Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Lindsey Lanquist
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Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need
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October always creates a kind of sartorial dissonance in me. September is never as autumnal as I expect; it’s typically pervaded by late summer weather, and fall doesn’t even technically begin until the last week or so. For about seven days, I whip out my chunkiest knits and coziest scarves, and I trade my saturated summer palette for a more muted, neutral-filled autumn one.

But then October comes. And October demands something darker, spookier and edgier than the rest of autumn. The olive greens, camel browns and mustard yellows I pulled out the week before no longer feel appropriate for the season—only the charcoals and blacks do.

I crave the return to fall fashion, but I also want to celebrate October’s haunted-glam aesthetic while I have it. What’s a girl to do—besides assemble an array of monochromatic, black-on-black ensembles, of course?

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The shift from “fall’s finally here!” to “all black everything” isn’t an easy one to make. Like I said before, it inspires a kind of dissonance in my autumn-loving-but-also-Halloween-obsessed heart.

‘Tis the season for putting one aesthetic on hold for 31 days while you wholeheartedly embrace another, and I’ve found the best medicine for this struggle typically involves some combination of perusing incredible black-on-black street style looks and shopping the best black pieces retailers have on offer this season.

I’ve already done the latter. (You can find my magnum opus—a shopping guide of 101 next-level black pieces to shop this fall—on our site.) Which means it’s time to do the former. I’m not lying when I say I spent a full Saturday afternoon combing through photos of street style stars wearing nothing but black (all the while casually watching Daria, a cartoon that felt aesthetically and emotionally appropriate for this journey of mine).

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I don’t expect anyone else to be so thoroughly affected by this annual style whiplash that they’d actually be willing to part with a precious Saturday afternoon just to look at street style photos (and watch Daria!). So I went ahead and kept track of the highlights—the darkest, witchiest, edgiest looks I came across. And I’ve chronicled them for you below.

If anything, these looks are sure to get you in the October style spirit—and they might just inspire an ensemble or two, too.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

An incredible silhouette made all the more dramatic thanks to some carefully selected black and gold accessories.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

The easiest way to dress up athleisure? Layer on a seriously dark cat-eye.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Sleek, sophisticated, office-appropriate—and perfect for cold weather.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Berets have made quite the comeback this year. Why not trade your go-to witch hat for one?

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

A quick reminder that charcoal (and the occasional pop of color) has a place in your October wardrobe, too.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Wearing a glam-goth maxi dress is the ultimate power move.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Because some days are warmer than others. And that's what transparent tops are for.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Head-to-toe leather is a hard look to beat.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Something about the bubble umbrella—combined with the plunging black midi dress and bright red velvet shoes—makes this outfit feel distinctly whimsical (in the most October-appropriate way possible).

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Yes, jumpsuits are totally October-appropriate—especially when they're entirely crafted from black leather.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Completely achromatic. (It can be done.)

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Because coven-worthy clothing and athletic wear don't have to be mutually exclusive.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Black coats can be statement-makers—it's all about the silhouette.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

There's no better time of year to whip out your favorite black velvet dress.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

The orange eyeshadow elevates this ensemble from pretty October-worthy to definitely October-worthy.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Equal parts cute comfort and structured sophistication.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

All-black-everything—with a pop of October's other favorite hue.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Because when you're going achromatic, it's worth mixing up the shape of your silhouette.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

An October take on lampshading.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

A Halloween party look that'll have everyone asking if you're actually a witch.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Consider this your excuse to have some serious fun with your hair this month.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Patterns and prints are on the menu, too. (So long as their base is black, of course.)

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

A power suit for early autumn (when it's still warm enough to forgo actual pants).

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Definitive proof that head-to-toe black can be seriously dynamic.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

OK, she's wearing a green coat. But it's so dark we'll let it slide. (Plus, the top/pants/fannypack combo is entirely black.)

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Sticking to one color might unearth some surprisingly stylish fusions. (Who knew lace paired with Converse so well?)

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Cropped blazer, long sleeves, thick choker—can't lose.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Juxtapose leather with feathers—and anything else you think will clash. When rendered in all black, it's hard to go wrong.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Floral maxis and puffy coats are no longer mutually exclusive.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Forget costumes—wear your most intricate black dress, instead.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

Sleek AF.

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STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

If you don't already have a black (faux) fur coat, it's probably time to acquire one.

Photo: Melodie Jeng/Getty Images.
STYLECASTER | Witchy Black Street Style Is the Only October Lookbook You Need

You could wear this look anywhere.

Photo: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images.

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