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It’s Not Fancy Dress, It’s Dress Fancy

Haute Halloween looks, that you can actually wear after October 31st.


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Halloween parties – outside of your household bubble – are cancelled this year. Honestly, I’m thrilled.

No rushing to the costumiers on Shaftesbury Avenue on October 30th, to procure a catsuit (always the wrong size), ‘creepy’ contact lenses, fake blood and an itchy AF Morticia-style wig for good measure. One that will inevitably get discarded after 30 minutes of wearing, and swiftly ‘gramming. No anxiety over whether said ensemble, that costs more than a mini-break to Paris, is frightgeist-y enough. Sadly, someone will always beat you in this category (forecast ahead, battle of the C's: COVID-19 vs Carole Baskin). 

That being said, there’s nothing to stop one from nodding to the macabre this weekend. Because, let’s face it, 2020 has been its own special brand of horror. If you’re searching for high-drama, fancy dress-free, chic Halloween costume ideas, that you’ll actually be able to wear again? Keep scrolling. 



For those that like to put very little effort into an entire outfit (tbh, who has really since March?), a Victoriana-style cover-up is an easy win. Didn't manage to nab The Vampire’s Wife x H&M’s gothic glam drapery, fear not. Gucci and Saint Laurent offer up sumptuous inky velvet options. On the more affordable spectrum, I’d suggest directing your attention to Vestiare Collective for a second-hand statement cover-up.


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A floor-skimming dress is well worth the investment. Seek out maxi hemlines, lots of ruffles, metallics and velvet for a mash up of Victoriana and 1970s Stevie Nicks cool. For a grown-up version of Christina Ricci’s party gown in Casper, see cult NYC label Batsheva and The Vampire’s Wife. Or Alessandra Rich and Mônot for a more classic silhouette.



Three words: Zoë Kravitz Catwoman. Everything about this look – the leather trench coat, the boots, the hat – oozes cool. Good news for those who have tried and failed to squeeze into a second-skin patent catsuit (for a modern-day, and comfortable, iteration? See the Daily Sleeper’s Weekend Chic PJ suit above). If separates are not your bag? The tuxedo dress is your fast-track to channel black tie glamour with a 1980s twist, paired with Chanel’s haute hosiery for extra fashion kudos. Le smoking.

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