Ok so firstly, I’ll hold my hands up and admit that this 70’s inspired outfit is certainly not scary and therefore maybe not conventionally ‘Halloween’. But cheerleaders, cats, nurses and so on aren’t either, and I’ve dressed up as all of those things in previous years, so on saturday I felt totally justified in rifling through all the clothes I normally wear in order to create my Halloween look. Also, have you seen how New Yorkers do Halloween? Take one look at Humans of New York (amazing photo blog you have to follow if not!) and you’ll see how 31st October can often be more fancy-dress than frightening.
So, in the spirit of avoiding the obvious day-of-the-dead make up (ashamedly, this is not for the reason that it might be considered cultural appropriation as so many online voices have been keen to point out but actually just coz I attempted that look in 2013) this year I- and my empty purse- decided to build upon an idea that could work with clothes I already had. However, luckily for all you people who might not have seen these pieces yet, they are all in season and on sale in Urban Outfitters, Zara and Topshop now.
As you might have guessed, it all started with the AMAZING Pins and Needles faux-fur swede coat I have on (see no. 1 in gallery). This jacket is literally my new favourite thing, the minute I saw it in Urban Outfitters Brighton I fell completely in love with it and after spending £159 on it, I decided to try and channel the glam 70’s look for Halloween. I have had so many compliments on this coat in everyday life but it was with this outfit that it truly looked perfect. I paired it with another relatively new purchase (both pieces are this season), a lovely blue and yellow printed jump suit from Zara (see picture no. 2) that also looks very 70’s.
If-like me- you peruse the high street shops regularly you’ll have noticed that just about everything seems to have been inspired by the seventies at the moment. From the cute A-line buttoned skirts that are so prevalent to the abundance of polo-necks that are back again this year, the era clearly has an appeal beyond short hem lines and bold prints. However, given that I had to convey the fact my outfit could at least be considered undoubtedly seventies and of course, as a ‘costume’, I played it safe with all the obvious markers. My mini jumpsuit is amazing because, whilst the appearance of tailored shorts at the back make the piece look smarter and just generally more acceptable in length, the front has the appearance of a dress, which together with the opening around the neck made me feel literally like one of the original Charlie’s Angels. I paired this with black plated heeled boots from Topshop -which despite having been purchased as simply ‘nice’ boots, conveniently worked perfectly with my seventies vibe- together with thick black tights that were less about style and more about keeping me lovely and warm whilst traipsing through Elephant and Castle in search of my friend’s house party.
And now to turn to the most undoubtedly unstylish aspect of my outfit, the wig. Despite my boyfriend’s laughter, I persevered and wore the Smiffy’s ‘Partyrama’ blonde wig that I had rushed out to spend £7.99 on the day before Halloween because without it, I would, quite frankly, have just been wearing a standard everyday Kathleen outfit. In the end it worked well in so far as it marked me out as a definite costume wearer, and was actually also just pretty fun to wear given how different it is to my real hair. Make up wise, I wore a LOT of it, as girls tend to do on Halloween (I’m tempted here to quote THE mean girls halloween line but will resist, as anyone whose likely to read this will OBV know it already). I used Mac Studio Fix Fluid foundation together with a Mac concealer and Mac bronzer, finishing my skin off with a bright pink Lancome blush. On my eyes I used heavy duty glam lashes (Superdrug’s own brand) with MAC black liquid eyeliner and lots of mascara in an attempt to evoke the Biba girl look. To make the look that extra bit bolder, I also wore a bright pink lip stick by YSL (No. 49).
Ultimately, you’ll have to be the judge of whether I actually looked any good. But I for one can say that, despite the fact that we have to wait another year for Hallows Eve to roll round again, I am loving the retrospective attitude to style that has shaped 2015 winter trends. If I can give anyone hoping to look even a tiny bit Halston-esque one piece of advice, it would be to go an try at least try on the Pins and Needles suede coat on NOW because believe me, you won’t regret it. The seventies look really still is as fabulous in 2015 as it was in the days of Cher, Abba and Bowie.