This Halloween, ditch the boys and make it a ladies night. Whether you head out for a night on the town or have an intimate soiree at someone’s home, the perfect costume and several bottles of rosé are a must. Now, let’s talk about some of those costumes stashed in the back of your closet you’re thinking about breaking out. The slutty French maid/nurse/police officer? Tired and tacky. Cat ears? Zzzzz. Snooki? Wait, what show was she on again? After years of transgressions, and listen we’ve all been there, make 2015 the Halloween you get it right. While you’re at it, be a good friend and get your girls involved. It’s simple: Pick a decade or throw decades in a hat and have everyone pick one. Then, dress like the icons of the past century. We turned to Unique Vintage for inspiration. Two added bonuses: 1. These looks have actually walked the runways during New York Fashion Week within the last year. 2. You can wear these timeless trends long after Oct. 31.
Gatsby Flapper Girl, 1920s
For the quintessential Long Island girl who began wishing she was Daisy Buchanan after reading the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic The Great Gatsby in the 10th grade. Find a fringe dress, black and silver are particularly classic or do a bright pink if you’re feeling bold. Pile on strands of pearls or diamond jewels and don’t forget the feathered headband. T-strap Mary Janes with a modest heel will let you shimmy all night long.
Why It Works After Halloween: “Despite Gabriela Cadena’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection being inspired by the architecture of the 1930s, there were some strong lingering notes of 1920s flapper fringe included in her latest collection,” said Unique Vintage Head Stylist Ashley Roberts.
Bette Davis, 1930s/1940s
You may have given up your Oscar dreams long ago (and it’s too bad, because when the 8-year-old you teared up thanking your pet hamster during your practice acceptance speech in front of a mirror, we cried, too), but you can go as two-time winner Bette Davis on Halloween because that’s what Halloween is for. Slip into a silky, red carpet worthy gown that moves as gracefully as you do and shows just the right amount of skin to turn heads without losing your dignity. Pretty details, like ruching, add some subtle flair.
Why It Works After Halloween: “Inspired by 1930s fashion, Gabriela Cadena’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection is all about Art Deco motifs, elaborate details and simple silhouettes that give the collection elegance and movement,” Rupp said. Opt for a deep red color instead of black. It’s completely on-trend and is a great pick for a formal holiday party in a few weeks.
Model, singer and two-time Golden Globe winning actress. Twiggy, who married husband Leigh Lawson in Sag Harbor in 1984, truly was versatile and gorgeous, just like you. Channel your inner supermodel in a short, colorfully printed mod shift dress and poppy shoes. Nude lips are a no-brainer.
Why It Works After Halloween: “We couldn’t be more obsessed with Jeremy Scott’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection, which the designer said was inspired by 1980s East Village party girls who rocked 60s silhouettes,” Rupp said.
The hippie trend from the 1960s continued on into the 1970s because it was just that effortlessly chic. Rock it in 2015 in a chiffon maxi dress. Loose curls and cat-eye sunglasses complete the “I-woke-up-like-this” look.
Why It Works After Halloween: Quite simply, the 1970s are the look of the moment. “The Fall/Winter 2015 collections at New York Fashion Week were all about a huge 1970s throwback and we’re all in with these retro-glam silhouettes as seen on the runways of Anna Sui, Burberry Prorsum and Rebecca Taylor,” Rupp said.