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We’re edging towards the end of October, which means the wait for Halloween is almost over! What better way to celebrate the spooky season than with a blast of witchy energy? Running the gamut from beloved anime characters to 90s grunge icons, witches in pop culture are about so much more than broomsticks, black cats and love potions. Who says a witch can’t look like the friendly lady next door with a killer cookie recipe?
Whether it’s an evil witch in the classic mold of The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West, a teenage witch hell-bent on revenge or a hardworking schoolgirl with a talent for practical magic, your favorite witch reveals something essential about your personality… and your F/W wardrobe. Read on to explore all the dark details!
1. The Grand High Witch – The High Society Witch
Nothing screams deliciously evil more than the Grand High Witch from the 1990 version of The Witches, a film adaption of the same-titled children’s book by Roald Dahl. With her perfect bob, parade of black ball gowns and gloved hands, this leader of all the world’s witches is part Morticia Addams from The Addams Family and part Miranda Priestley from The Devil Wears Prada. Radiating diva energy, her putrefying body is camouflaged by a disguise consisting of a wig, mask, vintage haute couture and serious bling amongst other things. If you love her theatrical brand of dark magic, you’re probably a natural on stage with a penchant for a glamorous entrance. Least likely to be caught dead in normcore outfits, you gravitate towards structured tops, mermaid skirts and ankle boots with a hint of heavy metal. You know the secret to sartorial success is restraint, so you complete outfits with a casual crossbody bag and understated yet unique jewelry rather than extravagant accessories. To tone down the goth-punk vibes, you throw a purple trench coat over everything for a casually cool finish.
2. Hermione Granger – The Over-Achieving Witch
It’s easy to forget that everybody’s favorite academic over-achiever from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series (played by Emma Watson) is first and foremost a witch. If you prefer Hermione Granger’s good girl vibes over the darker energies of fellow witch Bellatrix Lestrange, you’re probably also secretly more like Bellatrix yourself. That doesn’t mean your style leans gothic and flamboyant though, as your eclectic wardrobe reflects both your rebellious instincts and your hidden yearning for order. Melding Bellatrix-friendly touches like leather and lace with preppy staples such as sweaters and knit vests, your fashion persona is part schoolgirl heroine, part low-key goth queen and 100% tough girl. This black and purple combo − which combines a snug-fit turtleneck and a cozy flannel jacket with a pleated pleather mini, purple mesh socks and heeled loafers − is pretty, punk and right up your alley.
3. Kiki − The Cottegecore Witch
The titular character from Studio Ghibli’s enduring coming-of-age classic Kiki’s Delivery Service is a magnet for those who love witches − and film characters – who are kawaii rather than villainous. Although she’s armed with plenty of classic witch items, including a broomstick, black dress and black cat, Kiki is proof that bad witches aren’t the only ones that command the audience’s attention. If our sweet-natured heroine − in her signature costume of a floaty black dress and red bow − appeals to you, chances are you’re a dreamer with a resourceful spirit and a keen sense of aesthetics. Most likely to plan outfits days in advance and least likely to chuck away teenage tees, you merge the folkloric with the retro. You’d probably feel right at home in a frilled blouse layered underneath a beige pinafore dress, along with a slouchy cardigan, ivory beret and black buckled loafers. With your love for brightly colored accessories, you’re likely to puncture the neutral palette with a yellow crossbody bag brimming with sunny vibes.
4. Ursula – The High-Glam, High-Camp Witch
An icon amongst Disney’s female villains, Ursula, the sea witch from the classic animation The Little Mermaid, makes pure evil look like a whole lot of fun. A streetwise diva with dangerous magical powers, she’s the bold and brassy foil to the silent and demure nature of the Little Mermaid. Ursula is a million miles away from the grim-faced witch in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. If you’re drawn to her sass and charm despite her villainous ways, your wardrobe is probably full of snazzy street-style outfits to camouflage your shy personality. Never content with playing it safe sartorially, you readily embrace quirky prints, bold colors and unconventional materials, sometimes all in the same item of clothing. This blue faux fur jacket with an abstract pattern, paired with a mesh top and boldly colored corduroy pants, is a case in point. To up the funk factor, you’ll probably reach for this resin ring radiating 70s vibes before completing the outfit with a bucket hat and platform sneakers. With a look this deliciously outré, it’s not hard to make a killer first impression even if you’re tongue-tied!
5. Nancy Downs − The Outsider Witch
Taking cues from high school films and horror movies, the 1996 cult classic The Craft stars four teenage witches with serious outsider cool. Blurring the lines between good and bad witches, they dabble in witchcraft to dark and unpredictable results. Most charismatic amongst the quartet is Nancy Downs, whose grungy, 90s-inflected sensibility separates her from other teenage witches in pop culture history, such as Alyson Hannigan’s Willow Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Kiernan Shipka’s Sabrina Spellman from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Dramatic without resembling Halloween costumes, Nancy’s ensembles are a masterclass in channeling witchy energy with an alterna twist. If you’re a sucker for her pop punk looks, which include patent leather jackets casually thrown over subversive takes on a Catholic school uniform, chances are you’ve got a wild streak yourself. This casual yet sharp ensemble, which comprises of a pleather shacket, raw-edged sweater and distressed jeans, is just the ticket. Coupled with asymmetrical chain earrings and pearl-studded combat boots, the look is perfect whether you’re off to the mall or an all-night showing of Halloween movies.
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