High Fashion Halloween Costume Ideas

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High Fashion Halloween Costume Ideas

High fashion is something I think we can all admire and many times, a lot of the fashion spreads include stories in and of themselves which I think makes them perfect for high fashion Halloween inspiration! And if you aren’t looking for inspiration, but a straight out haute fashion reproduction, then this is also just the post for you so read on for some high fashion Halloween costume ideas ;-).


{ Use High Fashion Pieces and Create A Costume Around It }

This is probably a more obvious choice, but a great option for your high fashion halloween costume is to simply take your high fashion dresses or skirts (whether in actuality or maybe just looks like one!) and create a look that’s super haute, but also incorporates a kind of costume. Easy ones include doll, witch, princess, goddess, villainess, fairy, dancer/ballerina, etc.

You can amp up the creep factor, if you like, by putting a dead spin on it. You can also just add blood and make yourself a murder victim if you want it to be gory. Otherwise, you can zombie-fy your look, make yourself look like a skeleton, stitched up doll, or simply give yourself creepy makeup in order to give the look more life and character.


{ DIY Costume Add-Ons to Amp Up the Creep Factor }

As I said before, you can amp up the creep factor by making yourself look scary with makeup or putting a kind of spin on whatever you’re wearing that you already own. You can also buy a high fashion dress and then create the costume based on the look of it. Another great way to add uniqueness to your look is by adding texture to your clothing.

You can do this by taking ripped pieces of material and pinning them to your dress/skirt which will make you look a lot more disheveled and maybe even give your dress a torn look. You can opt to add fake blood to those pieces and let them dry beforehand so when you go to attach them, no actual blood gets on your very lovely, very expensive high fashion pieces, but you’ll still get the effect.


{ Make Your Own Haute Costume }

Another thing you can do if you’re a designer or enjoy making your own clothing is to buy high quality materials and create your own couture costume. You can make it as simple or intricate as you like and even mix/match pieces you own into the look.

You can take a boned corset and add fabric to it to create a skeleton look (like the one shown above), add a skirt piece to create a period look, or even sew the corset into a dress design for an entirely more formal look. You can add fabric to overlay on the corset and wear leather legging for a vampire or Underworld type look as well. You can wear your custom corset over a bodysuit with tights if you want to keep it super simple and add in statement accessories for a more customized look.


{ DIY or Buy Statement Accessories }

If you’ve already got a nice luxury fashion look ready to go for Halloween, you can always add statement accessories to give yourself a certain effect. For instance, you can DIY or buy your own lace mask and suddenly you’re at a masquerade. You can create or purchase your own cat, bunny, or leopard ears. You can add vintage accessories for a more stylized period look. This can include anything as early as the Victorian era to anything as late as the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s or 60’s.

If you’re going for Victorian, you can even make your own steam punk-inspired accessories for a more edgy period look. Colorful tights and stockings also add a layer of interest to any outfit and shoes complete the look. Period looks are also further emphasized with makeup and hairstyles. Even contacts can give your costume an entirely different look depending on the color and style. If you want to be a bit more scary, pick up some fake weapons, add fake blood to them, let it dry beforehand, and now you’re an ax murderer…with really great taste. You’re welcome.


{ Mix and Match Pieces for A Unique Look }

As with any fashion outfit, you can mix and match items to create something totally unique. If you have a pretty dress that’s quite modern, you can give it a more classic spin by adding a lace petticoat. You can DIY your own petticoat with antique looking off-white tattered fabrics and make yourself look a little more ghostly. You can add a cape and give yourself the princess treatment (or Little Red Riding Hood).

You can add statement pieces for a more tribal look if the dress is less on the evening cocktail dress end. You can add leather pants for a more grunge look (like the one shown above), top your dress with a tattered sweater, add a vest or blazer, and all of these things will give your outfit a completely different look. The options are literally limitless.

Whatever you decide to go as this Halloween, whether it’s high fashion, just plain fashionable (you know, without the expensive price tag), or even the more traditional route of costumes, have fun with it! One of the reasons I love Halloween so much is because it’s truly about self-expression when you really come down to it. You can be whatever you want to be, look however you want to look, and even if there’s blood dripping out of your mouth, it’s the one night that you can get away with it so go big!


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23 thoughts on “High Fashion Halloween Costume Ideas

  1. September 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    What unique costumes. I don’t know if I could rock these while trick or treating with a 2 year old but I love the creative ideas!

  2. Fiona Naughton
    September 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Amazing costume ideas! The dress with the flowers would be so fun to create, kind of a romantic corpse bride kind of idea. The ballerina one is fab looking too.

  3. September 30, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Love this! I went to a party last year and people went high fashion. It was fantastic. Im really into Halloween costumes and have been starting to post my DIYs on FromCtoC!


  4. September 30, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    WOW! Love the striped leggings.
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  5. September 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Oh wow! These are intense. I don’t think I could pull any of them off. I love DIY costumes, and last year I was an Energizer bunny for one thing and Moaning Myrtle from Harry Potter for another. It was a blast! I think it would be so neat to be a doll. I’m sure that would be simple to put together.
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    1. October 1, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      what fun costumes – Energizer Bunny and Moaning Myrtle! HP fans ftw haha. that is so cool! Honestly, I think these costumes seem intimidating, but if you get creative and customize it to your own style, it’s easy and fun. Really all you need for a doll costume would be like a girly dress, a headband, tights or cute socks, strappy shoes, cute doll style makeup, and maybe a petticoat skirt if you want your dress to look really puffy. hope this helps!

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  7. October 3, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    Great selection of shots, showing how high fashion can be a huge source of inspiration for Halloween. The Olsen Twins always inspire me when it comes to Halloween, all that black luxury drama!
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    1. October 3, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      thanks! I’m glad you like it 🙂 I love how chic high fashion looks so I think it would be cool to incorporate that into Halloween. The Olsen Twins, for me, are hit and miss. sometimes they look amazing, other times they look like homeless bag ladies lol.

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