Day of the Dead

Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a little undead. Time to replace the duck face with a skull face for Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos).

With origins in Mexico, this holiday occurs the day after Halloween and is meant to commemorate the lives of the deceased with food, drink, and lots of lively celebrations. Although I have never participated in this, I am still astounded by the vibrant colors, morbid face paint, and psychedelic skeleton artwork that characterize Day of the Dead.

I’ve had this black dress for years and have never worn it, but the colorful Mexican inspired embroidery seems perfect for this holiday. The look wouldn’t be complete without a head full of flowers. My solution: I pinned a couple of oversized flowers to a pillbox hat, and voila, instant floral arrangement! I love how they match the embroidery in my dress perfectly. This black dress needed some umph, and a vintage petticoat was just the answer. I’ve always wanted a petticoat, and I’ve been so lucky to inherit this one from my aunt. Yes, the scratchy tulle makes things a little itchy down there, but at least it’s not caused by a transmittable disease. Huzzah!

Unfortunately, I am not very good at putting on makeup, and would be deathly incompetent in painting a skull on my face. Alas, my Day of the Dead inspired outfit falls short of looking sinister.

Without the skull face paint, I look pretty alive. Can someone throw me a bone?

Anna Sui dress (similar and here) / Forever21 pillbox (similar) / herringbone fishnets (similar) / Dollhouse booties (similar)

Trick or Treat?

Freaks come out at night, and especially on Halloween in the form of sexy [insert occupation here] costumes for the females.

If dressing up as a risqué superhero isn’t your cup of tea, but you still want to get into the spirit, there is hope for you. Take the typical black and orange ensemble: accessorize it with tiny skull details in the necklace and knuckle ring clutch. Finish it off with a pair of glitzy skull pumps which are definitely a treat, and also oh-so appropriate for Día de los Muertos. It’s such a stylish outfit, no one will ever know that you’re secretly dressed for the ghostly occasion.

Dressing for Halloween is not at all scary. Trick or Treat!

Black peplum topOrange pantsSkull pumpsGreen clutch / Skull necklace