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Hot Topic Has A Dress For Every Season Of 'American Horror Story'

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Even mall goth favorite Hot Topic is getting into American Horror Story this year.

People seem pretty excited about the upcoming season of American Horror Story, as the anthology series takes us into a creepy hotel in downtown Los Angeles—somewhat based on real-life horror hotel, The Cecil. To celebrate, the preferred mall boutique of teenage goths and punks has released a line of dresses as an homage to the horror series.

And while at our post-college ages, we would be embarrassed to tell you where we got the dresses if we bought them, we sort of wouldn't be embarrassed to wear some of them. Sort of.

Here are all the Hot Topic dresses with a little backstory on each:

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'American Horror Story: Murder House' Maid Dress

Murder House was AHS' first season. It took place in a Los Angeles home where numerous terrible things had happened in the past. The present was equally grim for the ill-fated family that snagged it off the real estate market at the opening of the season. The narrative pulled from numerous real-life crimes and terrors, including the Manson family murders on Cielo Drive and the unsolved murder of the Black Dahlia. It also took inspiration from Dearly Departed Tours, a real L.A.-based tour agency that will drive you around and show you the seedier side of the city. Frances Conroy and Alexandra Breckenridge played a maid who appeared to some as a demure older woman, but to others as a sultry young woman. This dress plays on her classic maid's outfit.

'American Horror Story: Coven' Witch Coat

Coven, AHS' third season, told the story of a group of witches and voodoo priestesses in New Orleans. Each has their own issues to deal with, although the witches seem primarily concerned with seeing which one of them would become the all-powerful 'Supreme,' a title that had been held by Fiona (Jessica Lange) for years. This coat is kind of like a spooky mullet: Victorian on the outside, OCCULT ON THE INSIDE.

'American Horror Story: Hotel' Bellhop Dress

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American Horror Story: Hotel premieres on FX on October 7. The story revolves around the Hotel Cortez, a 1930s Art Deco hotel owned by the Countess (Lady Gaga) and home to many strange denizens and junkies. One main story arc follows Detective John Lowe (Wes Bentley), who comes to the hotel with his wife Alex (Chloe Sevigny) while on the trail of the Ten Commandments Killer. Every creepy old hotel has a bellhop—that's just a hotel movie trope that stands up. So, here's a cute bellhop dress to celebrate this season's AHS—in black, of course.

'American Horror Story: Asylum' Doctor Dress

Got a murder mystery dinner coming up and you don't know what to wear? How about this cocktail dress inspired by AHS' second season, Asylum. This season had everything: aliens, demons, ghosts, Nazis, serial killers, you-name-it. It took place in an institution in Massachusetts in 1964 that was run by the very strict, but troubled Sister Jude (Jessica Lange). Lana (Sarah Paulson) is an intrepid reporter who infiltrates the asylum to uncover its secrets only to learn that the dingy place is a truly torturous affair. The dress features a satin-y black bodice in a classic cut, but a flowing skirt covered in creepy sketches of medical tools. This look says, 'I'm creepy as Hell, but I also know how to choose a good wine.'

'American Horror Story: Freakshow' Dress

This was, according to most fans, not the best season of AHS. This meandering tale took place in Florida and followed a traveling sideshow led by Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange), a failed actress with delusions of grandeur. There's also a creepy serial killer clown, and a ghost or two. This versatile dress could work for your local steampunk fest, or a first date with an animal wrangler you met on Tinder to a bar that requires a password to enter.

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