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Fashion Inspiration: Beetlejuice


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Although it’s technically not a Halloween movie, Beetlejuice is one of those films that can instantly put me in the Halloween spirit. This Tim Burton film about the afterlife not only combines macabre elements with humor and just the right amount of spookiness, but also has some memorable fashion moments to boot. From Lydia Deetz’s gothic ensembles and oversprayed, sculpted hair to the title character’s vertical striped suit, this movie is simply brimming with fashion inspiration.

Whether you want to dress up like your favorite character for Halloween or just incorporate some of their style into your everyday look, you’ve come to the right place. Scroll on down to learn more about Beetlejuice and to check out some outfits based on the movie and its characters:

Meet the Maitlands

The Maitlands

When an afternoon running errands leads to their untimely demise, Adam and Barbara Maitland learn that life after death is filled with rules, regulations and waiting rooms. After their afterlife caseworker tells them that they must remain in their home for the next 125 years, the Maitlands hope they’ll be able to live in harmony alongside the new occupants… but unfortunately, that won’t be the case.

Beetlejuice fashion- outfit inspired by the Maitlands
Product Info: Dress- Republic, Shirt- Tilly’s, Phone Case- Etsy, Shoes- BCBGeneration, Earrings- J. Crew

For this look, I drew inspiration from both Barbara and Adam’s styles to create a cohesive outfit. Start by layering a black and white buffalo plaid shirt over a pretty floral sundress, tying the shirt into a knot at the bottom for a polished look. Gray oxfords add a menswear-inspired touch, while pearl studs speak to the Maitlands’ traditional and preppy style. For the finishing touch, accessorize your phone with this attention-grabbing case inspired by the afterlife’s must-read manual. (FYI, it reads like stereo instructions.)

Lydia Deetz

Lydia Deetz

The Deetz family moves into the Maitland home and their advant garde style clashes with the traditional tastes of their deceased roomies. Adam and Barbara ineffectively try to scare the Deetzes away, because — as we soon learn — teenager Lydia is the only one who can see the ghosts, due to the fact that she’s “strange and unusual.” Lydia has an open mind and morbid fascination with the dead which is reflected in her all-black, gothic ensembles.

Beetlejuice fashion- outfit inspired by Lydia Deetz
Product Info: Dress- ASOS, Ring- ModCloth, Hat- Forever 21, Boots-, Tights- Shopbop

Bring Lydia’s ’80s goth look into the 21st century by pairing a gorgeous black lace dress with sheer tights. Platform lace-up booties add a fashion-forward vibe, while a brimmed hat is similar to the one she wears in the film. Finally, accessorize with a camera-shaped ring, which is a fun nod to Lydia’s love for photography.

The Ghost with the Most


After several more botched attempts to scare away the Deetzes, the Maitlands contact a freelance “bio-exorcist” to help them out. Betelgeuse is a crude and skeevy ghostly prankster who can only be summoned by calling out his name out three times. Adam and Barbara decide to pass on Betelgeuse’s unscrupulous services, but he still manages to wreak some havoc before they can send him back.

Beetlejuice inspired outfit
Product Info: Blazer- Forever 21, Blouse- Forever 21, Shoes- H&M, Necklace- Mango, Jeans- JCPenney | Photo: ELLE

For a fashion-forward take on Betelgeuse’s iconic suit, pair a vertical striped button-up with some trendy coated jeans. Add an edgy spiked blazer for a totally chic take on this look worn by Betelgeuse. Black suede pumps help to streamline the outfit, while a dark red beetle-shaped necklace is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the bio-exorcist. If you want to rock that fresh-from-the-grave look, try a dramatic kohl-rimmed smoky eye, similar to the picture above.

Unholy Matrimony

Beetlejuice and Lydia

Lydia’s father and stepmother eventually learn about their ghostly roommates and through a series of events, the Maitlands get into trouble. In order to save Adam and Barbara, Lydia is forced to summon Betelgeuse, who will only help her out if she agrees to marry him. Lydia reluctantly agrees, but right before the “I do”s, a nefarious sandworm literally sends Betelgeuse back down into the underworld.

beetlejuice lydia inspired outfit
Product Info: Bag-, Earrings- ASOS, Dress-, Shoes- GoJane, Nail Polish- Zoya’s “Paris”

Combine the best elements of Lydia’s lacy gown and Betelgeuse’s (on-trend!) oxblood suit with this crimson-colored peplum dress. The silver detailing on these sky-high pumps have a sandworm-esque shape and striped pattern, while mismatched earrings add an edgy vibe. Grab a skull-adorned clutch and paint your nails a deep red shade to complete this look.

Shake, Shake, Shake Senora

Lydia dancing

After the unsavory ordeal with Betelgeuse, the Maitlands and the Deetzes have learned to coexist peacefully, while the bio-exorcist has gone back to his old shenanigans in the afterlife. The movie ends the way every film should — with Lydia dancing in mid-air (thanks to some ghostly magic) and lip-syncing to a Harry Belafonte song.

Beetlejuice fashion- outfit inspired by Lydia's school uniform
Product Info: Blouse- ASOS, Cardigan- Debenhams, Spider Brooch-, Skull Cameo-, Shoes- Forever 21, Skirt- Banana Republic, Tights- Tilly’s

Even though Lydia is wearing a school uniform in this scene, I love how she incorporates elements of her own style  — the black petticoat and lace-up boots — into the look. Mimic her outfit by pairing a black and gray plaid skirt with a collared blouse that has a lace bow. Dress up a simple black cardigan with a spooky spider brooch and skull cameo. Adorn your legs with these unique ‘suspender’ tights, then finish with a pair of black wedged ankle booties.

It’s showtime…

Have you ever seen Beetlejuice? What do you think of the fashion in it? Would you wear any of these looks? Which one is your favorite? Remember to tell me what you think by leaving a comment below!

Posted on on October 14, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , ,

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21 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: Beetlejuice”

  1. 1
    October 14th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Such a great Halloween movie!

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    October 14th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    This is awesome! Great job :)

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    October 14th, 2012 at 5:53 pm


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    October 14th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Lovely post! This is one of my favorite movies of all time! Also, if you’re looking for Halloween inspiration, Pixiwoo on Youtube just did a makeup tutorial on the Miss Argentina character from the movie :)

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    October 14th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Have you seen the 1999 movie, Jawbreaker? It starred Rose McGowan and Rebecca Gayheart. Hope you could make a Fashion Inspiration article about it because the fashion depicted on is very much now and can be translated to everyday looks. :)

  6. 6
    October 14th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Omg thanks SO much or posting this!! This is my FAVORITE movie ever I’ve seen it over a hundred times and will never get tired of it. I’m defiantly gonna try to make some of these outfits. =)

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    October 14th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Love, love, love this post!!! My favorite type of posts are when you get a character and create an outfit based off of them! <3 It gets the creative juices flowing!
    My favorite(or one I'd be willing to wear) is surprisingly Betelgeuse's outfit.
    Probably because I have the pants and stripped shirt haha but, ya, great job!! :D

  8. 8
    October 15th, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Thanks so much for featuring my phone case. I LOVE your site. The collections are so well put together :) I visit it often for inspiration.

    xoxo, Dawn

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    October 15th, 2012 at 11:35 am

    So glad everyone’s liking this post. I had a lot of fun creating the outfits!

    @Via- Yes, I have– love that movie! Will look into possibly doing an article on it.

    @Dawn- No prob, thanks for making such an awesome phone case :)

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    October 15th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    awesome post! love this movie no matter what time of year :-)

  11. 11
    October 15th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I love this movie, this post, and the outfits!!
    Could you maybe do something inspired by Hocus Pocus or Halloweentown?

  12. 12
    October 15th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    They just posted a similar article on Rookie, complete with that same iPhone case. Coincidence? I think not…

  13. 13
    October 15th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    @Brittany- I’m one step ahead of you! Be on the lookout for a Hocus Pocus inspired post a few weeks from now.

    @Zoe- I don’t read Rookie, so I’m not sure if you’re saying that this post was done first or vice versa, but I’ve been planning on writing a Beetlejuice fashion article for awhile now and these outfit sets were made about a week ago. As far as the phone case goes, it’s one of the first items that comes up when you search “handbook for the recently deceased” on Etsy.

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    October 15th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Ooh, that peplum dress is gorgeous, oh my goodness. Sexy and sweet, I love it.

    While you’re considering other movies to design outfits around, would you consider, ‘The Craft’? It is my favorite Halloween movie, rich in all its 90s glory.

    (Also, I don’t actually see the similarities between your article and Rookie’s, besides the use of a popular Halloween movie (gasp!), but whatever.)

  15. 15
    October 16th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    These outfits are awesome! Thank you for this. The third look os my favorite, I would wear it e verday if I could.

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    October 16th, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I´m in love with this movie! and i´m wearing my “beetlejuice blouse” right now :)

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    October 17th, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Best post ever :)

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    October 18th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    You shouldd continue this style guide with Lydias Parent’s friends. They had dome awesome style.

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