So it’s almost mid-October, and you’ve got Halloween party plans lined up with no costume in mind. Panic starting to set in? Coming up with a winning costume is no easy feat, particularly if you’re so over the scanty store-bought options. We’re here to help ladies – here are some classy and creative costume ideas to take you from Halloween parties at the office to the bar (because “sexy bunny” is so overdone”):


Frieda Kahlo

63 years after her death, iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo continues to inspire with her instantly recognisable style. No look of hers is complete without her signature braids and bold unibrow – weave a scarf into your hair before braiding and attach giant flower clips to the crown of your hair. With a brow pencil, thicken your brows and pencil fake strands in the middle to join them. Clothes-wise, think about clashing the brightest colours and prints. Match a plain tank top with a printed maxi skirt and drape a shoulder around your shoulders. Finish with loads of accessories, including stacked necklaces and statement earrings. Shop:

Flower clips from Qoo10, $5.92
Innisfree Auto Eyebrow Pencil, $6
Zalora Collections Tassel Maxi skirt, $19.90

Pashmina Shawl from Lazada, $5.51


Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn’s effortlessly gorgeous ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ look remains as a no-fail Halloween costume every year as it’s effortlessly gorgeous. The base of the look is most likely found in your wardrobe essentials: A sleeveless black dress and black pumps or kitten heels. Accessorise with black gloves, a chunky pearl necklace, and a tiara. We’d say skip the cigarette holder, but if you’re bent on it, DIY by wrapping and glueing black ribbon around a long stick. Shop:

Crystal crown from Lovisa, $25

Black satin gloves from Spotlight, $13.99
Lustrous pearl choker with golden thread design, $62


Rosie the Riveter

Although Rosie was a fictional character, she remains, ‘til today, a feminist icon – as she represented women who toiled at factories and shipyards in World War II. Immortalised in the iconic “We can Do It’ 1942 poster by J. Howard Miller, Rosie’s look is perfect for last minute options – all you’ll need is a denim shirt rolled up to your biceps and tucked into jeans, and a red bandana. Work your hair into a high bun, leaving a small bump at the crown. Tie the bandana into a knot at the top of your hair, and finish with red lipstick. Shop:

Hollister Destroy Statement Blouse via Zalora, $37.90

Bluelans cotton paisley bandana via Lazada, $2.99


1920s Flapper girl

Go back to the Jazz Age with a flapper girl costume. To shimmy your way through the dancefloor, you’ll need a fringe dress. This looks is also all about the accessories. Drape long pearl necklaces around your neck, and turn heads with an eye-catching feathered headband. Curl your hair into ‘S’ shaped waves with a curling iron; those with long hair, pin it back into a faux bob. Prefer to get your costume in a set? Rent yours from Costumes and Parties (price upon quotation). Shop:

Goddiva Gatsby 20s flapper finger dress from Zalora, $58.90
Roaring 20s sequinned showgirl flapper headband, $8.91

36 inch 8-9mm Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace from Chomel, $189


Wednesday Addams from the Addams Family

There’s a good reason why the Wednesday Addams costume is a regular fixture every Halloween – it’s easy to DIY, especially if you’re doing it at the last minute. Layer a white shirt under a long sleeved black dress, and complete the look with black stockings and oxford shoes. Leave your hair in two braided pigtails and, for the signature touch of Addams family gloom, dust white powder on your face and coat your lips in black lipstick. Shop:

Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Witches, $31
Zalora Corporate Pleated Dress, $44.90


Sandy from Grease

For a sexy costume which doesn’t require you to flaunt much skin, channel your inner rebel a la Sandy from Grease in the musical’s famous number: “You’re the one that I want”. Curl your hair into tight curls, and backcomb with hairspray for a voluminous ‘do. Outfit-wise, you’ll need a black off-the-shoulder top, skin tight leather jeans and a black motorcycle jacket. Accessorise with red heels, and and large gold hoops. Shop:

MDS Krystal top in black, $11.67
Topshop MOTO Holographic Vinyl Jamie jeans, $120

Zara biker jacket, $89.90

Charles and Keith D’orsay peep-toe heels, $79.90


Bonnie from the Bonnie and Clyde movie

Secretly a fan of Bonnie the badass bank robber? To look like her as portrayed in the 1967 film, you’ll need a black or peach beret (perched at an angle), as well as a silk scarf you’ll need to tie around your neck. Complete the look with a fitted knee-length skirt, and a close-fitted cable-knit sweater. Bonus: Get your partner to dress up as Clyde and you’re sure to ace the Best Dressed contests. Just don’t rob any banks while you’re at it. Shop:

Qoo10 beret, $2.49

Mango micro houndstooth skirt, $89.90

Retro Korean short-sleeve sweater from Lazada, $7


Daenarys Targaryen

Everyone’s favourite Mother of Dragons is bound to be a popular costume this year. Get her signature season three look of a trailing blue dress and matching cape by renting from Customade Costume and Supplier or buying from Shopee. Naturally, you can’t pull off this look without her silver blonde hair – get your wig from Lazada. Shop:

Game of Thrones Daenarys Targaryen cosplay costume from Shopee, $52.60
Daenarys costume from Customade Costume and Supplier, price upon enquiry

Daenarys Targaryen cosplay wig from Lazada, $11.76

SQ stewardess

Always had ambitions of being a Singapore girl? You can live your dreams with this costume from Customade Costume and Merchandise (price upon enquiry). Keep your hair sleek and straight, or in a shiny updo. Their printed sandals are difficult to find, so go with simple wedge thongs. Shop:

Embellished wedge thongs from Charles and Keith, $49.90


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