As we hurtle towards the end of October we’re reaching the absolute peak of Halloween themed parties and events. For some, this has been a long time coming and the brilliant outfits that have been meticulously planned will finally have their chance to shine. For others (like me), it’s a last minute scramble to put something together. If you’re struggling to find something to wear, have had a last minute Halloween party invite or you’re just not that into fancy dress, here are some tips for how to pull together something suitably spooky with pieces you might just already own…
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For an outfit that’s Halloween related, but not fancy dress, a simple styling rule of thumb is to think witchy gothic. I raided my wardrobe looking for vampy velvet, sheer materials and lace; and I managed to find all three! The velvet dress was my 2015 christmas dress and the sheer duster jacket is actually a much loved shirt dress worn unbuttoned. I went with these faux-suede creeper style trainers because they are ridiculously comfortable but boots would also be a very good choice. The choker is cut from a length of black lace that came out of the sewing scraps box that’s tied in a bow at the back.
I’m not skilled at makeup application but if you are, this is where you really could go to town for the icing on the gothic, witchy cake. There are some brilliant gothic Halloween makeup tutorials on Youtube perfect for inspiration or if you prefer you can just go wherever your own imagination takes you. I went for a dark, wine coloured lipstick here to match the dress but I so wish I had a black lip colour in my make up bag as that would have looked great!
Finally, once I had the outfit and makeup down, I added some finishing touches courtesy of the nearest pound shop by way of the ring and witches hat. Sadly, my strangely large head meant I couldn’t actually wear the hat but the thought was there!
So there you have it, a last minute Halloween look made up of dark colours, sumptuous textures and a nod to The Craft consisting of things I already own… apart from the pound shop witches hat of course! I hope it comes in handy if you find yourself in a situation like me where you need something last minute. Whatever you get up to though, I hope you have a wonderfully spooky Halloween!