I just started reading Twilight. (I know, a little late to the game on that one.) It’s a totally enjoyable, guilty pleasure read, but I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if it weren’t for the overwhelming vampire takeover going on in pop culture. Any trend that burns this bright is destined to crash hard someday, so vampires are almost certainly going to go out of style. But with at least two more Twilight movies coming, a new season of True Blood filming, and several other vampire projects in the works, I’m guessing this trend still has some life in it. So I started wondering: if you aren’t in the market for a typical Goth look, is there a way to bring fang-inspired fashion into your wardrobe?
Recently released stills from New Moon show our favorite bloodsucking teens sporting sassy ensembles with a noticeable Victorian flavor. Seriously- even fingerless gloves, and when you break out those babies you are truly rocking it like it’s 1899. If that’s a little much for you, consider adding old-fashioned flair with a velvet blazer.
(L to R) Nine West blazer ($149 at Macys.com), Velvet Eden blazer ($148 at JCrew.com), Velvet blazer ($152 at BananaRepublic.com)
Or you can look for a classic, turn-of-the-century style boot.
(L to R) Born Kelle boots ($174 at 6pm.com), Guess Naemazza boots ($174.95 on sale for $94.90 at Endless.com), Max Studio Reunion boots ($260 on sale for $129.99 at smartbargains.com)
Of course, vampire stories are known for their torrid love scenes. If you want to dress the part, add a smoldering suggestion of lace.
(L to R) Betsey Johnson ring ($40 at Dillards.com), Betsey Johson tights ($20 at Nordstrom.com), Fossil Vintage Glamour earrings ($28 at Dillards.com)
And don’t forget the ultimate vampire accessory: voluptuous, blood red lips.
(L to R) Dior Creme de Gloss in Rouge Nectar ($26 at Sephora.com), YSL Rouge Volupte in Red Taboo ($34 at Sephora.com), Sephora Lip Attitude in Chic Ruby ($12 at Sephora.com)
Like all trends, a little dab will do you. If someone mistakes you for an extra in A Christmas Carol, it’s time to tone it down. But with all the sumptuous fabrics and romantic styles out there, this is a fun idea to play around with, and it shows you know how to cleverly incorporate pop culture phenomena into your personal style. Hit the right balance and you’ll look so good, you’ll be delectable…
Lucie Amberg is the Director of ZinaBeverlyHills.com.