The fact that it’s Halloween tomorrow is ‘S’wonderful, S’marvelous!’
That is, unless you’re still scratching your head and scouring every costume store in your city that is overcrowded with fellow procrastinators for props and garments that will transform you into another person for the night. In my case, that other person is someone that I have long admired and who made me fall in amour with all things Paris: Jo Stockton from Funny Face. And of course, the fashion-forward, bookish girl who wows all of the France fashion elite, with her unique or ‘funny’ features is played by Audrey Hepburn herself.
This costume came together in a chorus of shopping trips in my and my mother’s closets. If you’re a vintage fashion lover like myself, dressing as any of leading ladies Audrey plays should be second nature. You most likely have a red dress of some sort buried in the back of your closet. Even if you don’t, your mom or cool aunt does. Even a thrift store nearby might. In my case, I did rent this dress, which was extremely cost effective and expanded my options. This crimson mid-length number has the same straight across neckline as Jo’s in the film.
While it’s the star of the show, the right accessories are what take the look to the next level. While cascading down the stairs of the old Bakersfield California building in my pointed red pumps and opera gloves, I felt like Jo flying her shawl before the Winged Victory of Samothrace in the Louvre. The footwear is straight from my own shoe collection. I admit, the gloves are new, but only because I misplaced identical ones I already had from a previous Halloween when I was Holly Gollightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Pro-tip: keep all your costume pieces in a special bodx or chest so you don’t have to repurchase them! Also, skip Party City. You can find similar ones at a thrift store. They normally sell costumes this time of year.
Then there’s the crown jewels of Jo’s ensemble: the jewelry. These are both courtesy of my mother’s to-die-for antique accessory collection she keeps in a special box. She was kind enough to let me borrow this necklace with layers of rhinestones, chains and geometric gems that cinch the strands like a brooch. The clip-on earrings with a cluster of pearls and rhinestones may not originally be a set with the neckwear, but it certainly marries well.
Who are you planning to be for Halloween this year?
Keeping it Krischic,