I Have Skeletons in my Closet…but They’re not Secrets

Happy Halloween Everyone!!!

Since I don’t think my manager would appreciate it if I came to work dressed as a pumpkin, nor would I want to walk out in public dressed as one, I chose something from my old skull-and-crossbones collection to wear to work today. Here were some of my choices…

Urban Outfitters Skeletons with Hearts Cotton Top

Urban Outfitters Skull Trim V-Neck Cotton Top

Urban Outfitters Skull-and-Crossbones Scarf

The mark of a human skull with two long bones crossed below it represents the presences of danger or impending harm. Over time, the-skull and-crossbones have come to reference a number of different things. Pirates were the first to flag their ships with the marking to ward off other vessels in the water. It has also been used to denote the entrances of cemeteries and serves as a warning of poisonous substances. Some secret societies, fraternities, and military forces have adopted the symbol onto their badges as a form of group association.

The emblem synonymous with death became stylish a few years ago and seems to reemerge every year around this time. The ghastly sign is no longer only worn by punk rockers or those who choose to go gothic with their personal style; but now comes in many forms, from feminine to funny, on clothing, accessories, and everything in between.

I think the skeleton cotton top I bought from Urban Outfitters (years ago) is super cute with the tiny red hearts sticking out from the bare bones.

Urban Outfitters Skeletons with Hearts Cotton Top

And my scarf (also from Urban years ago) was most likely a recreation inspired by the famed Alexander McQueen creation.

Alexander McQueen Skull Scarf & Urban Outfitters Look-a-LikeMy Urban Outfitters skull scarf is on the left and an Alexander McQueen skull scarf is on the right.

McQueen was obsessed with the afterlife and made the skull his trademark, which can be found on many of his designs. The iconic designer’s mysterious dark side was often depicted in his flamboyant creations and use of fragile fabrics, opulent detailing, and brazen conceptions. Sadly, the symbolic emblem has a deeper meaning now, after his untimely death, then ever before.

Do you ever sport the ‘stay away’ symbol as part of your personal style?

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