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Friday 30 October 2009

Lazy Girls' Guide to Halloween

So we’ve given you our recommendations of what to eat and drink when indulging in ghoulish festivities for Halloween. But now, the all-important conundrum: what to wear. If you haven’t yet plumped for a costume and are despairing because by now the fancy dress shops will have sold out of all but the most unflattering options, there is another option. Namely, dressing in your normal clobber, except with gothier make-up and tenuously Halloween-themed accessories. Come on, come all who throughout October have been promising themselves that they’ll get it sorted in tomorrow’s lunch hour with a supermarket sweep-style dash around their nearest fancy dress emporium. This is the last chance saloon: the lazy girls’ guide to Halloween:

This necklace will make you looked like you’re being choked by a ghoulish skeleton, back from the dead to wreak revenge and tidy up unfinished business. It’s £24, from the lovely Lunacy Boutique.

If you’re having a house party, you could don this fab apron from Bombarock with over-the-top make-up, big hair and lots of fake blood and claim that you’ve come as some kind of zombie cook. We think it’d work well with a blood-stained cleaver of some kind. But then once Halloween’s over, it’s still useful, beautiful, and if you’re a fan of kitchen co-ordination, you can get matching oven gloves in the same fabric too.

If you have any long frocks to hand, combine them with this choker and matching tiara from Karnival House and voila! For less than a tenner you’ll be transformed into a fearsome Disney ladyvillain:

And if all else fails and you simply can’t abide the Halloween concept of making yourself look gruesome and wearing tacky pumpkin earrings from Asda, get yourself to Vivien of Holloway quick sharp. They have a whole range of gorgeous rockabilly frocks for Halloween, which you can accessorise to your heart’s content, safe in the knowledge that you’ll still look a treat. And although the prices of £50 aren’t cheap, console yourself with the conscience-easing reassurance that you’ll have saved money on splashing out on a Halloween costume you’ll only wear once a year, and much more sensibly invested in a fancy frock you can show off in all year round. Our favourite is this cutesy gingham number, but they also have some fab Day of the Dead-inspired designs that we’re quite taken by too:

Happy Halloween! xox

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