October 31 is decidedly my holiday. Im Who What Wears resident expertwhen it comes to chic Halloween costume ideas that do not require the purchase of anything particularly costume-y. My qualifications: Ive been working in fashion for years, all of my style icons are delightfully OTT, plus Im definitely the person youd want on your team for any and every horror moviethemed trivia night.
At first glance, what we have here are 24 truly excellent additions to any fall wardrobe. However, I can attest that every (surprisingly affordable) item from H&M below is also the perfect inspo for your 2019 Halloween outfitespecially if youre the kind of stylish person who is somewhat obligated to dress up but isnt exactly into costumes. Read on for the items worth snapping up before Halloween (and that you should continue to wear long after).
H&M Zebra Bodysuit ($25)
For that Blondie costume youve been carefully curating while listening to Parallel Lines on repeat, especially if you scoop up some oversize sunglasses and a pair of bold 80s-style earrings. (Will look just as great in a few months time with a pair of relaxed vintage jeans for a Sunday morning flea market run.)
H&M Faux Fur Jacket ($35)
Add this faux fur jacket, to complete the glam rockergroupie look. (Bonus points for strategically smudged eyeliner.)
H&M Faux Leather Pants ($35)
If youre gonna get a leather look involved, you cant go wrong with these pants. Theyll see you through all manner of rocker-chic Halloween ensembles for sure, but given F/W 19s penchant for the head-to-toe leather trend, they wont be banished to the back of your closet come November 1.
H&M Earrings ($10)
Jewelry thatll look just as good with your 80s Madonna costume as it will with your 2019 night-out looks.
H&M Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sweatshirt ($25)
Im not going to lieIm firmly Team Spike when it comes to my all-time-favorite TV show. But I cant imagine walking into an H&M and not scooping this soft fleece sweatshirt, especially ahead of Halloween and with 90s nostalgia at fever pitch.
H&M Captain's Cap ($18)
If celebrity off-duty is your Halloween inspo (or just your everyday style), this captains cap is your ideal accessory.
H&M Ankle Boots ($35)
Chunky boots with pronounced tread are perfect come October 31 as part of your Daria costume; later on, let them anchor all of your cold-weather looks.
H&M T-Shirt With Motif ($15)
Have I bragged yet about how I used to live around the corner from the real-life Nightmare on Elm Street house? I consider this an ideal pick for scary movie night no matter where you live (or what time of year it is).
H&M Mom Jeans ($35)
I live in relaxed straight-leg jeans, so this pair is bound to see serious wear, even if I dont wind of wearing them as part of the admittedly far-too-niche 90s-supermodel-off-duty costume Ive been mulling over.
H&M 2-Pack Pendant Necklace ($10)
I see a Little Mermaid costume in your futureand thanks to the shell jewelry trends continued popularity, these can also be the finishing touch to a whole lot of vacation looks. Sha-la-la-la-la-la
H&M Long Jacket ($35)
A twist on a fashion-girl staple Whether you choose to use it for a Cher Horowitz costume or prefer to dress as one of the Heathers (from, well, Heathers), youll get serious cost-per-wear out of this piece. Make sure to also nab the matching miniskirt for the full effect.
H&M T-Shirt With Motif ($15)
Just layera short-sleeve Hawaiian shirt over this nostalgia-evoking T-shirt and youre halfway to looking like Leo (aka Romeo) circa 1996.
H&M Jacket With Fringe ($60)
So many 70s costume possibilities with this very on-trend fringed jacket. (Personally, this is the topper thatll be seeing me through fall and winter here in Southern Californiaseriously, the Western trend shows no sign of fading.)
H&M Denim Bib Overalls ($30)
Theres a good chance Illbe a farmer this year for the sheer convenience and comfort of wearing these polished overalls,my favorite flannel shirt, andthe cowboy boots Ive barely takenoff since last winter. (Try these!)
H&M Short Skirt With Belt ($25)
The perfect piece to ground a good punk-rock costume, but also ideal with a big chunky knit. Win-win.
H&M T-Shirt With Motif ($15)
In case youd like to show off your adoration for Stephen Kings horror franchise rather than dressing up like a full-on scary clown. (Kind of you to be mindful of my coulrophobiayes, thats a real term I didnt have to google at all.)
H&M Faux Fur Jacket ($50)
I see a Josie and the Pussycatsinspired group costume moment in your future. Leopard print continues to reign supreme for fall, and this coats as cozy as they come.
H&M Cotton Overall ($40)
Rosie the Riveter calledshe said you can rewear this pivotal costume centerpiece long after Halloween (when youll need a paisley bandana to wrap around your hair, obviously).Affordable boilersuits are right up H&Ms alley.
H&M Mock Turtleneck Mesh Top ($13)
So many options you can take with this sheer dayglow dream of a top.
H&M Platform Sandals ($35)
Very Spice Girls circa 99, but also very NYFW circa, oh, F/W 19 (especially if you layer a pair of rainbow-striped metallic socks underneathjust saying).
H&M One-Shoulder Dress ($25)
A vital layer to keep around this time of year. Just make sure to grab some black fleece-lined tights...
H&M Super-Skinny High Jeans ($20)
The perfect grounding piece for you and your friends Grease-themed costumes. See you around Rydell High, Sandy (or Rizzo or Frenchie).
H&M Shimmery Dress ($13)
I see a very Austin Powersera look in your future (just add this, this, and this). Also easy to rewear come New Years Eve, or for that girls Vegas trip youve got on your event horizon.
H&M Bucket Hat ($10)
Weve established that the nineties are well and truly back, so you dont really need a Halloween-adjacent excuse to pull on a bucket hat. (Still, were pretty sure youll think of a killer costume this could be a part of.)
Looking for more fun fall wardrobe building blocks? Check out H&Ms newest arrivals.
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