Hello friends! It’s been a hot minute, but after a little break compliments of a new city, a new job and finding myself a tad lost in the Instagram abyss, I am delighted to be back in action on the blog. I’m especially excited to be back with this particular post in collaboration with a dead cool online fashion retailer as well as two of my most talented friends…
With Halloween fast approaching, I was very excited to be given a styling challenge by PrettyLittleThing: style up a look for the spookiest night of the year and then rework the pieces for a non-fancy dress occasion afterwards. Now I have to admit, I’m a bit of a rookie when it comes to Halloween festivities, so I’ve enlisted the assistance of my mates, photographer extraordinaire, Kiera and ultimate makeup guru, Shona to help make my spooky disco dreams come true!
Back home in Australia, celebrating Halloween never really seemed to take off. Perhaps it’s due to not having that crisp, Autumnal feeling in the air (it’s Spring in Oz) which seems to be synonymous with Halloween. So when I moved to Ireland six and a half years ago, I was amazed and impressed by how invested in the occasion people here were.
Now as a creative, fashion loving person I adore the idea of pulling together a killer look for the night that’s in it. However, as I consciously try and be a more considered shopper, buying pieces for the sake of one night doesn’t necessarily fit into the plan. Hence my excitement to pick pieces from the PrettyLittleThing Halloween shop to create a costume but also to work into my wardrobe to ensure they could be styled up again.
So let’s dive straight into it. The main event, the ultimate disco glam Halloween ensemble to bring the ghosts of Studio 54 back to life! Channelling the vibes of Debbie Harry, Liza Minnelli, Grace Jones and the like, we’ve created a deliciously glam yet suitably spooky look.
This PLT burgundy jumpsuit was central to the concept. The lush velvet, draped one shoulder detail and a wide leg worthy of Bianca Jagger made this a must have. In terms of the fit, well anything that feels this close to pyjamas whilst making you look glamorous as hell is a winner in my books! Perfectly skimming without being clingy, this is a must have piece for your Autumn Winter going out wardrobe.
By itself, the jumpsuit oozes glamour, but with the addition of this sequin fringed jacket, the disco vibes hit fever pitch. The movement and swing make it incredibly fun to wear without compromising on comfort. And for you Kira Kira fans out there, this is the piece of DREAMS when using app! It makes for a mighty Boomerang as well if I do say so myself (head to my Instagram stories to see more!).
To incorporate a touch of gothic glamour, I’ve opted for cross adorned jewellery with this layered necklace and hoop earrings (similar here). And the finishing touch? These amazing PLT body gems which are super easy to apply and VERY effective.
So how to make these two key pieces less fright night and more street style. With the festive season only a blink away (especially once Halloween is over), this velvet jumpsuit is just waiting to be donned at a Christmas ‘do. Merely throw on some heels, pare back the make up and the accessories and you’re ready to roll. This jumpsuit will take you to the party, the after party and the after-after party, if you so wish! Hotel luggage trolley to be used at your own risk though…
And as for the striking sequinned jacket, you might be thinking the same as I was initially. It’s such a dressy, statement piece, how could you work it back to really get the wear out of it? And call me crazy, but I realised the best way to dress it down was to go with a fail-safe combination of jeans, a t-shirt and trainers. Let the jacket do the talking and wear it with your wardrobe staples. And for the colder months? Layer up with a chunky knit, boots and a baker boy cap.
So there you have it. One Halloween look taken from the gothic glam to everyday occasion and day wear. A huge thank you to PrettyLittleThing for collaborating with me on this post! Which is your favourite look above? What are your fancy dress ideas for Halloween? I look forward to hearing in the comments!
Until next time… Happy shopping!
Photography by Kiera Murphy
Make up by Shona Conway