There are some Halloween celebrations that call for a more than a skin-barring Seasame Street character. (File this under anti-sexy costume rant.) Luckily, some of the latest runway trends translate surprisingly well into last-minute costumes. By adding a few accessories and the right make-up, you can transform your recent fashion splurge into a costume that will be noticed for all the right reasons.

Marchesa Spring 2012 (Jemal Countess/GETTY IMAGES)

Several designers, including Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa, produced glamorous Flapper and 1920s inspired gowns for their spring 2012 collections — just in time for the new “Great Gatsby” film. Have a drop-waist dress you can’t find enough excuses to wear? Pick up a beaded headband and go as Daisy from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic.

Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 (Peter Michael Dills/GETTY IMAGES)

Or take a cue from Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2013 collection and channel the 1960s. A mod-style stripped shirt paired with a short, blonde bob and black leggings makes a great nod to Andy Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick.

Ralph Lauren Fall 2012 (Frazer Harrison/GETTY IMAGES FOR MERCEDES-BENZ F)

Pair fall’s must-have tweed blazer with a long skirt and riding boots a la Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2012 show and go as Lady Mary Crawley of “Downton Abbey.”


Channel Holly Golightly of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with a favorite little black dress, large black shades and a hat like the ones seen at Alice Temperley’s 2013 collection during London Fashion Week.

Oscar de la Renta 2011/ Winter 2012 (Maria Valentino/FTWP)

Jealous of Kiera Knightly’s role alongside Jude Law in the new adaptation of “Anna Karenina?” Invest in a fur hood or ushanka which have popped up in fall collections for the past few seasons. Match the hat with a gown worthy of the Russian aristocracy.

Michael Kors 2011/ Winter 2012 (Maria Valentino/FTWP)

Have a giant faux fur coat in your closet? Die one strip of hair white (or use a clip-in extension) and snag a pair of long red gloves to be Cruella De Vil.


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