A witch at her cauldron surrounded by beasts. Etching by J. Wellcome circa 1626

Get the Look: Witch Movies & TV Shows

Learn how to get the look from Teen Witch (1989), The Craft (1999), Practical Magic (1998) and American Horror Story, The Coven (2014).

Movies like Teen Witch (1989), The Craft (1999), Practical Magic (1998) and American Horror Story, The Coven (2014), show us that a witch can wear more than the stereotypical long dress and pointy hat. Who would want to do that when they can conjure designer clothes using magical powers?

The witch is the most popular costume every Halloween. But witchcraft can be used as style inspiration during the entire year, especially if you like the color black.

Teen Witch

80's Prom Dress

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Prom and concert scenes from Teen Witch.

Misfit Louise longs to be the most popular girl. She gets her chance when she learns that she is a witch on her birthday. She casts a spell to be more popular, but it goes haywire, and pretty soon people are mobbing her in the streets like a celebrity. Will it all work out in time for prom?

Teen Witch Look Book

AO.LA by Alice+Olivia Oversized Embellished Denim Jacket ($795), Aiden Mattox Gathered Mini Dress ($195), Silver Kyanite Pendant ($87), Sam Edelman Hazel Point-Toe Pumps (On sale for $64.99), Aqua Net Professional Hairspray Extra Super Hold Unscented ($1.94).

The Craft

90's School Girl

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The Craft cover art.

The new girl at a Catholic prep school falls in with a crowd of misfit witches. With her power the group can cast all sorts of spells. At first it’s really cool and they get revenge on their bullies. But it takes a dark turn when they learn that every spell they cast comes back to them times ten.

The Craft look book

Steve Madden Humble Bootie ($149.95), Maykool Black Pleated Skater Skirt ($20.99), H&M Fine-knit Cardigan ($12.99), New Coven Pentagram Choker ($10), Forever 21 Ribbed Knit Tee ($7.90), Xhilaration™ Women’s Knee High Socks ($2.50).

Practical Magic

90's Bohemian Gypsy

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Scene from Practical Magic.

A matriarchal family of witches have lived in a small New England town on the coast for generations, including two sisters.  They have always been different and are outcasts in the local community. It doesn’t help that their ancestor cursed them to never be able to find true love.

Practical Magic look book

Liu Jo Short Dress (On sale for $153), Women’s Levi’s® 505™ Straight Jeans (On sale for $29.99), Abercrombie & Fitch Lace Trim Cami ($24), UO Vintage Clueless Square Sunglasses (On sale for $8), Reiju UK Genuine Smoky Quartz Crystal Pendant Necklace ($13.52).

AHS, The Coven

Southern Gothic

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Scene from American Horror Story, The Coven.

American Horror Story, Season 3 – The Coven, takes place a boarding school for witches in New Orleans. There is a lot of competition among the students to rise to the level of Supreme, or lead witch. At the same time they have to deal with a voodoo queen, witch hunters and skin care.

american horror story the coven look book

Alexander McQueen Skull Fringe Scarf ($450), Lovers + Friends Sugar Baby Mini ($238), Aldo Adwadia Boots ($120), Banana Republic Wide Brim Fedora Felt Hat ($78), ASOS DESIGN Thigh High Socks ($9.50).

Hollywood producers agree that witches have a style that is part goth and part boho. Even if you don’t know magic, these movies are full of style inspiration for would-be witches. And it’s not just for Halloween. Watch them all in a row for the ultimate witch movie film festival.

Cover image: “A Witch at Her Cauldron Surrounded by Beasts” by J. Wellcome (1626)

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Elizabeth de Moya has contributed to DJ Mag, DJ TechTools, LA Weekly and Thump (Vice). She has a BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley.