Give your look a gothic twist

If you’ve yet to get your pumpkin carved and your costume sorted, what are you waiting for? Halloween season is upon us, and that means it’s the perfect opportunity to bring some gothic style into your usual look. Think you can’t be that daring? Think again—once you’ve got the truly spooky shenanigans out of the way you can easily bring a sexy, sultry and ultra-vampish edge into your everyday wardrobe, because this season the gothic look is well and truly with us.

Gothic style doesn’t have to make you look like a vampire and nor does it mean you have to emulate Marilyn Manson—it’s all about incorporating a few key trends, keeping it subtle with a dark, sexy edge. Lace, for example, is huge this season and can be worn in a whole range of different ways, whether you want to keep it demure with a lace insert jumper or feel like going all-out with a lace-covered dress. Leather is another option and is perfect for this time of year, with the fail-safe leather jacket being joined by leather pencil skirts, trousers and even leather-look skinny jeans and jeggings.

Getting the colour right is another important consideration—you might think your only option is black, but it’s time to think outside the box. Rich purples, berry shades and the hot colour of the moment oxblood are all perfect for the gothic look, and if you finish it off with the right makeup (deep berry lips and smoky eyes are a must) and a good dollop of attitude you can’t go wrong. The best thing about this look is that you can dress it up or down, whether you want to channel the trend at work or go truly glamorous for a big night out, and with the high street being full of suitable options you’ll soon find something available.

Gothic glamour is here in a big way and if you do it well you won’t look like you’re forgotten to take your Halloween costume off, so don’t be afraid to play around a bit and you can give your look a dark, sultry twist in no time.