Ghoulish Glamour

Taking inspiration from the Halloween season and incorporating it into classic, chic looks that will have everyone proclaiming how simply goregeous you are requires a delicate balance of influences.  While I absolutely love the retro movie monster images that are showing up on a number of dresses, there can be such a thing as too much kitsch, such as also wearing Bride of Frankenstein hair clips.  Besides, once everyone moves on to the next ‘holiday’, you do not want to be stuck with a bunch of items that are only appropriate for themed parties.  This guide is geared towards those who prefer sophistication over being yet another sexy stereotype and crave fashion forward ensembles that proudly proclaim unique personalities.


Peter pan collars are all the rage yet one might be wary of an attribute that could possibly make a garment and its wearer seem young, and not in that flattering way.  However, when combined with the curve hugging features of the Back to Ghoul Dress, it gives off a grown up Wednesday Addams vibe.  Wear with a pair of Jeffrey Campbell Damsel Spikes in gold along with Twin Stars Print Tights in black and gold to give the outfit  some flash.


The vintage style of Ghoul Gallery, another lovely dress by Folter, features a pattern influenced by Edward Gorey, puff sleeves and a soft mauve color that is accented by the black peter pan collar and matching waistband.  Creep around in Jeffrey Campbell’s Night Tick, a stunning hybrid of two of his more prominent style in one stunning shoe.   The black leather upper is contrasted by silver scales and creates an otherworldly appearance that can be accentuated with vertical striped socks.


Delightfully frightful, the Paperdoll Damn Dress is a cotton dress with movie monster print, a fitted bodice and waistband and bits of trim that really make the silhouette stand out.  Turn even more heads with Lancer, a feisty stiletto peep toe Jeffrey Campbell creation that is pierced with black spikes.  Pamper your pout with Howl by Illamasqua, a deep terracotta red with a matte finish that is less Hollywood harlot and more film noir heroine.


Paperdoll‘s Sew What Dress is a more subtle take on monster movie print, featuring it along the bust and hemline on an otherwise black dress.  The yellow lightning bolts embroidered on the body of the dress along with the lace trim and decorative bow add an extra element excitement to the garment.  Jeffrey Campbell can help your feet when you Sit Down, which seems to be a mix between a platform and a loafer, white and black patent leather complimenting each other while offering contrast to the dress.  A simple pinup style cat eye lets lips take center stage in Fetish, a bright blueberry violet that says couture, not corpse.


The above fashions are available through Sourpuss, while all shoes can be found on Solestruck, and both sites offer an almost unlimited amount of possibilities when it comes to coordinating creepy chic.  For a more intense vibe, one can take the step into horror glamour with the right additions to your regular wardrobe to create a unique creature.  The final two looks in this guide utilize Gartered Leg Prosthetics by OpenWoundFX, which are a great accessory to burlesque bustles, pinup wiggle dresses or anything else you can imagine.  Instructions for application can be found on their website, all you have to do is get dressed, add blood and scare up compliments.


When it comes to evoking old Hollywood glamour, Pinup Couture delivers with a gorgeous, gathered, skirted suit designed to nip you in at the right places while accentuating your curves.  Though the Marilyn is indeed a one piece swimsuit, it would be easy to slip on a matching bolero and tie on a layered silk and lace bustle for an instant burlesque costume.  Shoe icon Pleaser has a brand of fetish shoes called Devious, a collection that features spiked heels and towering platforms.  It is not far off from their Bordello brand, as Bondage sounds more intimidating than it is considering the shoe is a square toed Mary Jane with three straps, though that all sets off the stunning pink color.  Lush lovers will find that the company now has its own line of makeup, and Decisive immediately sprung to mind as the hue with which one should stain their lips.  The liquid lipstick is described as being “vintage cherry red” that also softens and moisturizes as you wear it.


A recreation of a 1950’s piece, the Cabaret Torsolette by What Katie Did offers the ultimate in support with cathedral boning, sheer organza and gently shaping powermesh.  The latter features steel boning and chevron seeming for maximum cinching and definition, while decorative stitching adds period detail.  Since it also comes with six garters, this will ass you in pulling off the prosthetic mentioned above.  Complete the retro look with Cabaret Tap Panties, naughty knickers that have an authentic flat front, fitted waist and generous hips, a satin art deco motif protecting your modesty.  Funtasma is the section of Pleaser for fantasy footwear, and I thought the Flapper would be a nice way to set off the peach of the lingerie. With an open toe and back, this knee boot is wrapped in fringe and sparkles with sequins.  Show the world your Ambition with pillar box red liquid lipstick by Lush, which also can be used as cream blusher.


One comment on “Ghoulish Glamour

  1. methylp022 says:

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