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Five 11th-Hour Halloween Costumes

  • Kempt Staff


Halloween falling on a workday presents a real challenge for any well-dressed man (and just in case you forgot, that’s happening tomorrow).

Luckily, we’ve got a few solutions for you—and they all involve the suit you’ll be wearing anyway. All you’ve got to do is throw a couple things on over your suit as you head from the office to your costume party, and you’re ready to go.

Herewith, five 11th-hour Halloween costumes.»

Style Icons Celebrating in Costume


We’re going to venture a guess and say that there are at least four sexy-somethings, 12 Don Drapers and a hearty handful of cat ears somewhere in your office at this exact moment.

That’s right, folks—it’s Halloween.

And in the event that you’re looking for some stylish inspiration on the subject, we’ve brought in some seasoned dress-up professionals to prepare you for a little handsomely costumed revelry of your own—regardless of whether it’s of the black-tie or the door-to-door variety.

Let us now present: style icons celebrating in costume, after the jump...»

The Three Things in Your Closet That Will Save Halloween

  • Najib Benouar


It’s happening whether you like it or not: Halloween is next Thursday.

And while many a stylish man has exercised his due right to opt out of the schmaltzy affair entirely—you’re more than welcome to stay home with a bowl of candy and a glass of scotch—if you’ve been invited to a costume party, you’re honor-bound to come up with something good. Luckily, you probably have one of the following three things in your closet that should work in a pinch—and preserve some dignity...

Herewith, the costumes you can build with the following three items...»

Ada Kristine Has Tried On One Too Many Costume Ideas

  • Kempt Staff

via The Libertine

Cinema Verité: Cool Material recommends the 10 documentaries every guy should see. [Cool Material]

Hollow Wean: For those of you who’ve yet to put any thought in your Halloween costume, Esquire has your three best topical options that should work in a pinch. [Esquire]

Folloween: And just in case those costume ideas weren’t your cup of tea, perhaps one of GQ’s 15 most stylish options might work. [GQ]

Storm’s a Brewin’: Now that you know how to stylishly weather a hurricane, see what Sandy looks like from NASA’s space station 250 miles up. (Hint: still massive.) [The Atlantic]

The Santa Hat

We’d like to be clear on this.

We do not endorse wearing a Santa hat to every party you attend over the next two weeks—especially if any of the parties in question are Kwanzaa-themed. There will be cameras, old friends and alcohol. A single costume-y element—like, say, a socklike, red velvet topper—could throw the whole thing out of whack, doing permanent damage to your reputation and your dignity.

However, if you decide to disregard all warning and go forward with your bizarre festivities, you will find an appropriately luxurious Santa hat here.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Halloween

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s coming. In just a week and a half, you’re going to be faced with a flood of invitations to costume parties, and you’re going to have to find a costume in the spirit of the occasion that doesn’t make you look like a complete doofus. We’re not going to lie to you, it won’t be easy—but we’ve got a few ideas on how to make it through unscathed.

The three things to remember this Halloween…»

Mariana Idzowska is Unhappy With her Showgirl Costume

There is Nothing Worse than a Drunk Chewbacca: A treatise on the importance of drinking-friendly costumes. [Esquire]

Alone in the Dark: A film snob’s rundown of the ten scariest movies ever made. Hard to argue with #4. [In Contention]

Big Heads: Quite possibly the most unsettling costume you’ll see all weekend…although it may make it difficult for him to drink. [Boing Boing]

From the Past: And, if you need yet more inspiration, here are the costumes of 22 adorable children from the 80s. Enjoy. [Urlesque]

Three Sartorial Affectations That Double as Halloween Costumes


Halloween can present a challenge for a well-dressed man—especially now that the “Don Draper” costume is well past its expiration date—but we’ve got a solution for you. It involves monocles…

The menswear canon has a lot of items that are both fantastic in a “deep trad” kind of way and completely ridiculous in any normal setting. This is your chance to see what you can do with them. And thanks to the pandemonium of style that will going on around you, you’ll look good pretty much no matter what.

Here’s a good place to get started»

It Looks Costume-y


Since Halloween brainstorming is currently underway in walk-in closets across the country, we thought we’d drop a little advice. In terms of big-picture wisdom, we follow Esquire’s tweeted lead: make sure it preserves your looks, involves no makeup and can be quickly removed in passion. (Luckily, our Lord Willy costume fits at least two out of three.)

But in the interest of avoiding faux pas, we thought we might help you avoid some of the riskier costume ideas currently making the rounds. Consider yourself warned»