Last Minute Halloween Costumes Already in Your Closet

Halloween celebrations commence this weekend, and for those who do not yet have a costume, panic mode has officially ensued. Don’t fret Halloween procrastinators, there is still time. There are so many great costumes that are often overlooked because people are always focusing on the trends and costumes of the year. But, some of the best, most iconic, and not to mention, most fashionable costumes are often right at your fingertips (or buried deep in the deep abyss of your/your mother’s closet). If you’re in need of a last minute costume that takes minimal time, effort, and money, then here are five Halloween costumes that are already in your wardrobe.

1. Penny Lane – “Almost Famous”

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This is one of the simplest Halloween costumes you can find in your wardrobe. Time to dig out your old school flared jeans, and if you can’t find those, a pair of boot cut will suffice. Pair the jeans with a basic cami with crochet trim, and complete the look with your favourite pair of round trim Ray Bans, and tightly curled hair. If you really want to top off the look, talk to your mother about borrowing her old suede, fur trim coat from the 90s.

2. Holly Golightly – “Breakfast at Tiffanys”

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Throw on your favourite little black dress paired with the largest statement necklace you can find and grab your large black sunnies. And if you really want to get into character, grab a coffee and text a friend and tell them to meet you at Tiffanys (and then get them to take a picture of you).

3. Chanel Oberlin – “Scream Queens”

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Chanel wears so many different outfits on the show, that it’s hard to narrow it down to one iconic moment. But, there’s no denying the ability to easily search through your closet for head to toe pink, or at the very least a preppy skirt and top, paired with your mother’s pearls, and completed with a bloody knife (optional). If you want to be really convincing, channel Chanel’s attitude with one-liner comebacks and insults, and you’re all set.

4. Margot Tenenbaum – “The Royal Tenenbaums”

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If you don’t have vintage (faux) fur, someone you know does, along with that striped cotton polo dress your mom used to wear when she went golfing in the 90s. Load on the heavy eyeliner as if it’s 9th grade all over again, and complete the costume with your favourite childhood barrette.

5. Bonnie Parker – “Bonnie and Clyde”

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This may also require a “Clyde” figure to pull off the complete look, but it is a very accessible last minute costume if you’re in a pinch. Pair a knit turtleneck and a pencil skirt, with one of your mother’s (or grandmothers) neck scarves.

 

5 Tips to Master Your Between-Seasons Look

When the weather is changing drastically on a daily basis, where you experience all four seasons in one week, your wardrobe is dealing with serious shaking. All of a sudden, your old parka seems to be the best candidate to deal with the chilly temperature that has arrived as a surprise, but when the sunny days come, they send another message to your closet: don’t get ride of your white lace summer dress just yet. Confused? So are we.

The seasonal changes during autumn–winter also known by name ‘swinter,’  you need a variegated blend of easy breezy summer pieces and cozy winter appeal, so it just makes sense to feel like you are losing your mind due to the awkward temperatures.

Transitional weather requires a lot of flexible thinking and creativity when putting an outfit together, so we are here to help you master your between seasons look seamlessly. Clever layering is the key for these crazy fall days and it’s also a great way to add new life into your wardrobe that you got fed up with, so don’t hesitate to mix staples summer pieces with new season goodies.

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1. Dress over pants

The 90s inspired trend blended perfectly as a “swinter” piece. This is the best time to combine your favourite summer dress and a pair of classic pants. It’s also a cool way to update your look by giving it a “new life.” For a street style edge, you can choose a longer hem that sits above the knee or even longer, for an extra fashion forward look. Choose pants that don’t have too many belt loops or pockets, or simply pair it with legging-like pants, for a smoother overall look. Another recommendation is to pick a shift or tailored-silhouette dress . Keep in mind that full bottom dress with a lot of draping details may be unflattering.

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 2. Texture Mix-Up

The fall-winter months are a perfect time to experiment with textures. Consider a velvet jacket, which is one of the fall’s dominant trends. The rich texture cover-up can look great with contrasting textures like pleated chiffon or silk. Another option is to wear an oversized chunky sweater layered over a lightweight flowy skirt that peeks out from underneath.

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3. The One and Only: Trench Coat

A stylish trench coat is the pick of all fall shopping goals, it’s ideal for unpredictable temperatures and allow room for a bit of a strip-down as the sun comes out. This is definitely one of the most versatile staples in between seasons. The timeless piece is appropriate for any look throughout the day and it will make an outfit look tailored without any effort. One of the trends that caught our attention is the leather coat that adds a sex appeal and sophistication to your appearance.

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4. Brighter Days, Brighter Outerwear

If you’re not ready to let go of summer just yet, you might like this trend. Well-known designers blur the line between summer and winter and gave their coat a refreshing summer twist that lifts our spirits. Who needs another black coat during the winter season? The catwalk was packed with brightly coloured outerwear in variety of eye popping shades like bubblegum pink, airy blue and citrus yellow. The vibrant palette will help you to head out into winter wonderland in a joyful spirit, and bring a youthful tone to these gloomy months.

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5. Slip Into This

It’s hard to neglect your favourite summer wardrobe and get settled into the winter season that is just around the corner. Luckily, the slip dress is one of these multi-seasonal items that will make your transition from summer to fall, and onto winter easy. All it takes is a little bit of creativity. The slip dress is an essential for “swinter” layering because you can layer it in various ways. With a turtleneck or a silky tank underneath, layering the slip over a pair of pants or jeans, wearing it with a blazer as a cover up for these chilly nights are just a few of the wonderful ways to incorporate this summer staple.

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Photo credit: W Magazine, Nili Lotan

One month one style: Furry Feet

Summer is almost over, so whether you are excited for the first blast of Autumn air or still trying to hold on to these last days of summer, one thing is for sure: the new season means refreshing your wardrobe with new clothes. To make the transition a bit smoother, let me introduce you to hottest trend of the month that can be easily incorporated into your current summer-y wardrobe: furry shoes.

Fur has always been one of the top trends during the colder seasons. But for fall 2016, the fur has been extended into our footwear! After observing all the biggest runway shows, we can definitely say that hairy and furry shoes are more relevant than ever. From high heels to slides, sneakers, boots and loafers, everything will look that much trendier with fur, so don’t hesitate to release your inner wild side and open up your mind for the unexpected new addition to your shoes.

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Gucci Loafers | Photo: Man-Repeller, Who What Wear

Here are five ways to give your shoes the fur treatment:     

1. The Funky Touch: Slides

These rubber base shoes that  usually function as a shower shoes or for pool activities got a fancy update: fur! It all started when Rihanna released a new line of furry slides with Puma. As expected, they sold out the moment they went online and from that point onward the furry slide became a footwear phenomenon.

Slipping them on instantly creates a fashion forward statement. You can basically wear them with any look. Cropped trousers, boyfriend jeans or skinnies are all great options that will give your look a fun boost. But hurry up, the funky slides can’t be worn when the temperatures drop are dropping down.

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2. The fancy feet: Sandals

We all know that fur has a fall/winter feel to it, so fur sandals are the perfect shoe for the transition from summer to fall.

Following in the footsteps of Gucci, which gave their heels edgy an interpretation last fall, other designers such as Fendi, Alexander Mcqueeen and Blumarine introduced their vision to the fur mania: two strap sandals covered with fur, tuft of fur in the middle of open toe shoe or ankle strap sandals with cut-out wedge heels and a lot of hairy details.

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3. Just a glimpse, Loafers with fur lining

If you are not crazy about all of these hairy shoes , there is another way to channel your fashion forward look: leather shoes with fuzzy soles.

The statement loafers with the fur lining are definitely a must-have for fall footwear, and even though they scream attention, there is something about them that has got us hooked. It comes as no surprise that It-girls and fashion influencers, like Alexa Chung, Leandra Medine or Mary Kate Olsen, have indulged themselves with these Gucci loafers. We adore them simply because they match with any fall outfit, plus they are so comfortable you will never want to take them off.

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Photo credit: Gucci Fall Winter 2016 campaign.

4. Pompomania, Furry pom pom shoes

Colourful pom-poms elevate any casual look to a pure fun and help any woman embrace her flirty, girly side. This fall, pom-poms have returned in full swing as footwear accessories. Top designers gave their interpretation to the charming pom-pom. Dolce and Gabbana, which have been the pioneers of the trend, introduced their metallic pumps with the fun fur embellishment. To feed up our cheerleader spirit, Fendi featured colourful fluffy heels. Sonia Rykiel’s pom pom version was more sensual and feminine with an oversized pom-pom attached to the front of the shoes.

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L to R: Sonia Rykiel, Dolce and Gabbana | Photos: Giovanni Giannoni/Fairchild, REX Shutterstock

5. Fur trimming

Experimenting with different materials is one of the biggest trends in footwear this season. Designers are no longer satisfied showing conventional shoes on the runway. Instead, they are willing to invest in unique details like fur accents. BCBG, for example, showcased snakeskin shoes with a fur band on top and chunky fur lined heels. At Christopher Kane, the kicks got a luxury update with fur that cover the feet, ensuring that we will be safe from the chilly breeze. The fur-attached shoes not only will keep your feet warm and cozy, which is obviously an essential addition to your winter wardrobe, but also will add a touch of modern glam to your appearance.

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Autumn/Winter 2016-2017 Accessories Trend Report

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Yes, my friends, the beginning of August is here. The end of summer is upon us and Fall fashion is trickling back into our minds as memories of Aperol spritz hour will soon fade. Before you yell at me for reminding you of the upcoming Autumn season (sorry!), please note all of the wonderful accessories trends we can expect.

Sculptural Jewellery

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Loewe A/W 2016-2017 | Photo: Indigital via Vogue UK

The sculptural jewellery trend made its way across multiple runways during the A/W 2017 shows, from Loewe, to Celine, to Opening Ceremony. Designer Sophie Buhai is a celebrity favourite for sourcing this elegant trend.

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Sophie Buhai Jewellery | Photo: Tina Tyrell

Brown

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The Row | Photo: Indigital via Vogue UK

Brown is going to be everywhere, accessories included. It all started with that rich, buttery coat from The Row during NYFW and the rest is history. Try a brown in a heeled boot or a suede handbag to add a sense of sophistication this Fall.

Photo: Indigital via Vogue UK
Photo: Indigital via Vogue UK

Velvet

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Velvet is going to be the major trend of the next season, and really, why not? It’s a fabulous fabric that makes its wearer feel wonderful. For this fall, try wearing velvet in new ways, through your accessories, like a handbag or headpiece.

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Dries Van Noten | Photo: Indigital via Vogue UK

Heels

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This may sound like the most obvious thing in the world to point out, back after the past few seasons of flat-shoe domination, heels have made their triumphant return.

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Dries Van Noten | Photo: Indigital via Vogue UK

Circles

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In a similar vein as the sculptural jewellery trend, the presence of circles in accessories adds a quiet sophistication. Seen being used as handles and simple pendants, this trend is actually quite timeless.

Honourable Mentions: Punk Boots, 70s Satchel Bags, Belts, Furry Slides, Thigh-High Boots (yes, still happening), and Statement Earrings.

Fall Couture Week 2016

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Valentino Fall Couture 2016 | Photo: Alessandro Garofalo / Indigital.tv

A beautiful tension existed at last week’s Fall Couture Week between the pillar fashion houses and the invading rebels. Fendi, Valentino and Chanel presented outstanding collections that distinctly acted as reminders of their legendary statuses. Chanel used the show to focus the attention on the house’s famous atelier staff and their petit mains. Fendi staged a larger-than-life performance at the Trevi Fountain in Rome–in celebration of the house’s 90th anniversary– in which the models walked on water and the house closed off the entire square for the occasion. Valentino hosted an emotional show, as rumours of one half of the Creative Director duo, Maria Grazia Chiuri, would be moving to Dior circled the room. The dramatic effect of honouring Shakespeare’s life through Elizabethan-inspired gowns added to the heightened emotions.

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The Atmosphere at Chanel Fall Couture 2016 | Photo: Alessandro Garofalo / Indigital.tv

On the rebellios side, Vetements and, holding their place as the original boundary pushers, Viktor & Rolf gave Couture Week a dose of skilled casualness. Vetements presented their Spring 2017 collection during Couture Week as a means of changing the demands of the fashion industry schedule. Showing at the Galeries Lafayettethe shopping centre of Paris, fashion’s most alluring brand unveiled a collection consisting of collaboration pieces with 18 iconic brands.  Viktor & Rolf likewise unveiled a collection based firmly in this tension of old and new. Using vintage denim jeans, military jackets, and hoodies the duo skillfully combined these tatty pieces with over-the-top tulle and embroidered embellishments. Couture upcycling.

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Vetements (L) and Viktor & Rolf (R) | Photos: Imaxtree / Marcus Tondo / Indigital.tv

Also pushing boundaries was Iris Van Herpen, who presented another technological wonder of a collection this year. She used silicone blown glass and gorgeous straight-line pleating that created a curved affect in her gowns. Mixing ancient mathematics with new technology, Iris contributed her version of the tension to the Couture storm.

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Iris Van Herpen | Photo: Kim Weston Arnold / Indigital.tv

This Couture Week was thus the most literal embodiment of the constant dichotomous pull in the fashion industry: old and new. From that though, comes the most brilliant creations.