Take Style Cues From Cinema's Most Iconic Costumes

For Halloween and beyond.

We're all aware that the clothes we wear on the daily are a form of self-expression, but that one look we choose to rock on Halloween somehow speaks even louder volumes about who we are. There are several categories of costume, and they are largely described by the party scene in Mean Girls: the punny "ex wife", the sexy and nonsensical "mouse, duh" and the generic uniform for lack of any better ideas. But there are also the on-point get-ups that let you pay homage to your favorite character or icon that are so stylish and seamless that only true fans like yourself will be able to fully appreciate every detail of your disguise. 

Whether you're a sucker for '90s nostalgia or you've been waiting for a chance to channel your favorite French cinema star, we've come up with four perfect Halloween party looks inspired by films for the fashion-obsessed that strike the perfect balance between costume and glamor. 

Whatever your personal style tends towards, showcase your look (or try a new one) this Halloween with these utterly fabulous costume ideas:

For the '90s nostalgic...


The Cast of Clueless


This OG chick flick has proven itself to be a timeless source of #outfitinspo since it came out in 1995 – in fact, Cher and Dionne's matching plaid skirt suit sets have become the stuff of pop culture legend. You can go the classic Clueless route and recreate this iconic fashion moment with a friend, but in the film also gives you a myriad of show-stopping styles to choose from, whether it's a classic schoolgirl scene or Cher's flamboyant little-red-dress-and-white-feather-boa combo on the movie poster. But whatever outfit idea you and your friends decide to recreate, don't forget the most essential accessory: a bulky '90s cell phone (and statement hat, if you're Dionne).

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Mango Check Structured Blazer - $170
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Miu Miu Plaid Miniskirt - $1,505
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Boohoo Plus Lucy Frill Detail Bodycon Dress - $20
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Urban Outfitters BDG Uncut Corduroy Button-Front Skirt - $59
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For the vintage lover...


Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face


This stunning musical stars Fred Astaire as a big-time fashion photographer looking for the next "new look" and Audrey Hepburn as a bookworm and reluctant – yet naturally gifted – model who travels with Astaire to Paris for a major magazine shoot. Naturally, the ensembles that Audrey models are otherworldly, which is no wonder given that, while most of the costumes were designed by Edith Head, all of Audrey's Paris attire was by none other than Hubert de Givenchy. If you're a fan of Hepburn but want to steer away from the overdone Breakfast At Tiffany's costume, you'll find your pick of elegant ensembles that could have come straight from the pages of a 1957 edition of Vogue in Funny Face: from the red evening gown and matching wrap she dons in the Louvre to the classic little black dress that she poses in at the entry to the Tuileries while holding an assortment of colorful balloons. 

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Nasty Gal Mother of Pearl Loafer - $50
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Eloquii Fit and Flare Dress with Oversized Bow - $120
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Sofie D'hoore Bateau Neck Silk Blouse - $500
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For the menswear-inspired maven...


Diane Keaton in Annie Hall


If you're looking for a good movie meet-cute combined with one of the most effortless and classic menswear-inspired looks in fashion history, you'll find it when Woody Allen meets the awkwardly adorable Diane Keaton (who plays Annie Hall, the film's titular character). Although Diane sports a variety of thrown-together yet stylish ensembles throughout the film – all in the character's signature tomboy silhouette – this is the iconic look that has come to define her character, inspiring photo spreads from magazines such as Vogue Paris, as well as countless homages from It-girls. If you want to be really sure that all film buffs will recognize your ensemble, all you need to do is hold a piece of cardboard with a quote from that famous subtitle scene written on it.

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ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Inspired Wool Fedora Hat - $67
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John Varvatos Star USA Plaid Silk Tie - $98
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Rockins Slim Fit Denim Waistcoat - $150
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Sézane Tomboy Shirt - $105
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For the Francophile...


Jean Seberg in Breathless


Jean Seberg's New-York-Herald-Tribune-aspiring-journalist ensemble has become one of the most iconic fashion moments in French nouvelle vague cinema. Although Jean (and her character) are technically American, she channels the ease and elegance of a Parisianstrolling down the Champs-Elysées with a vagabond criminal (played by Jean-Paul Belmondo) wearing her black cigarette pants and small white drawstring bag. If you've been thinking about chopping your hair into a pixie, this could be your opportunity to do so. If not, a wig will do just fine – and don't forget to bring along a copy of the New York Times (the successor of the now-defunct Herald Tribune).

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New York Herald Tribune T-Shirt - $23
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Sézane Oscar Striped Jersey - $95
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ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Inspired Cat Eye Sunglasses - $32
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