This year, October 31st falls on a Wednesday, meaning that you’ll most likely be stuck in class or at the office. Start celebrating Halloween early by donning your most spirited black-and-orange attire. It doesn’t have to be obnoxious or over-the-top, and no, you don’t have to wear a ridiculous costume! Odds are, you already own something orange to mix into your look on this spook-tacular day.
Here are five outfits that will show your love for All Hallows’ Eve without straying too far from your normal look.
Peplum enthusiasts everywhere, I have found the quintessential outfit for you! Halloween is the ideal occasion to don a fancy, all-eyes-on-you peplum top. (This one from ModCloth even boasts a print reminiscent of candy corn – can you say too perfect?!) Since you’re going to be heading to class, nothing fits the bill more than a practical and polished pair of jeans. Finish off with a basic cream cardigan, leather shoulder bag and flats for an all-around classy and Halloween-tinged look.
Want to dress like a witch without actually dressing like one? I promise, it’s not as complicated as it sounds! All you need is a black lace, mesh or tulle skirt and a bright orange sweater to channel your inner Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (I miss that show!). Accessorize with a gold pendant necklace and metal cap-toe flats for effect. Transition your look for a night out by grabbing your broom stick, a pointed hat and magic wand for good measure.
Last Halloween, colored denim was a relatively new trend. This year, jeans in every color of the rainbow are not only on the mark but an absolute no-brainer when it comes to what to wear on the 31st. Make a bold move with orange pants, but be sure to tone down the rest of your look so you don’t turn into a pumpkin. Keep it classic with a preppy herringbone tweed blazer and lace blouse. Cuddle up with a soft taupe scarf and an impeccable pair of black riding boots. The clincher: an onyx statement ring.
Get in touch with your boho roots with this eccentric, fun and coordinated ensemble. Like stirring a witch’s brew, you have to add just the right ingredients. Start with the centerpiece, a charming polka dot tunic dress; next, add in a chunky knit cardigan for layering. For accessories, drop in an edgy cuff bracelet and tassel necklace. Finally, mix in spider web-like tights and a pair of lace-up ankle boots for a fashionable concoction.
You’re probably wondering, “Where did all the orange disappear to?” My answer: sometimes just a smidge of this tangerine hue will do the trick. Kate Spade’s patent leather bag may be small in stature, but its autumn orange color will undoubtedly cast a spell on you.
While the outfit above could be worn to class, I designed this layout specifically with the career savvy fashionista in mind. Halloween day or not, black pants are always appropriate for the work place. A pretty white blouse with a super sweet Peter Pan collar elevates the cuteness factor by like a thousand percent (especially when coupled with a black envelope clutch and cocktail ring). Now, for the orange: a chic orange enamel bangle and pumps are all the pop you need.
If last year’s early snow fall was any indication of how the weather is going to be this year, you may want to have your orange pea coat on the ready too. Just in case. Who said a 9-to-5 job couldn’t be filled with Halloween bliss?
Don’t constrict yourself to one Halloween-inspired ensemble – it only makes sense to explore outfits for all five days of the week!
If you end up using one of these looks as inspiration for your own Halloween outfit, tweet a picture to @lovetwentymag and we’ll be sure to RT!
Anjerika Wilmer is a recent graduate from James Madison University. With a degree in Art History and Media Arts and Design (Journalism), she aspires for a career in fashion writing. Obsessed with all things girly and feminine, nothing makes Anjerika happier than classic cardigans, pleated skirts and bow-topped ballet flats. When she’s not Pinteresting her time away, Anjerika enjoys reading fashion magazines, painting her nails and swooning over Olivia Palermo’s impeccable style.
At the end of the day, however, she just wants to be inspired…
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