Clothes to creep in / Shopping local

clothes to creep in

As we grow older, Halloween celebrations rise like a phoenix from the ashes.

Once the novelty of trick or treating wears off, we’re left with a few years of limbo where Halloween is left reserved only for youngsters in black binbag outfits to go bobbing for apples. But years later, those involved in electronic music learn that as the nights get darker, this holiday opens the door to all manner of devilish dancefloor debauchery, filled with tunes and characters, equally as warped in nature.

Yes, listening to techno is much more fun when you’re kitted out in suitable clothes to creep in, and Halloween provides the perfect opportunity to embrace your inner spook.

Here are some makers in the area to help:


Everything you find at Adorned is either re-worked by hand or ethically sourced, so while a ‘happy hippy’ lies at its core, a haul from the store is sure to satisfy your inner gypsy queen.

Top picks: Teaming one of its heavy-duty Halloween rings with a hand painted celestial sweatshirt, and maybe even some shooting star Dr Martens. 

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Vix Kimono

Vix is a talented seamstress with a penchant for kimonos, so decided to share her skills and passion with other like-minded party guys and gals.

Top picks: That’s up to you! Speak to Vix about the look you had in mind. and she can whip you up some flare-armed gold.

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No Halloween outfit would be complete without a head accessory, and Headcase has you more than covered. Now into the scary season, it’s adapted its festival range suitably.

Top picks: These oversized flower crowns are perfect for any outfit, from day of the dead to vampish maiden – they just work.

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Studio LBW

Sassy streetwear that is certified to spook.

Top picks: Pretty much every outfit from Studio LBW would look perfect on a deathly dancefloor, but the black cowl neck dress, full body fishnet tights and thigh high platform boots are my personal fave.

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Warped wardrobe in tow, I’ll be heading to Brickworks for the Wigflex 11th birthday celebrations this year, getting weird with Machine Woman, Overmono and Levon Vincent . Get involved online. X


Petrichoralia / Berlin-ready concrete jewellery

With its industrial material and geometric shape, it’s a beautiful, brutalist creation that is perfect for fist pumping to any factory-fuelled techno tune.

Alongside the labels, records, promoters and venues, style is a big part of clubbing culture. Dressing up, ‘feeling the part’ and donning your dance-floor armour is as much an element of the revellery fuelled lifestyle as the actual dancing that takes place in your latest finds, and we only need to look at ringleaders such as the dashingly dressed Andrew Weatherall or Robot Heart aficionado, Damian Lazarus for proof of this.


So, I’m going to tell you about a local brand that is responsible for my latest disco dressing weapon. Petrichoralia.


This Derby based, husband and wife ran business hand-crafts jewellery and accessories from concrete, with the odd helping of silver or gold paint to finish. Its range includes cufflinks, earrings, necklaces and more, but it was the ring that won me over.

With its industrial material and geometric shape, it is a beautiful, brutalist creation that is perfect for fist pumping to any factory-fuelled techno tune. With a trip to Berlin coming up, I’m hoping that when my fingers are crossed wearing a ring as appropriate as this, it’ll give me the luck I need to gain entry to that elusive techno church.

Industrial techno for an industrial accessory 

As well as its Etsy store, Petrichoralia is stocked at the Avenue BC shop in Sneinton market, but I hunted down my hard-wearing knuckle duster at the Handmade Nottingham market.

Happy browsing x