Dark Mori, an offshoot of Japanese Mori Kei fashion which is all about a cutesy, cottage-in-the-woods aesthetic. As the darker cousin, Dark Mori uses a primarily black palette and darker accessories. Mori of all kinds prefer duskier, more muted tones so grey, deep dusky red, and plum would be great additions to a Strega look. But, of course, the more black, the better.
Both fashions use a lot of layering. Tights with legwarmers, a shawl with a coat, lots of scarves. These allow for depth of detail without adding a lot of colors or patterns. You can mix up the textures too, layering sweaters with drapey lace skirts or linen trousers and knobbly knitted scarves.
There are a number of reasons I really like this kind of fashion. First off, it's pretty gender neutral. Now, all clothes are gender neutral of course but Strega in particular is very easily masculine, feminine, or androgynos. It's quite flexible. Secondly, it's pretty modest and practical for daily wear (whereas I see a lot of fashion that is clearly club wear or very, very fancy--nothing bad about that, of course, but this is a nice change of pace.) The amount of layering and cozy materials also makes it ideal for the autumn and winter months. It's certainly better in my opinion than trying to pretend my leather jacket is very warm!
A Mori look that incorporates fringes and gold occult elements.
The layering of accessories and texture is what adds detail to the Strega look. It's not big on lots of blingy jewelry or patches or the like. The simpler and less "modern," generally the better. Of course, one trend I really like in Strega is a more urban look which incorporates more nu-goth elements while maintaining a slick black witchy look.
Strega fashion occasionally incorporates occult imagery into the look by wearing pentagrams, ouija planchettes, crystals, or runes, or other kinds of accessories. What it doesn't do is incorporate are lots of kitschy touches or Halloween brooches or the like. It's more minimal and reserved than that-- think real witches, not cartoon ones.
As I'm writing this I know the category seems pretty vague, but I think that's part of its appeal. It's part Goth, part Mori, with a lot of room for whatever you happen to find appealing about it. Here's the manifesto, which specifically says "no rules." I like that about a fashion.
If you want to see more spectacular Strega looks, check out this blog on Tumblr!
What do you all think of Strega fashion? Is it something you would, or have, incorporated into your wardrobe before?
*Some have criticized the style's use of the word "Strega," the Italian word for witch, as being appropriation. If that strikes you as being inappropriate then the fashion can also be roughly described as witch-wear or dark-mori.