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3 Stylish Halloween Costumes Inspired by the Runways


Inspiring look for Halloween on Aura Tout VuInspiring look for Halloween at Christian Dior Spring 2010Inspiring look for Halloween at Christian Dior
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Buying your Halloween costume can be like gambling – since most people purchase their costumes, this means there’s a good chance someone else will have your same outfit at the party. In our opinion, nothing beats a stylish, unique costume that no one else has.

And where better to look for unexpected and unique costume ideas than our favorite sources of inspiration, the runways? Each season, our favorite designers send outlandish and over-the-top creations down the catwalks, many of which make perfect Halloween costume inspiration. Below, I chose three looks from past and present couture runway shows to create three stylish Halloween costumes.

Keep reading to check out three fashionable Halloween costumes that won’t break the bank.

Look #1: Shooting Star

Halloween Look #2 Dior
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This Christian Dior look, from the Fall 2011 runway is both bold and beautiful. Its sequined top, paired with its ruffled bottom creates the perfect over-the-top dress. My favorite part of the look, however, is the shooting star headpiece. This look is great inspiration for a shooting star costume.

Getting the Look:

Shooting star costume for Halloween
{Dress, Necklace, Hair Clip, Tights, Earrings, Heels}

Start this look with a silver sequin dress. To go with the shooting star theme, accessorize with a bold star necklace and shooting star earrings. Continue to incorporate stars with star printed tights and black pumps with silver stars. To finish off the look, add a simple star hair clip. You could also try DIYing a star headpiece to get the look you wish.

For makeup, try glittery eye make-up or if you want a bolder look, check out this galaxy-themed makeup tutorial.

Look #2: Cute Cat

Halloween Look 1
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This Alexis Mabille Fall 2011 look practically screams “glam” – the leopard dress is incredibly over-the-top, and the addition of luxurious feathers brings the ensemble to another level. Of course, wearing real fur is never cool, but why not use this look as inspiration for a cruelty-free Halloween costume that channels a fierce feline?

Getting the Look:

Cute/sexy leopard costume for Halloween
{Vest, Top, Tights, Ears, Skirt, Booties}

To get this stylish cat look, start with an animal print piece of clothing – here, I chose a white leopard print top and paired it with a simple black skirt. I then added metallic animal print tights, a faux fur vest and faux fur-trimmed booties. Finish the look off with cat ears and cheetah print eye makeup. Or, if you want a bolder look, try leopard print across your entire face, as seen in this makeup tutorial.

Look #3: Birds of a Feather

Halloween Look On Aura Tout Vu
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This On Aura Tout Vu Spring 2010 couture look is incredibly detailed and dramatic. While this look may not work for class, it is perfect inspiration for a stylish, glamorous bird-themed Halloween costume.

Getting the Look

Black Bird costume for Halloween
{Headband, Dress, Capelet, Booties, Mask}

In the spirit of Halloween, I chose to create a Black Swan-inspired version of On Aura Tout Vu’s look. The key to this look is lots and lots (and lots) of feathers. I started with this feather bottomed dress and added feathers on top with a feather capelet. I then added feather booties, a simple feather headband and a bird mask. If you want a bolder look, opt for a feathered headpiece like this one. If you want to opt out of the mask, try this Black Swan-inspired makeup tutorial.

What do you think?

Which Halloween look do you like the best? What will you be wearing this Halloween? Any other costumes you’d like to see covered on CF next? Let us know with a comment.

Posted on on October 12, 2011 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , ,

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20 Responses to “3 Stylish Halloween Costumes Inspired by the Runways”

  1. 1
    October 12th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    My friend group is going as Wizard of Oz and I’m going to be Dorothy. These are great looks though and easy to make out of your own closet/cheap stores like Forever 21.

  2. 2
    October 12th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Oh thanks! I already decided to go as the Black Swan; my costume’s almost finished!

  3. 3
    October 12th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I never thought about looking to the runway for Halloween inspiration, but you nailed it! Love the translated looks you came up with!

  4. 4
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    The last one runway pic reminds me SO MUCH of Lady Gaga! (Am I the only one?)

    I think I would actually wear the shoes from the first outfit to class. They’re a little over the top, but in a good way.

  5. 5
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I would totally wear the first outfit for Halloween. Great stuff!

  6. 6
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    These are awesome! I never thought about dressing up like a star.

  7. 7
    October 12th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I was just talking to a coworker about bird Halloween costumes earlier. They tend to catch my eye the most and look so fun to wear!

  8. 8
    October 12th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Do you have any costume ideas for nature? Or other (not-cat) animals for ideas?

  9. 9
    October 12th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I like fur.

  10. 10
    October 12th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    These are super cute. I love the shooting star look inspired by Dior.

  11. 11
    October 12th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Fantastic ideas! Chic Halloween costumes that don’t make me worried that I’m breaking any laws with how skimpy they are? I’ll take that any day. You did a great job!

  12. 12
    October 12th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    OMG! I love all of these! Can you do more please!?

  13. 13
    October 12th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    More please! I’ve been looking everywhere for cute non-traditional ideas and I love these! Right now I’m thinking about being either Rosie the riveter or Amelia Earhart, so maybe some vintage inspired ideas?

  14. 14
    October 12th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    I just decided to be a cat last night! Perfect timing! Terrific post.

  15. 15
    October 13th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I keep reading over and over that the Black Swan is the look for Halloween this year. A lot of other Halloween costume sites have had tacky versions. Yours is an elegant idea. At first glance I didn’t even realize this was a Halloween post. I’ve decided what I’m going to be! No PVC, cheap fabric sexy nurse/cabbie/sailor/cat/police officer suit on this body.

  16. 16
    October 19th, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I had a friend who was a shooting star last year for Halloween, and she did really cool, shimmery, makeup that went well with the costume. I was a pink flamingo (similar to the bird costume) and that was really simple to make and was very cute! All of these ideas are very cute and creative!

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