It’s no secret that the venn diagram of “queer people” and “people who would dress themselves entirely from the Target Halloween collection” contains a lot of overlap. We can be a spooky, gothic, witchy bunch. But as the days turn warmer, long black clothes and heavy sweaters with bats on them get harder to pull off without risking heat stroke.
But never fear! There is a whole host of ways that you can express your creepy self without melting into a puddle. Even for folks who don’t spend all summer dreaming of Halloween, a little spookiness offers a nice change from the never-ending parade of pineapples and seahorses coating everything during the warmer months. Whether you’ve got a specific spooky style to maintain or are looking to mix-and-match, there’s something in here to set your dark heart aflutter.
Do you wish you could walk out of the house looking like the lovechild of Elvira and Miss Frizzle? Are you constantly searching for new ways to accessorize with bat prints, bones, or occult symbols? Then you may just be a spooky femme, and you’ve got plenty of options for looking cute and creepy all summer long.
If your look is somewhere along the lines of dad friend meets Gomez Addams on his day off, here are options to keep you cool and comfy (plus a light sweatshirt for midnight gatherings). Whether you’re barbecuing for your ghouls or camping with some cryptids, these looks are sure to turn heads.
Fear the Utility Queer
1/ Destroy All Men Who Abuse their Power Fanny Pack
2/ Frankenstein Flip-Flops
3/ Ghost Shorts
4/ Queer Vampire Pin
5/ Nothing to Lose Tank Top ($5 from every shirt goes to the Trans Lifeline)
6/ Haunted Dessert Skirt (with Pockets)
Some days, a spooky queer is less concerned with fashion and more concerned with not dropping dead from the hideous heat of the day-star. And with having sufficient pockets in which to keep chapstick, keys, small skulls, and other necessities should you have to venture outside your lair. Here are some looks that let your queer, weird self shine without compromising practicality.
In need of a skirt to help you summon a demonic companion? Want a shirt that expresses your belief that gender roles should be buried six feet under? Haven’t seen anything in the previous sections that fits your style? Then these pieces may just be for you.
Horror of Party Beach
1/ Batwing Sunglasses
2/ Coffin Float
3/ Disturbia Kosmos One-Piece
4/ Macabre Beach Read (I recommend “From Here to Eternity” by Caitlin Doughty).
5/ Kraken Towel
6/ Mesh Cover-Up
7/ The Meow Tote
8/ Tomboy X Unisex Suit
9/ Tombstone Suit
Whether it’s your local lake with a horrific past, a beach town beset by vampires, or your friends’ pool, here are some items and outfits to help create your own black lagoon wherever you roam.
Adorn Your Flesh
While Pumpkin Spice season is far away and pastels are everywhere, there remains a bevy of options for the spooky queer looking to coat their flesh-prison in pleasing colors and nice scents during the hot months.
Now go forth and look fabulous, you wonderful creatures of the night!