Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), the Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, has become my favorite holiday. I love that in addition to the vibrant visuals: face paint, sugar skulls, beautiful altars, and marigolds, it is steeped in tradition and deeper meaning.
Día de los Muertos has both indigenous origins in the Aztec festival for Mictēcacihuātl, The Lady of The Dead, and Catholic origins in the Spanish conquistadors’ All Saints and All Souls Day. It celebrates the loving connection between the living and the departed loved ones. Family and friends gather, pray, remember those who have crossed over to the unseen realms, and help support each others' spiritual journey. When we remember these souls, we keep them alive in our hearts.
The most familiar symbols of Dia de los Muertos may be the calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls), which appear everywhere during the holiday: in candied sweets, as parade masks, as dolls. Calacas and calaveras are almost always portrayed as enjoying life, often in fancy clothes and entertaining situations.
Some people also build private altars called ofrendas. The ofrendas are decorated with calaveras, calacas, marigolds, candles, photos of the dearly departed, their favorite foods and beverages, and other things they loved while alive.
Another lovely Día de los Muertos tradition is writing calaveras literarias (“literary skulls”). Also known as panteones, these are short poems written in the form of epitaphs. By turns satirical or funny, they often poke fun at the loved ones’ quirks or embarrassing moments. You can even illustrate your poem with pictures of your loved one.
And, of course, people go all out dressing up on Dia de los Muertos! Let’s "face" it: makeup reminiscent of a sugar skull is super fun! If you are short on time, you can paint your face white, then add large colored circles around your eyes. Draw “stitches” on your lips and extending out from your mouth. Paint on a nose, and add decorations like flowers or spiderwebs to your face. Put your hair up and stick some fresh or paper flowers in it and you're good to go! This is what I did at the last minute a few years ago:
If you want to get more serious about dress up, the possibilities are endless. Use face paint, flowers in your hair, colorful dresses and embroidered shawls. Here is one idea: our Sweetheart top paired with flowers, make-up, lacey gloves, and Harmony leggings.
Please note, if you and your family are not Mexican but choose to participate in this beautiful spiritual tradition, remember to do so mindfully and with respect towards a culture that is not your own. Take cues from your Mexican friends, and remember that you are a guest. For more tips read this informative article.
Beyond the colorful, entertaining traditions and festivities, there is something about Dia de los Muertos that we all share. As humans we all have loved and lost, time and again. We all long to make sense of death, to connect with lost loved ones and feel togetherness and eternity. Dia de los Muertos lets us come together in our grief, appreciation of the dearly departed and also of the living, in appreciation of life itself, so fleeting, but so beautiful and so worth living.
Finally, finally they are here!!! For years our creative customers have been putting together Halloween costumes using our tops and dresses, providing us with lots of inspiration for making our own Dare Halloween costumes.
This year we did it! You can now:
1. Purchase one of our pre-made Witch or Pirate costume bundles (10% cheaper than buying each item separately!)
2. Create your own costume with any Dare top or dress, and one or more accessories. Use coupon code HALLOWEEN10 to take 10% off any top (dress) + accessory combo!
I always design Dare Fashion with versatility in mind. One day, I hope to create the perfect garment for traveling - one you can throw in your suitcase and be ready for every single occasion. Until then, you can still use every Dare top and dress to create a multitude of Gothic, Victorian, Renaissance and Pinup-inspired outfits. Here are just a few ideas to get you started!
Relax. Take a deep breath. If you don’t like the way it fits, you can return it… no questions asked. It’s important to us that you LOVE the way Dare Fashion makes you feel about yourself!
Among the images for each product listing is a style-specific size chart. For our tops and dresses, you can get your Dare size with ONLY ONE measurement of your bust!
Please use these size charts as a guideline. Our fashion is made to these specifications, but due to variations in the stretchiness of the fabric and how it is sewn, there may be some slight deviations from this chart. But please rest assured, all of our styles are designed to fit a range of body types, with features such as stretch fabrics, corset lace-ups, and spaghetti ties in the back to customize the fit.
And did we mention... if it doesn’t fit, you can return it, no questions asked! So buy with confidence. And if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us - we're here to help!