Sure, it can be fun to buy those one-time use costumes at costume shops that make you into a fairy tale character or a creepy monster. Yet, here in Union Square, we love a challenge, and even more than that, we love shopping, so we’ve put together a list of fashion forward items that can easily be transformed into costumes and then nicely fit into your everyday wardrobe for the rest of the year. Check out our list of fun, chic outfits to create a haute Halloween. We’ve also put together a look book of these ideas on our new Pinterest page. Check it out and get inspired!
Under the Sea
Silvery sequins are big this year as are nautical pieces, so why not go with it? Get the mermaid look (without having to wiggle around in a full-length tube skirt) with this teal sequined skirt from J. Crew or be a sailor with this casual cute striped top from Madewell. The guys can easily put together a sailor outfit with this striped hoody by Vince from Saks Fifth Avenue.
I Put a Spell on You
Putting together a witch or warlock outfit is super easy. Start with a sleek black dress like this shiny number made of foil jersey from Allsaints and pair it with any number of witchy accessories – pointy hat, long nails, green makeup, you get the idea. Gents can get in on the action with all black outfits, starting with a good black shirt like this trim quincy shirt from Allsaints. Put on some black pants and maybe a hat and coat and some face paint to bring it all together.
Retro through the Decades
Luckily, several different retro looks are in right now, which makes it a breeze to be fashion forward when you’re dressing up for a costume party. We like this deliciously fifties dress in green chiffon from Anthropologie. If you’re more of a flapper kind of gal, check out this beaded black dress from H&M. Of course, the proper head gear can truly make an outfit, so check out Goorin Bros for a fabulous feathered headpiece. If you want to go 1940’s noir, we suggest this lovely, form fitting dress from Banana Republic paired with a sweet veiled hat from Goorin Bros. Men can do this look with little effort, since throwing on a waistcoat and a jacket can send most outfits back in time. Try this herringbone waistcoat from Ted Baker for a turn-of-the-century look or for a 1950’s feel a skinny tie like this black silk one from Ben Sherman is a must.
Good and Evil
Monochromatic pieces are your friend when it comes to last-minute costumes. Put on a cute white dress like this beaded a-line dress from Ted Baker, and you’re an instant angel. If you’re more into the dark side of things, try this wickedly alluring black and red patterned dress from All Saints. Throw on the appropriate head piece – devil horns or a halo and you’re ready to go.
You can also create a ghostly yet glam look with flowy white frocks. Try this white smock dress from Allsaints with some pale makeup to create a versatile ghost look. You could pair it with these skeleton-like jeans by Joe’s Jeans from Industrie Denim for a truly phantom-like appearance. A puffy white jacket from Uniqlo makes for a more light-hearted ghost costume and will keep you warm during outdoor events.
We have many other ideas on our Pinterest page where we’ve posted as much fashionable Halloween inspiration as we can find, so have a happy and stylish Halloween.