Do you want to know how to rock gothic glamour in the way that fits you, and your lifestyle? Here at Accessories To Murder, Halloween is much like Valentine's day; it’s great to celebrate it - but why can’t it be every day of the year? As Winter descends, and darkness falls, with glittering lights and long, dark nights, it seems a natural time to add some brooding gothic glamour to your look. Don’t leave your sense of dramatic, dark and fantastical style behind in October. Bring the drama and darkness with you through the sparkle and suspense of Winter.
Are You Afraid Of The Dark Side?
We all have a darker, more animal side buried within - don't be afraid to express it in your style - it's much more harmless that way! Celebrating and acknowledging the dark side of life is in fact a healthy thing to do - much like being honest with yourself and facing your fears. Indeed, studies have shown that enjoying black humour and horror movies can be healthy for us. The vampish and gothic style of dress has always been associated with being both dangerous and alluring - perhaps it has it's roots in the subconcious human obsession with sex and death. Or perhaps because it’s also just fun being bad - well, not really being bad - but rather being badass, and bold. And no matter how conservative your surroundings you can always express your dark side. Here’s how...
5 Subtle Ways To Vamp Up Your Style
How To Get Away With Gothic Glamour Every Day
Do you feel apprehensive about going too gothic for your own style/ surroundings? Well adding any of these subtle hints of gothic glamour into your regular style should be the answer. Having your own style is all about making your own choices - so it’s always good to stay true to what feels right for you, and to keep your own unique style while you're trying out elements of new styles/ trends. You can keep your individuality by never fully following any fashion statement, but instead borrowing and trying out the elements that work well for you; so you can have your very own unique angle on it. And speaking of unique angles...
The First Vampire Was A Girl...
Many people don’t know this, but the first vampire was a girl… The first known vampire novel, by Irish writer Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla, was about a beautiful vampire who falls deeply in love with her female victims. (Interesting fact, Bram Stoker was asked by his editor to change the sex of the vampire in Dracula to a male; to avoid too many obvious similarities to Carmilla)
Vampires are often presented as passionate and seductive, but this first vampire novel provides a very subtle and ambiguous character in Carmilla, the countess vampire, who seems to genuinely need the love and intimacy of her victim, and a very lucid account of the girl narrator falling, not unwillingly, under her spell. This is a very modern take on the theme for such an old novel, and it's so involving that you can't help but feel some understanding and sympathy for Carmilla as she is not portrayed as a one dimensional villain. Read more about Carmilla here.
This ambiguity and the dark, dreamy atmosphere of the novel is what inspired us to create the Carmilla choker - representing the glamour, beauty and elegance of Carmilla in it's rainbow coloured crystals and pearls, and the subtle danger and destruction in the falling crystal drops of blood... A perfect addition for just a hint of gothic glamour!!
More Words on Styling For Winter
Gothic glamour is a current Autumn / Winter trend, although it is a trend that seems to recur almost every year. There are of course many blogs specialising in gothic fashion, such as Mary Rose, of the Everyday Goth, who talks here about fitting her goth style into the corporate world. And for more inspiration check out Stylenoir and Dark Beauty Magazine.
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Are there any styles or looks you go to when Winter arrives? And what are your favourite wardrobe changes you make for Winter? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!!!