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Outfits Under $100: Halloween Costumes You Can Wear to Class

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Temperatures have taken a nosedive and pumpkins are decorating stoops, which can only mean one thing: Halloween is just around the corner. This year, Halloween falls on a Friday, which is equal parts fantastic and tricky. You likely have parties and events to attend, yet you still have to go to school and work during the daytime.

Some students walk around campus in full costume, but we love the idea of the costumeless costume for daytime. Generally you can make this outfit work with pieces you already have in your closet or ones you will reuse time and time again.

Inspired by a costume, you can celebrate the Halloween spirit all day during classes without being over-the-top. Below are four outfit ideas that ring in at under $100 each.

Leopard Lady – $91.92

Product Information: Dress – Black Five, Shoes – H&M, Tights – H&M, Ears – Modcloth, Eyeliner – ELF

We are willing to bet you have some animal print tucked away in your closet. If not, this drop-waisted leopard dress is a chic and versatile addition to any wardrobe. This piece would be phenomenal with a pair of opaque black tights and chunky-heeled booties.

To turn this look into a classroom-appropriate cheetah, add lacy cat ears. Liquid eyeliner is the final touch you need to go prowling around campus.

Olivia Pope – $98.92

Product Information: Dress – Target, Coat – Black Five, Shoes – Forever 21, Earrings – H&M, Nail Polish – ELF

Olivia Pope is the best workplace inspiration you could ever want. If you work in a corporate environment, seek out pieces that remind you of your fixer friend. A sheath dress is quintessential Olivia. She also often wraps herself in luxurious fabrics, like the beautiful gray coat above.

Bold, blue pumps make a statement and pearl earrings are the only accessory you need. Liv always keeps her nails perfectly manicured, so a coat of neutral polish is the perfect finishing touch.

Lara Croft – $86.25

Lara Croft Halloween Costume
Product Information: Tank – H&M, Jacket – Amazon, Jeans – Boohoo, Shoes – Wet Seal

Casual Friday meets Halloween in this look. If you’ve got labs or informal classes, Lara Croft is a fantastic source of fashion inspiration for a cool girl with a get-it-done attitude.

A roughed-up pair of dark-colored jeans paired with a white tank top make the perfect base for this outfit. Forgo the accessories and instead rock a pair of combat boots with an anorak jacket.

Jailbird – $88.59

Jailbird Halloween costume
Product Information: Dress – Abercrombie & Fitch, Boots – 6PM, Earrings – Nasty Gal, Lipstick – Target

For an old-school jailbird-inspired outfit, grab this long-sleeved striped dress. Rock it with a pair of buckled boots for an added edge and a pair of steel gray hoop earrings. Freshen up this look with a swipe of bright pink lipstick. You rebel, you.

What do you wear to class on Halloween day?

Do you dress in costume-inspired outfits for Halloween day? Which of these looks is your favorite? What are you wearing this Halloween? We are dying to know, so let us know in the comments below!

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Fashion Inspiration: Threadsence’s “Dark Romance” Lookbook


Dark romance lookbook title
Photo via Threadsence

Even though I don’t dress up and trick-or-treat for Halloween anymore, I still like getting into the dark, spooky mood of the holiday and channeling it in my style in more subtle ways. Threadsence’s new lookbook, “Dark Romance,” is perfect for just that – it’s all about rich, dark colors, romantic lace and florals, and edgy touches.

It’s the perfect lookbook to inspire you for an after-dark outing on a chilly October night – and it might even give you ideas for a more chic, modern Halloween costume! Read on for three outfits inspired by the lookbook and suggestions for when and where to wear them:

Look #1

Dark romance lookbook 1

This first look is seductive with a bohemian touch. My version dresses it up a bit, which makes this look perfect for a Halloween party or date (or maybe as the basis for a vampire/witch costume). Start with a high-low burgundy skirt and a cropped black top, then add a pair of sleek black knee-high boots. To complete the look with a romantic flair, grab a sparkly pendant necklace, a lace print clutch, and some deep red lipstick.

Red hi lo skirt black crop top
Products: Skirt, Top, Boots, Clutch, Necklace, Lipstick

Look #2

Dark romance lookbook 2

This second ensemble also leans towards bohemian, but with a slightly vintage feel (and to me it screams “stylish witch costume” if you just switch out the hat and add a broomstick). Start by layering a black long-sleeve tee under a strappy, dark floral dress. Fall-ify it with cozy knit socks, chunky lace-up boots, and a floppy felt hat. Lastly, accessorize with boho jewelry, like a dangly pendant necklace and an intricate silver ring.

Floral dress black tee hat
Products: Dress, Tee, Boots, Hat, Socks, Necklace, Ring

Look #3

Dark romance lookbook 3

This versatile outfit is casual enough to wear to class, but could also work for a fall date or weekend outing. Contrast the “dark romance” of a black lace dress with a cozy white sweater, then add some color with a pair of casual red booties. For accessories, a hand harness adds a trendy and edgy touch, while jeweled earrings help glam up the look. Don’t forget to grab a faux leather bucket bag on your way out the door.

Black lace dress white sweater
Products: Sweater, Dress, Boots, Hand Harness, Earrings, Bag


What do you think of Threadsence’s lookbook? Which outfit is your favorite? Would you turn one of these looks into a Halloween costume? Let us know in the comments!

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Celebrity Street Style of the Week: Paula Patton, Elisabetta Canalis, and Lucy Hale

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Celebrities wearing plaid

Every week, I scour the web to find inspiring outfits on your favorite celebs and help you recreate their looks! This week, we’re drawing inspiration from Paula Patton, Elisabetta Canalis, and Lucy Hale, who all embraced fall in stylish plaid ensembles. Read on to see how you can get their looks for yourself.

Look 1: Paula Patton’s Toughened Up Plaid

Paula Patton wearing a plaid shirt, a leather jacket, and ripped jeans
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Paula Patton rocked her plaid shirt this week with a moto jacket, ripped skinny jeans, and heeled booties. Moto jackets paired with plaid shirts are one of my favorite fall looks, and Paula kept her outfit sleek with body-hugging jeans and sharp booties. This outfit is pretty easy to put together, and can be worn day to night.

Outfit Inspired by Paula

Paula Patton Outfit
Jeans, Shirt, Jacket, Sunglasses, Booties

Distressed skinny jeans and a plaid shirt are a go-to fall look; you can wear this combo casually, or dress it up with cool pieces, like a faux leather moto jacket and heeled booties. The silver hardware on this jacket is quite similar to Paula’s, and also mirrors the buckled detailing on the booties.

Between the plaid print, the distressed jeans, and the zippered moto jacket, this outfit is so eye-catching that it doesn’t need many other accessories, other than some aviator shades.

Look 2: Elisabetta Canalis’s Laid-Back Grunge

Elisabetta Canalis wearing cutoffs, a gray tee, and a flannel shirt
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Actress Elisabetta Canalis went pumpkin picking in sunny California, where the warm weather calls for shorts, ankle boots, and a plaid shirt tied around the waist. I sure wish my fall looks could incorporate shorts, but here on the East Coast, I’d have to trade in the shorts for jeans and the tank top for a sweater.

Elisabetta’s fringed denim shorts were paired with a loose-fitting gray sleeveless top, slouchy boots, and a chic handbag worn across her body. The overall look is super-casual with a grungy feel.

Outfit Inspired by Elisabetta

Elisabetta Canalis Outfit
Shorts, Tank Top, Shirt, Boots, Bag

Plaid shirts can be worn in any season, but they are known to be a classic fall piece. Even if you’re in a warm climate, you can embrace fall plaid by wearing a shirt tied around your waist. This look has been popular with many celebs, and it works with jeans and leggings, too.

For the rest of this getup, wear a loose gray tank top with fringed denim shorts and slouchy black ankle boots, all of which give this outfit a carefree, trendy feel. This zippered faux leather crossbody bag ties into the ankle boots and also accents the grungy vibe of this outfit.

Look 3: Lucy Hale’s Casual Yet Edgy Look

Lucy Hale wearing a plaid blouse, black jeans, and studded moto boots
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale wore a two-tone plaid shirt with destroyed black skinny jeans, blue aviator sunglasses, and studded moto boots. Lucy’s look is laid-back and, thanks to distressed jeans and eye-catching boots, has a bit of a rocker vibe. We can see this outfit working for a day of classes, errands, or hanging out with friends – it’s so versatile.

Outfit Inspired by Lucy

Lucy Hale plaid shirt outfit
Shirt, Jeans, Necklace, Sunglasses, Boots

To get Lucy’s look, pick a plaid shirt featuring dark blues, purples, and reds, then pair it with distressed black skinny jeans and studded moto boots. The darker hues, ripped detailing, and studs give this outfit an edgier appeal. This makes a cool statement, since plaid is often worn in a preppier way. Lucy accessorized with a long pendant necklace and blue aviator sunglasses, which also contributes to the rockstar vibe.

What do you think?

Which celebrity’s street style look is your favorite? Which outfit would you be most likely to wear? Leave a comment and let us know!

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