Halloween can be just as exciting now as it was when you were a child! Putting together an amazing Halloween costume remains one of the best things about the holiday.

But now that you’re older you probably want to go for something a bit more elegant or a bit smarter. That’s why we've put together a list of fashion icon Halloween costumes to inspire you.

Guys you're going to look suave and girls you're going to look stunning this Halloween...

1. MARILYN MONROE


This blonde bombshell automatically springs to mind when you’re talking about legendary fashion icons. Every girl longs to be as beautiful as the Hollywood movie star, making Marilyn Monroe costumes a popular choice for Halloween. Don’t forget to smile and maybe stand over an air vent if you can find one.

Marilyn Monroe Make-Up Tutorial
What You'll Need
  • Blonde Wig
  • Costume Jewellery
  • White Dress
  • Silver/White Shoes

2. AUDREY HEPBURN


If you prefer a classic and elegant style then you’ll want to mimic the stunning actress, Audrey Hepburn. For Halloween choose her most iconic look i.e. the one from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, i.e. the one that practically every girl has a poster of on her wall.

Audrey Hepburn Hair & Make-Up Tutorial
What You'll Need
  • Tiny Tiara
  • Black Dress
  • Cigarette Holder
  • Black Shoes
  • Long Black Gloves
  • Pearls (With Brooch)

3. GRACE JONES


If you want to be a totally hot diva for Halloween then choose Grace Jones. This is a beautiful look that screams high fashion. And it’s perfect if you’re a little bit crazy too, we all know the singer and actress is a tad eccentric.

Grace Jones Hair & Make-Up Tutorial
What You'll Need
  • Black Trousers / Leggings
  • Purple Scarf
  • Black Leather Jacket
  • Black Heels

4. TWIGGY


Why not emulate one of the most famous supermodels ever? Plus 60’s style is really fun and easy to do. To get the look for a Twiggy Halloween costume you need to make sure you get the hair and makeup right and then wear any kind of 60’s-style outfit you like really. If you have long hair, create a parting and slick it back into a low bun.

Twiggy Make-Up Tutorial
What You'll Need
  • Chunky Earrings
  • Shiny Shoes
  • 60's Mod Dress

5. MADONNA


Women in their masses jumped at the chance to get their hands on whatever Madonna was wearing in the 80’s. Madge is truly a fashion icon and you have several iconic looks to choose from in this case but let’s go with the punky wedding dress look.

Madonna Make-Up Tutorial
What You'll Need
  • Multiple Necklaces
  • White Lace Dress
  • Star Earrings
  • White Lace Gloves
  • Chunky Belt Buckle

6. ANNA WINTOUR


The editor of Vogue is certainly a fashion icon in her own right. She definitely has an iconic look, you’d recognise the bob and oversized shades anywhere! This is a relatively easy look to pull off for Halloween. You can basically wear any classic/sophisticated outfit as long as you get the hair and sunnies right.

What You'll Need
  • Oversized Sunglasses
  • Bob Wig
  • Chunky Jewel Necklace
  • Patterned Dress
  • Copy of Vogue

7. LADY GAGA


When she started releasing her own music Gaga also came to the attention of the fashion world thanks to her outrageous sense of style. She has had several infamous looks over the past few years. Which Gaga will you be this Halloween? Meat dress Gaga? Caution tape Gaga? Grace-Jones-inspired Gaga? We're going to recommend the American Horror Story look because it's so current.

Lady Gaga - The Countess Make-Up Tutorial
What You'll Need
  • White Dressing Gown
  • Black Fishnets
  • Black Heels
  • Black Leather Gloves

8. VICTORIA BECKHAM


Mrs David Beckham is a modern fashion icon in her own right. As soon as she rose to fame with The Spice Girls, the little black dress became a key element of every girl’s style. A Victoria Beckham Halloween costume is for those who are feeling a little bit posh. And it would be so much fun to go as the Spice Girls with your BFFs.

Victoria Beckham Make-Up Tutorial
What You'll Need
  • Little Black Dress
  • Oversized Sunglasses
  • Black Heels

9. KIM KARDASHIAN WEST


Millenials LOVE the Kardashians so we’re bound to see young women in their hoards going as Kim K for Halloween. You can keep it simple and glamorous or you can add a touch of humour by recreating Kim’s Paper magazine shoot that “broke the internet”.

Kim Kardashian Make-Up Tutorial
What You'll Need
  • Black Dress
  • Long Black Wig
  • Black Heels
  • Bum Padding
Just for fun...

Here's a tutorial for how to get this look from Bustle.

10. JACKIE KENNEDY


Jackie Kennedy became well-known for her simple and sophisticated style. It’s one look in particular that women just love to imitate for Halloween, the pretty in pink suit and hat combo. Her double-breasted pink Chanel suit is so iconic that it even has its own Wikipedia page. Time to go hunting around the charity shops for us though...

Jackie Kennedy Hair Tutorial
What You'll Need
  • Pink Suit
  • Pink Hat
  • Black Heels
  • White Gloves

Items you can get from Rebellious Fashion
Black Dresses (Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham)
Black Heels (Multiple)
Print Dresses (Twiggy, Anna Wintour)
White Heels (Marilyn Monroe)

11. THE BEATLES


The group became the biggest in the world back in the 60’s. They were famous for their unique look as well as their music. If you want to go as a Beatle for Halloween you might want to choose which band member you’d like to go as. Or just pay tribute to the guys in the olden days when they pretty much all looked the same.

What You'll Need
  • Mop Top Wig
  • Black Tie
  • Grey Suit
  • Black Shoes

12. KARL LAGERFELD


Thanks to Mr Lagerfeld’s signature attire, he makes a great fashion icon to dress up as for Halloween. There are a few important elements that make up the fashion designer’s look: the hair, the shades and the suave suit.

Karl Lagerfeld Hair & Make-Up Tutorial
What You'll Need
  • Sunglasses
  • Black Tie
  • High Collar White Shirt
  • Black Suit
  • Fingerless Leather Gloves
  • Necklaces

13. MICHAEL JACKSON


Going as the King of Pop for Halloween would be just perfect. Michael Jackson practically encouraged this himself with his Thriller video, which is the look we’re choosing this time. But there’s a few different looks to choose from if you want to go as MJ (think a trilby and sparkles).

Michael Jackson Thriller Make-Up Tutorial
What You'll Need
  • Red Leather Jacket
  • Single White Glove
  • Red Leather Trousers
  • White Socks

14. DAVID BOWIE


There’s no doubt that this rock star was a style icon in the 80’s, everyone will love your Bowie Halloween costume! The best part about dressing as David Bowie for Halloween is that you'll get to use some face paint and maybe some glitter to make the costume perfect.

David Bowie Make-Up Tutorial
What You'll Need
  • Metallic Jumpsuit
  • High Boots

15. JAMES BOND


If you want opt for a more sexy look this Halloween then definitely go as 007. It’s one of the easiest outfit on this list to achieve too. The James Bond Halloween costume is all about getting the accessories right, we recommend a toy gun and a Martini glass.

What You'll Need
  • Suit
  • Accessories
  • Bow Tie 

16. JAMES DEAN


And if you thought you’d look hot as James Bond, the girls and guys will be swooning over you if you go as James Dean. The actor was well-known for his great hair and effortless style. The Rebel Without A Cause look is definitely the one you want to emulate in order to be recognisable.

James Dean Hair Tutorial
What You'll Need
  • Red Jacket
  • White T-Shirt
  • Denim Jeans
  • (Fake) Cigarette

17. BOY GEORGE


Flamboyant fashion is what Boy George has been known for over the years, so you’ll have to be willing to put on a bit of slap  for this Halloween costume. The Karma Chameleon look is probably most iconic. All you need is a few colourful braids and you’re half way there.

Boy George Make-Up Tutorial
What You'll Need
  • Top Hat
  • White Shirt
  • Waist Coat
  • Braids / Colourful Hair Ties

18. ANDY WARHOL


Warhol has a highly recognisable look. Plus, the theme would be great for a couple’s Halloween costumes, the guy could go as Warhol and the girl could go as one of Warhol’s pop art creations.

What You'll Need
  • Black Turtle Neck 
  • Tin of Campbell's Soup
  • Choppy Blonde Wig

19. BOB DYLAN


This is a really awesome costume idea for indie kids and hipsters. All you need to do to get the iconic Bob Dylan look is fluff up your hair, put on some sunglasses and carry around an instrument. Anyone want to go harmonica shopping?

What You'll Need
  • Blazer or Waist Coat
  • Harmonica/Guitar
  • Skinny Jeans
  • Sunglasses
  • White Shirt

How excited for Halloween are you now? You’re going to have one of the most amazingly unique and fashionable looks at the party you’re going to!

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