Psssstttt! Don’t tell anyone, but this is a fall shopping post cleverly disguised as a Halloween shopping post. We are going to glaze over the fact that perhaps you, like us, have been looking for any excuse to buy any one of the crazy expensive hero pieces below, and only talk about Oct. 31—it is, after all, only a few weeks away, and we’re both going to need something to wear. Why shouldn’t it be $4,300 Gucci sweater?
Don’t answer that. Rather, allow me to help you justify possibly the best purchases you’ll make all season with some killer costume ideas. Actually using one: totally optional.
1. Wickedly Good
Anyone can put on a loose black dress and pointy hat, and call themselves a witch. But when shoes are just right—and, really, aren’t these slanted, spooky-cool beauties from Balenciaga just right?—it shows total and utter commitment. The fact you can pair these with essentially every trouser and skirt in your closet, too, is a nice bonus.
2. All Hail Birkin
Raise your hand if you would wear this entire Jane Birkin Halloween costume the other 364 days of the year. Now raise your other hand if you have about 284784784784 tops in your closet that go with those jeans. And since we’re both all out of hands, let’s move on.
3. Let’s Go, Gucci!
Just in case wearing this varsity-inspired pullover with every pair of cropped jeans and calf-length skirt in your closet isn’t reason enough to take the plunge, remember: With a flippy mini and Keds, you’ve got yourself the chicest cheerleader costume in existence.
4. A Tall Glass of Lemonade
Because, c’mon, you know everyone and their mom will be wearing a ruffled yellow dress this year, why not opt for Bey’s equally iconic "Formation" ensemble instead? You can’t get the look without the perfect hat, though, and the perfect hat just so happens to be a $900 felted rabbit style you’ve been coveting since the summer. Happy coincidence!
5. Return to Oz
Sure, it’s not exactly the same as Dorothy’s original pinafore, but people will see the gingham and red shoes and instantly get what you’re going for. That’s what really matters (and, you know, how amazing it will look with that chunky block cable knit you just ordered). Now you should probably order a straw handbag to complete the look.