It's that time of the year again. Halloween is coming up and we have apple cider running through our veins. Some of us are scurrying toward costume shops. Some of us have horror films lined up for all thirty-one days. Some of us plan on hitting the nightspots to put our spookiest faces forward. It seems wherever we go this Halloween, one classic symbol will cross our paths: the black cat.
The raven-furred feline has been idolized solely during this season for ages. The black cat is some times shown just to be as frightful as the witches with which they are usually paired. If not, the black cat is the focus of more innocent items that you will see throughout October such as cutesy costumes and tame window decals. But as much as we live and die for All Hallows Eve, we who love all things retro, wear and collect black cat items all year round. Halloween is once a year, but black cats are timeless.
Sourpuss Clothing's Chiffon Hey Kitten Mini Dress is purr-fect for any pin-up kitten. The cut of this dress is undeniably adorable for any body type. Though this is the time of year where we think in terms of black and orange, the combination of black and pale pink makes this frock's statement land on its feet. These mischievous black cat faces set in Victorian-esque cameos give the pink chiffon an edge while the soft pink background makes this dress playful.
Yet another piece by Sourpuss Clothing that will make them say, "Me-YOW!" This cardigan also pairs black and bright pink while paying homage to the black cat. The little knit number can keep a kitten warm while looking cool whether it's paired with a sexy pencil skirt or rocking rolled-up jeans. Though there are darling bows in the front, everyone will know that you have claws (and you're not afraid to use them) once you turn around.
Members only! Lucky 13's Kitty Kat Club T-Shirt is ideal for black cat lovers' casual days. Reading "Lucky 13" under the no-nonsense cat's face makes this tough and sweet top tongue and chic. For some reason, black cats are still seen as bad omens.
Keep your sweater on, kitten! Lil' Darlin Accessories' Shadow Kitty Sweater Clips are just the adornment for any retro kitten who wants to be as sleek as the black cat and doesn't need too many frills to look so fancy. These six inch sweater clips, made out of bottle caps and finished with resin, are an understated touch to any ensemble.
Before you close this blog entry to pounce on the opportunity to order these digs, please take a moment to consider those black cats that are not depicted on retro wears or Halloween accoutrements. Due to stigma and superstition, black cats are the least likely to be adopted. Though cats and kittens of all breeds are well-deserving of adoption, if you're looking for a new friend who is of the feline persuasion, let a black cat into your life. Not just in the spirit of Halloween. Not just to have another hip-cat around the house. Because it is up to us who adore these real-life sphinxes to put an end to the unfair treatment by giving black cats happy homes.
This blog is dedicated to Dinah, my favorite black cat. This little lady was a "Halloween present to myself" in October 2010. (I have three wonderful women to thank for making that possible.) Since then, she has been my shadow. Along with Cats Like Us' outstanding selection of black cat items, she inspired me to write this entry.