There are plenty of options that will have you looking runway-ready, while remaining true to the holiday.
We combed the racks at some of the region's top clothing boutiques, consignment shops, vintage troves and even a furrier for our "no costumes allowed" photo shoot. We were able to capture period charm from "Downton Abbey," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Mad Men," the futuristic feel of "Hunger Games" and the boho chic of "Girls."
Yes, these ensembles will likely call for more thought and resourcefulness, but you can incorporate the pieces all year long.
Vintage and Consignment Shopping
Period looks require a little digging, but the reward is a one-of-a-kind piece. We were able to find a smoky pair of Manolo Blahnik heels — perfect for "Downton Abbey" — at Love Me Two Times, a Roland Park consignment shop. There, we also scored vintage black heels by Christian Dior and a stunning pink pair of Gucci heels — both perfect to complete a "Mad Men" look.
The fact that top designers opted for a more retro feel this year made finding pieces easier.
Trillium and Jones & Jones carry Milly, which has a number of dresses that echo the "Mad Men" and "Boardwalk Empire" eras. We scooped up a long, black, sheer dress by Nanette Lepore at Trillium, which suited "Boardwalk Empire." Kate Spade bags sold at Handbags in the City added just a little contemporary polish to the "Mad Men" looks.
For history purists, Jill Andrews Gowns provided custom-made gowns that were true to "Game of Thrones" and "Downton Abbey."
In a modern vein, Babe, Ma Petite Shoe and Poppy and Stella ably captured the quirky, youthful feel of HBO's hit show "Girls."
Bijoux, the high-end jewelry boutique, had an array of bling that kept each look polished and true to the time period.
Mano Swartz, the Green Spring Station furrier, provided breath-taking garments that captured the ruggedness of "Game of Thrones" and the sophisticated polish of "Mad Men."
Getting the look
Hair and makeup mean a world of difference when creating your Hollywood-inspired Halloween look. We asked makeup artist Kim Reyes from T.H.E Artist Agency how she was able to whip up distinct looks for our photo shoot. Reyes used Make Up For Ever, available at Sephora.
Mad Men: "It's all about liner and lip," according to Reyes.
Nicolette is wearing eye shadow White Shimmer No. 7, Aqua Liner Matte Black No. 13, Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick Satin Vermillion Red No. 42, Smoky Lash Matte Black
"Boardwalk Empire": A smoky eye and dark lip look of the '20s is key, according to Reyes. "And it's all about color under the lash line," she says.
Ashley is wearing eye shadow Slate Grey No. 33, Peacock Green No. 80, Aqua Creamliner Matte Black No. 1, Lipstick Rouge Artist Intense Satin Blackcurrant No. 46.
Nicolette is wearing eye shadow Deep Plum Shimmer No. 79, Aqua Creamliner Matte Purple No. 5, lipstick Rouge Artist Intense Satin Bordeaux Red No. 48.
Photographed by Christopher March at Jimmy's Restaurant, The Get Down and other sites in Fells Point. Models: Ashley Clark, Nicolette Steele. Styling by John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun. Hair by Brian Oliver and makeup by Kim Reyes, both of T.H.E Artist Agency.
Babe: 1716 Aliceanna St., Fells Point; 410-244-5114, babeaboutique.com.
Bijoux Inspired Jewels: 10749 Falls Road, Green Spring Station, Lutherville; 410-823-5545, bijouxjewels.com.
Handbags in the City: 840 Aliceanna St., Harbor East; 410-528-1443, handbagsinthecity.com.
Jill Andrews Gowns LLC: 3355 Keswick Road, Suite 101, Hampden; 410-338-2525, jillandrewsgowns.com.
Katwalk: 1709 Aliceanna St., Fells Point; 410-669-0600.
Ma Petite Shoe: West 36th Street in Hampden; 410-235-3442, mapetiteshoe.com.
Trillium: 2360 W.Joppa Road, Lutherville; 410-821-9696.
Poppy and Stella: 728 S. Broadway, Fells Point; 410-522-1970, poppyandstella.blogspot.com.