Halloween Fashion on the UK High Street!

It’s been a little while since the last Geek on the High Street due to holidays and getting back on track, and this month I’m doing something a little bit different! While most months I’ll be sticking to a particular fandom/franchise I am going to be doing some themes as well because I’m going to run out of fandoms and also because being a geek is more than just being a fangirl. I think this quote from Simon Pegg sums it up quite nicely:

“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”

To me being a geek also means that when it comes to our fashion choices we get to go where others don’t and I first realised this when I was browsing someone’s Halloween themed post, I saw an awesome Hocus Pocus T-shirt and knew it would be something I’d quite happily wear all year round. While Halloween is a holiday that most people only celebrate once a year, most geeks spend the whole year counting down to it and would happily wear a lot of the fashion items all year. So I figured a Halloween Geek on the High Street edition was in order!

Unfortunately health, badly behaving internet and house maintenance shenanigans has meant this has been posted later than intended but that does have the benefit of a lot of these items being on sale now! So do check them and the pinterest board out asap to get your Halloween and bewitching fix in before the items disappear for another year.

 

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T-Shirts

There are so many fabulous halloween t-shirts out there right now! It was so hard limiting myself to just six to showcase for you so do check out the pinterest board for more. A lot of stores went with similar themes and slogans with their own twists so if you see something here and aren’t sure about it definitely take a look because I can guarantee there will be an alternative at another store.

First up is this cute and chic skeleton hands heart T-shirt from Ms Selfridges, currently reduced to £9.80 so grab it while you can! This skeleton tank top from Claire’s might not look that great but follow the link to check out the back; it’s completely made of lace spider webs! Again it’s currently reduced to £8.40. For the more fashion conscious ladies there’s the ‘Hallow Queen’ cropped T-Shirt from Topshop, unfortunately it’s only available in medium now and it’s down to £7.00. At the bargain price of £3.00 pumpkin spice lovers can  announce their love for the flavour all year round with this t-shirt from Matalan. Halloween spirit or homage to the Bat Family? You decide with this cheeky Bat T-Shirt by PrettyLittleThing available from Next for £12. My last choice is this adorable Ghouls just wanna have fun T-Shirt from George at Asda, one of several great T-shirts in their Halloween range this year now down to £3.00 and still available in all sizes!

 

 

Jumpers & Long-Sleeves

One benefit of British weather at this time of year is that we get some really awesome snuggly Halloween apparel too! Check out these great jumpers and long-sleeved tops that I found. Next are the champions of the Halloween sweater brigade in my opinion and I’m going straight in with what I consider the best of the bunch. This gorgeous Black cat hooded sweater from Next (£24) which even glows in the dark! How amazing is that?! It definitely made it’s way onto my wish list. Next up is neat wool sweater with a bold ‘What up Witches’ slogan for £18. If sequins are your thing you can go all out in this Halloween sweater with sequinned pumpkin and bats for £24. I really like the patterned effect of this Purple Bat Sweater available from next for £24, although personally I would say this is closer to pink than purple. Or if you prefer to go for a more subtle look then this striped top is perfect for you. In traditional Halloween colours it features a small bat logo on the breast pocket with the words ‘Let’s hang’, again from Next for £18. And the final item that made the cut is a Black Bat Jumper from Peacocks, reduced to £11 – but be quick as they’re selling fast!

 

Dresses

No Halloween would be right without a Halloween party and if you’re not in the mood for a costume check out some of these fabulous dresses which you can add to your wardrobe all year round! The first dress on my list can actually double as an easy costume as this Black Collar Shift Dress, £22.40, from Dorothy Perkins is giving me all sorts of Wednesday Adams vibes! In a similar vein of style is this Bat Collar Skater Dress Ladies by Jilted Generation available for £24.99 from Sports Direct. Ever the gold mine for some great geeky fashion, Sports Direct have some wonderful alternative dresses that are perfect for Halloween and another great dress I spotted there is this sequinned skeleton party dress which has been reduced by 70% down to £15.99 – unfortunately it’s now only available in sizes 8-12 but that’s still a fantastic price for any ladies in that size. If you prefer a less fancy skeleton dress then there’s this great Lipsy skeleton bodycon dress available from Next for £22 in sizes 8-18. Also from next is this super cute Spider Web Halloween Skater Dress which makes me think of a couple of neighbourhood friendly superheros and could definitely be reused for some causal cosplays. It is flying off the shelves though with only sizes 12 and 14 still available so grab it for £23 asap! My final choice is this absolutely stunning Hell Bunny black rose and cobweb dress from Yours Clothing for plus sized ladies available in sizes 16-32 and while it’s priced at a steep £59.99 it’s a piece that can be used for a range of occasions.

 

Jewellery

I have to say one of my favourite things has been the amount of Halloween jewellery I’ve found. Some of it has been really unique and the great thing about geeky jewellery is you can sneak a little bit in to accessorize any outfit. Take these black cat earrings from Marks and Spencers, £5.00, for example, although they’re designed for Halloween they’re perfect for all year round! How about these dangling spider earrings £2.00 at Primark if you’re brave enough? If you’re more of a hoops kind of girl get decked out in style with these gold-toned skull hoops from George Asda for £4.00. Chokers are back in trend and there are so many beautiful Halloween chokers on the pinterest board, but my pick is this two pack choker and long necklace from H&M, £9.99, which lets you also play with the current layering trend. This adorable silver toned boo pendant is only £5.00 from Next.Last. but not least, this bumper back of Halloween motif earrings is a must for any fan of this holiday and will keep you going as you countdown to next year’s Halloween. It’s a fabulous £9.00 right now for 20 earrings from Claire’s.

 

 

 

Accessories

I didn’t want to go too far into costumes, however, in my search for geek fashion there were some accessories and items that bordered on costumes that were just too damn gorgeous not to show you. I also recognised a few pieces that I knew some people would probably include in their daily outfits so I wanted to throw a few bits in. Like this sequin feather headband from Accessorize, £5.00, which screams 20s flapper style to me. Accessorize also has some great beauty items that only pop up at this time of year but are really useful for the geek community for cosplay or conventions, such as these gold butterfly face stickers, £5.00. They have a whole range of stickers which I’ve added to the pinterest board for you guys. They have a few nail art items too, and I particularly like these chic spider nail art stickers. These black tinted bat sunglasses will definitely help you stand out from the crowd, and they were just too quirky not to include. They’re £3,99 from New Look. The last two items are more costume than accessories, and I hope you’ll agree with me that they’re just too beautiful not to include. Unicorn horns are all the rage this year, but for me it was this one from George at Asda, £3.00, that won best in show. And then there was this stunning dragon mask from George at Asda which is just amazingly detailed for £10.00!

 

 

Hair Accessories

There were that many incredible hair accessories that they got their own category. Like jewellery I love the diversity of hair accessories for being able to add that little touch of geekiness, and the perfect example is these sweet glitter cat ear hair clips, £3.00, from Claire’s which you can just slip in to add a little bit of fun to an outfit. Be the belle of a very creepy ball with this Spider Web Fascinator Headband £4.20 from Claire’s. Halloween hair clips are really popular this year and Claire’s has a great collection. My favourites from them are this 2 pack of skeleton bow hair clips, £2.70, and this 6 pack of assorted glitter Halloween designs for £4.00. You could go for the full colour experience with these Halloween extensions with bat and pumpkin clips from Accessorize for £5,50, or if you prefer a more monochrome look there’s these black Halloween slide clips from New Look for £3.99.

 

 

Over to You

I hope that you enjoyed this slightly different Geek on the High Street! As always I do appreciate your feedback so please do let me know what you think of the idea of seasonal and/or themed editions. I’m not sure yet if I will be doing a Christmas one because at the moment the only Christmas items I’ve seen so far have been Disney related. If I see some more geeky Christmas fashion for women I’ll gladly put one together (I’m really hoping for some ugly Christmas jumpers at least!). As for theme ideas I’m thinking of things like fantasy, magic, mythology, science/space, bands/music and so on. Basically any type of ‘geek’ that I can think of and find fashion for in UK stores. Any suggestions are welcome!

What are/were your plans for Halloween this year?

Do you buy Halloween fashion or items each year?

What is your favourite thing on this list or the Pinterest board?

For those of you in the UK; do you feel that Halloween has now become a big holiday over here or is it still more of an American thing?

Let me know in the comments! <3

To me being a geek also means that when it comes to our fashion choices we get to go where others don't and I first realised this when I was browsing someone's Halloween themed post, I saw an awesome Hocus Pocus T-shirt and knew it would be something I'd quite happily wear all year round. While Halloween is a holiday that most people only celebrate once a year, most geeks spend the whole year counting down to it and would happily wear a lot of the fashion items all year. So I figured a Halloween Geek on the High Street edition was in order!

Guest Posts Wanted!

Guest Posts

As I get back into the swing of things and get September’s posts scheduled I’d like to also get some guests posts happening for September and the next following months, including the run up to Christmas. So I’ve had a little bit of a brainstorm and here are some ideas for content that I’d like to see on the blog but I don’t really have time to implement myself.

 

About Guest Posting

A guest post is as simple as it sounds; you write a post as a guest for someone else’s blog. You don’t necessarily need to have an active blog of your own so it’s great for someone who wants to give blogging a try, doesn’t have time to maintain a full time blog or is currently on hiatus from their own blog and wants to keep their skills sharp. For active bloggers it’s a fantastic chance to network and help grown your audience as it gives a different audience a sneak peek into your world and leaves a trail of bread crumbs back to your own blog.

Each blogger will have their own requirements for guest blogging so be sure to check those for each blog. Here at Just Geeking By I’m quite lenient; the floor is open to anyone who might be interested. I’m open to ideas, however, keep in mind that your post needs to be something my audience will be interested in. So if you’re a travel blogger, for example, this isn’t the best blog for you. The most important part of this process for me is being open with one another and discussing your idea. I will also need to have the final say on whatever you plan to post.

 

Ideas List

Here are a few ideas I had. If you have an idea that spins off from any of these then feel free to run it by me! Also, guys please don’t be put off by the girlie banner or the fact that my posts are usually female oriented. I’d love to see some male geek oriented content! I just simply do not have the time and energy to devote to everything.

  • Casual Cosplay Ideas
  • Cosplay related posts
  • Geeky Make Up Ideas
  • Geeky Make Up Products
  • Female Geeky Fashion related posts
  • Male Geeky Fashion related posts
  • New Video Games due out this Christmas
  • Pagan Fashion
  • Pagan Gift Guides
  • Geeky Subscription Box Gift Guide
  • Featuring Art/Fan Art (Artists permission must be retrieved first)
  • Animal/Pet Related
  • Disabilities in Books / Films / Tv Shows / Video Games
  • Playing Video Games with Physical or Mental Health Conditions

Interested?

Do any of those ideas tickle your fancy? Or maybe one of them has got a different idea planted in your head? If so there are two ways to contact me about guest posting here at Just Geeking By. You can do so by commenting on this post or if you prefer to do so privately there is a form here.

I look forward to hearing from you! 🙂

X-Men Casual Cosplay for Storm & Mystique

Each week I’m going to be grabbing a random prompt from linkups and challenges and taking part. To make it a bit more fun I’m asking you guys to help me decide and you can vote on facebook or twitter for your favourite choice of four options. This week we had a tie between Angsty Romances and Casual Cosplay, and I decided to give Casual Cosplay a go! I’ve never done this before so I may mess it up or do it a bit differently! You can read all about Casual Cosplay over at Nerdily! Here are this years prompts!

 

Casual Cosplay themes 2017

 

 

I decided to do two characters for this because it was a fun exercise and I couldn’t actually decide between the two 😛 So I picked two characters from X-Men; Storm and Mystique. While I’ve not read many of the comics, I became a fan from watching the animated series in the 90s. I chose Storm because she’s awesome and one of my favourite characters, and Mystique was chosen more for aesthetics. I liked the challenge of trying to match her outfit and throw in some colour to represent her vibrant skin tone.

 

Storm

Casual Cosplay: X-Men Storm

You can view the full set with links to every item over on Polyvore.

For Storm I went with black jeans rather than leather for a more casual, comfortable feel although opted to throw in a leather jacket and boots to add some in. I included two different tops, one with a metallic neckline that copies Storm’s outfit and the other with a touch of metal in the form of loops on each strap.  I couldn’t find one with a gold neckline because unless sequins are your thing there aren’t many options.

To jazz it up and go with Storm’s weather powers I’ve added in a gold belt to break up the black, as well as a pair of lightning bolt earrings to mimic the ones Storm’s often seen wearing. Eye makeup is a smokey sliver eye and nails feature more lightning bolts.

Here’s the run down of items included:

  1. Black Jeans – George at Asda.
  2. Eyelet Vest – George at Asda.
  3. Embroidered Scoop Neck Vest – George at Asda.
  4. Only File Faux Leather Jacket – Freemans
  5. Lilley Womens Riding Boots – Shoezone
  6. Zig Zag Lightning Bolt Earrings – Etsy
  7. Gold Chain Jeans Belt – New Look
  8. Lightning Bolt Nails – All for nails
  9. Eye make up – Girls Beauty Look

 

 

 

Mystique

Casual Cosplay: X-Men Mystique

You can view the full set with links to every item over on Polyvore.

For Mystique I started with a casual of her dress and went from there. Finding a skull belt isn’t easy unless you make your own, so I offered two options; a metallic link belt or a grungy skull belt. As this is a casual cosplay I went with low heel boots rather than high heels to accompany the maxi dress. The outfit itself is quite plain, so to throw in a bit of colour and to reflect Mystique’s gorgeous skin colour I found some gloves with pale blue lace, and a decorative skull head bow.

Nail art and Makeup features some more skulls and the blue-hue of Mystique’s natural skin tone to spice the white outfit up.

Here’s the run down of items included:

  1. Poppy Basic Halterneck Maxi Dress – Boohoo.
  2. Black Belt With Large Rhinestone Skull and Cross Bones – Luxury Divas
  3. Chain Belt – Freemans
  4. City Walk Faux Leather Boots – Freemans
  5. Black and White Striped Skull Hair Bow – Etsy
  6. Rockin Claws from House of Wonderland Nails – The Nailasaurus
  7. Blue and silver eye makeup – Carolinebeautyinc

 

So, how did I do? Let me know in the comments!

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