Coming up with a Halloween costume that hasn't been done a million times and that you're excited to put together and wear for a night is a bit of a tall order, but it can be done. So how does one find the perfect Halloween costume idea—you know, the one that's equal parts unique, alluring, and impressive?
The answer is simple: By turning to our seasoned panel of experts in everything cool, the It girls of the fashion world, of course. To give you a jump start, we did some celebrity research ourselves and we're sharing an assortment of creative ideas from Alexa Chung, Mary-Kate Olsen, Kate Moss, and more, including everything from fashionable spins on classic costumes to inspired takes on movie characters. Get a head start on your Halloween costume this year by bookmarking these supremely stylish ideas. Plus, shop the essentials you need to re-create each creative look.
Check out 15 fashion girl–approved Halloween ideas below.
The costume: Girl Scout
The essentials: Urban Outfitters Classic Bandana ($10); park ranger hat; suspenders; trousers; lace-up boots
The costume: Character from the masquerade scene of Eyes Wide Shut
The essentials: Statement mask; matching lingerie set; cape
The costumes: Skeleton (de Cadenet Taylor) and cheetah (Love)
The skeleton essentials: Black and white makeup ($6); black jumpsuit
The leopard essentials: Leopard ears; leopard turtleneck; black skinny jeans
The costumes: Leopard (Smalls) and Elvira (Swanepoel)
The leopard essentials: Face paint; statement red dress
The Elvira essentials: Face paint; all-black outfit; black corset
This post has been updated by Michelle Scanga and Allyson Payer.