The most fashionable celebrities really know how to pull together a Halloween look or two. Our highlight of the annual event each year is not our own pumpkin-carving results but seeing what the girls whose wardrobes we covet year long have worn on the big night. They always have somewhere to go and know the world is watching—no last-minute toilet paper mummy costumes here.
We decided to look back at some of our favourite A-list costumes of Halloweens past and take notes on all the ways we can work a fashion-approved costume for 2018. Are we the only ones who love when people ditch the traditional scary getup or standard "sexy cat" costumes? Extra points if the costume has a nod to the fashion industry. In our eyes, this is so much cooler than dressing as a witch (yet again).
Halloween really is the time to go all out, but as you’ll see from some of these looks, many are easier to re-create using clothes you already have in your wardrobe. Take a leaf out of these girls' books—come October 31, you’re going to be ready.
Victoria's Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo transformed into Pretty Woman's Vivian Ward, and we're 100% here for it. Many have imitated the iconic outfit from the 1990 film, but Behati really nailed it. The blue-and-white Hunza G dress is the real staple of this costume, followed by the red jacket, layered necklaces, black hat and blonde wig. The outfit wouldn't be complete without over-the-knee boots—and we think Behati's black pleather pair is just the ticket. Behati did her best Vivian impression for her husband Adam Levine's Maroon 5 Halloween party in 2016. We think Julia Roberts herself would be proud of this effort, especially when you realise this was a month after Prinsloo gave birth to her daughter, Dusty Rose. We're giving extra points for the lavish on-theme background. Great work, Behati.
Dressing up is nothing new to Lady Gaga, so we're not surprised she went all out for Halloween. Her 2017 Edward Scissorhands look is one of our all-time favourites. She's giving Johnny Depp a run for his money here—it's that accurate. Minus the infamous hands, the black leather–and–white shirt getup is kind of a great look for the other 364 days of the year, no? This costume was no last-minute rush job—Gaga posted videos of her "transformation" on Snapchat, and believe us, it was no mean feat. When she shared the final look on Instagram, her 29 million followers went wild. The 1990 Tim Burton film has a cult following after all (the fashion pack loves Winona Ryder in that movie—go figure). We think you'll agree the "Mother Monster" won this Halloween.
This is a stylish costume if we ever saw one—it's guaranteed to make you stand out amongst a sea of 100 witches. Model Gigi Hadid opted to channel Olivia Newton-John's Sandy from the 1978 classic Grease. She wore this to attend Heidi Klum's annual Halloween party at Lavo in New York. Everyone knows Heidi Klum is the queen of Halloween, so we think Gigi knew she "better shape up." (Sorry!) Outfit-wise, this is a relatively easy ensemble to replicate, so if you're having a last-minute party, Sandy may be your go-to. Make like Gigi and wear black leggings and a crop top—red lipstick and curly hair are also an absolute must. We can only hope Gigi performed the full dance routine with her very own Danny Zuko. We've got chills; they're multiplying.
Kendall Jenner really hit a home run with this fashion-inspired costume (or fashtume, as we've coined it). The model dressed as Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld to attend a Halloween party at Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood last year. Kendall's a no stranger to the man himself, having walked in Chanel runway shows and a the face Lagerfeld-designed label Fendi. They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all.
Kendall wore a white wig to emulate Karl's famous ponytail, as well as a black blazer, chain necklaces, shades and the designer's signature fingerless gloves. She penned the caption to her Instagram post "Lady Karl Lagerfeld." Not content with simply getting the look dead-on, the thing that really makes this Halloween outfit stand out is her friend accompanying her as Karl's famous cat, Choupette Lagerfeld. We're not condoning using a friend as an accessory, but it really takes this costume to the next level, doesn't it? Whilst we can't see the 82-year-old designer wearing a rhinestone leotard and fishnet stockings, it certainly works for Kendall.
Has there ever been a more stylish villain than Cruella from 101 Dalmatians? Her monochrome look is one of our all-time fashion costume faves. Iggy Azalea went all out for her de Vil look, which she wore on the red carpet last year at the Vevo Halloween party in London. We'd wear those houndstooth trousers again, Halloween or not. The black-and-white two-tone hair really makes this look, don't you think? Iggy added Cruella's signature red lipstick, arrived in a replica of Cruella's car and even took a Dalmatian called Lucky on the red carpet with her. Now that's dedication to a costume. We can confirm no puppies were hurt in the making of that fabulous monochrome coat.
Another supermodel, another stellar Halloween offering. Emily Ratajkowski channels Uma Thurman's character Mia Wallace from the 1994 cult classic Pulp Fiction. This costume is equal measures niche and chic—plus it's so easy to re-create. Got a white shirt and black trousers somewhere in your wardrobe? You're basically there. Though we must say we're so glad Emily went full Mia with a black wig, a bloody nose and a fake cigarette. Emily even captioned this Instagram picture with Mia's iconic line, "I want to dance, I want to win, I want that trophy." A cool-girl costume if we ever saw one.
Whilst we are enjoying summer, now we really can't wait for October 31.