There are two kinds of witches: the Halloween-costume version, who wears long black robes, a pointy hat, and a perma-menacing scowl, and the pop culture version, who can look, well, a lot like you or me. In fact, TV and movies have provided an impressive number of witchy fashion icons over the past few decades, some of whom abide by some of the style conventions laid out by the "double, double, toil and trouble" set (Gothic jewelry, a penchant for black) and some of whom ignore them entirely.
What the witches you'll see below have in common is a killer sense of style—which is worth emulating whether or not you have any experience dabbling in the dark arts. If they got together, they'd make for the most fashionable coven of all time. Read on to see how five pop culture witches (or in some cases, groups of witches) dress, and shop pieces they'd each wear today.
Turns out, teenage witches in the '90s looked a lot like every other high-school bad girl—or at least they did in The Craft, a movie in which the style was every bit as memorable as the plot. ("Light as a feather, stiff as a board," anyone?) Nancy especially can usually be found in head-to-toe black—lipstick included—leather lace-up boots, and a rosary or two (and not because she's a particularly devout Catholic).
Wear these with skinny jeans to bring them into 2017.
Best paired with ample eyeliner and a "don't-mess-with-me" glare.
On the other side of the spectrum is Samantha from the popular '60s series Bewitched, whose perfectly coiffed blond hair and rotating wardrobe of colorful shift dresses are about as far from threatening as they come. Naturally, a pointed hat would mess up the 'do, so instead she favored sensible pumps and a simple heart pendant.
The simple shape and pussy-bow detail are '60s classics.
These heels go with everything—including magical powers.
The Halliwell sisters weren't afraid to show some skin (and why would you if you looked like that while fighting demons?). This being the late '90s and early aughts, bare midriffs and low-slung pants were in abundance, and leather was practically a uniform.
One can never have too many crop tops in the world of Charmed.
Just because you're battling evil doesn't mean you have to look innocent.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
The youngest and spunkiest witch of the bunch, Sabrina favored collared short-sleeve shirts, bright colors, tank tops, chunky boots, and chokers (not to mention an array of era-appropriate hair clips). In fact, come to think of it, her wardrobe wasn't too different from our own in the late '90s—which is to say, you could totally get away with wearing it to homeroom.
Try this with high-waisted capris.
What '90s outfit wasn't improved with a black choker?
The White Witch of Narnia
Tilda Swinton's character in The Chronicles of Narnia films may have been pure evil, but her costumes were incredible. The luxurious white furs, glacial gowns, and ice crown made her look as frigid as she was within.
She'd probably opt for real fur, but you don't have to.
Layer with white on white.