Halloween costumes for your inner fashionista

It’s October, so you know what that means…Halloween is right around the corner. And there’s just about nothing that tops the importance of the perfect Halloween costume. As fashion students, why not get inspired by an iconic fashion look of the past? Forget the been-there-done-that getups you see every year. Instead, think of it like one of your many fashion course projects—it all comes down to creativity! And with so many options to choose from, you’re sure to stand out in the crowd! Here’s a few ideas to get your wheels turning in advance of this month’s big costume rush.

90s fashion is back in full swing, and no one epitomizes it better than Cher from “Clueless.”
Break out your matching plaid ensembles — bonus points if it’s a mini skirt and blazer — and throw on some knee socks and chunky Mary Janes for the full look.


Is there anything more timeless and glamorous than Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”?
This look is easily achieved by throwing on your favorite LBD and adding elbow-length gloves, chunky pearls or diamonds, and a tiara to top it all off. Don’t forget to act the part, darling!


Carrie Bradshaw is basically every girl’s fashion dream, am I right? Talk about effortless chic and always on trend.
Thankfully, you can pull off this look from Sarah Jessica Parker with a tank you already own, and pair it with a frilly tulle skirt and strappy heels. Oh, and get out the teasing comb because the bigger the hair, the better!


Hey girl, hey! If you really want to make heads turn, go for the Sandy look from “Grease!” With her sexy confidence and killer bod, this transformation was one fashion moment to remember.
Already own pleather leggings? Check! Now all you need is an off the shoulder black tank, and some red slip-on heels to complete the look. Add some hot rollers to your hair to get that voluminous style.


Heading out for Halloween with your bestie? There’s probably no better duo than Romy and Michelle–and you gotta love their clueless fashion sense that still somehow worked.
If you love sparkles and glitz, this look is for you! Look for a coordinating pink and blue set for you and your girl. Extra points if you can match the bleach blonde hair.
Jennifer Craven

Jennifer Craven is an instructor of fashion merchandising at Mercyhurst University.