Trick or treat… It’s that time of year again where school children accept candy from complete strangers and adults dress up to get drunk. Yes, it’s halloween and this year it falls on Saturday, October 31, making for a long weekend of parties and costumes.
But if you’re like us, you dread this holiday for its generic looks and boring store bought costumes. Being the fashionista that you are, you wonder what ever happened to homemade costumes and creativity. So why not take this opportunity to bring back some jazz to halloween? 303 magazine feels your pain so we’ve put together three fashionable Halloween looks you’ll be dying to try out.
3 Actually Fashionable DIY Halloween Costumes
Audrey Hepburn was a fashion icon that we still refrence to this day. Her long, lush lashes and dark brown hair created one of the most memorable looks in hollywood to date. But her most iconic cinematic movement came when she played Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Truman Capote originally wanted Marilyn Monroe as the lead actress but we can’t imagine this movie without Audrey. This Holly Golightly look is popular among college girls but often put to shame through too short black dresses and cheap materials.
Here’s how to really rock this look: 1.) A long black, fitted dress: Male sure to go for something a little more expensive. Audrey wore Givenchy in the original film, so Walmart is not going to cut it. 2.) Pearls complete the look, along with a diamond brooch. One mistake we often see is strand-on-strand of long pearls. This look needs to stay clean with something sparkly to catch the eye. 3.) Long black gloves: Male sure these go passed your the elbow for a slender, elegant look. 4.) Props: While not necessary, we love a good prop. Many opt for the long cigarette drag but why not keep authentic with a cup of coffee and croissant in hand.
Known as one of Mexico’s finest artist, Frida Kahlo paved the way not only for Mexican artists, but female artists as well. Her moving paintings came from a past full of isolation and injury, so naturally that meant to dress brightly. We also love this look for its authentic Mexican flare that keeps true to the culture. You can rummage up just about everything you need for this look at your local thrift store or past summer wardrobes.
Here’s what you need to summon the artist inside: 1.) A printed, flowy top: Make sure you look for something in yellow, red or orange. Frida was known for her colorful outfits and crazy prints. 2.) A long skirt with volume: You often find these types of skirts around town during the summer and may be on sale now in stores for dirt cheap. 3.) Accessories: Unlike the Holly Golightly costume, this Frida look requires excess. Pile on all the festive necklaces you can find and top it off with some dangly earrings. You can do a printed scarf around the hair or keep it classic with some fresh flowers.
Okay, this look is for all the goth girls out there. Eat your heart out because everyday is Halloween for Wednesday Addams. The best part about this look is that you probably already have all these things in your closet. So be sure to focus on the makeup and hair to really pull everything together. If you’re not already naturally pale as a ghost, we recommend buying some cheap powder, making sure it’s as close to white as you can get. Keep in character with the classic braid making sure it’s loose on the top and tight near the bottom.
As for the outfit, here’s what you’ll need: 1.) Long black dress: When we say long we don’t mean floor length, but make sure it hits just at the knee. Solid black with a few button is best, but Wednesday does have some printed variations in different scenes. 2.) A white collared shirt: Make sure this top is a crisp cotton to give that stiff look. Silks and polyesters just won’t cut it. 3.) Black tights… 4.) Black loafers: We’re opting for a pair with some shine to give this outfit a bit of dimension. We’ve seen this look done up with heels but be sure not to take it too far from the actual character.