We are in the era of the witch, those of us who grew up with films and TV shows like Teen Witch, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and The Craft. With the still-present popularity of crystals, tarot cards, and Instagram accounts like The Hoodwitch, modern witchcraft—at least when looked at in a purely aesthetic light—couldn’t have been hurt by the boom of young, cool ’90s witches. Now, with the reboot of The Craft being confirmed today, it’s full occult nostalgia time.
Not much is known yet about the remake, except that it will be just that—a remake. Originally, it was discussed that the film might take place 20 years after the original, but Bloody Disgusting reports that it will be set in the nineties. It will be directed by Zoe Lister-Jones, an actor-turned-director who was in 2016’s Confirmation with Kerry Washington. In honor of the announcement, it’s time to get those chokers, cardigans, and cross earrings out (although you likely have them out already) and celebrate the style influence of the ‘90s teen witch.
The Black Miniskirt
In the most well-known image from The Craft, Sarah, Bonnie, Rochelle, and Nancy are all wearing black miniskirts paired with various black tops, from a cardigan to suspenders. The base ingredient for any aspiring witch: lots of black, and preferably in miniskirt form.
Anything with vaguely religious symbology, largely of the Catholic persuasion, will do—crosses, rosaries etc. Important: At least one of these pieces of jewelry should be a choker.
Fairuza Balk’s character in The Craft, Nancy, wore an armor-like black PVC coat. In an interview with Dazed, costume designer Deborah Everton said that “Nancy was possibly the most damaged character in the film, her clothes were like armor to her—she would scare people off. She was like, ‘Let me do the rejecting before I’m rejected!’…Her PVC coat said a lot about her character…”
A velvet dress
Whether it’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s blue-velvet dress with Stevie Nicks’ bat sleeves or her spaghetti-strap red velvet mini dress, a short velvet dress is a staple of ’90s occult.
And because not every witch has to be goth, we’ll throw in an homage to 1989’s Teen Witch, played by Robin Lively (Blake Lively’s sister). During one scene, she bikes in a pink tutu and honestly, I’m all for a witch in a tutu.