Our Top 8 Vintage Halloween Fancy Dress Ideas

As we embrace the brisk autumn air along with its festive spirit, the moment has arrived to finally ignite your imagination for this year’s Halloween costume. Looking for something a bit more unique than the bog standard witch, vampire, zombie or clown costume? Why not try adding a little sprinkle of vintage to your look?

Whether that’s a beautiful dress from the 60s, Beetlejuice outfit or a classic jacket, retro clothing items can help you think outside the box for your next Halloween look. And with the digital world bringing vintage right to our fingertips through online shops, there’s no reason to not go retro this Halloween.

Plus if you don’t feel spooky enough, some simple skeleton face paint is all you need for that Ol’ Hallows Eve edge. So, here are our top 8 vintage Halloween fancy dress ideas.

the James Dean Harrington classic look
Rebel without a cause
  1. The Harrington Classic

If you’re looking for simple yet effective Halloween costume ideas, or a last-minute inspiration from your wardrobe, then look for your Harrington bomber jacket. This bomber is a timeless piece known for its versatility (can even wear it all autumn to keep you warm).

But the classic Harrington look is James Dean from a Streetcar named Desire, plus it’s a simple, timeless and iconic ensemble that can be effortlessly achieved with just a single black leather jacket, white t-shirt and boots. This chic outfit embodies the essence of rockabilly rebellion and pays homage to the retro rebel era.

But, for a more spooky look, pair it with tailored trousers and a shirt to conjure the spirit of 1960s cool. Whether you’re going for a gangster, detective, or secret agent look, the Harrington jacket is your vintage canvas.

1920s flapper dress
The flapper Dress outfit can be levelled up with fake blood and bite marks on the neck to be more scary
  1. The Gatbsy Glamour

Whether you want to channel your inner Daisy Buchanan or simply want to embrace the timeless elegance of the Roaring Twenties, the Gatbsy Glamour Flapper Dress is the perfect choice for a truly unforgettable womens outfit.

Inspired by the flapper style and Art Deco influences, this dress is a true tribute to 1920s fashion and the Jazz Age glamour.

Perfect for any vintage party or a Great Gatsby themed event, this dress is a showstopper. Its beaded fringe gently sways with every movement, creating a mesmerizing effect that transports you back in time. Pair with lavish embellishments like a feathered headband and a cigarette holder.

vintage 60s halloween look
A Stepford Wives style ensemble can be a great retro B Movie horror vibe
  1. Swinging into the 40s

Swing back to the jazzy 40s with a vintage swing dress, rocking the victory rolls and bold red lipstick to teleport back in time. Halloween doesn’t always need to be about fake blood and vampire teeth, it’s about letting your imagination get creative and explore the decades of classic beauty. With an outfit like this, you’ll have a straight backstage pass to the era of big-band glamour!

The vintage swing dress captures the essence of the 1940’s with its flared skirt, cinched waist, and feminine silhouette. It is a perfect choice for those who want to embrace the retro style and channel their inner pin-up girl.

This 40s inspired dress can be styled with classic Hollywood glamour, paired with red lipstick and victory rolls for added retro chic.

hippy zombie costume
Add a twist to your hippy fancy dress costume with zombie face paint
  1. Hippie’ween

Step back in time to the vibrant era of the 60s with a Halloween hippie free-spirited look for Halloween costumes for adults. Immerse yourself in the whimsical atmosphere as you embrace your inner flower child. Indulge in a kaleidoscope of colours and spread groovy vibes by wearing a tie-dye maxi dress or shirt, fringed vests, and bell-bottom pants.

To fully immerse yourself in a hippy-inspired Halloween, embrace accessories such as peace sign necklaces, round sunglasses, and headbands. Embrace your inner flower child and transport yourself back to a time of peace, love, and groovy fashion.

disco fancy dress outfit
Disco Lovers can dance the night away
  1. Disco Fever

Ready to get groovy for Halloween? Why not slip into a vintage shimmery jumpsuit or a sparkly shirt, with some platform boots to bring the disco to the party? Men can don a white suit to look straight from the dance floors of Saturday Night Fever 70s nostalgia.

The jumpsuit is a true embodiment of disco fever, with its sequin overload and Studio 54 vibes. Slip into this groovy piece and transport yourself back to the era of retro disco fashion.

gothic lace dress outfit
Gothic fashion needs little else to be ideal for any Halloween party.
  1. Gothic Victorian Elegance

If you’re looking to add a touch of spookiness to your look this Halloween, opt for a more gothic look with a high-collared lace blouse and a cape for the dark elegance of the Victorian era. You could even add a vintage cameo brooch and a lace parasol for an extra sprinkle of authenticity.

Victorian gothic fashion has always been a popular choice for Halloween costumes, and a lace blouse trend is no exception. Pair with a long flowing skirt or a pair of tailored trousers for endless possibilities for creating stylish and unique Halloween costume ideas. These include the zombie bride with a simple lace white dress.

80s punk look
The 80’s punk look requires some effort but is an upgrade on the boring skeleton costumes
  1. Rocking the Rebellion

Channel the defiant energy of the punk rock movement from the 80s by rocking a classic band t-shirt, distressed skinny jeans that exude an edgy vibe, a leather jacket covered with patches and studs for added flair. Complete your rebellious look with combat boots and hair that radiates rebellious energy.

To achieve an authentic 80’s punk look, start with punk-inspired accessories like spiked bracelets, chokers, and studded belts. For hairstyles, go for bold and vibrant colours, or experiment with Mohawks and liberty spikes. You can get plenty of Halloween wigs to save some time DIY ripped jeans add a touch of rebellion to your outfit, while edgy makeup ideas, like smoky eyes and bold lipstick, complete the look.

Finding the perfect leather jacket is essential for your punk costume, adding that edgy vibe. Don’t forget to incorporate safety pins into your outfit, a staple of the 80’s punk style.

Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe at a halloween party
Hollywood glamour adds a touch of class to your vintage Halloween outfit
  1. Glamorous Old Hollywood

Experience the allure of vintage Old Hollywood by immersing yourself in the world of classic movie stars. Stars like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe captivated audiences with their timeless elegance and undeniable charm. Old Hollywood fashion evokes a sense of red carpet glamour, reminiscent of classic black and white films and the iconic Hollywood hairstyles and vintage Hollywood makeup of the era.

Embrace a timeless elegance with an exquisite satin gown for women or opt for a sophisticated tuxedo for men. Complete your ensemble with long gloves, a luxurious faux fur stole, and an authentic vintage clutch to truly embody the essence of old Hollywood glamour.

These vintage-themed Halloween fancy dress costumes ideas aren’t just attire – they’re passports to time-travel adventures and celebrations of fashion eras that still inspire us today. Going vintage this Halloween will not only bring uniqueness to your look, but also bring your outfit to life. So, unleash your inner stylist, dust off those classic pieces, and prepare to dazzle in your vintage-inspired Halloween fancy dress. The stage is yours. Happy Halloween!