Everyone Hail to the Pumpkin King: A Halloween Post

As a fashion lover, Halloween is an obvious choice for my favorite holiday of the year (sorry, Christmas, you’re a close second!) I get to spend ages mulling over what costume I should buy/make, and end up pulling together something amusing. This year, I was not looking to buy up another expensive costume, and I wasn’t drawn to anything very specific (saloon girl last year, whaaat), so I decided DIY was in order. It always makes me a little nervous to wear a costume on the day of Halloween because it typically falls on a weekday, and being the only one in costume in class is rather daunting.

So, this year, I decided on an ambiguous costume for daytime which actually utilizes the leather skirt I mentioned in a previous post. What am I?

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Parisienne by day, MIME by night! Wheee~! Yes, not very out-of-the-box thinking, I know. Believe me, my weekend Halloween costume was much better. I think that it’s always most impressive when you can come up with costumes from your own wardrobe; typically these costumes are more clever and garner more compliments than the store-bought variety. And so, here is costume #2…

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That’s right, darlings, I was a Taco Bell Hot sauce packet. 🙂 This dress (in one of my favorite colors, no less,) was begging to be worn again, and it struck me as the perfect idea to make such a sassy costume. I think my favorite part was the “Think Outside the Bun” on the back. Little details always seem to make a costume.

But you must be wondering, what are some classy costumes that YOU can make from YOUR own wardrobe that are fashion-forward and in homage to culture? Wellll….

FRANK CRONENWETHThe princess herself, and my personal style icon, the lovely miss Audrey Hepburn a la Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The Holly costume is so simple, and you can mix it up with your own personal touches.

What you need:

  • a fabulous LBD (that’s little black dress)
  • black pumps
  • a collar or string of pearls
  • large rhinestone earrings
  • a (vintage) cigarette holder
  • to top it off, you can either do the sparkly tiara or a large black hat
  • for the daytime, black cat eye sunglasses are a MUST 8)

If you have more of an hourglass figure and a bold personality, you’d make a beautiful Marilyn Monroe. We’ll have you singing to the President in no time! 😉

What you need:

  • a short, curly platinum blonde wig
  • a white dress (either bodycon or long with a tulle skirt)
  • red lipstick
  • red nail polish
  • a drawn-on beauty mark

If you want a more edgy, less well-known muse, why not try out the energetic Warholstar, miss Edie Sedgwick. In fact, she was one of my choices for costumes. Find yourself an Andy and party, baby.

What you need:

  • a black and white striped shirt
  • opaque black tights or leggings
  • black or silver ballet flats
  • large chandelier earrings
  • a short blonde bob wig
  • lots and lots of black eyeliner/eyeshadow – you should look akin to a raccoon
  • any other mod jewelry
  • bonus points for a fur coat and a cigarette

For the glamourous girls who love their history, why not embrace maturity and steal the look from the most important woman to come out of France in the 20th century, Coco Chanel.

What you need:

  • a long-sleeved black dress OR a long-sleeve black blouse and black pencil skirt
  • some kind of black scarf or cloth belt, to tie like an ascot on front of top
  • multi-strand pearl necklace
  • large, round black and rhinestone earrings
  • black and white flats
  • curly, short dark brown or black wig
  • a fabulously-tilted black hat (fedora or otherwise)

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There are so many options for Halloween costumes, whether you want to bring out your wild personality, or whether you just want to be someone else for the day. What was your favorite Halloween costume as a child? What costume trend is your favorite? (Mine is the flapper, I’ve been it for two years in a row!) Stay youthful, everyone, and Happy Halloween!