The nights have drawn in, the leaves have changed colour and Halloween is just a hop, skip and spooky jump away.  The change in season calls for velvet, lace, inky metallics and, or course, the darkest of lipsticks – Gothic is definitely a trend that comes around year after year and I, enviably, embrace it with all I have!

Now, I know that you don’t all like to dress up for Halloween and this trend is a fantastic alternative, it allows you to be moody, gothic and vampiric without the need for fake blood, amazing make up skills, and spending a fortune on polyester costumes.   So, I thought I would share a few looks from Simply Be that are perfect for this gothic glamour trend.

Plus Size Gothic Glamour with Simply Be*

This black skater dress* with a lace overlay immediately stood out – it screams Wednesday Addams with the white collar but the addition of lace and sheer hems makes it twice as steamy.

I’m wearing a size 18 and it fits fairly true to size, fitting perfectly across my hips, chest and shoulders but gaping at my waist.   I’ve cinched it in with a wide black belt but would happily wear it without a belt for more casual occasions.

I’ve paired this dress with metallic brogues that add that glamour element, although over-the-knee boots or high heels would be equally luxurious.

 

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Lace panels on high necked tops are about as gothic as you can get without wearing a full on Morticia dress – and thankfully, there are many options available to you this autumn.   This Black Textured Top with Lace Trim* is simply stunning with a cut out back and high neck, I’ve styled in tucked into a Wet Look Pleated midi skirt*.

The skirt and top are both a size 18 and fit me very well.   The material of the skirt is strange, I don’t know how to describe it – but I love the soft sheen, especially when paired with long suede boots and killer heels.   I’ve broken the black up with a black belt but, to keep the moody luxe feel, a gold belt would work just as well.

 

Plus Size Gothic Glamour with Simply Be*

Trousers are really glassed as glamorous, but these coated jeans* with their high shine and skin tight fit are more luxurious than I could have hoped for.   I’ve paired them with chunky chelsea boots but my black suede court shoes look equally awesome – just a little more sophisticated than the bad ass goth look I was going for here.

The Joanna Hope lace top* is gorgeous – I love the over sized roses and the hint of skin that peeps through it.   I’ve teamed this look with feather-adorned trilby hat* – have I told you how much I’m loving hats this season?

The jeans are size 16 which is my usual jean style -they’re regular length so a little short on me and not particularly high waisted but I think that’s my height rather than the fit of the jeans themselves.   A longer version would probably sit more on my natural waist.  The lace top is size 18 and quite roomy on me – a 16 would have fitted but I prefer the slightly boxey look.

I feel like the gothic trend is very much me come autumn, pretty swishy dresses are banished to the vacuumed pack bottom of my wardrobe and leathers, lace and velvet in dark moody colours get displayed in all their luxury bitch finery.   This year is no exception and, if you follow me on instagram, then you’ll have seen just how moody my fashion mood gets.

Do you tend to move towards the gothic come autumn?  Or do you try to beat the cold days with more colourful alternatives?

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