In recent years, fashion-themed Halloween costumes have definitely been a popular choice.
In 2014, Kim Kardashian took a break from her usual racy costumes and went as Anna Wintour. She even took things one step further and dressed up then 16-month-old daughter, North West, as Vogue contributing editor, Andre Leon Talley, whose outfits are memorable, to say the least.
These fashion-themed costumes, however, are surprisingly easy to achieve. Most of them can even be found within your own closet. If you’re looking to go as someone more daring, the thrift store is your best friend, not to mention easy on the wallet.
This was an exciting year for fashion, so why not forgo the sexy bunny costume in favour of one of these folks famous for their style?
The Olsen Twins
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have their own unique styles that could be called something along the lines of "bag lady chic." The former child stars may be billionaires, but that doesn’t mean you can’t recreate their look for Halloween.
Layering is key, along with oversized clothing if you want to mimic the designer duo behind The Row. If you can get a pal or a sibling in on this costume, make sure you both have their signature blond tousled hair and sunglasses.
The pampered furball of Karl Lagerfeld is a true beauty and popular choice for Halloween costumes. Find your white cat attire and accessorize with a Chanel necklace. Of course, Choupette doesn’t travel without her iPad or team of cat nannies. You can even convince a friend to go as a maid attending to your every feline whim.
Anna Dello Russo
You can pretty much go as Vogue Japan editor-at-large, Anna Dello Russo if you throw on every statement piece you own. Bold colours, clashing patterns, fuzzy accouterments and embellishments are all part of the Italian fashion icon’s appeal. She’s also a lover of wild hats, so make sure you have an outrageous topper to really capture the essence of Anna.
If you already have red hair, all you have to do is fashion it to resemble Grace Coddington’s very recognizable hairdo. If not, off you go to the costume store for a big red wig.
Coddington’s actual outfits are not hard to replicate. She often opts for all black or one solid pop of colour, like a blue blazer accessorized with hoop earrings and a bold lip.
He has proclaimed himself a god within music and now the fashion community, so we felt a Kanye West costume deserved a place here.
West is known for wearing what is essentially worn-in streetwear in exclusively neutral tones like cream, olive, black and white. If you have an old sweater, joggers or a bomber jacket on its last legs, cut a few holes in it and call it day.
Famed street style blogger, Susie Bubble, is well known for her eclectic style, heavy fringe and bouncy topknot. Your costume may not ring a bell with your non-fashion pals, but those who do follow her will appreciate your attempt to think outside the usual fashion-themed costumes.
Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid skyrocketed to fame together. The besties often walk the same runways and are seen pal’ing in Hollywood at the most exclusive parties and restaurants. It simply wouldn’t work if you went as just one of them because KenGi is a package deal.
Their signature style is typical model off-duty, favouring crop tops, skinny jeans, funky sunglasses and fresh kicks. If you really want everyone to know who you are, a pair of angel wings would make the perfect addition as the models walked their very first Victoria's Secret fashion show last year.
If any fashion designer stood out in 2016, it would have to be Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing. Perhaps it was due to the French designer's close friendship with the Kardashians or his collaboration with H&M, but regardless, he went from under-the-radar to front and centre.
If you’re amongst fashion friends, they’ll know exactly who you are. Black pants, a satin blazer and a low V-neck are his staple items. Like the Kardashians, he also enjoys heavy countouring and slicked back hair.
The founder of Chanel is often overlooked as a costume idea in favour of Karl Lagerfeld. However, her classic look is probably easier to achieve.
A fitted black dress, a bevvy of pearls and a 1930’s hairstyle is all you really need to transform yourself into the always iconic, Coco Chanel.
The senior fashion icon is not someone you would ever miss in a crowd and that quality usually makes for a good costume. Iris Apfel’s style is unapologetically loud without being obnoxious. She thrives on wearing bold colours and patterns, but what she’s talked about a great deal is her love for accessorizing.
If you want to do her look justice, make sure you have at least 20 pieces of jewelry on and, of course, her signature oversized glasses are non-negotiable.
We know, it’s been done, but dressing the part of the most famous Vogue editor-in-chief of all time never gets old. Wintour has established a look that’s easily recognizable across the globe with her fringe bob, sunglasses and matching tweed jacket and skirt.
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