Fashion Halloween Costumes

For you fashion lovers, Halloween is a great time to embrace your favorite fashionista. So here are some fashion icons for you to become this Halloween:

{Dress, Fur Coat, Sunglasses, Heels, Wig, Necklace}

No fashion-themed costume is better then the style enforcer herself, Anna Wintour. The best thing about this costume is it can be easily worn after Halloween. Pair a bright, stylish dress with a fur coat. Add killer heels, and a statement necklace. Don’t forget her signature bob and round sunglasses. Finish it off by carrying the latest issue of Vogue. You’ll have fashion-lovers drooling all over you all night long.

{Dress, Sunglasses, Clutch, Shoes, Necklace}

There is no better costume then the style and TV queen herself, Carrie Bradshaw. All you have to do is pick out your favorite Carrie look whether it is from the TV show or the movies. I personally loved this white and gold look from the movie. All you need is a white dress paired with a gold clutch, gold aviators, gold sparkle heels and a statement necklace. Don’t forget Carrie’s signature untamed mane. You can try doing it yourself with this tutorial.

{Layered Pearl Necklace, Pearl Necklace, Hair Pin, Dress, Gloves, Eye Liner, Sunglasses, Shoes}

I like to think of Holly Golightly of Breakfast at Tiffany’s as the original Carrie Bradshaw. She oozed style, sophistication and spontaneity all in one. And the best part about being Holly for Halloween is you probably own most of the costume in your closet already and if not they’ll be a great addition. Start with a basic black dress. Pile on the pearls (lots and lots of them). Add black gloves, black round sunglasses and black pumps. The key to the look is her hairstyle accessorized with a crown-like hair pin. Check out this tutorial to get Holly’s hairstyle. Holly’s make-up is a little easier. The key is the winged out black eyeliner. Check out this tutorial to get Holly’s make-up.

{Blazer, Shirt, Necklace, Tie, Sunglasses, Pants, Shoes, Fingerless gloves}

For all you fashion loving men, Karl Lagerfeld is the perfect costume for you and probably can be made 100% from your closet- except maybe the fingerless gloves I don’t know many guys who have a pair of those laying around. All you need is a white dress shirt, blazer, dress pants and black dress shoes. The key items to the costume that make it Karl Lagerfeld are the fingerless leather gloves, sunglasses, a stylish tie and a bit of bling. Mr. Lagerfeld loves to accessorize. The dye your hair grey and viola you’ll be ready to strut down the Halloween streets.

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DIY Halloween Costumes: Stylish Yet Scary

Halloween means ghost, goblins and everything scary! So what’s a girl to do to be scary yet stylish this Halloween? Is it possible to be both? YES it is! Here are a few popular scary costumes with a whole lot of style.

{Fake Blood, Top, Pants, Earrings, Fake Fingers, Bracelet, Booties}

Zombie is a classic Halloween costume yet you don’t have to look dead or decaying to pull this look off. Pair a distressed top with faded and slashed pants. Add edge with studded boots and accessories with bone jewelry. If your a True Blood lover, like myself, then your probably saw Arlene’s scary yet stylish zombie costume. I loved her toe necklace which is easy to recreate. I chose fake fingers for my costume. Take fake fingers and tie them to a string or a chain for a stylish yet gory accessory. Another gory accessory idea: Tie a ribbon to a fake severed head and carry it like a hand bag. Finish off the look with dark make-up like this dead sexy (pun intended) makeup tutorial, messy hair and LOTS of fake blood. If you want scarier make-up check out this tutorial.

{Tights, Fangs, Dress, Ring, Necklace, Heels, Blood Shots, OPI Red Shatter Nail Polish}

Movies like True Blood and Twilight turned vampires from scary to sexy. Now they can be stylish too. For this fashionable vampire costume I paired a black vixen dress with spider web tights. Accessorize with a bat chain necklace, vampire teeth ring and blood red pumps. OPI’s shatter nail polish in red is perfect for your vampire look. As for make-up, check out this vampire makeup look. Don’t forget your fangs, bit of fake blood and maybe a bottle of true blood or blood shots.

{Dress, Necklace, Lipstick, Mirror, Shoes, Nails, Tights}

We all know the legend of Bloody Mary: say Bloody Mary in front of the mirror three times and Mary will come through the mirror and scratch your eyes out. Bloody Mary is the perfect scarey and stylish costume. It’s easy to get this Victorian vixen costume. Start with a lace dress or any Victorian-esque dress.  Pair it with a Gothic choker, slashed leggings and blood spatter heels (these can be easy to DIY). Finish the lip off with red lip and red Gothic eye make-up or bloody eye make-up. Don’t forget to carry around a hand mirror.

{Pants, Shirt, Boots, Hat, Gloves}

Don’t worry guys I’m not leaving you out! A werewolf costume is perfect scary style that can be easily made with clothes in your own closet. All you need is a plaid shirt, jeans and work boots. The only things you’ll probably have to buy is fake hair to make you hairier and a wolf mask. Check out this werewolf pack that comes with a fur hood and gloves (and it’s on sale). This outfit would be fun paired with Little Red Riding Hood if your looking for a couples costume.

Which scary look is your favorite? What will you be going as for Halloween?

DIY Halloween Costumes: The Classics

Store bought costumes are so ordinary. This Halloween be extraordinary and create your own costume. Today we’ve taken a few classic costume ideas and given them a stylish twist. The great thing about creating your own stylish costume is it will be one of a kind and you can easily wear the pieces in your day-t0-day wardrobe.

{Dress, Handcuff Necklace, Handcuff Bracelet, Chain Cuff, Booties}

Who’d of though prison stripes could be so chic. Well with this prisoner costume you’ll be doing time style. Find yourself a stylish black and white striped dress. Accessorize with handcuff necklaces and bracelets. Add some chain bracelets and dramatic dark make-up. Need a fun hair idea? Wrap your hair around empty coke cans a la Gaga in Telephone. It’s the jail version of curlers.

{Dress, Headband, Tights, Bag, Heels, Lipstick, Pearls}

A 20’s flapper is a classic and cute Halloween costume idea. And it’s so simple to recreate. All you need is a fringe dress, feather hair piece, fishnet stockings and layers of pearls. Don’t forget a sparkly bag and to smear on a red lip. As for hair try out this cute vintage hair do by Lauren Conrad and for makeup try this tutorial.

{Dress, Basket, Hooded Scarf, White Knee-Highs, Blush, Heels}

Got a red dress sitting in your closet? Well it’s so easy to turn that red dress into a Little Red Riding Hood costume. Add a red hooded scarf or a red hooded cape. Pair it with white knee-highs, basic black pumps and don’t forget the basket. This costume is sweet and demure. Have your make-up reflect that with pinks on your cheeks and eyes. Check out this make-up tutorial for more tip ideas. Now all you need is a big bad wolf.

{Bikini Top, Skirt, Necklace, Bracelet, Earrings, Sandals, Fake Eye Lashes, Ring, Clutch}

Mermaid is a great cute and stylish costume idea. Plus it’s so easy to make. All you need is a green maxi skirt and a bikini top. Accessorize with sea-themed jewelry like seashell necklaces, fish rings, and coral pieces. You can buy seashell jewelry or do it yourself. My favorite thing I found are these sea-themed fake eye lashes. For your hair keep it natural with beachy waves and pin in sea shells. Or try a fish tail braid. Check out this tutorial for mermaid inspired make-up.

Which classic look is your favorite? What will you be for Halloween this year?

Halloween Decor: Creepy and Chic

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Next to costumes, decorating is my second favorite thing to do for Halloween. My dream homes would be creepily decorated all year long (key word is dream because that might scare people away). Since I’m currently living in a very small room (or what I’d like to think of as a glorified box), my decor will be limited to a bit of fake spider webbing, spiders and a glittery skull or two. But that doesn’t mean I can’t dream or live vicariously through all of you by providing you with some great decorating tips. Send me pictures of you Halloween decor to sophie@thefashionwithoutborders.com

{Give skeletons a stylish twist by dressing them up in top hats.}{Turn beautiful roses into creepy decor by adding fake snakes and spiders}{Switch out your regular labels for creepier ones}{A skull and a crow make for the perfect table side decor}{Stick some wheat stalks in a pair of black booties for a witchy effect}{Switch out your normal throw pillows for Halloween-themed ones}

  1. Fake Crow: Place them in random places in your house for a creepy surprise.
  2. Glitter Skull: Has a great eery feel with a glitzy twist.
  3. Fake Books: Replace your regular books with these scary ones.
  4. Gold Skull Candle: Perfect centerpiece to any table decoration.
  5. Skull Hand Goblet: Great for a Halloween feast.
  6. Bloody candles: These will really make your house scary.
  7. Skeleton Salad Servers: Your guest will be surprise when the reach for the salad tongs and find these.
  8. Candelabra: The perfect finish to your haunted house.

Halloween Week

It’s Halloween Week at Fashion Without Borders. With Halloween quickly approaching this week will be filled with Halloween costume ideas that a great mixture of style and originality.

{Me to the right dressed as Superman. Costume made by my mother}

I’ve been a HUGE fan of Halloween since I was little. Probably because I love any excuse to dress up and I love everything scary and creepy. Over the years I had some pretty stellar costumes- Superman, Mulan, Pirate, and Gypsy to name a few.

{Me to the right as Mulan with my little brother as a cowboy}{Me to the left as Dorothy with my older sister}

My favorite Halloween costume from when I was little was my Dorothy costume. It was what inspired me to be Dorothy again this year. The costume was made by my mother and my favorite part was she took a pair of white keds and covered them in red glitter. I’m currently working on making red glittery heels for my Dorothy costume this year.

So sit back, relax and get ready for a week filled with candy corn, spiders, witches and a bit of fake blood. It’s HALLOWEEN WEEK!!

Inspired by… Glamour September Issue

British inspired photo spreads seemed to be a popular trend in many September issues. One of my favorite spreads was “London Calling” in the September issue of Glamour. It featured British inspired shapes and styles and mod looks.  This meant lots of reds, blues, plaids, peter pan collars and of course go-go boots.

{Jacket, Booties, Skirt, Bag, Top}

I love the mixture of colors and textures in this look. The blue top pops against the plaid skirt. The leather contrasts the chunky tweed skirt. My favorite part is the boxy-bag. These are very trendy. If you don’t have one already invest!

{Pants, Bag, Sweater, Blouse, Booties}

I love the colors in this look as well as the graphic sweater. This look is perfect for fall with it’s mixtures of colors. It’s a classic look with a colorful and graphic twist.

{Dress, Necklace, Booties, Bag, Tights}

Peter pan collars are very popular. They are feminine, and demure. For recreating this look I chose a peter pan collared dress but you can easily try the ever so popular detachable collar paired with a dress you already own.

Which look is your favorite?

Fall Trend: Chunky Knits and Maxi Skirts

{Yellow Skirt, Brown Skirt, Merlot Skirt, Burnt Orange Skirt, Beige Sweater, Red Sweater, Yellow Sweater, Navy Sweater}

Today’s fall trend is perfect for transitioning your summer maxi skirts into the perfect fall staple. They key: mix you flowy maxis with your chunkiest sweater for the perfect contrast. Runways were steaming up with this trend from Jean Paul Gaultier to Paul & Joe making this trend the quintessential fall outfit..

What I love most about this combination is it’s cozy and earthy feel. The combination of flowy with chunky knit has the feel like I should be walking through a field of flowers. But that might just be me. This combination looks best when paired with heeled boots and booties. Keep the accessories natural to go with the earthy feel but don’t be afraid to add color.

{Bag, Sweater, Skirt, Booties, Necklace, Bracelet, Ring}{Scarf, Sweater, Necklace, Skirt, Bangles, Bag, Boots, Ring}

Will you be wearing the trend this fall?

Fall Trend: Polka Dots

{Bag, Maxi Skirt, Shirt, Sleeveless Top, Detachable Collar, Dress, Flats}

Polka dots are usually associated with Minnie Mouse or dalmatians. They have youthful yet retro feel to them. And this season polka dots are been revamped and remade. Designers like Marc Jacobs have made polka dots fresh and chic. The key to wearing polka dots (and wearing them well) stick to one piece. This will also prevent the dalmatian look.

{Bag, Skirt, Top, Bangles, Heels}

Don’t be afraid to mix texture or pizazz into your polka dots. Try adding sequins like in the outfit above or even a studded top. Try adding texture with a chunky knit or add pair a dotted top with a tweed skirt.

{Red Polka Dot Top, Striped Skirt with Red Belt, Blue Polka Dot Top, Navy Stripe Skirt}

Want a young, fashion forward way to wear spots? Try mixing polka dots with other patterns such as stripes. It is a quirky way to wear spots and will make you stand out.

Will you be wearing polka dots this fall?

Inspired by… W Magazine September Issue

W Magazine happens to be one of the many magazines I subscribe to. I love the edgy fashion features. I get some much inspiration from W. In their September issue they showcased falls favorite jeweled-tone colors, furs and some lady-like accessories in the More, More MORE feature. These three looks are a few of my favorite. One because of their colors, and Two because they showcase stylish ways to rock the monochromatic trend. Here’s how I recreated the looks:

{Blazer, Necklace, Bracelets, Bag, Top, Skirt}{Jacket, Earrings, Pants, Shirt, Bag, Jagged Ring, Oxfords, Smooth Ring}{Tee, Pants, Clutch, Blue Belt, Green Belt, Blue Flats, Green Cuff, Jeweled Bracelet}

Tip**Wear the two colored belts together for a unique layered effect.

Which look is your favorite?

Happy Birthday to Fashion Without Borders

Today’s the birthday of Fashion Without Borders. This all started as a little way to relive my passion for fashion. I never thought it’d become what it is today. So much has changed/improved since my first post.

Over the course of a year the blog has received a make-over, got a new domain, received many dedicated fans and has grown and matured. As for me, over the year I’ve been able to meet many new amazing blogger friends, transferred schools, had some downs but many ups. I’ve had so much fun over the year and I can’t wait for year 2. Here are my top favorite posts of all time:

  1. Pop of Teal: My favorite outfit!
  2. Become a Master Packer: So many readers told me this feature helped them which made me happy to know my packing skills came to use to others.
  3. Your Size and Fashion with Shalanda Turner: This was my first guest blogger post. I love what she said about dressing for your size. I really took it to heart. Plus this was the start of a great blogger friendship.
  4. Sailors and Flowers: I love the combination of stripes and florals which is why I decided to hare this post with you.
  5. Diamond in the Rough: My first ever outfit post. I love this pictures taken by my great friend Gina. This post is a fun memory.
  6. Style to GOSSIP About: One of my most popular posts plus I have a huge obsession with Gossip Girl.
  7. Sweatshirts with a Twist: As a college student I find this post very helpful.
Thank you to all more readers for a successful year! To another year of style and success.
What would you like to see in the next year?