. Monster Mask skirt + Chartreuse Powder Puff top | Vixen by Micheline Pitt 
4. Rainbow Glitter Planchett necklace | CultBlack     5. You’re Batty makeup bag | Pins and Needles
6. Zombie colour block Shoulder bag | Oasap

Vivid greens, purples and oranges scream Halloween to me. As contrasting colours they pop when worn together, and pair well with neutral black or white. While the Vixen Ben Cooper skirt and chartreuse blouse is my absolute dream, it’s waaaaaay out of my budget. I’ll be
giving my witchy blacks a dose of colour with cheap and cheerful striped tights, monster themed manicures and cute accessories!
( If you’ve got dough to spend you should totally get it though, even if it makes me Bad Jelly the Witch. Get it? Cos I’ll be jelly as! )

Halloween ready clothes in terrifying colour!

 

1.Dripping Sky dress | Holley Tea Time      2. Maleficent manicure | Definitely Meg    3. Bat Cat brooch | Erstwilder
4. purple skull purse | Griffin Leather    5. Pastel Goth Bat Brooch | Tinsel Trinkets

Brooches and shoes are versatile Halloween fashion options. You can add them to almost any outfit, they’re “conversation starters” and in my humble opinion are wearable all year round without looking over the top… If you’re worried about that kinda thing.
Personally I like looking competitively overdressed, but that’s just me.
While I’ve heard Pin Up Girl clothing has dubious quality these days, I had to include the Gloria dress because I love green and the monster print. I adore some of their new Everyday is Halloween collection but I’m worried about spending so much on clothes that might fall apart! Has anyone bought some of the range yet?

colourful Halloween fashion inspiration to brighten up your tomb

1. Stitched Halloween manicure | Pinterest     2. Spooktacular cowboy boots | Rocketbuster Handmade Boots
3. Famous Monsters Gloria dress | Pinup Girl Clothing    4. Novelty spiderweb wool 1940’s dress | Vintage from Dorothea’s Closet
5. Striped tights and ballet flats | Tieks

With so many bright and bold Halloween -able clothes available, I couldn’t include them all! Pop over to my This is Halloween Pinterest board for more horror themed, monster printed, spooky, kooky style. Have a favourite source of Halloween goodness? Leave me a comment below or show me your kitschy killer style on Instagram or Facebook.

With Style and Sass,

Velvet DeCollete

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