Even though Halloween has become synonymous with "sexy" and "trashy" — heck, there's even a naughty ladies' "Bert & Ernie" ensemble — you have a choice. And you can choose fashion and sophistication.
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.
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."
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.
"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