Aside from convincing your neighbours to hand over sweets, dressing up is the absolute best bit of Halloween! For once a year, the majority of fun lovers get dressed up as their favourite character from pop culture or spooky deity and have the greatest time ever.
Sometimes digging out last years Halloween costume just isn’t enough, especially in a world where everyone posts their looks across social media, many of these costumes will lie unused in the back of wardrobes all over.
The easiest way to combat this Halloween tragedy is by planning an outfit that can be incorporated into your everyday style. Here are a handful of ideas the Beyond Retro staff have come up with that can easily be reworked into more casual looks.
Before: A fairly terrifying Teen Wolf recreation featuring our in-store Halloween mask and gloves. It’s enough to send anyone howling!
After: A wholesome menswear look featuring a statement vintage nylon team jacket layered over monochromatic basics.
Before: Jinkies! The mystery of what to wear this Halloween is pretty much solved. This Velma Dinkley looks featuring a vintage orange rollneck jumper and matching midi skirt is a classic. Even better if your friends come dressed as the rest of the Scooby gang.
After: Oh hey, without the wig Velma’s outfit makes a perfect Autumnal look. Just throw on a coat and you’re all set.
Before: The world is your lobster with this curiously accurate Del Boy costume. All you’ll need is flat cap combined with a shearling jacket, clashing jumper and a chain. Oh, and the obligatory beer belly. Lovely Jubbly!
After: Swapping the chain and cap for your own accessories turns the look into yet another stylish Autumnal outfit. Paired with a timeless shearling coat, your look will never date!
Before: There’s a reason you see so many girls dressed as cats on Halloween and that’s because it’s one of the easiest looks to pull off. Simply combine an all black jumpsuit with our scary cat ears and a tail set (available in-store only) and your look will be purr-fect!
After: Stuff those ears and tail into your bag and you’re a human again, with an outfit suitable for most occasions too!
Before: There’s nothing fishy about this glamourous mermaid costume. Simply layer all your sequin dresses to mimic a tail, find the brightest candy coloured wig available and wear a sequin bra as outerwear.
After: Pick your favourite dress out of the tail and ditch the rest, pop your bra back underneath and you’ve got a super chic party look!
For more Halloween inspiration, shop our spooky new edit. It’s to die for.
How we got to October this quickly is beyond anyone, it seems like just five minutes ago that we were clinking glasses celebrating the year coming in and now it's basically Winter. With Halloween just a blink away, it's definitely time to prepare for all your Halloween shenanigans before it's too late! Otherwise, you'll be flapping around fancy dress shops or Poundland on your lunch break come the 31st before realizing that everything half decent is sold out.
The build-up to a Halloween party is all fun and games until it's the night before and you haven't sorted anything. Once you finally settle on an idea, things do get easier. Here are a handful of ideas that will be mega popular this year, so choose or avoid as necessary.
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There's no doubt that the clown from the IT reboot is going to disgrace us with its presence at every Halloween celebration across the globe. It was creepy enough the first time but somehow it's gotten scarier. Get a mate who's good at makeup to sort out the face, layer some frilly lingerie over tights with puffed sleeves and top it all of a ruff.
Heres how we did it:
Friday The 13th
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Another killer Halloween look rebooted for the modern era, a Jason costume is perfect for those who can't be bothered to faff around with makeup before heading out. Simply combine a hockey mask, fake machete and a vintage brown leather jacket over an all-black outfit.
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Whilst Stranger Things was the hottest fancy dress of last year, talks of the newest season mean you could totally recycle your past outfit. It's definitely one of the best Halloween group looks for those that want to be able to incorporate their costume into their everyday wardrobe.
Check out how our staff nailed the Stranger things look:
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Once you've got the suit jacket sorted all you'll need is a really terrible wig, a can of spray tan and a Twitter account. Please don't threaten to brawl anyone dressed as Kim Jong Un whilst you're out, it is just a costume.
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Back once again with the Halloween remake, terrify the neighbourhood with your own rendition of Jigsaw. Blazer, red shoes, bow tie and some swirly red cheeks: no need to play stupid games running around the fancy dress shops after all.
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In order to be the most powerful babe at Halloween and channel your inner Wonder Woman, you'll need lots and lots of spandex and gold. Consider adding your own spin on things with statement accessories such as a chain mail top or sparkly cape.
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Another golden look that's totally on trend. This year at Milan fashion week, Versace surprisingly ended their show with the most iconic supermodels from the 90's strutting their stuff to George Michael. Become a fashion icon this Halloween in one of our vintage gold pieces.
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Whilst the world seems to be politically crashing all around us, there's no doubt that the dystopian Handmaiden's Tale has given us at least something to look forward to each week. Fashion a headdress out of white card and grab a red robe to complete the easiest Halloween look ever.
Beauty And The Beast
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Be the Belle of the ball quite literally, either in a blue dress with an apron or an elegant yellow number with matching hair accessories. All you budding beasts will need to get your paws on our selection of horns and claws we have in store.
Rick And Morty
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Game Of Thrones
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Dominate the party and secure the best seat in the house for yourself with an on-point Game Of Thrones rendition. Become the mother of dragons, without getting burnt, in shoulder pads combined with a luscious blonde wig.
Mermaids and Unicorns
Mermaids and unicorns are possibly the most 2017 thing to ever 2017 in 2017. Shine brighter than a diamond in sequins, glitter and bright colours. Halloween doesn't always have to be full of ghosts & ghouls!
Failing all these, you can always browse our Halloween section and dig up something for yourself!