‘Sabrina The Teenage Witch‘ was a comic based tv show about a teenager learning to be a witch and getting used to her powers and the issues around when/how/why to use them amidst trying to be a well adjusted ‘normal’ teen. The other main characters were her two guardian aunts Zelda and Hilda Spellman (who were fully fledged witches) and their human-turned-cat familiar Salem Saberhagen. Even though they were from an ancient race and tradition, they moved with the times and were pretty modern and that included their extensive wardrobe which was chic, functional, a little loud and had an array of costumes. There were many wardrobe changes per episode but hey since they could change their whole image with a point of a finger (as well as change the lives of others with an incantation or potion) mere outfit changes were easy and abundant! All three witches and some of the secondary characters also had amazing hair and make up, I don’t think I’ve seen another show where I really noticed the quality of the make up presentation and how it suited each character and their outfit. Additionally, I’ve never seen so many fabulous hair styles for short hair (Zelda and Hilda) but Sabrina wasn’t left out, they were seriously stylish ladies with a great support team!
For anyone who hasn’t seen the show but might be tempted to take a peek, expect comedy, strangeness, magic, school life and some heartfelt moments. It was quite a light hearted show but with loveable characters and annoying villains yet it still had believable progression where the main characters went through school, university, work and marriage. It was also a further development from Melissa Joan Hart’s former major tv role as Clarissa Darling in ‘Clarissa Explains It All’.
Now on to the clothing and that said, there were so many outfits I wanted to show you that this is a two-part post!
THE SUPER CUTE
Unfortunately I couldn’t get a good shot of this but Hilda Spellman (left) wore a really flattering (for the curvy figure) and bouncy, velvet, empire waist dress with marabou hemline – so cute and it moved so nicely as she walked!
Zelda Spellman wearing an adorable Black cardigan with Dalmation print fleece collar and cuffs – love it!
As you might have seen from my post on ‘The Nanny’ I love interesting waistcoats and jackets and here Hilda is wearing a gorgeous vest with classy candles on it in a sleek fabric over a satin shirt. Very nice and great smile too.
Zelda wearing a similar cardigan/jacket as before but this time it appears to be a mini leopard print and zip up rather than buttoned.
I LOVE this coat, I always maintain that dependent on the cut, style and fabric, animal print can look classy, hot or tacky. Many of the modern jackets and coats I’ve seen are not well fitted and use all over print and tend to be in garish prints as well but this, this is a masterpiece, it’s chic, flatteringly shaped for any figure and is unique. If I could buy this, I would.
Hilda looking glamorous in a leopard print shirt – gosh a lot of it so far lol.
Hilda looking fantastic in a 50’s rockabilly style swing dress made of what looks like Red satin – very bold and feminine.
Hilda again looking gorgeous in a Black high neck, long sleeved top and leopard print, lace up/corset style waistcoat/vest.
Ski wear has always stereotypically been bright and even trendy but checkout Hilda in her marvelous ensemble and Zelda in her well fitting more conservative style. I love that headband Hilda!
Hilda lounging in her Winter outfits. The Pink and Black sweater is so cute and the Pastel Yellow waistcoat is so fresh and stylish (currently).
Now there’s an advert for ski-wear if I ever saw one. Though is White a safe colour for the slopes?
Both sisters looking awesome, Zelda looking chic and cute and Hilda looking funky and comfortable. I really like that shade of Pink Zelda has matched with the White. I can never remember the name of that shade though, anyone else knows or can hazard a guess?
Sabrina looking beautiful in an LBD, tights and lace undershirt with high neck – a smart, pretty yet attractive outfit.
A moving shot but as you can see Zelda has on a smart deep Red trouser suit and Hilda a tiger print (Fran Fine anyone?) skirt suit.
I love this outfit because not only it is it a warm monotone, it’s smart and compliments Sabrina’s skin tone well and matched with her pearl style accessories it’s perfect. Being a medium Beige it also went well with the darker Browns. Very nicely put together.
Harvey Kinkle and Libby Chessler aka Sabrina’s boyfriend and the mean girl of the show. Now this is how I imagine prom fashion to be; formal and beautiful though I do think it could stand to be a bit more casual/wearable to allow the kids to move about it more comfortably and enjoy themselves without being restricted or sweating. That said, I’m not fond of many of the modern prom styles I’ve seen in the past few years – it’s more showgirl than evening dress imo.
Sabrina also looking beautiful in her Champagne gown.
I couldn’t get a full front shot of the outstanding gown Zelda is wearing but it’s absolutely decadent in flesh tone taffeta(?) and Black lace overlay and full length bustle. It was well fitted, worn with matching evening gloves and looked simply stunning.
Hilda choosing between outfits in a quick succession of outfit changes – which do you prefer? I can’t decide but I think it’s clever that the third was a fusion of the first two for a happy compromise.
Proving that lace never goes out of style Zelda looked beautiful (didn’t she always?) in a pale lace shirt/blouse over a matching vest. Smart yet feminine.
Harvey in his fetching outfit of all Black with contrasting waistcoat, it gave him extra masculinity and smartness. I’m not keen on Sabrina’s dress for the school dance though.
Harvey looking smart yet casual.
Both aunts looking very smart in their suits, I like Zelda’s tweed especially, the fabric, colour and cut are very nice.
Ok I have a penchant for vintage sleepwear but who knows any teenagers that wear such beautiful and dare I say ‘innocent’ nightdresses/gowns and peignoirs anymore? It was weird to see but a pleasant surprise. Note on the right is Jenny Kelley, Sabrina’s first best friend in the show.
It’s not a great picture but Libby really looked nice in the Black trousers and B/W floral high necked, long sleep top – it may not be flashy but full coverage can still be very flattering and on older women it can be slinky.
Now I wouldn’t normally like that blazer but Hilda makes it look good and it’s perfectly matched with a Black skirt so as to make it appropriate for day wear.
Sabrina and Hilda looking beautiful in tradition Asian wear, for some reason Zelda didn’t go for it but then again, she can pull off skin tight exercise lycra.
Don’t they look pretty? Hilda is wearing a retro splash pattern button up shirt dress with wide belt and Zelda looks cute in a girlish Pink sweater set.
This would have gone in the ‘Super Cute’ section as Sabrina is simply wearing a Red version of the Black shown above but Hilda and Zelda made the scene more casual. They all look great though and I love the Red lace Sabrina has on.
Hilda is wearing a good example of a well structured waistcoat/vest in Red sateen and over all Black for an extra complimentary shape. Zelda’s outfit consisted of a diagonal bold stripe shirt and trousers with decorative piping – interesting, I liked it.
The three and Sabrina’s father kitted out in lovely South East Asian clothing.
Hilda’s looks so cute in her outfit; I’d probably never wear a dress with a fruit and star theme but she rocks it over the long sleeved top and checkout those muted Yellow shoes – sweet outfit.
WHAT NOT TO WEAR TO SCHOOL:
Now I’m not a major disciplinarian on school, college or uni clothing, it’s true that I prefer uniform for school for many practical and even some social reasons but when it comes down to it, as long as it’s decent (not risque or too inappropriate) and relatively clean I don’t really comment on it. However, many a time in this show the girls were dressed too skimpily for my liking and I don’t think it set a good example. The main and worst offender being the micro mini skirts. I’m not a prude and I don’t expect people to totally cover up but I think that over exposure and too much emphasis on modesty are two sides of the same coin. Both have their own set of issues and for school at least I don’t think short skirts are appropriate. Basically, if you can’t sit down without the skirt covering all of your butt and at least the top of your thighs comfortably without the seat touching your skin or tights then it’s too short. For school I’d say knee length and longer is best because at the end of the day it’s school, not a party – there should be some degree of respectful clothing. Many may not agree and prefer shorter skirts but I don’t think it’s necessary for school education or showing off socially in that same environment, and I don’t think that tights/pantyhose make up for lack of length either – especially in Winter. Girls your jackets/coats should not leave you wondering whether you’re wearing a skirt when you see yourself in a mirror. Your skirt should be visible underneath your outerwear unless you’re wearing full length outerwear and no don’t get smart and tell me your jacket is hip length or shorter hence making the skirt ok 😛 .
Below are some examples to illustrate what I’m saying – yet, the top of the outfits shown were usually fine and sometimes very stylish.
Oops Libby and Sabrina match, which is not great for enemies, but the real problem is even though they’re both wearing pinafore style dresses which can be really cute, they’re way too short – Sabrina’s is barely covering her underwear.
This one’s only here because after Sabrina changed her outfit from the pic above as she and Libby wore the same thing, she then realized she was wearing the same as Jenny which she didn’t look too happy about. However, friends wearing the same or similar clothes can be cute sometimes and I believe there’s a popular best friend fashion trend in Japan. As far as I’m concerned, as long as the clothing is decent, it’s ok for school.
Now these would have been really smart and attractive suits for school had the skirts not been so short. The top of the curve on Libby’s thighs are showing – not good.
This is such a cute outfit, such a cute outfit, I mean look at the perfectly matching items and fabrics but the skirt kills it. It only just covers her butt when she is standing – not good. For an older woman that wouldn’t be helpful either especially as it’s not a tight fitting skirt.
Again – potentially great outfit, great colours and cute in a smart way – had it not been for the skirt.
Hilda and Zelda just returning to their adult selves after a jaunt as teenagers and being surprised and repulsed at their outfits (that Sabrina had picked for them).
This is a great example of what is great for school and what isn’t – Sabrina totally has the look polished with a fitted jacket over a top and trousers, all matching. Whereas Libby’s outfit is inappropriate i.e. the gap between her stockings and skirt is more for lingerie than school clothing.
The top halves are ok but the bottom halves…
The same as above and in Libby’s case her powder Blue ensemble is really pretty and flattering.
Sabrina beats Libby on appropriate school attire again. You know, I understand the love for pop socks/stockings but for school wear the top parts should be underneath the skirt, not partially showing or in the case here, completely obvious with no chance of ever reaching the skirt no matter how much miracle grow you use.
In this example Libby beats Sabrina – as long as those are leggings and not tights. As usual I like the top of Sabrina’s outfit but you know the rest.
There you have it, for any girls and young ladies reading this, you can still look great in school even if the clothing is a tad bit more conservative. You don’t suddenly get dowdy and old when you hit 25-30 for example – there are decades after that. So theres no need to squeeze all your attractiveness into a few short years, if you show it all off what have you got left? Save some mystery, cultivate your mind, try to keep your body healthy, feel comfortable; and then not only will you physically look great for yourself and to others, you’ll have much more to show for yourself in the end. I know it’s hard, the pressure to conform or look a certain way is always present but you can be better than that.
That’s all for now but join me for some fun in Part 2 with guest stars, costumes and opening credit outfits 🙂 Ciao!