Fright night is fast approaching! Are you still need of inspiration for your devilish disguise? We dug through our archives to give you a sampling of tricks and treats to make any last minute costumes come to life with a high fashion twist.
1. SIREN CALLING
Sirens. Those eerily beautiful mythological creatures. Odysseus and his crew became entranced by them during their long voyage. Feminine sea creatures have long enchanted fashion designers, artists and other creatives, but they certainly are not the fresh-faced ocean dwellers reminiscent of Disney movies. She is strong and full of lean silhouettes that connect with the aesthetic of a modern mermaid, vindicated with free-flowing hair. Instead of sweet Ariel, we are envisioning seductive sea sirens glammed up with gothic hints using come-hither purple lipstick and smoky eyes.
Re-create Valentina’s otherworldly enchantress utilizing feminine silhouettes without the obvious red carpet-type mermaid gowns. Opt for dresses that cinch-in and accentuate the waist, like these from Attico and Undress.
2. MORTICA ADDAMS
Morticia IS glamour. We have always been taken with Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams—the ultimate combination of class, grace, and sexuality. And who doesn’t have a wardrobe filled with black lace that they are searching for an excuse to wear?
She’s dark magic elegance from head to toe – her smooth black hair to the hem of her tight black dresses. Morticia’s family tree can be traced back to Salem, Massachusetts, and witchcraft is also implied in the television series. Her skin glows, her eyes twinkle and she understands the power of deadpan humor and languorous sensuality. Not to mention she has a kind of glorious love with Gomez we all dream about having someday. Anjelica Huston as Morticia is something we could never compete with, but revamping this character in a modern interpretation is seductively easy to put together and quite satisfying! Morticia’s dresses are black and fitted, with long sleeves and long Maxi skirts. Her necklines are usually low, but not cleavage-y. Try a more daring contemporary approach to this look with a French twist from Beaufille or minimal T by Alexander Wang dress Or shop your own wardrobe! Pull out that classic black maxi dress hiding in the back of your closet, paint your nails and lips venomous red, and whip on this eyeliner for a complete transformation!
3. Melisandre Priestess of R’hllor
The night is dark and full of terrors!
We love Game of Thrones, and what better magical character to embrace this Halloween then the red priestess who serves the Lord of Light? Her magic is running hot as she’s brimming with the power! Melisandre is a great beauty with intelligence, and of course the ability to practice magic. With long hair the color of burnished copper and pale, unblemished skin she is careful to cultivate an image of mystery, serenity and power. As is the custom of the red priests of her faith, she wears red or crimson clothing, usually long gowns of silk. Nothing makes a woman feel more powerful, sexy, confident or bold than the red dress. Even with a more conservative style – whether it’s a long dress, a midi one, or knee – length – that dress is going to make a statement if it’s red. From the darker colors of scarlet, crimson and oxblood red to the softer shades of red violet and dark pinks, there are many shades of red to choose from when channeling your inner Melisandre this Halloween! Get inspired by this Rachel Pally Maxi Dress, this modern Marni dress, and this dramatic flared-sleeve dress by Giambattista Valli.
4. BRIDE OF DRACULA
We loving paying tribute to the beautiful ladies that have with the widespread vampire craze we have enjoyed over the last two decades. The concept of vampires in the horror genre has seen a fair share of changes since the first film about the Nosferatu was released many years ago . We have seen pregnant vampires, hybrids, and even sparkly ones come on the scene. The one thing that stayed consistent is the seduction and pure sexuality of the female vampires through the years. Luring in their prey as they prepare to strike, most of their victims don’t even suspect the attack. The sexy sirens of the blood trade will forever intrigue us with their beauty, elegance and cunning hunting skills. We especially love Monica Bellucci’s interpretation of Dracula’s Bride, and found inspiration in her Italian sensuality and flowing lace garments. For Halloween, we love to interpret this look through come-hither hints of lingerie and a bold red lip! Throw on one of these dresses and some fangs and you will be ready for any Halloween or holiday party to come: Oscar de la Renta Sleeveless Lace dress, Isabel Marant Tulane Dress, and N/Nicholas Cold-Shoulder dress.
We are huge fans of the versatile allure of the kimono, and Halloween is no exception! Eastern-influenced silhouette results in an elegant and feminine look for a more graceful take on Halloween. This humble piece can easily be elevated into cocktail territory. When paired with shredded jeans and strappy stiletto sandals, it creates a perfect ensemble for a late night out. We love this elegant Etro kimono jacket , Red Valentino floral silk kimono and this Duro Olowu Kimono robe.
6. STORM TROOPER
Star Wars droids are always on the top of our most fashionable list! Pair structured white dresses with tough boots and you are ready to rule a galaxy far, far away!! We are obsessed with this Cynthia Rowley Turtleneck Dress, Alice + Olivia Sleeve Shift Dress, and this Seersucker Tie Sleeve Dress from Tibi. Pair with these white Valiant Tophop Ankle Boots or these sporty Fenty by Puma Over the Knee Sneakers!