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Top 5: Halloween costume pieces that could double as fashion

October 19, 2010 |  7:00 am

With dozens of temporary Halloween costume stores popping up all over town comes yet another breed of store to scour interesting wardrobe additions for.

Sure, plastic gladiator sandals and glow-in-the-dark stick-on fingernails would never cut it in the real world. But the wacky retail spots can yield some surprisingly fashion-forward items. Below, a few costume pieces that could spice up an ensemble well after All Hallow's Eve.

Bag

Bloody trick or treat bag, $7.99. If you didn't see the word "bloody" in the name of this snappy duffel, it might bring to mind the iconic hand-painted bags of Stephen Sprouse.

Belt

Batman belt, $12.99. Welcome to my new favorite statement piece. Yes, it's meant to cinch a Batman unitard, but imagine this gold belt nipping in a slouchy, oversized sweater instead. Call it "Blade Runner"-chic.

Glasses
Nerd glasses, $4.99. What passes for classically nerdy in Halloween costumes can be quite stylish in the real world. And while you wouldn't want to fill these flimsy specs with a real prescription, they're a great accessory for girls who don't wear glasses — but sometimes want to.

Shoes
Men's disco shoe, $29.99. Can't you imagine retro-loving singer Janelle Monae wearing these? I'm not sure how "disco" plays into this Jazz Age loafer, but we love its George Esquivel-lite looks.

 

Headband
Hippie headband, $3.99. If I were affecting a hippie look for Halloween, this isn't the headband I'd choose. With its '80s-style plastic beads and braiding, it reads more Pat Benatar than Janis Joplin. But it's a cute accessory for modern day — and can double as a belt.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo credit for all: Spirit Halloween.

 

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