While Halloween is just a few days away, it’s likely any time you'd set aside for costume planning has been thwarted by actual event planning now that the new three tier system and ‘rule-of-six’ have been introduced. If you’ve found you haven’t the time to prep a full-blown costume, or have predicted you'll feel a tad outre at a small party in a costume that features pints of fake blood and a custom wig, a low-key look is the way to go. One that nods to the theme, but crucially, doesn’t take too much time to pull together, might be the answer you’re looking for.
Handily, there are a host of in-between costumes that are easy to replicate and are actually rather chic - so much so that they aren't far removed from your normal ensembles. Think less Cousin It, and more Morticia Addams, and you're on the right track.
Here are the five fashionable costumes to try this Halloween.
Who said you had to look frightening on Halloween? A clear and obvious costume is all that’s needed, and Holly Golightly's sophisticated look ticks that box. All you need is a little black dress, then to pile your efforts into accessorising.
Audrey Hepburn’s character in Breakfast at Tiffany's is recognised for her timeless pearl and diamond collar and her jewelled barrette. Wear your hair in a high beehive, and pair your look with black opera gloves and cat-eye sunglasses.
Air heart sunglasses, £55, Le Specs; Dents tulle gloves, £15.95, KJ Beckett; 1970s Vintage Monet collar, £65, Susan Caplan; Sleeveless tunic dress, £26, La Redoute; Crystal hair comb, £48, Butler & Wilson; Crystal clip on earrings, £25, Eternal Collection; Suede courts, £95, Dune London
Eleven from Stranger Things
In a sweet pink prom dress not entirely dissimilar to a frothy Molly Goddard or Cecilie Copenhagen offering, Eleven’s Polly Flinders-esque frock from hit show Stranger Things is ideal for Halloween - particularly given the show’s fitting nod to all things eerie.
Wear with a denim shacket, white trainers, knee-high socks and a blonde wig á la Eleven.
Typical evening glamour often comprises of a stylish all-black look, a slick hairstyle and a bold red pout, so Morticia Addams’ infamous gothic look isn’t perhaps a far cry from traditional eveningwear at all.
Up the vamp factor with long dark nails, a smoky eye and flowing jet black locks that the Addams’ matriarch would be proud of.
A World War II mascot representing working women in factories, Rosie the Riveter’s iconic boilersuit and head tie works as an instantly recognisable costume.
The boilersuit itself is a comfortable, unfussy option that can be worn time and time again, while having an identifiable head tie is ideal if you’re having a Zoom party. Wear with chunky boots and a bum bag for the ultimate functional costume.
The infamous duo from 90s classic Clueless have such a distinguished look that it completely works as a costume, and you could try to rope a friend into your costume and go as a pair.
Their checked skirt suits, cropped cardigans and kitten heels are also on trend for autumn/winter so there are plenty of options on the high street. For maximum cost-per-wear, the skirt suit can work as separates, too.
Veronica Beard tweed blazer, £595, Net-a-Porter; Veronica Beard tweed skirt, £250, Net-a-Porter; V-neck cardigan, £69, & Other Stories; Bow block heel pumps, £49, Charles & Keith; Headband, £12, Accessorize; V Tote, £1730, Louis Vuitton