The true North American in me has really come out this last week leading up to Halloween. Carving pumpkins, while from Tessco instead of a real pumpkin patch, and stalking up on all the Halloween sweet I can. Of course costumes are one of the biggest parts of Halloween, and while not quite high fashion there are still many trends to see in the costume world each year. Looking through what people dress up as each year can greatly reflect what is going on in current events, who the big celebrities are, and also what was seen to be sexy at the time. So, heres a look into what I found to be trending and what I loved this year (and a little look into my Halloween).
To start off I've linked a Daily Mail article showing the evolution of Halloween costumes over the last 115 years. Mad love for 30's Elsa Lanchester as The Bride of Frankenstein.
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While in 2015 we loved our costumes inspired by things off the internet and social media, one thing I think this article misses, and probably my favourite trend over the past Halloweens, is that gore and scary is back. Halloween has always had the tradition to be 'scary' but over the years girls especially have been dressing a ton more sexy than actually scary. I saw this year that there can be the best of both worlds. Or honestly just ditch the whole trying to be sexy thing all together and dress as something dope. Last year we saw the Day of the Dead or Sugar Skull inspired make up absolutely boom. The look could be gorgeous and if you did your makeup well you didn't necessarily need an over the top costume, and if you went with a full costume as well more power to you! This was also a mix of being sexy and full out Halloween, a little black dress - hot + skull with flowery colours make up look - fabulous. This full face make up trend has carried on to 2015 and has become even better.
Make up has become the central focus for many costumes. From deers to zombies, an hour in front of the mirror can turn anyone into the creature of their dreams, or nightmares. I especially love the trend of doing half your face in makeup. This way you've still gone full out but people may not be as scared to approach you at a party.
Adding a little but of blood was something that elevated Halloween this year. I still have a tube of fake blood in my bathroom that was used by almost every girl getting ready before going out. While fake blood is ultimately meant to be gross, this year I saw that people were using it in a playful way. Being a cheerleader is cute but when you become a dead cheerleader, suddenly, you're costume is both flattering and in the true Halloween spirit. I believe that anyone becomes sexier when they stop trying to dress sexy and dress for themselves, therefore why not be as scary, funny, cute, or creative as you want on Halloween, its the one day of the year you can really do it!
I hope to see this trend of skeletons and vampires over take sexy nurses and cats in the coming years, and it’s defiantly on its way. It never hurts to take a little inspiration from your younger trick or treating self who had no shame to dress up in a round pumpkin because that is what they loved.
Here are some more of my 2015 Halloween looks. (mainly taken from Instagram)
Now for my Halloween. While I have always dreamed of dressing up as a tetris piece this wasn’t practical for the club, also none of my friends were too down for that, as they have not been for the past few years, trust me I’ve tried. Therefore, I had to come up with something else. I will say that I did not exactly follow the trends that I have talked about above but instead I went with what is popular in current pop culture. I was, and am still wishing I were, Harley Quinn as seen in the up coming movie Suicide Squad. I am beyond excited for the movie as it looks like it’s going to be insane in all the best ways. I also have a huge girl crush on Margret Robbie and think she kills it as the character. I thought that the costume was going to be a big one this year, which it was as worn by lots of people including Poppy Delivine, and even a bigger costume next year after the movie comes out.
I thought the make up and hair was sico in the best way and I absolutely loved doing it, and in a way wish I could wear miss-match eye shadow everyday. Also for being such a stand out character the costume was surprisingly easy to do, and with a few modifications it was something you could probably build from the clothes you already have. While it could be deemed a “sexy’ costume for its lack of actual clothes, I picked Harley because she is an absolute bad ass and while evil she does it so well she can roll with the joker. I felt very Halloweeny in the costume as well as confidant; even with the strange looks I received ridding back on the tube at 8am.