As the saying should go, someone's costume is someone else's everyday outfit. Al Jourgensen of Ministry told us long ago that Halloween is every day, you know.
For those of us inclined to dark outfits, our favorite holiday is the best time of year to grab some dark and edgy clothing to wear long after October passes. But, alternatively, Halloween also is a great excuse to stock up on spooky accessories - there's more to choose from on the days leading up to October 31st.
Whether you're into skulls and spikes, Victorian accents, or gothic ones, here are some creepy accessories you can wear all year round!
You don't have to be a punk to stack on bracelets and chains - Madonna did it after all (and so many after her followed). The trend as of late has been harnesses and gothic chokers made of leather, chains, or even softer material such as silk.
O-rings and linked punk bracelets, belts, and necklaces are also on-trend in terms of more bondage-themed looks, which can be found in early punk looks from the Sex Pistols era. Halloween is a great time to get spiked and studded: don't be afraid of layering or looking tough as nails.
Skull and Skeleton Everything
It's no secret that skulls fashion is a favorite among us - they adorn everything from shirts to bags to jewelry. Though it might creep some people out, skulls are one of the most popular and iconic symbols in our culture today.
A skull-printed scarf is an excellent accessory to have for the coming cold weather, while hair clips can be a cute way to add a spooky element to an outfit. Stack up chunky skull rings on all your fingers for a truly wicked look. You can also wear your skeleton costumes all year round because they are versatile.
Festive Stockings and Socks
Stockings hold a duality: they can keep us warm, but it's also an easy way to spice up an outfit. For mild weather, fishnet tights are a good option (you can cut holes in them, slice them up, and layer), and there are also spiderweb tights that create a creepy look on your legs. If you need more coverage, there are solid colors (bright greens and purples are big around Halloween) but also tie-dye tights if you just can't decide what color to wear.
Knee-high socks are an easy and cheap way to add flair to an ensemble - they can come in fishnet as well, but you can also Halloween-themed socks with spiders, ghosts, and bats adorning them. Pair with rolled-up jeans and Doc Martins for an on-trend, unique look.
Bookbags and Purses
A purse is a utility item, so why not make it cute while you're at it? A few stand-out styles to watch out for are hologram purses, fuzzy bags with faux fur, and PVC wet-look purses.
And if you are Halloween-at-heart, go for a gothic style bag in an unusual shape, such as a skull or coffin-shaped book bag that's perfect for school! Silkscreened tote bags with printed bats and skeletons are also a way to carry around your items in style.
If you collect several Victorian-inspired elements together, you can whip together a costume for your Halloween party.
But what about after? Well, if you don't adorn them all simultaneously (but if you feel like you want to, please do!), you can wear them separately for a cute addition to your outfit. A steampunk corset will go nicely over a band t-shirt at a concert or alternative party, while a gothic headpiece can be a fun way to enhance an everyday look. Don't be afraid to layer your gothic chokers and elaborate necklaces with chains and harnesses, either!
Stock up on Unusual Items - Cause You Never Know When You'll Need 'em
There's no better time to collect some random items that you might be able to use in the future that, in the meantime, can accent your Halloween costumes and parties. One shining example; wigs and hairpieces - because who knows when you'll want to sneak around town undercover? There are also false eyelashes that come in natural and unnatural styles, which can add sophistication and fun to your Halloween makeup.
Finally, glowstick jewelry is the best way to get attention at raves, parties, and concerts. Buy in bulk to use all year round and to share with friends!
What are some of your favorite Halloween accessories? Comment below!