Halloween is right around the corner, and while cutting out two holes in a bed sheet and dressing up as a ghost is easy, it’s also not very impressive. With the recent reawakening in menswear, it’s time to use Halloween as an excuse to dapper up instead of gross out. Here are 7 ideas to impress that sexy nurse or that cute Big Bird across the room.
1. Don Draper
While you may not be as handsome as Jon Hamm (who is?), that doesn’t mean you can’t dress like him. Mad Men is one of the best shows on TV and it’s led by the painfully cool Don Draper. Don’s 1960’s swag is actually easier to pull off than you may think. Start with a textured grey suit and a clean white dress shirt. Throw on a straight single color tie and some silver cuff links. Add a crisp white pocket square and a pair of oxfords and you’re half way there. Break out the brylcreem for that sleek back over the side part, put on a steely face and there you have it, Don Draper. Don’t forget when you’re at the bar order an Old Fashioned, Don Draper wouldn’t be caught dead holding a pink Cosmo.
2. Nucky Thompson
If you’re going for that 1920s Prohibition era look, Nucky Thompson from Boardwalk Empire is your guy. Nucky’s style leans heavy on classic fabrics and patterns mixed with bold colors and accessories. Go vintage with a double breasted herringbone flannel suit, then add some color with a pastel orange shirt and a white detachable collar. Now it’s time for the accessories, this is important because Nucky’s accessory game is on point. Nucky always wears high quality pattern ties, try a straight gold paisley tie and DON’T forget the collar pin and the oversize rose boutonniere, both Nucky staples.
3. Pee-wee Herman
If you haven’t noticed the nerd-chic look is in right now, and Pee-wee nails it. Begin with a slim fitting grey glen plaid suit, a simple white dress shirt and a neatly tied red bow tie. Fold a double peak white pocket square, throw on some white socks and some white shoes and you’re a Paul Ryan haircut away from Pee-wee. If you really want to impress your friends tell the DJ to put on Tequila and get down. *Bonus points if you can get your hands on an old school Schwinn.
4. James Bond
With the new 007 movie due out November 9th, Bond will surely be a popular Halloween costume. Whether it’s Connery, Moore, Brosnan or Craig, the Bond style hasn’t changed much in 50 years. Dust off that black tuxedo you save for weddings, put on a midnight black bow tie, a pair of classy cuff links and finish off the outfit with a white pocket square. Bring a toy pistol, keyword toy, and remember to order your martinis shaken not stirred.
5. Mister Rogers
Back before hipsters co-opted the cardigan and skinny ties, Mister Rogers rocked them nearly everyday. Throw on a pair of vans, a nice pair of trousers, a white button down shirt, a skinny tie and, of course, a colorful zip-up cardigan and it’s that simple, you’re everyone’s favorite children’s television host.
6. Clark Kent
So you want to be a superhero, but you don’t want to wear the tights? Well here’s the loophole. Clark Kent has impeccable style, Superman – eh – not so much. Wear a three piece suit (preferably something light colored or tweed) with a striped tie and a white pocket square. Of course you’ll need a pair of retro black framed glasses to protect your secret identity. Add a fedora and a Superman t-shirt under your suit and you are the Man of Steel
7. Gordon Gekko
Wall Street may have come out in 1987, but thanks to the 2012 Presidential election reviving the conversation on corporate raiders and whether or not greed is good, Gordon Gekko has never been more relevant No matter what your feelings on Gordon Gekko are, there is no denying his style. To pull off the perfect Gordon Gekko look, wear a blue shirt with a contrasting white collar, pleated plants and a straight pattern tie. Lose the belt, strap on the suspenders, finish the look with a gold tie bar and gold watch. Slick your hair back and ditch your iPhone for one of those brick looking things. Greed’s never looked so good.
There you have it. Seven looks that will definitely get you noticed this Halloween. And maybe if you play your cards right, you’ll get a little more than just noticed.