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Halloween is upon us and if you don’t already know, we’re hosting a pretty fantastic contest with BERNINA. Whether you’ve already submitted your entry (and we’re starting to see some amazing ones as evident by the images above), are putting the finishing touches on your costume or you’re still in need of a last-minute get up, we pulled together a few fun costume ideas and some of our favorite BurdaStyle patterns that you can use to make your look complete.

Option 1: Airline Stewardess


The latest in a line of television shows centered around US culture in the 1960s, Pan Am focuses on the glamour of the 60s airline stewardess and her jet-set life. All sleek bobbed hair and immaculate grooming, the Pan Am stewardesses were the epitome of chic. A pencil skirt and fitted jacket paired with a pillbox hat and perfectly bleached white gloves will take you back to an era when taking a trip by air was a much more celebrated, not to mention civilized, affair. In the 70’s, flying the friendly skies got a little bit groovier so take a cue from the hip stewardesses of Pacific Southwest Airlines who sported micro-minis and patent leather go-go boots.

Patterns – top right: Tunic with Contrasting Neckband, and Fitted Mini Skirt; bottom right: Cropped Jacket, Stretch Pencil Skirt.

Option 2: Bridesmaids


Arguably the funniest “chick flick” of 2011, Bridesmaids proves that the ladies can hold their own in the male-dominated world of comedy film. Grab a group of girlfriends, dig those old prom or bridesmaid dresses out of your closet and get ready to make some memories.

Patterns – from right: Strapless Bustier Dress, Bustier Dress.

Option 3: Doug


Everything 90s is suddenly hot again and I now fully understand why my mother cringed every time I asked her to help me be a “70s hippie” for halloween: It’s slightly uncomfortable watching the things you wore, watched and participated in as a child come back around. However, one 90s revival I can get behind is bringing old Nickelodeon shows like Hey Dude and Clarissa Explains if All back to TV. One of my favorite cartoons from that era is Doug and I’m suddenly wondering how much bribing it would take to get my boyfriend to wear a pair of underwear over his shorts and be Quail-Man for halloween…

Patterns – top right: Pete Tee, Jochen Trousers.

Option 4: Kurt & Courtney


Speaking of a 90s revival, 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s groundbreaking album Nevermind and meanwhile, somewhere out on the fringes of fame, Courtney Love is still hanging around waiting for her moment in the spotlight again. Although someone already beat me to this costume idea, I fully believe that there are enough interpretations of Kurt and Courtney to go around. And yes, in case you were wondering, I did go through a period of wearing second-hand babydoll dresses and chunky mary janes, my mom drew the line at the blood-red lipstick and tiara though.

Patterns – clockwise from top left: Peter Pan Collar Dress, Andrew Cardigan and Maryy Dress.

Option 5: Nicki Minaj and Anna Wintour at Fashion Week


New BFF’s (I don’t know if they really are, but wouldn’t that be great!) Nicki Minaj and Anna Wintour were snapped together sitting front row at the Carolina Herrera show during NYFW. While the idea of Anna and Nicki striking up a conversation is a little odd – nothing is quite as odd as the fact that Nicki Minaj is sitting front row…at a Carolina Herrera show?! Beyond that, I love the juxtaposition of them side-by-side – Anna in her prim dress and conservative bob and Nicki all crazy in a box of colored cotton balls with a wig that looks like she stole it from the set of Hairspray.

Patterns – top right: Cap Sleeve Dress, bottom left: Bustier Top.

Option 6: Marilyn 2.0


The ultimate blonde bombshell is about to have her moment in the spotlight once again as Michelle Williams takes on the role of Marilyn Monroe in the new film My Week With Marilyn. The film takes place during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl with Laurence Olivier, which also overlapped Monroe’s honeymoon with her third husband, the playwright Arthur Miller. I feel the same way about Marilyn halloween costumes as I do about Audrey Hepburn: there’s more to these ladies than The Seven Year Itch and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It’s all too easy to grab a white halter dress and find a subway grate to stand over on October 31st (or in the case of Audrey a black dress and pearl necklace), but it’s much more fun dig a little deeper into their filmography and find a character that hasn’t been overplayed.

Patterns – from left: V-Neck Dress, Blouse with Jabot, Marilyn Trousers.

So, what are you going to be for halloween? Any last minute costume suggestions for those who are just getting started?


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    Oct 17, 2011, 04.08 AMby vampofstyx

    Anna WIntour is so last halloween, Anyone who is anyone is going as ALT. lol.

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      Oct 17, 2011, 06.06 PMby themisslinds

      a floor-length caftan, a giant fur coat and whole lot of attitude…love it!

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    Oct 16, 2011, 03.17 AMby gaviccaabri

    These ideas are awesome, I loooove the bridesmades and the stewardesses too. I use costumes not for halloween but for purim, it’s on march next year, I’m actually pregnant and by then I’ll be 35 weeks, so I’ll be huge! All my disguises considerations (hoping I’ll be in the mood for that by then) have been to show off the belly without make up, and not working a lot considering the hugeness :P. I’ve thought of 8th ball if way too lazy, pregnant Marge Simpson to match my hubbys Homer shirt, and I’ve feel in love with the idea of being a panda bear, even thought of making a hat or ears, claws and everything XD

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      Oct 18, 2011, 06.58 PMby jumpingranny

      If the baby arrives early, you dress as a baby and dress the baby as a Teddy bear.

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    Oct 15, 2011, 04.15 PMby jennidash

    Great ideas and different from the usual ghost etc. I love dressing my husband as he is 6 ft 5" and yet people do’t give him a second look! Not even as Frankenstein’s monster with real stitches fake skin and everything! This year I am making him a werewolf costume. Can’t go to town as we are cycling to the party and need to be able to eat and drink. I will post it once done.

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    Oct 15, 2011, 09.21 AMby loulourosa

    Here we don’t celebrate halloween (verry few people do), but I like dressing up too. We once had a “Love Boat” Party, it was all partyfrocks and big seventies hairdo’s and offcourse captains and stewards, there was also a show by “Bonny M” I made the costumes for this, halterneck tops and miniskirts for the girls, and a tight t-shirt and flared legged pants for the man (who was in fact a girl :-)) all this was made in a cheap silver lurex fabric, it must have felt verry uncomfortable to wear! hahaha

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    Oct 15, 2011, 02.58 AMby ashchaser

    Last year I was robin hood and no one got it, this year I’m going as Enid from “Ghost World” and no one will get that either but who cares!

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      Oct 17, 2011, 05.07 PMby threadsquare

      Enid! My friends once sent me a Little Enid doll, with Lavi (my nickname) pasted over Enid. I was living in another country at the time, and pretty much looked like her :) Still have the doll on display!

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    Oct 15, 2011, 02.54 AMby designerroya

    I was going to be a Tokyo street style girl, but I now changed my mind to Anna Wintour! Lol! Love that pic! Cracks me up every time!

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    Oct 15, 2011, 12.40 AMby nouvellegamine

    i love halloween! it’s so exciting to be someone no one thinks you are. my 21 month old son is going as superman & my husband and i are dressing as general zod & ursa :D

    but my favorite costumes i’ve dressed up as were: the mad hatter (18 years ago), hunter s. thompson, and edward gorey.

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      Oct 17, 2011, 05.07 PMby threadsquare

      I love your costumes…HST! Fantastic!

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      Oct 19, 2011, 03.49 PMby nouvellegamine

      thank you :D i actually met another hst at the bar/club we went to. it was pretty funny :)

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