Cheap and easy Halloween costumes using pieces you'll wear again
By Shannon Correia
Dating back to the Samhein Celtic tradition, the eve of the 31st of October marks Halloween, when ghosts have a night to roam free. Kids may be dressing up and copping candy, but it can get awkward once you're all grown up and would like to celebrate the festivities without the gimmicks.
There's no telling whether your disguise will ward off wandering spirits, but we can assure you there will be no Cady Heron moments. Some of these looks are subtle enough to carry you through your work day, while others are better suited for the night. Try one, or try a few. For the best way to get into the so-called spirit of Halloween, why not adopt a look that'll last longer than just one night? Take a look at your wardrobe to see what you've already got, then shop for some new pieces to come up with a low-cost Halloween outfit that you can wear again. Technically speaking, the fun of role play really can exist beyond one day of the calendar year. Sure, we're all excited about the bright summer vibes, but black is – and will always be – the new black.
Get into Character
When you have a night to channel your favourite characters, look to your weekly on screen favourites. Take your pick of an American Horror Story season, stepping into a witchery aesthetic. Don on-trend western dresses as Dolores from Westworld, or dress up as innocently and a bit retro as Eleven from Stranger Things, connecting with the twisted worlds that they each find themselves in.
If you do a good job, you'll be recognised straight away. Princess Diana was a source of influence for Virgil Abloh this season, and she can be yours too. We're crushing on the darker side, circa that little black dress, or the epitome of a bad-ass woman with a look inspired by Mia Wallace. When it comes to iconic couples, you've got to hand it to Bey & Jay. Matching pastel suits – can you handle it?
Style of the Times
If you're an old soul, or feeling displaced among the ever-growing millennials in society, you may want to consider dressing for another decade altogether. The 50s is right up your conservative ally with classic looks, while the 60s were roaring for a reason, the 70s had a case of disco fever and the 80s was just plain bold. If you're happy in today's times, why not just keep it dark: on all days, we wear black.
Dipping into Sub-Cultures
Is it wrong? If you're culturally insensitive, definitely. Read this piece on stealing culture, and then tread carefully. There's a lot you can learn from the sub-cultures with generally darker aesthetics, especially the ones who are pushing the boundaries within their circles. Be inspired by the pretty details of the elegant gothic lolita's, the distressed grunge acolytes and the emos whose somber feels are easy to conjure just by filling up your car up.
Makeup to Make Do
Nobody's come-up compares to makeup in the past few years. This is the ultimate tool to finish off your look for Halloween. If you're keeping things subtle in the day, there's nothing quite like a dark lip as a taste of what's to come, or the once untapped world of red eye shadow with your smokey eye. While the face paint route is optional, there is nothing as fun for your makeup bag, whether you're transforming yourself into a filter or upping the ante when it comes to drama. As a rule of thumb: add more, blend less.