A Chic Halloween

October 26, 2008 • Magazine

 A Chic Halloween

 A Chic Halloween

Sun, 2008-10-26 07:00

Jacqueline Zenn

Your Halloween costume doesn’t have to be the style version of a scary story. Despite the current trend for wearing pretty much anything as long as it is revealing and a little trashy – or as I call it, the “sexy whatever” look. Celebrating Halloween doesn’t have to be an occasion for dressing like the long lost sixth Pussycat Doll. It is indeed possible to wear a costume and still look stylish – and you might even be able to put it together out of items you already own.

Jungle Cat: Do you own anything leopard, cheetah, or tiger print, ideally a slinky top or dress like this Diane Von Furstenberg number? Pick up some cat ears and add some dramatic eye makeup, and you’re in business. Some long feline-esque nails and shoes that make you strut are also good additions. Good for: Leos, cat-lovers, and those of us who have never met an animal print they didn’t like.

Carmen Sandiego/Spy: If you have a tailored coat like this Cyndi Chan trench, a pair of sleek boots, and some big sunglasses you are all set. Tuck some maps into your pocket along with a gadget or two (hey, your Blackberry can be part of your costume) and practice your new faux accent – you are an international woman of mystery. Good for: girls who grew up loving James Bond, Mata Hari, or any of the other characters who made espionage glamorous, city chicks who refuse to put effort into Halloween but are attending events where costumes are required.

Debutante: For preppy east coasters and those who aspire to their style. Take one classic cocktail look like this Ralph Lauren strapless dress, add an updo and a string of pearls, and you’ve got debutante style down pat. Date in a classic tuxedo unnecessary, but nice for pictures. If you’re wearing a black dress, you can also say you are Holly Golightly (get a cigarette holder to carry around too). Good for: every girl who has secret-or-not-so-secret love of high society.

Cleopatra: Wear a flowy pale colored dress, ideally white or ivory, and add piles and piles of jewelry like this carnelian and onyx necklace – more is more in this case. Top it off with Egyptian-inspired eye makeup (a cat’s eye shape topped with turquoise) and make your date wear a toga as Caesar or Marc Antony. Good for: women who love jewelry and want to wear their entire collection at once, dramatic sorts who want to be queen for a day.

Vampire: This one is for the girls who have a gothic side, whether it shows in their wardrobe or not. Wear something flowy and/or velvet in black or blood red hues (say, this Binetti Petia frock) and make your makeup as theatrical as possible – pale skin, dark eyes, and red lips. Pick up some fangs and maybe some fake blood and you’re set. Good for: former Goths, current Goths, and women who only wear black.

Clearly, wearing a chic but seasonally appropriate costume this Halloween is easier than you think. So don’t give in and wear a cheap and not so “sexy whatever” ensemble this year; try one of our recommendations instead.

(pictured, top to bottom:)
Neiman Marcus Exclusive Diane Von Furstenberg Leopard Dress $345
Cyndi Chan Signature Satin Trench Coat $350 Now 25% off with code: NOV08LUCKY
Lauren by Ralph Lauren Strapless Silk Dupioni Dress $210
Carnelian & Onyx Necklace by Siman Tu for Vivre $1,050
Binetti Petia Dress $627

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