I've decided that one of the things I really want for Yule is a new robe. Not some boring blanket poncho to wear in rituals when it is too cold to go skyclad - I want a robe that is really gorgeous. I want to turn up at rituals and have people ask: "Where did you get that lovely robe?"
Is that a bit vain? Well, maybe, just a little. But every witch likes nice things once in a while.
Now, you might look at the profile picture of me on A Bad Witch's Blog (also shown right) and see that I am wearing what looks like a perfectly adequate black robe. Except that it isn't actually a robe; it is a fancy dress costume.
I didn't even pay any money for it. I picked it up on Freecycle to wear to a themed party and it was originally made by a fancy dress company called Smiffy's. Smiffy's still sells something similar, only in white.
Although I do wear it to rituals - and I've worn it to a great many rituals - every time I put it on I feel embarrassed. I can't help thinking that if I'm wearing a fancy dress costume, perhaps people will think I'm a really just a fake witch.
And, with Yule approaching, I think it is time for something new to wear.
The problem is, where to get what I want. I had a look at the stalls at Witchfest, but I guess by the time I got there all the robes had been sold. There were plenty of beautiful gothy dresses on sale - particularly on the stand run by Wytch Haze - and some very nice cloaks, but no robes that I could find.
So, I thought it might be a good idea to ask if anyone reading this knows of a good place to buy gorgeous robes?
I'm perfectly happy to buy one over the internet from a reputable shop - so if anyone has any suggestions please let me know.
When I get my new robe, I will definitely post some pictures of it on my blog!
The photo of me was taken by Dominick Tyler. You can see more of his work on http://www.dominicktyler.com/
Medieval Maid Costume