Nothing Short of Chic: October 2015


Get The Look: Flying The Nest

Chic, cheap, & easy Bird Queen Hallowe'en costume | Nothing Short Of Chic
A bird's-eye view of this chic costume.

Not only is it a pretty unique costume, it's super-chic - and really fun. You can choose to model your costume after a specific species of bird, or not - it's up to you. Be prepared for a lot of attention, because after adding some bird-queen-worthy makeup and talon-like black claw nails, you'll really look the part.


Get The Look: Audrey Hepburn

Super easy, free, & chic Hallowe'en costume - Audrey Hepburn | Nothing Short Of Chic
Now you can show off your supreme knowledge of the "Breakfast At Tiffany's" script.

Of course, in my guide, I talked about how you could emulate whatever style icon best suits your closet (pun intended!), but if Audrey Hepburn is in your vein, may this be your inspiration. I actually think I'll do a post or video about how to capture Audrey's style for any situation, but for now, this is just her off-duty style - the most recognizable of her looks (apart from perhaps her most famous look, the Givenchy look from Breakfast).


Get The Look: The Cat In The Hat Comes Back

Chic, easy, and fun Cat in the Hat Hallowe'en costume | Nothing Short Of Chic
“Why do you sit there like that?"

Everybody loves children's book characters, from Alice in Wonderland to Pippi Longstocking to the Cat in the Hat. They're a throwback moment, with many memories attached - perhaps you wanted to be just like your favorite heroine as a child (or still!), or you pull inspiration from them everyday; maybe thinking of them makes you happy because you remember your father reading these books to you, or possibly one of them was the first book you learned to read on your own. Whether your connection to these stories is surface-level or very deep, most of us love them in some way. So giving a nod to your childhood adventure partner-in-crime by dressing as them for Hallowe'en seems like a very fun idea - especially given that, as of right now, Hallowe'en is more or less a children's holiday.


Get The Look: Agent De Mystère

Mysterious, chic, cheap, and easy secret agent Hallowe'en costume idea | Nothing Short Of Chic
A suitably mysterious and chic alter-ego.

When I was younger, my mother used to joke that, if she didn't work in film, she'd probably be a secret agent or a ninja. It would have suited her very well. As it is, she goes to her meetings wearing combat boots and striped socks with Joan Jett-worthy leather jackets. I suppose some of that tough-yet-elegant and mysterious appeal was passed onto me - although I'm more of a skirt-suit and LBD kind of dresser, this black leather trench coat really appealed to me when I found it, unmarred, for $10 at a thrift store. Now I can be my regular self for 364.25 days of the year, and this other, secret identity that lies under the surface can emerge on All Hallow's Eve.


Get The Look: Feeling Witchy

Cheap, chic, and easy witch Hallowe'en costume | Nothing Short Of Chic
This costume is sure to cast a spell on everyone.

Happy early Hallowe'en! Since the guide I published yesterday about how to convert your wardrobe into fabulously chic costumes only included a couple lines about each costume, I wanted to give you a chance to know more about each of the specific example costumes featured. To start out with, I'll give you a look inside the Witch costume, which is what I'll actually be sporting (tomorrow night, in fact, at my symphony's Hallowe'en concert, which features pieces such as Danse Macabre and Baba Yaga). Ok, let's go!


Chic Hallowe'en Costumes At No (Extra) Charge

Autumn Essentials for the Chic | Nothing Short Of Chic

Don't pay a cent (more) - just use what you have.

It's Hallowe'en season, and depending on your lifestyle, that could mean any number of things - from chic get-togethers to trick-or-treating with your sister's children (or, in my case, a Hallowe'en concert featuring a costume parade) - but the one common thread between these is, you guessed it, a costume. Whether you like to go all-out or are fine just wearing a crazy hat and some lipstick and calling it a night, dressing up is fun and exciting. And expensive. It's always bugged me that we buy a special costume - even a $10 one - for this one night of the year and then donate or toss it after the fact. So, I put together this idea list for costumes that don't require purchasing anything - and each costume suggestion is customizable based on the contents of your specific, unique wardrobe.


Personal Style: Black And Turquoise And Red All Over

Turquoise & Red, Tweed & Silk Office Chic | Nothing Short Of Chic
Tweed, silk, and turquoise is chicer than you might think.

Now that we're in the dark half of the year, I am finding it more and more difficult to inject color into my ensembles (I'm guessing that the fact that 96% of my closet is black, grey, or navy is part of the problem). I do have that amazing pair of high-waisted red flares, which I love and wear as often as possible - but with a piece that memorable, I can't wear them too frequently. I also have a red sweater. That's about it. So, I will often wear a bold scarf, like this beautiful embroidered red silk (which I love and wear quite a bit as well). It's a good way to add life and energy and interest to an outfit, without being too loud.