Style Guide | We Can Danse Macabre in Summer, Too

Why am I thinking of skulls and gnarly little creatures in the middle of summer?   

Maybe it's so disgustingly hot out I would be more comfortable as a skeleton.  Preferably a skeleton marionette, with someone else pulling the strings, so that I can spend my own waning energy locating ice buckets.  Full  And possibly mojito limeade. 

Lets start off with something undeniably beachy...


Bat skull navel ring

by Moon Raven Designs, $28

This enchanting little devil, cast from a real bat's skull, is enough to make me re-think the whole belly button jewelry thing.  No offense or anything, but I always sort of associated navel piercings with the sort of girls I never got along with.   

Yes, my bad.  Shame on me.  I totally get it now.  And I would LOVE to have this hanging from my navel.  It's just so wrong, it's right. 


4 Luxe Ways to Wear Skulls

style guide

How to incorporate the macabre into your classy 'adult' wardrobe...without looking like a confused overgrown teenager.  Because High School might be over, but the dead can dance forever.

No. 01

There's something really easy about this super-long, super-sheer dress paired with a delicate skull pendant. 

Hand-Carved Deer Antler Skull (similar) by Braincase 

Chloe, Spring 2013

The key to pulling off this look

is to mix macabre adornments with something that isn't gimmicky.  It makes more of a statement when paired with something elegant and minimal


No. 02

This exemplifies my idea of properly cheeky work-wear: swap the shorts for a white pencil skirt, then add the peter pan skull collar on top of the button down.  


Peter Pan Skull Collar by FrancisFrank, $28 with Chloe, Spring 2012


No. 03

I'd wear this Alice and Olivia ensemble with a gold bangle on each wrist.  Keep the green pumps for the office, and exchange for leather gladiator sandals on the weekend.  


Devilish talismans

really know how to balance out a wholesome pastel picnic skirt, do they not?

Similar Skeleton Bangle by Turquoise City   /  Gold Bat Bangle by FrostedWillow, $17  /  Alice & Olivia Spring 2012



No. 04

Pair this ethereal aqua frock with the dangerously pointy Raven's claw ring, a Balenciaga-esque black biker heel, and a super dark smokey eye.  

Later wear it with the dainty stackable gold skull rings, blush colored satin heels, and very vampy cat-eye liner, a la Dita Von-Teese.


Similar Sterling Silver Claw Ring by Skeletos, $76  /  Blue Diamond 18k Gold Stackable Rings, $94 each  /  Lanvin, Spring 2012

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