October 31 is decidedly my holiday. I’m Who What Wear’s resident expert when it comes to chic Halloween costume ideas that do not require the purchase of anything particularly costume-y. My qualifications: I’ve been working in fashion for years, all of my style icons are delightfully OTT, plus I’m definitely the person you’d want on your team for any and every horror movie–themed 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 outfit—especially if you’re the kind of stylish person who is somewhat obligated to dress up but isn’t exactly into costumes. Read on for the items worth snapping up before Halloween (and that you should continue to wear long after).
For that Blondie costume you’ve 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.)
If you’re gonna get a leather look involved, you can’t go wrong with these pants. They’ll see you through all manner of rocker-chic Halloween ensembles for sure, but given F/W 19’s penchant for the head-to-toe leather trend, they won’t be banished to the back of your closet come November 1.
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), you’ll get serious cost-per-wear out of this piece. Make sure to also nab the matching miniskirt for the full effect.