THT Happy Halloween- Dark Romanticism - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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THT Happy Halloween- Dark Romanticism


Happy Halloween Friends! I call my Halloween look today, ” A Dark Romance. influenced by a literary period called, “Dark Romanticism”.

Dark Romanticism and Edgar Allen Poe

Dark Romanticism often dealt with topics of the macabe, sin and destruction, grief and sadness, and an overall pessimistic view of the human condition. There were other famous authors of this genre namely, Mary Shelly, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville to name others.

Poe was not a very happy man. But he became known for his writings of horror, in which he is known today.

Poe was associated with dark poetry and gothic style. Dark Romanticism began in the 18th century and is a sub-genre of Romanticism, with dark themes. I still remember reading “The Tell-Tale Heart” in 7th grade!

from Wiki:
“Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) is perhaps the best-known American Dark-Romantic author – a Romantic who worked in the so-called Gothic mode. His poems and stories explore the darker side of the Romantic imagination, dealing with the mysterious, the supernatural, and the horrifying.”
I only thought it fitting to include one of his poems in this Halloween post.
We are all familiar with “The Raven”. by Poe

The Raven

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
            Only this and nothing more.”
How about the last dark romantic poem Poe wrote called “Annabel Lee”

Annabel Lee

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea:
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we—
Of many far wiser than we—
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I see the bright eyes
Of the beautiful It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

My Halloween Look

I was starting off thinking of a Victorian look, but I just don’t have a long, full Victorian style dress. When this theme came to mind, ( Dark Romanticism) I pictured red and black and a dark, Ball mask. I loved the intricate butterfly like shape. My husband wore a male version of this mask when we went out to a Brewery this past weekend. The vintage style necklace and vintage black fillagree earrings would make the look as well.

We will sit outside with a cheese board and wine while giving out the candy to the kids.

Are you a fan of Poe’s works? Or is the theme of Dark Romanticism too dark for you? Are you dressing for Halloween?


dress – Mango ( old)  Another option

purse – Prada vintage   option

Dolce Vita boots  –similar


necklace –  option

earrings- vintage on Etsy  – option


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  • Midlife and Beyond
    Posted at 10:53h, 03 November Reply

    What a beautiful dress, love the whole look. Plus, the colours are perfect for you
    Alison x

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 19:42h, 02 November Reply

    Such a beautiful Halloween look! I love your dress and the mask!

    Emma xxx

  • Kristen
    Posted at 08:50h, 02 November Reply

    This red dress is sooo pretty.
    Paired with your black mask, it adds a sense of black romance.
    It’s very much like the person with the identity of the “Beautiful Killer” in the TV series~ It’s so cool~
    luxury tote bag

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 20:04h, 01 November Reply

    Love the dark floral, especially with the mask for Halloween. Hope you had a fantastic night!
    Cheryl Shops |

  • Gail
    Posted at 03:29h, 01 November Reply

    Such a glamorous interpretation for Halloween! Love dark romanticism xx

  • Rena
    Posted at 00:50h, 01 November Reply

    Great look, Jess. We didn’t dress up this year or even go to any parties. If I had, I would’ve gone with a Steampunk ensemble which is a mix of a lot of themes.


  • Maureen
    Posted at 21:51h, 31 October Reply

    I am not a big fan of dark romanticism but I do find it intriguing. There’s something so mysterious about it. I love your Halloween look. You look stunning and this dress is so beautiful. Happy Halloween!

    Maureen |

  • Laura Bambrick
    Posted at 21:39h, 31 October Reply

    This is a perfect moody fall outfit for Halloween! I love the beautiful mask you added too! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  • Di
    Posted at 12:53h, 31 October Reply

    You look boo-tiful! I love the dark, moody floral, and this dress is perfect for Halloween. The mask goes perfectly with the dress, too. Hope you enjoy your Halloween and thanks for sharing!

  • mireille
    Posted at 12:53h, 31 October Reply

    This is really pretty: I love the pretty mask and it makes me think of a masquerade mask.

  • Sally in St Paul
    Posted at 10:39h, 31 October Reply

    This dark romanticism look is gorgeous and perfect for Halloween!

  • Jill
    Posted at 07:42h, 31 October Reply

    What a beautiful dress! Love your Halloween look! I wish we could sit outside tonight to hand out candy but we have snow in the forecast today. Happy Halloween!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • Anna
    Posted at 05:21h, 31 October Reply

    I love your look, Jess. The colours of the dress look beautiful on you.

  • Laurie
    Posted at 04:39h, 31 October Reply

    Fabulous Jess. Those berry colours suit you so well. Happy Halloween! xx

  • Nancy
    Posted at 03:00h, 31 October Reply

    I think I still have a Poe book. I love that darkness. Your look is far from scaring though, what a gorgeous dress. How wonderful that it is still warm enough to sit outside.

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