Here at The Style Life, we have very differing feelings when it comes to Halloween. While Antonia loves ghoulish fun, I (Rivkie) do not do Halloween, not even a little bit. I don’t get the joy in being scared, spooked or grossed out, it’s just not for me. However, I do love dressing up. I’ve always felt this way about Halloween and have spent most of my life avoiding it, bar a very unfortunate trip to Universal Studios in LA on Halloween night itself, which is possibly the greatest mistake on holiday ever and all I can say is I didn’t get far into the park.
But when it comes to costumes, I’m all ears. I won’t say I’m always entirely frugal in my costume buying and, of course, some character roles on Halloween of other times will require a Halloween costume. However, there are also ingenious ways to buy high street clothing or style up existing items in your wardrobe to create perfectly great and style Halloween looks that with a little accessorising will still have you look spooktacular (sorry, I couldn’t help it).
Here are some of my favourites to get right now and how I’d switch them up for Halloween Fright Night style.
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The Devil Wears High Street
This is probably one of the easiest outfit / costume adaptions to do. Go for a red and black outfit combo – existing wardrobe items will do, although I have popped a stylish new in pairing below to inspire you. Add a pair of devil horns as you arrive at the pub/bar/party/office and you are suddenly ready for seasonal mischief. And of course the great thing about red and black is that they work through December too! Switch up the cheeky devil horns for a Santa hat or some seasonal boppers and you’re ready for the Christmas shindig too.
Panicking about what to wear for Halloween? Not really feeling a full costume get up? No worries, go with black. While I’ve pulled together some leather look leggings and a black knit with lacy sleeves, you really can dig deep into your wardrobe for this one. Opt for leather and leather-look fabrications paired with a sheer fabric such as chiffon or lace for something that feels particularly bewitching. Again, you can accessorise this look with spooky inspired earrings, a witch’s hat or add some vampy dark eye make up to add more of a punch. But if you’re looking to get away with the bare minimum, this is the one for you.
Intensify the look with some serious, pointed toe, high heeled leather boots. These boots will serious amp up any outfit.
Far more dramatic than it sounds, this is another look that just needs a quick Etsy or Amazon accessory to take this from perfectly great office or weekend look to House of Horrors ready. This voluminous black prairie dress also comes in white, if you’re looking to go a little more blood and guts with make up (although be careful of staining), this black dress will definitely be a firm favourite throughout the rest of the year. In the depths of winter add a belt, long cardigan and boots and in the spring pair with gladiator sandals. This is the easiest costume out there that also bags you a new dress in the process.
Obviously not what Lady Macbeth wore, but The Highlands, as beautiful as they are, always give me bewitching vibes. Pair a pleated black skirt (like the one from the first look) with one of the many, many pieces of tartan that are on the high street this season. I love this tartan, River Island cardigan, for the simple reason you can certainly rock this after both in the week for work and on the weekend with jeans. It will also look great with a leather skirt or leather pair of trousers or culottes. Add some pointed black boots, some smokey eye shadow and perhaps a netted fascinator and you’re good to go.
Varsity jackets and the like are not only great choices for autumn and spring outerwear looks, but they can also for the great basis for a Halloween costume. From high school drop outs to Halloween inspired cheerleaders, this varsity jacket paired with some faded denim jeans or shorts and some white plimsolls, gives you a solid basis for building your party look. Then wear the rest of the year as light outerwear or instead of a cardigan. And at under £15, it’s hard to argue with.
The utilitarian and military trend always rears its head at this time of the year and although it hasn’t been a predominant player for a couple of seasons, rest assured this look never goes out fashion. One of the high street’s most loved silhouettes, a military jacket is a great way of sharpening up jeans for all occasions. This double breasted jacket with military detailing is a superb way of giving a nod to dressing up without going all the way. Sailor chic? Pair with an easy Bretton stripe top (you probably have one lurking somewhere), some jeans and a sailor hat from a party shop or Amazon and you are ready to. Add a dash of red lipstick to brighten the look up.
Wild West Wonder
A little bit seventies, a little bit Wild West, the cowboy trend is giving way to a host of costume possibilities this Halloween. And of course a great checked shirt can easily be worked into your wardrobe for the rest of the season. I particularly like the jewelled detailing on this one as it makes this rather androgynous piece quite pretty and feminine and also means that it works perfectly for a little bit of seasonal sparkle over the coming months. Equally the neck tie is very much on theme for a Wild West look. Pair for costume purposes with flared jeans or a midi length pencil shaped denim skirt and of course a cowboy hat and boots. In non-Halloween moments practice your half tuck into an a-line or longer length pencil skirt for a nod to Christmas all through the next two-and-a-bit months.
Best of the rest…
A couple of accessory ideas that can be paired with monochromatic outfits…
All imagery courtesy of brands. Feature Image, River Island