A Halloween invite has just popped into your in box featuring something to make your heart beat that little bit faster – a fancy dress code.
Dressing up is the busy person’s worst nightmare. Who has time to hunt down an original costume? So, before you shell out on yet another witch’s outfit complete with pointy hat, wait a moment. Who says you have to wear something scary, silly or scratchy? You can sport your regular clothes. Go noir, adding a few drops of fake blood here and there to bring out the best of Halloween fashion. Better still, do as my blonde friend does – wear a Breton top and say you’re Amy from the bestselling novel turned movie Gone Girl. Alternatively, wear your clothes the wrong way round and claim you’re channelling Linda Blair from The Exorcist. We’re all about keeping it simple here at Y.
A pair of black point-toe pumps is a modern wardrobe essential. Christian Louboutin’s “Anjalina” version comes in glossy patent-leather and is embellished with gold studs for an edgy point of difference this Halloween. From RO325
Slogan tees get a spooky upgrade at New Look this season. From RO5
Playful pom-poms may be all the rage, but this Dune bag accessory gets extra points for being shaped like a cat. From RO11.5
Want to do goth the glamorous way? Try a pair of vampish leather trousers. This faux biker version is from Zara. From RO18
This simple spider headband can transform any outfit into a cool costume. We found this one at Primark for RO1.5, but you can find a whole range of hair accessories from sequinned horns to kitty ears at bargain shops like Daiso or Claire’s
1. The black dress is always a fail-safe option once the festivities kick in. Figure flattering, effortless and mysterious – it’s the reliable, grown-up go-to for Halloween. Just add a subtle sprinkling of ghoulish accessories like a kitty clutch, spider brooch or vampire fangs – just for fun.
2. Prefer something a little more casual? Upgrade an old black sweater with a spooky slogan made from safety pins. Punk panache has never been hotter – or cheaper.