Up until recent years I think it was pretty widely accepted that most people are one of two things: Valentine’s Day enthusiasts, or completely apathetic to the entire thing.
Now, though, there’s a third approach to Valentine’s Day, and I must say, it’s my favourite: Galentine’s Day! As a woman who doesn’t care about the day in a romantic sense but loves to use it as an excuse to get together with my best friend, wear something sexy and luxuriant while consuming a truly indulgent three course meal together, Galentine’s Day is definitely my thing.
Typically I wear all black, not as some sort of anti-romance protest against the idea that I should want to spend the day with a man, but more as the opposite. All black slinky outfits make me feel the most sexy and sassy, and what better way to feel when living it up with one of your most loved companions? Thanks to Joanie Clothing, this year I’ve dreamt up another All Black Ensemble that ticks all my Galentine’s boxes, and would even work for those of you who do want to spend it with your Significant Other.
We’ve reached the final Halloween costume in my series of outfits that have a pinup spin. I debated whether or not to even bother including a witch in the series, as it’s widely regarded as one of the laziest of Halloween costumes, alongside the devil and a black cat. That though, I decided, was the beauty of it. If you put a lot of effort into them, even those over-used characters can produce a great costume. You can go to town with intricate makeup on a level akin to face painting, you can craft and create detailed accessories that flesh out the character. Or you can do what I did, which is grab a bunch of black things out of your wardrobe, add an old broom you had lying around from a Harry Potter costume for your niece a few years ago, and a 50p witches hat from Asda. A pinup witch is an excellent option if you’re on such a strict budget that you don’t want to spend out anything at all to make your costume, because I bet you have enough black pieces in your wardrobe to put something together, and also a great option for a last minute costume you weren’t prepared to need.
Personally, even though it’s predictable, this was my absolute favourite costume of the bunch. There was something so fun about layering as many black items of varying texture as I could to make this costume, probably because I’m typically a girl who loves to wear bright colours and tends to overlook plain black pieces as they can feel more formal to me. I enjoyed the change to take on the bad witch character in contrast to the sweetness of my other earlier costume ideas of Snow White and Dorothy from Oz, and that is something else I feel recommends the witchiness; in addition to being easy and cheap (how dare you!), with this costume you get to be as mean and bad as you want. Which is fun. And you also get to cackle. Which is also fun. Plus there’s this.
Cardigans are useful little things. For those of us who live in more temperate climes, they make an easy go-to for adapting an established outfit for cooler days rather than having to dig through your winter wardrobes for anything heavier or sleeved. For those who have confidence issues with their upper arms, or even their middle section, it’s an easy way to shroud your insecurities without sacrificing your outfit on the whole to said quibbles. They’re normally cute, sometimes plain, often simple. Rarely, though, is the useful cardigan sassy and sexy.