Okay, we all know that Halloween is not the most fashionable night of the year – while it may be fun to play dress-up, or wear something more revealing or risqué that you typically would since it’s a “costume” (you know who you are), the celebrations themselves aren’t exactly bastions of style.
However, it’s entirely possible to keep one stiletto-ed foot in the fashion world and maintain the holiday spirit, simply by emulating a fashion icon. An added bonus – most of our suggestions utilize pieces that are already in your closet, or only require buying items you’ll be able to wear again – before Halloween 2013.
Karl Lagerfeld – A slim black suit like this one by Dolce & Gabbana, white button down, and trademark pompadour, sunglasses, and driving gloves can transform even the girliest chick into Herr Karl. Bonus points if you bring a pristine white iPad and white kitten.
Diana Vreeland – Get a fitted black or navy dress, plenty of jewelry, and some red lipstick (such as Nars Satin Lipstick in Afghan Red), and you’re set. Stay in character and remember that a little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika.
Betsy Johnson – Do you have a tutu or full-skirted dress and some outrageous shoes? Then you’re all set to be Betsey, just add a glitter wig. It helps if you can do cartwheels! This champagne and black dress from ASOS would be perfect with vibrant accessories, and you’d likely still be able to wear it post-Halloween.
Coco Chanel – A classic jacket or suit like black and white number by Tahari by ASL, pearls, and that insouciant attitude is perhaps the easiest fashionable costume. Don’t forget your Chanel No. 5.
Elsa Schiaperelli - For the wildest option, go with something neutral with crazy trompe l’oeil accessories, like Ms. Schiap’s infamous lobster dress. Just head to a craft store and decorate something you already own – and don’t forget the Schiaperelli pink lipstick and nails (we suggest Essie’s Miami Nice for your manicure).
Vivienne Westwood – If you have a wardrobe full of asymmetrical pieces and a couple Union Jack items like these Religion leggings, just add bright red wig and some punk rock flavor and you can be Madame Vivienne.
While it might be tempting to go with a classic black cat, angel or devil costume, there’s no reason not to be more stylish – and chances are, you can use items already in your wardrobe.
1. Dolce & Gabbana Tuxedo Jacket, $1725
2. NARS Satin Lipstick in Afghan Red, $24
3. ASOS Rare Contrast Lace Tutu Skater Dress, $96.75
4. Tahari by ASL 2-Piece Houndstooth Skirted Suit, $209.99
5. Essie Pink Nail Polish Shades -Miami Nice, $8
6. Religion Union Jack Leggings, $87.95
– Jacqueline Zenn
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