How To Be A Street Style Star For Halloween, Because You Too Can Be A Peacock

Everyone knows the best Halloween costumes are the ones that both mock the cultural zeitgeist and are rich in references. Think: throwback '90s moments and multi-layered puns. Want to be Anna Wintour? Instead, go as "Anna Wintour (Is Coming)." Looking to pay homage to Miuccia Prada? Meet Mew Mew, the Pokémon in bejeweled Miu Miu heels.

Come October 31, instead of digging deep into our style encyclopedias for a punny costume, we’re turning the camera on ourselves (and not just for a selfie). No, we're not talking about a #shoefie or an #OOTD — hell, not even an #evachenpose. Instead, we're taking to the streets of New York as parodies of the fashion editors, bloggers, street style stars, and influencers we are. And it doesn't even require a Versace-level budget. (Though, we do suggest a sense of humor packed neatly into your Tom Ford alligator belt).

Here's what you'll need: Basically, anything that went viral this year (say, one of those IKEA doodads, a crystal-dipped bodysuit à la Rihanna, or a Moschino whatchamacallit), something politically-inspired, or anything from the juggernaut of celebrity fashion collaborations (i.e. Fenty Puma by Rihanna, Yeezy, or Tommy x Gigi). Put all of that in a blender, slap a CFDA x ACLU pin on it, et voilà, you are one of us.

And, if you're still lost — or still brushing up on your fashion vocabulary — let the slideshow ahead serve as your starting point. So get in, loser (and grab your Olympia Le-Tan Meine Lieblingsmorde appliquéd cotton-faille clutch) — we're going trick-or-treating.

Photographed by Victoria Adamson.
Pretend you're an alien figuring out clothes for the first time and wear a jacket as pants. Or a skirt as a hat. Or socks as earrings.
Grab yourself the T-shirt du jour. Bonus points for a politically-charged message.
Accessorize with tools of the trade. Carry a couple of cameras around your neck (one for Instagram, one for the blog), or stick a lot of red pens behind your ears if you're trying to go for a retro look.
A great Halloween costume is a comfortable Halloween costume, and what's more comfortable than jeans? The trick is they can't be regular jeans. Imagine you are Edward Scissorhands and get creative with your denim: Are they chaps? Are they sliced so much you're basically wearing "janties" (jean panties)? Or, take a cue from Y/Project and layer a few pairs on top of each other.
Consider finding inspiration in actual looks from the Gucci runway, but if that fails, find some cool vintage merch on eBay (or make your own?) and do an unlikely item pairing, like a sweatshirt over a jeweled fishnet skirt.
Make sure to have accessories that aren’t what they seem. Ya know, like a book that isn't a book, but a clutch.
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Group costumes always do great at contests! Are you the Executive Realness group in blazers and suitcases? Or are you like Giovanna Battaglia-Englebert and her squad of color-blocking Italians?
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For the lazy, consider buying the biggest hat you can find. Say it's Jacquemus or Loewe. You'll be fine.
Photographed by Victoria Adamson.
Go to the craft store, buy a bunch of fake fur, and add it to all the most unexpected parts of your wardrobe. Then, pretend you're the floor of the Shrimps atelier.
Photographed by Victoria Adamson.
Moschino is always a great go-to for inspiration: Go ahead and dig out all your My Little Pony's from your childhood, or find a vintage sweatshirt on eBay and tell everyone you bought that instead of paying your rent (now that's scary).
Street style stars love an extra-long sleeve. For the truly dedicated, may we suggest cutting the sleeves off one shirt and sewing them onto another? Let them drag glamorously behind you as you walk from house to house asking for candy.
Photographed by Victoria Adamson.
You absolutely need a straw bag to collect all your candy.
When in doubt, put a corset over it!
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