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.
I’m not going to lie—I’m firmly Team Spike when it comes to my all-time-favorite TV show. But I can’t imagine walking into an H&M and not scooping this soft fleece sweatshirt, especially ahead of Halloween and with ’90s nostalgia at fever pitch.
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).
I live in relaxed straight-leg jeans, so this pair is bound to see serious wear, even if I don’t wind of wearing them as part of the admittedly far-too-niche ’90s-supermodel-off-duty costume I’ve been mulling over.
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.
So many ’70s costume possibilities with this very on-trend fringed jacket. (Personally, this is the topper that’ll be seeing me through fall and winter here in Southern California—seriously, the Western trend shows no sign of fading.)
There’s a good chance I’ll be a farmer this year for the sheer convenience and comfort of wearing these polished overalls, my favorite flannel shirt, and the cowboy boots I’ve barely taken off since last winter. (Try these!)
In case you’d like to show off your adoration for Stephen King’s horror franchise rather than dressing up like a full-on scary clown. (Kind of you to be mindful of my coulrophobia—yes, that’s a real term I didn’t have to google at all.)
Rosie the Riveter called—she said you can rewear this pivotal costume centerpiece long after Halloween (when you’ll need a paisley bandana to wrap around your hair, obviously). Affordable boilersuits are right up H&M’s alley.
We’ve established that the nineties are well and truly back, so you don’t really need a Halloween-adjacent excuse to pull on a bucket hat. (Still, we’re pretty sure you’ll think of a killer costume this could be a part of.)
Looking for more fun fall wardrobe building blocks? Check out H&M’s newest arrivals.