Being invited to a Halloween party is all fun and games until you realise how much money goes into having the best, most creative costume of the year. We’d love to give Heidi Klum a run for her money when it comes to fancy dress but alas, we aren’t multi-millionaires so have to think twice before dropping a bob or two on prosthetics.
Do your bank balance a favour by investing in pieces for your Halloween costume that won’t look out of place in your everyday wardrobe. We’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up some of the items that’ll step up both your style and fancy dress game.
Is it really Halloween if a newly single girl doesn’t dress up as Sandy from Grease? Hey, if it worked for Olivia Newton-John…Faux leather leggings are such a versatile wardrobe addition. Pair with an oversized band tee and biker boots to amp up the grunge factor or team with a pastel knit to soften the look.
Beetlejuice has been an unlikely style icon recently, with oversized striped suits and humbug trousers popping up in shop after shop. Style up this Topshop number with lots of hairspray and white face paint on Halloween, then opt for a silk cami and strappy heels for nights out with the girls.
There’s always that one person who turns Halloween into a glamorous affair – who needs fake blood and guts when glitter exists? If you got a bit carried away during festival season and ordered enough loose glitter to rival Gypsy Shrine, don’t be afraid to be that person. After all, nobody can prove the devil doesn’t actually have sequin-dipped horns.
When Alexa Chung stepped out in a pair of Charlotte Olympia kitty flats back in ’13 – they went straight to the top of our wish list. (Trick or) treat yourself to these high street replicas. Do like Alexa and pair with shirts and midi skirts by day; then style with an LBD, wide brimmed hat and broom for optimum witchy vibes.
Base your entire Halloween costume around this coat – everyone needs at least one over-the-top jacket in their lives. Clash your pink with bursts of orange and don Cara Delevingne-esque brows to nail Animal (from The Muppets’) look.
Dark lipsticks are like the marmite of the beauty industry: you either love them or hate them. It’s a must-have shade for a range of different Halloween looks, but incorporate it into your everyday make-up routine by embracing your inner Rihanna, Lily Collins or FKA Twigs – all three have rocked the vampy hue.