The candlelight flickers briefly and, as the room grows unnaturally dim, an icy draft of air skims your shoulders. Supressing a shudder, you glimpse from beneath partially closed eyelids the room of impossibly chic spiritualists with whom you are currently sharing company in the hopes that the veil will be parting tonight for at least a few devout believers.

You become aware that the room has grown eerily still.  A strange quiet gathers like a storm around you, the atmosphere growing more and more oppressive…

…and you are certain it’s because everyone is staring at your outfit. UGGS and yoga pants to a séance?
FFS, what on earth were you thinking?

Next time you’re invited to commune with the spirits and spend time with swanky psychics and seers, put some effort into your appearance! First impressions count, even and perhaps especially with denizens of the spirit world–whom, I might add, didn’t travel across the vast astral plane just to see you with your greasy hair in a sloppy bun and wearing a sweatshirt with pizza stains on it. Get it together, weirdo!

Channel some haute occult sartorial drama with these spellbinding ensembles, dripping with dark opulence and moody mysticism. Conjure a vision in flowing, ectoplasmic fabrics, necromantic baubles, and somber, shadowy shades. And if you simply must resort to comfort couture, save it for your sorority sisters and your themed slumber party spirit board sleepover night! Don’t forget the custom Ouija throw pillow for gratuitous slow-motion pillow fight realness.


Giamba V-neck floral dress $2,072.70 // Bordelle Magdalena Soft Balconette Wire Bra $244 and thong $178 // Barbara Bui suede strap pointed toe shoes $715 // Judith Leiber Couture Crystal Rectangle Evening Clutch Bag $2128 // Sevan Biçakçi Bead Bracelet With Dagger Closure $29,950 // BCBGMAXAZRIA Lace Veil Headband $53 // Early Victorian Garnet Carbuncle and Fly Ring $1800 // Bourjois Queen Attitude Kohl Kajal £6.99 // Duri nail polish “Angels and Demons” $13.50 // Gold hand ring £189.99 // Amouage Fate Woman perfume $315-$380 //  Lera jewels triple moon earrings $2400

Seance II

Pre-owned Lanvin by Alber Elbazs dress $890.88 //  Only Hearts bralette $79 and panties $60 //  Lasercut Alexander McQueen booties $1275 // Brunello Cucinelli Necklace $1,118 // Cio Cio San Eau de Parfum by Parfums MDCI $250 // Besame 1930 Mascara $23.00 // Charlotte Olympia In Your Face Clutch $297 // Pamela Love Ouroboros bangle $117 // Macabre Gadgets veil ring £85.00

Seance I

Courtney Love X Nasty Gal Babydoll dress $128 and panties $48 // K is For Black That-a-way tote $22 // Bloodmilk petite planchette necklace $120 // Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Practical Occultism (Limited Edition) $23 // Jessica Kagan Cushman “dim lights, thick smoke, loud music” bracelets $29 // Vintage boudoir slippers $50 // Nero Cosmetics Miss Argentina Lip Vinyl $18 // Lunatik Labs Supernatural coffin palette $35 // Ouija throw pillow $35

S. Elizabeth
S. Elizabeth is a fancier of fine old things, nostalgic whimsies and magics both macabre and melancholy. She is a shadow seamstress, star stitcher, word witch, and weaver of the weird. Visit her blog, Unquiet Things for perfume, poetry, and myriad musings, and, if you're so inclined, peep at her Instagram for photos of fancies and frou-frou frips & frills.
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