10 vintage-inspired Halloween costumes that will make you win the best dressed with minimal effort


Once October arrives, you might start to feel a certain level of pressure to find a unique Halloween costume. It usually goes like this: at the beginning of the month you tell yourself this is the year you’re going to go all out, and the next thing you know, it’s 6 p.m. on October 30. This time around, don’t wait until the last minute – because, yes, people will start to notice if you show up for the fifth year in a row disguised as a cat. Turns out there are plenty of vintage-inspired costumes that will wow your party friends.

Vintage is a fairly broad term, therefore, there are a lot of different directions you can go. Between the ’70s,’ 80s, and ’90s, there are tons of trendy women you can dress like – think: Farrah Fawcett, Princess Diana, and very young Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. (Technically, Y2K also counts as vintage.) Then there are also some iconic on-screen looks to consider as Audrey Hepburn in Funny head if you prefer something more retro or a moment of Friends Where CO for a modern approach. Pro Tip: If you’re lost, just search Google for celebrities on the early 2000s red carpet for a look that will line up with the latest catwalk trends. Chances are, you have a lot of items required for these looks hanging in your closet right now.

Below, review some chic vintage-inspired costume ideas. Be prepared to receive compliments (and Instagram likes) on your Halloween party.

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Jo stockton

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Start with perhaps the easiest outfit to recreate: Jo Stockton, played by Audrey Hepburn, in Funny head. Chances are, you already have a black turtleneck, pants, and loafers in your wardrobe. Now there are just a few groovy dance moves left.

Farrah fawcett

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If your fashion aesthetic is more sporty, you could put on Farrah Fawcett’s famous 1976 skateboard moment from Charlie’s angles shortly. What you need: Nike Cortez sneakers, a red zip-up sweatshirt and flared jeans. Bonus points if you use a skateboard as an accessory.

Diana ross

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Fact: Diana Ross was one of the most stylish celebrities of the 70s. Therefore, you will always look so chic wearing one of her retro ensembles, especially the one from 1978. To pull off the look, you will need a plunging black scintillating dress, a fur (or faux) jacket, and a veil. Studio 54 might not be here anymore, but you’ll be ready for your own dance floor.

princess diana

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Princess Diana had tons of iconic ’80s fashion moments, including her ensemble at Guards Polo Club. Fortunately, the outfit is pretty straightforward to recreate. The essentials: a square blazer, a graphic crewneck sweatshirt, skinny jeans, a baseball cap and brown boots. Boom, you’re royalty for the evening.


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Unleash your inner rocker chic by becoming Madonna in the 80s this Halloween. All you need are a pair of acid-washed jeans, leather bracelets, and a spiked belt. For some inspiration, get inspired by her outfit here.

Rachel Green

From claw clips to platform sandals, many pieces from Rachel Green’s wardrobe on Friends come back today. Here, actor Jennifer Aniston paired a basic striped top and dungarees. Your Halloween costume doesn’t get any easier than this.

Naomi campbell

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Basically, if you own a sparkly mini dress, you can channel a handful of different looks that Naomi Campbell wore in the ’90s. Here, Campbell went with a glitzy zip-up dress for the 1995 Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of. Art. Or, if you’ve got a friend who wants to join in on the fun, go for the iconic moment with model friend Kate Moss where the duo wore sparkling dresses (you absoutely know the photo).

Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen

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Honestly, it makes sense that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen now own one of the most popular luxury brands in the industry. Between their looks on and off the red carpet in the ’90s, the twins were destined to conquer the fashion scene. This particular moment with their matching floral outfits and square sunglasses is, in a nutshell, iconic.

Summer roberts

COSummer Roberts, played by Rachel Bilson, had some truly unforgettable fashion moments during the show in the early 2000s. Perhaps the most talked about look at the high school kid was from Episode 7 of Season 1, where the gang went to Tijuana. For the episode, she wore a halter top, a silk scarf over her hair, and white jeans.

Lindsay Lohan

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If you didn’t toss your Juicy Couture tracksuit in the donation pile at the time, now’s the time to take it out. Like many celebrities in the early 2000s, Lindsay Lohan was a die-hard fan of the matching velvet ensemble. Here, the star styled hers with a sheer scarf and flip flops.

Hope this list of vintage inspired ideas gets your creativity flowing. Whatever you choose, don’t be surprised if you win a costume contest.

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