Halloween isn’t just a time to play dress up and assume a new identity. It can also be a day to playfully reveal a part of ourselves that we don’t get to express in our ordinary lives. Whether we want to stand out as the belle of the ball or just give our friends a laugh, our costume choices sometimes say more about us than the characters we portray.
As for myself, I’ve always been a fan of the Halloween classics. I never pass on a chance to dress as a witch or a 1920s flapper, but I abandon the standard uniform in favor of my own interpretations. I love searching through thrift stores and coordinating what I find into a fully realized costume. It may take a bit more effort and time, but the end result is always worth it. And once Halloween is over, I can keep on wearing these new additions to my vintage collection throughout the year.
Here are some inspiring vintage pieces that can be treasured long after All Hallows Eve.
[1. Custom dress by TheBlackSwanTheory; 2. Perfume bottle necklace from LorenzoMele; 3. Steampunk granny boots from VintageReBelle; 4. Victorian wool cape from LeMollusque; 5. Primitive broom from timepassages.]
A Victorian capelet and a pair of granny boots give a Halloween classic a new sophisticated air.
[1. 1920s Lilac organdy garden dress from breadandbuttervtg; 2. Shimmering silver tassel necklace from kikisvintagejewelry; 3. 1920s Flapper heels from Funastrum; 4. Gold Art Deco cigarette holder from TheSalvages; 5. 1920s Fascinator from 4birdsvintage.]
Ditch the fringes and pearls in favor of a more elegant 1920s look.
Queen of the Nile
[1. Vintage tiara from ElrondsEmporium; 2. Vintage strappy heels from LookAgainVintage; 3. Egyptian snake bracelet from TheDeeps; 4. 1960s Nightgown from concettascloset; 5. Egyptian Revival cuff from GypsyRoadStudio; 6. Vintage chevron bib from RevampedVintage1973.]
An excess of gold jewelry is all you need to achieve this reigning look. An ethereal vintage nightgown can give it an unexpected twist.
[1. Vintage tiara from DevineCollectible; 2. Vintage scepter from FabulousVintageHats; 3. 1950s Ombré tulle dress from millstreetvintage; 4. Vintage millenary flowers from Avaricia; 5. 1960s white gloves from hipfashionstylist; 6. 1950s Pearlized pink leather pumps from catlady531.]
A 1950s prom dress is one of those coveted items I always want to add to my collection. Halloween can be the perfect time to indulge in the frills and ruffles of yesteryear.
Gabriella Cetrulo is a freelance illustrator with a BFA in illustration from Parsons the New School for Design. She is also the shop owner of vintage oasis Tomorrow Is Forever. She is in the process of opening a second online shop featuring her illustration work.