Halloween is practically here. Do you have your costume figured out? You’ve got less than a week to come up with something clever, urbane, flattering and memorable. Otherwise, you’ll risk looking horrifying on the holiday, and not in the good way. Whether you decide to go all-out or opt to just jazz up an ensemble that you’d wear to any party, whether you’ve been planning for weeks or are just getting started, here are 6 ways to use luxury accessories or apparel to pop any Halloween costume and grant you the luxury of being one of the night’s brightest stars.
1. An Anya Hindmarch “eyes” clutch, backpack, or slides. For whimsical fun, you cannot do better than these adorable bags and shoes for both men and women appliqued with wide-eyed – well, ghosts. On Halloween night, that is definitely what they’ll look like. The good news is that these accessories will work all year ’round to bring a smile to your posse, although your companions may find it hard to shake the feeling that somebody’s watching them. All the time.
2. A Judith Leiber Couture minaudiere. The designer is known for whimsical and fanciful evening bags, and Halloween is always a time for a new standout offering. This year doesn’t disappoint: the $5,495 Skull Bela Lugosi Crystal Evening Clutch Bag is a truly refined and absolutely creepy accessory for Halloween parties and all manner of other nights of mischief.
3. An Olympia Le-Tan clutch that looks like a horror story: Psycho, anyone? At Matches Fashion, you can find one of the handbag designer’s iconic clutches made from a classic book cover. The $1,170 Psycho version is trimmed with gold-tone brass, opens to a floral print-lined interior fitted with an internal slit pocket, and can be worn over the shoulder, or carried in-hand. So you don’t have to go crazy trying to hold onto it.
4. A Libertine jacket embellished with the evil eye. The funky LA apparel brand offers off-kilter, sequined, totally fun tailored jackets with eyes, hands, occult symbols and macabre phrases all year ’round. You may not roll that way every day, but the brand always has something sinister-chic this time of year that makes for the perfect groovy Halloween jacket. This year, we love the $2,500 Party Skulls Blazer, available at Bergdorf Goodman. Toss on some leather pants, cool black boots and a black hat, and you will definitely be bewitching.
5. A Halpern jumpsuit with blue and black sequins is the one piece you need if you want all eyes on you at the Halloween bash. You can check out the one in the window of Bergdorf’s if you’re in Manhattan, or jump on their website to see if you’re up for this. There are two versions from which to choose, actually – the black and blue one is $2,540 and the gold, white and silver one is $3,185. So you can be a creature of the night or of the dawn – your call.
6. Diamond spider earrings. On 1st Dibs, you can find a $4,000 pair of rhodium-plated sterling silver and diamond spider web earrings from Rebecca Koven. The webs are suspended from rhodium-plated sterling silver and diamonds crowns, and there are approximately 5.45cts of diamonds. You’ll definitely catch someone in your web with these, if that’s your desire.
There you have it: six easy pieces to light up your Halloween costume and spark great conversation at the party. And if you exit the event with a clutch or a pocket stuffed with candy corn — well, all is forgiven on Halloween night. Just beware, though. Those candy corn hangovers are the worst. And Wednesday’s a work day.