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There’s still enough time to put together a fabulous Halloween costume! Since you’re a fashion aficionado, why not emulate one of your favorite style icons from history this October 31? We picked outfits inspired by four of our favorite ladies that would be relatively easy to pull off, and so much fun to wear. We hope our picks inspire you to hit up your local thrift stores and find some unique pieces that help you channel your inner style icon! Did we leave out your favorite? Let us know in a comment below.

Grace Kelly

Dress as Grace Kelly this Halloween

Dress / Sunglasses / Headscarf / Gloves / Necklace / Flats

Why we love her style: Grace Kelly was the epitome of timeless 1950s beauty. She could look elegant in absolutely anything – whether she was wearing a satin ball gown or Capri pants and a headscarf. Never overdone, her style came from a grace and confidence that allowed her to wear the clothes, and not the other way around.

Get the look: She might be better known for elegant gowns (especially after becoming a princess!), but we think it would be more fun to emulate Grace Kelly’s more casual side. That’s why we paired a feminine ‘50s dress with a patterned headscarf and dark sunglasses in the above example. Some other go-to items for a Grace Kelly costume are: pearls, gloves, silk scarves, khakis, Hermes Kelly bags (named for Grace herself!).

Audrey Hepburn

Get Audrey Hepburn's style this Halloween

Shirt / Pants / Earrings / Flats

Why we love her style: Who doesn’t love Audrey Hepburn’s style? Whether onscreen or off, her understated ensembles let her true beauty shine through. Her style continues to influence modern fashion – remember the Gap ads a few years back featuring her signature ballet flats and Capri pants? At a time when Hollywood was all about the blonde bombshell, Hepburn managed to stay covered up and still be considered gorgeous.

Get the look: Most Audrey Hepburn costumes will copy her iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s LBD and big sunglasses. Instead, we’re going for something a little different by choosing her classic, casual, all-black look. When we think of Hepburn’s trademark minimalist chic look, this is what comes to mind. Some other items you can look for are: turtlenecks, ballet flats, trench coats, and men’s button down shirts.

Marilyn Monroe

Dress as Marilyn Monroe this Halloween

Dress / Necklace / Stole / Gloves / Pumps

Why we love her style: Marilyn Monroe was arguably the original blonde bombshell. Although she was popular around the same time as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, her style couldn’t have been more different. She’s known most for wearing skin-tight wiggle dresses, and wearing them well. Her style could be both over-the-top and casual – either way, it always flaunted her figure.

Get the look: Are you surprised that we didn’t choose the iconic white halter dress from The Seven Year Itch? Truthfully we’re a bit tired of it, because Marilyn had so many other great looks. If you’re going for an evening look like the one above, don’t forget details like elbow-length gloves, sparkling necklaces, and fur. Marilyn’s go-to items: skin-tight dresses, high-waisted jeans, Capri pants, oversized sweaters, halter dresses, high heels.

Twiggy

Go for Twiggy's swinging 60s style this Halloween

Dress / Tights / Earrings / Shoes

Why we love her style: Twiggy’s look defined a generation. The 1960s had two major fashion trends: hippie, and mod. Twiggy’s look embodied mod fashion – pixie cuts, huge eyelashes, mini dresses, bright colors, and high boots. She can be considered the first supermodel, paving the way for a massive industry that came after her. Personally, we love the playfulness of her style!

Get the look: To get Twiggy’s swinging 60s look, search for bright colors, like the ones we’ve chosen above. Twiggy was known for her extremely thin frame, and often wore garments that accentuated her long, skinny legs and arms. Look for: Disco ball accessories, flowers, mini skirts and dresses, boxy cuts, high-waisted pants, high boots.

 
Did you know that QC Style Academy’s Fashion Styling course has a whole unit on fashion from the 1950s to today? You can learn even more about your favorite style icons, and their influence on modern style. For more details on the course, visit www.qcstyleacademy.com!