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28 Oct 2021

HORROR FILM STYLE ICONS

Since it's commercialisation over in the US, Halloween has been a holiday that's deeply interconnected to fashion. Whether you're returning to that trusty witches hat or hand-crafting a Halloween fit that might be better placed at cosplay convention than your local boozer, Halloween gives us a chance to tap into our spooky alter-ego in a very sartorial way. Platforms like Instagram have exacerbated the whole affair too; would your Halloween costume really be a Halloween costume if the whole thing wasn't documented online? And would it be Halloween without scrupulously checking what your pals - and your fave celebs - have dressed up as? 

While there's a whole horde of Halloween costume inspo from our fave celebs, we can't forget the ladies that forged the magical union of spooky and style way before Kendall Jenner was a fembot or Lupita Nyong'o did that iconic Clueless look. Yes: we're talking about those ladies actually on-screen: the characters from our fave horror films that, whether intentional or not, are style icons.

These ladies served: they served not while drinking a gin and tonic at an awkward house party, but while they were being hunted by a ghostly presence, while being sacrificed to Satan and while attending a rather unconventional summer festival. Meet the ladies with truly "killer" looks. 

BRIANNA CARTWRIGHT

Nia de Costa's Candyman, aside from being a great horror film, explores themes of gentrification and generational trauma. When the female lead Brianna Cartwright isn't warding off the terrifying Candyman, she provides us with an insight into Chicago's art scene... Which she does in the most stunning outfits. Think sumptuous silk fabrics in vibrant colours and prints and statement jewellery. 

Brianna

Brianna

NINA SAYERS

While Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan isn't technically a horror, we had to make an exception because Nina (played by Natalie Portman) looks so stylish. The outfits she wears for her ballet classes are all based around layering, including hot-off-the-runway shoulder shrugs and leg-warmers. Put your hair into a slick bun, pop on this wrap cardigan and voila. 

Nina

Nina

ELAINE

We recommend you check out the The Love Witch for Elaine's costumes alone. While the film was only made in 2016, it pays homage to 1960s aesthetic. The result? Outfits to die for. Recreate Elaine's look with a monochromatic outfit in that characteristic 60s colour palette: try lots of peaches and pastels. Top it all off with a statement hat and those old witch reliables: some tarot cards and your book of spells. Watch someone fall in love with you, magic or not. 

Elaine

Elaine

DANI

According to director Ari Aster, his psychological horror Midsommar is, simply, a break-up film. But we reckon you can take Dani's love for florals with a pinch of salt and use it to make potential suitors swoon rather than end up in a sacrificial bear suit (if you know, you know). 

Dani

Dani

JENNIFER CHECK

If you have a re-watch of this late 2000s horror comedy flick, you'll find it's got a very feminist slant that makes it a complete cult classic. Jennifer Check (played by the drop-dead - excuse the pun - gorgeous Megan Fox) gets sacrificed to the devil and, as a result, starts to develop a desire to eat people... And she looks great doing it. The key to getting Jennifer's look is all about the fit and silhouette: everything needs to be cropped, fitted and maybe just a bit too small. Case in point: this iconic hoody that we think will be making the rounds this Halloween. 

Jennifer

Jennifer

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