A Windswept Gothic Romance – October’s Style Not Age Challenge

October 26, 2020
Gothic Romance Style Not Age, Second Female black maxi dress

It’s not often you’ll see me wear head to toe black. As a teenager it was pretty much the only (non) colour I wore, but I’ve grown increasingly confident with colours and bold patterns as I’ve got older. However, it was my turn to choose a theme for this month’s Style Not Age collaboration and I took a loose prompt from Halloween. Rather than make it explicitly about Halloween I settled on the theme of Gothic Romance, conjuring up images of black lace, velvet and ruffles.

Gothic Romance Style Not Age, Second Female black maxi dress

It turned out to be a windswept gothic romance, but I think that just adds to the drama

I was racking my brains for a suitable location for these photos but couldn’t think of anywhere. Our local church is on a main road so we wouldn’t have been able to do them discreetly. But Pete came up with the brilliant idea of driving to Mow Cop to take the photos by the folly ruins. It was exactly what I’d envisaged so major brownie points for Pete! It turned out to be a windswept gothic romance, but I think that just adds to the drama.

The thing about taking photos in public is that there’s bound to be other people around. Although the folly is only small, it’s quite popular, especially on a Sunday afternoon! Nevertheless, I brazened it out. That wasn’t the only challenge I faced though, because that morning I woke up with terrible back pain. I could hardly walk for a couple of hours, but a strong painkiller did the trick! My dress is very long, so I tied it in a knot and wore a long coat over it until I’d climbed to the top of the stairs. I wore flat boots, with these chunky ones and my headband in a rucksack so I could do a quick change. The vest and thick tights under the dress kept me warm.

Gothic Romance Style Not Age, Second Female black maxi dress

These pearl-embellished boots are my latest eBay find. It’s not easy to find this style in faux leather so I was delighted to snap them up. I’ve had the dress and headband since this time last year. In fact, I wore this dress last Halloween in Madeira but didn’t end up posting the photos. (I’ve included one further down.)

Gothic Romance Style Not Age, Second Female black maxi dress, Mow Cop
Gothic Romance Style Not Age, Second Female black maxi dress
Gothic Romance Style Not Age, Second Female black maxi dress
Gothic Romance Style Not Age, Second Female black maxi dress, Asos black lace headband
Gothic Romance Style Not Age, Second Female black maxi dress, Asos black lace headband

SHOP THE LOOK

Although the style of dress didn’t really require a necklace I couldn’t help but wear this cute bat one from Obscenerie. Bats have had bad press this year, I think they need a little love!

Gothic Romance Style Not Age, Second Female black maxi dress, Asos black lace headband
Yaa Yaa London druzy ring
Zara pearl-embellished chunky boots
Gothic Romance Style Not Age, Second Female black maxi dress, Asos black lace headband
Gothic Romance Style Not Age, Second Female black maxi dress, Asos black lace headband, Mow Cop

Second Female dress (similar) | Zara boots (from eBay) | Asos headband (old) | Yaa Yaa London ring | Obscenerie necklace

How I wore the same dress last Halloween

Sorry ladies, I know you didn’t enjoy this challenge…but you all did a fantastic job with it!

Mummabstylish

Jacqui has layered a chiffon dress over faux leather leggings, topped with a leather jacket for a very glamourous look that would be perfect for a night out. See all the details at Mummabstylish.

Gail, Is This Mutton?

Gail has really got into the spirit (no pun intended!) of gothic romance with a black lace skirt, Victorian style blouse and a fun black wig! Visit Is This Mutton? to see more.

Anna's Island Style

We all know how much Anna loves bright colours, so this was well out of her comfort zone. Despite that, Anna looks amazing in this dark green sheer dress with metallic sock boots. See more of her outfit over at Anna’s Island Style.

Over the Hilda

Hilda chose an outfit very similar to mine with a sheer black maxi dress and chunky boots. Very glam and mysterious! Visit Over the Hilda to read more!

So that’s our take on Gothic Romance…I’ll try to pick something more palatable next time!

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13 responses to “A Windswept Gothic Romance – October’s Style Not Age Challenge”

  1. Jacqui Berry says:

    You certainly nailed this one Emma! I love the setting too, no I have remembered where I could have gone to take photos, must get ahead of the game next time. Jacqui x

  2. Ellibelle says:

    Your outfit is absolutely stunning and what an amazing location! Need to visit this castle- sadly I’m clear across the pond…
    Ellibelle’s Corner

  3. Michelle says:

    Imo, everyone did a great job! I love your outfit Emma! The headband with the spider web is a perfect touch. And what a great setting for photos!

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

  4. Gail says:

    The location is stunning Emma, perfect backdrop! You look magnificent. Every detail is on point, the boots, the purple nails, the head band. A well chosen challenge!

  5. mireille says:

    What a perfect location! You look right out of a movie!
    http://www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

  6. Oh I love those boots! They are calling my name! I need to shop Ebay more! The whole outfit is perfection and I love the lace veil hat and all your details. What a great location too!, my hubby likes to think of places to photograph too!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  7. Suzy Turner says:

    LOVE everything about this, Emma — probably because I’ve always been a goth girl! And what a stunning location, just perfect for this theme. Brilliant!
    Suzy xx

  8. Anna Parkes says:

    It’s wonderful to see how you’ve enjoyed this challenge Emma. Your photos are brilliant and the backdrop is the perfect ploy for your outfit. I love all the little details – the hairband and necklace and the pearls on the boots – it all adds that dash of Halloween style. No matter that we struggled with it, the point is you chose a theme that suited you and boy, how it did!

  9. Emma, I love this so much! I would wear this outfit on any particular day for no particular reason other than it is fabulous! And those boots! Gah! They are amazing. And they just gave me an idea…I have so many broken pearl necklaces and have kept all the beads in a baggy…I might try to lace them onto a pair of boots or shoes! How fun!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

  10. You look so beautiful! – I truly say that from the bottom of my heart!
    The Wallet Review

  11. Debi says:

    I loved seeing your outfit and the perfect background. Stunning!

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