For we vintage enthusiasts, a well-executed time-warp costume is a highly satisfying endeavor. While we’d love to sport a head-to-toe ensemble throwing back to our favourite decade on a daily basis, it’s not always in the cards. So when All Hallow’s Eve arrives, the gloves come off — and the period-accurate hand-knit cotton lace gloves go on.
In preparation for a proper vintage throwdown this Halloween, we consulted an expert: Cathy Chung, owner of Meeps, a legendary Washington, DC vintage boutique that’s been peddling throwback togs to District denizens for almost 30 years. “DC actually does Halloween all year, unwinding their Type A lives by throwing costume-themed parties for all occasions,” Chung explains. However, the time leading up to so-called mischief night is the store’s bread and butter. “Overall, we love the rise of costuming and cosplay — it’s been a great way to introduce people to vintage and fashion and have a more authentic costume.” Cathy clued us in on a few of the vintage-inspired costumes that everyone is clamoring for this year.
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