A Very Thrifted Halloween (#4): How to Dress for Your Horror Clique

We have reached the final curated installment for A Very Thrifted Halloween. I hope you have enjoyed the series. For those tuning in for the first time, thisseries demonstrates the ease of thrifting pieces for either casual / everyday cosplay or Halloween costumes. This is not only ethical and environmental, but it is also fun and easy, as previously demonstrated in How to Dress Like a Final Girl, to Dress Like You Got the Power, and, of course, How to Dress Like the Villain of the Piece

This week I want to continue our Horror / Halloweenesque track with the theme “Dress Like Your Favorite Horror Clique.” We will be exploring three different types of character types: “Running with the Devil," “Original Goth Girls," and “Hitchcock’s Fashionistas." Unintentionally, the color theme for the entire curation turned out to be only black and white this week, but I feel this just illustrates the ease of thrifted costumes (as these are easy colors to obtain online or at your local thrift store).

Your Horror Clique: Running with the Devil 


Rosemary Woodhouse (Rosemary’s Baby, 1968) 

Roman Polanski's film Rosemary’s Baby (based on the book by Ira Levin) may be about a wife whose husband, Guy, uses her to advance his acting career (spoiler alert - he trades her womb to the devil), but let's face it Rosemary’s (Mia Farrow)  wardrobe steals every scene away from him (take that, horrible husband!).

Rosemary Woodhouse, unbeknownst to her for the longest time, finds herself mixed up with the devil, yet, her fashion speaks of a innocent, girl next door type (even when she is pregnant).

A mini dress, in particular babydoll dresses, are her signature (we even see this theme in her night wear). She might play around with a peter pan collar, but the silhouettes stay the same. Even before she was with child, we see her in a floral mini tent dress. She pairs these shapes with simple shoes and handbags. I, for one, wish I could own every single outfit.

Her outfits, though fashionable, are very simple: a dress, a pair of shoes, maybe a bag. For this example, I chose her white babydoll sundress, which she pairs with a white handbag and slingback heels. These types of items are easy to thrift (see examples below), as are similar items to all of Rosemary's looks in the film. This is an easy casual cosplay look for your everyday, whether you are pregnant or not. For the additional costume level, pair with a vintage suitcase as many horror fans will know exactly who you are dressed as and why you are running away. Bonus points if you have pixie hair. 

Other "Running with the Devil" options:  Katherine Thorn (The Omen), Chris MacNeil (The Exorcist), Christine Penmark (The Bad Seed). 


Your Horror Clique: Original Goth Girls

The Monster's Mate (Bride of Frankenstein, 1935)

Elsa Lanchester's Bride is beautiful and haunting in the sequel to Frankenstein (1931). This image has been reused and parodied many times, especially the white streak through the Bride's hair, and the stitches along the jawline.

She is a forever monster to some, but to me she is one of the original goth girls. Though she dons white, as with the characters listed in our "other options" category, The Bride is part of the subculture lineage.

The Bride's look is also easy to pull together using vintage pieces and not only for a costume, but every day life. With a white vintage cape, a pair of white kid gloves, not to mention some ribbon to add a little detail to the gloves (think of it as a quick and easy bracelet if you simply tie a few pieces to your wrists), you can instantly brave the colder temperatures with her iconic style. You can also take these pieces further into costume status by replicating her hair and of course using makeup to mimic her stitches. 

Other "Original Goth Girls" options: Morticia Addams (The Addams Family), Vampira (The Vampira Show), and Lily Munster (The Munsters).


Your Horror Clique: The Fashionistas of Hitchcock 

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Madeleine Elster / Judy Barton (Vertigo, 1958)

Whether playing Madeleine or Judy, Kim Novak has an amazing wardrobe. This is a very common theme of Alfred Hitchcock's leading ladies (more than just the blond hair). Who is not to say that fashion is part of the package that attract's James Stewart's character Scottie? Madeleine's style gives off confidence and wealth, and overall helps create or solidifies her persona. 

Take, for instance, Madeleine's "Golden Gate Bridge" outfit: a black dress, black kid gloves, and a stunning, I mean absolutely stunning, white cashmere coat. These are pieces that anyone would desire and styles (though maybe not exact) one can thrift. Plus, if you want to pull off these looks for everyday (or even a costume), but live in a warmer climate (like San Francisco), you can find a sleeveless turtleneck dress to wear underneath the coat (as shown below). The right hairstyling and makeup are all you need to level up this look from casual cosplay to costume (well, that and a Jimmy Stewart type to drive over the edge). 

Other "Hitchcock Fashionista" options: Lisa Carol Fremont (Rear Window), Marion Crane (Psycho) and Melanie Daniels (The Birds) - to truly name a few. 

I hope you have enjoyed this series.  Although the curation part of this series is done, I will be back next Thursday with my very own personal Thrifted Halloween costume. I also hope this series has inspired you to take a thrifted approach to your costume or everyday shopping experience. This series has been a sample of the potential of costuming through thrifting, but who wouldn't want to dress like Lydia Deetz for a photography class, hit the gym like Buffy Summers, or go dancing like Jareth