9 Stylish Halloween Costumes to Dress Like Your Fashion Idols

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Halloween doesn't have to be an excuse to dress up in as little clothing as possible — aren't we past the stage of thinking sexy babies and sexy insert-thing-here are our best costume options? And if you don't happen to be married to the idea of gore and general creepiness, Halloween doesn't have to be a time where you look absolutely terrifying either. How about moonlighting as a fashion icon instead? Equal parts chic, distinctive, and in some cases, just as quirky as any other costume you might parade around in, these personalities supply easy-to-recreate looks for Halloween night/weekend. Go forth and be so stylish, it's scary.

Halloween doesn't have to be an excuse to dress up in as little clothing as possible — aren't we past the stage of thinking sexy babies and sexy insert-thing-here are our best costume options? And if you don't happen to be married to the idea of gore and general creepiness, Halloween doesn't have to be a time where you look absolutely terrifying either. How about moonlighting as a fashion icon instead? Equal parts chic, distinctive, and in some cases, just as quirky as any other costume you might parade around in, these personalities supply easy-to-recreate looks for Halloween night/weekend. Go forth and be so stylish, it's scary.

Anna Wintour

If you're not feeling particularly costume-y this year, you know you can always go the Anna Wintour route. Dressing like Vogue's editor-in-chief is a no-brainer; plus, even people not so interested in fashion know who this stoic, classically styled, sunglasses-wearing woman is, thanks to The Devil Wears Prada.

What You'll Need: A polished shift dress and matching cardigan (although, a tweed blazer worn over the shoulders would be best), kitten heels, a perfectly coiffed bob, simple jewelry, and big tinted sunglasses. Get into character by playing coy, smiling only when necessary, and carrying around the latest issue of Vogue (duh).

Anna Dello Russo

The other Anna — Vogue Nippon's Anna Dello Russo — knows how to make her presence known with quirky accessories, thigh-skimming silhouettes, and envy-inducing shoes. You really could go a lot of ways with an ADR costume, but I've chosen this easy-to-emulate black and white look because you could also say you're Mickey Mouse.

What You'll Need: Mickey Mouse ears, killer heels (the crazier the better), a little black dress, and a white pointed collar (or blouse to wear underneath).

Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham, the New York Times style photographer, is loved by many and even now, at the age of 84, you can still spot him riding his bike around New York City — with a blue jacket on and his trusty camera slung by his side. 

What You'll Need: A blue blazer/jacket, tie, white button-up, khakis, a camera, a bike, and a perma-smile.

Cara Delevingne

These days, model Cara Delevingne is everywhere — hanging out with the likes of Rita Ora and Rihanna, walking the most high-profile runways, and generally looking cool and acting silly. Her quasi-Brit punk meets NYC downtown girl style needs little effort in the costume department, and a pair of Chucks should do the trick for shoes. Let's be honest: what you really need to focus on is recreating Delevingne's famously thick eyebrows.

What You'll Need: A brow kit, a punk rock t-shirt, boyfriend jeans, old-school sneakers, second-day hair, and a willingness to pull lots of funny faces.

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld is easily one of the most recognizable fashion players, not just because he says the darndest things. He also sticks to what he likes best: a black and white palette in an always chic tie-and-gloves get-up. 

What You'll Need: A black blazer, black skinny jeans, black ankle boots (or lace-up oxfords), a white button-up, black skinny tie, black fingerless gloves, black sunglasses, a white wig (or spray an entire can of dry shampoo on your hair, seriously), a black hair tie (for his signature ponytail look).

Choupette

An easier way to do something Karl Lagerfeld-related is to dress up like Choupette, his stylishly spoiled pet cat. 

What You'll Need: A fuzzy cashmere sweater, a pair of cat ears, and a glass of champagne in hand. Bonus points if you incorporate the Chanel logo somewhere.

Image: ChoupettesDiary/Twitter

Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson is one of the zaniest fashion designers around, and she's famous for her bluntly cut bangs, platinum blonde hair, bright clothing, and of course, her end-of-the-runway cartwheel antics. So, yes, if you still have a cartwheel or two in you, that will definitely make the costume.

What You'll Need: A platinum blonde wig, neon pink lipstick, black eyeliner, rubber bracelets, neon-colored spandex, a fanny pack, and a printed t-shirt.

Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel, fashion icon and interior designer, is hard to miss in a crowd, thanks to her over-the-top penchant for prints, colors, and oversized glasses. 

What You'll Need: Big round eyeglasses, a printed jacket, lots of costume jewelry, and bold red lipstick.

Grace Coddington

Anna Wintour's right-hand woman at Vogue doesn't need a lot to stand out, and it has everything to do with her fiery red hair and strong personality. 

What You'll Need: A red curly-hair wig, layered black clothing, no makeup, and if you really want to commit, be sure to carry her book around.