Autumn is in full swing and Halloween is days away. There couldn’t be a better time to look into the witch aesthetic. And though it’s all well and good to wear a witch costume for Halloween, that’s not what I’m talking about. The style of the modern witch is really beautiful, and it can seamlessly permeate your entire fall/winter wardrobe with an air of mystery and personal power.
So, what does it mean to dress like a witch? Well, to give you a frame of reference, in my mind, the witchy look is a combination of boho and goth. The flowy, sort of relaxed and sexy vibes of boho, mixed with the dark colors and themes of goth. You could consider that the basic formula.
Throw on a black hat to enhance the effect. That’s the cherry on top.
Basically, you want to look like a cool lady going about your day–who is also totally capable of putting a spell on someone if necessary.
The vibe you’re going for here is one of confidence. Of intrigue. What does she know? What are her secrets?
This look can be tailored to any personal taste. There’s no wrong way, and there are no limitations. It’s as much about the vibe as it is about the clothes. It’s about how you feel.
Crystals are a big element in the witch aesthetic, and (how convenient) they are popular in the mainstream right now. I’ve even discussed them in a past blog post. Crystal jewelry is affordable and easy to find, and it comes in a basically endless variety. There’s something for everyone.
Do you remember my post on celestial patterns? Well if you like the idea of wearing the stars, guess what…
Witches love the stars. The sun and the moon, too. Especially the moon. That ring pictured above was a Christmas gift to me from my beloved (the photo is from the internet, but that’s the kind of ring he got me). It’s one of my favorites; I wear it all the time.
Anything celestial or astrological totally counts as witchy, and I think that’s a very poetic style to pursue.
You know what else is fun and mainstream now? Black nail polish.
When I was a kid, it was usually considered “bad” to wear black nails. Among my generation, most of our parents still had leftover anxiety from the Satanic Panic in the 80s, making anything that didn’t look pure and churchy seem very scary.
But now that we’re grown, it’s pretty easy to recognize how dumb that was. And black is such an attractive color. So chic. It goes with everything. It’s the perfect extra touch for your autumn look.
The magic is in the details. Wear all the little things that make you smile, that make you feel cool. When you feel good, you look good. That’s just how it works.
Now, speaking of details, I can’t stop myself from going into this topic a little more deeply. The term ‘witch’ in and of itself is steeped in history and social connotation, and that greatly affects our perception. Our focus is on the modern aesthetic, but, believe me, there’s a lot more to it…
Historically speaking–and I’m only going into the bare minimum–what we think of now as a witch is what people of old would have considered the village healer and wise-woman. This person would have had great power in her community, her knowledge invaluable to the people around her. A crucial source of medicine and education.
Unfortunately, powerful women have never been popular with entities like, say, the Church.
In modern times, the slander that was spread back then (in order to excuse all the subsequent murders) still persists.
On a social level, what image does the term ‘witch’ conjure today?
Probably something like one of these two images.
The wretched old hag who wants to eat your children, or the sexy caricature that wants to do something else. (And naturally, either one makes for a great Halloween costume).
This is a tried and true method of the Patriarchy. A woman can’t be powerful if she’s a monster or plaything. Something to either kill or sleep with. It’s a reliable old tactic, used all over the world, past and present.
The Patriarchy and the Church have always held each other’s hands.
None of this information is any kind of big secret, and there’s no point in tip-toeing around the subject. History is gory and unfair. It’s no use being shocked, or trying to pretend it’s not real. One of my core beliefs is that we must look the truth in the face, always. Otherwise, we can be fooled, or just fool ourselves, and the same injustice will persist forever.
(It’s worth noting that sometimes men, and even children, were slain for being witches as well, so don’t think you’re exempt from this topic, even if you’re not a woman).
Bottom line, if you dress like a witch–and not like a cartoonish stereotype of one–you won’t just be stylish. You’ll be honoring the women who came before you. Who we would not be here without. The aesthetic is such a beautiful one, one that I love, but it’s not even about that really…
Lift your head up. Own your space. Pursue your ambitions in this life. The confidence that you have in yourself holds more power than you could ever know. And I have found that dressing in clothes that make you feel, shall we say bewitching?–can increase confidence tenfold.
When you believe in yourself, when you embrace your own power, you are defeating the people who wanted to beat women down. They were stripped of the respect they deserved, but you are taking it back.
Come to think of it, being a witch and being a queen are practically the same thing.
When in doubt, be like Morticia.
I hope you enjoy the last few days of spooky month and have an excellent Halloween. Autumn is always such a brief season, but we’ve still got plenty of holidays and sweater weather to look forward to.
Take my advice and give the witch aesthetic a chance. I’d love to see more of it. And if it’s not for you, well then, dress in whatever way makes you feel best. Your ancestors will be proud either way.
Have a beautiful week.