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Wise Style: Going Grunge Halloween Costume

Happy Halloween to all!  It’s a fashion designer’s favorite holiday!  You basically get to play dress up, be whatever you want, and create an awesome costume.  I’m a big believer in DIY and for that matter I always like to make my costumes or style them with items I already have.  When I was a kid, my mom always created my costumes.  With her expert sewing skills, I was a princess, a clown, the little mermaid, and a witch (turned glamour girl at the last minute when I didn’t want to be scary).  I’m still not a fan of scary costumes.

Last weekend some of our closest friends through a Halloween bash.  With the party just around the corner and our DIY attitude, Dillon and I decided to  take it back to the 90s and go grunge — completely his idea.  Little did he know that Vogue’s MET Gala was grunge/punk themed this year and the look is back in style.  Here’s what we came up with for our couple costume.  I couldn’t of been happier!

Going grunge.

Going grunge.



Halloween Grunge Vintage Ring Detail


For my grungy look, I channeled Madonna from her music videos.  Think Like a Prayer meets Voque meets Borderline meets Like a Virgin.  I literally had Madonna on replay while I was getting ready and putting together my costume.  Best of all, my wig matched so well that people thought it was my real hair!

Black corset
– I sewed in polka dot chiffon at the bustline.
Forever 21 Red Dress – I strategically ruched it to show more leg and rolled down the top to make it into a skirt!
Belt – BCBG Max Azria Leather and Metal Belt from my closet
Fishnet Thigh Highs – They already had a hole from a previous costume, so I ripped them into perfect grunge
Denim Jean Jacket – Vintage from my dad which he wore in the 80s.
Fishnet Gloves – Walmart c/o Dillon
Bracelets – Bangles, Vintage Lisner Art Deco Bracelet, Pearl Necklace I got in Paris wrapped around in Madonna fashion!
Necklace – Vintage Whiting and Davis Victorian Revival Pendant; personal collection
Rings – Vintage Art Deco cocktail ring; Pink Sapphire Sterling Ring; Vintage Black Opal Ring; personal collection
Chanel Bag – Vintage from my grandmother
Shoes – BCBG Patent Leather
Hair Accessory – Handmade with matching chiffon and wire
Long Hair, What?! – Wig from the 80s c/o my mom.

Denim Jacket
– From Highschool “Blast from the Past” day with a sewn on flag.
Flying Dog T-Shirt
– his closet
– To complete the grunge look
Flannel Shirt
– Tied around waist; his closet
–  his closet
– Cut off the fingers for that rough and tough look!
– Probably from the 70s or 80s; c/o the Halloween bin at my house!

There are so many ways of creating unique costumes.  All it takes is a little bit of thinking outside of the box and creativity.  Now, there’s nothing wrong with purchasing a costume.  I definitely have; however I find more joy in creating something unique.  We always keep the left overs of our costumes in a big container in case we ever want to reuse the pieces.  It’s somewhat of a tradition in my house.  My family has kept the pieces they wore to Halloween parties in the 70s and 80s and I absolutely love going through the bin!  You never know what you’ll find or what will spark the next Halloween costume idea!

*Please note all images belong to The Wise Brunette (Gill Collective LLC & Amanda Gill). Copyright does apply, so if you use them, please kindly link back to the site!

What did you do for Halloween this year?  I’d love to hear all about it and please feel free to post a link to your costume in the comments!

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Wise Style: Blue Maxi Dress for a Pizza Party


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I love the vibrant color in this particular maxi dress.  It’s a halter style with a gathered bust and ruched midriff.  It hugs in all of the right places.  I paired it with a vintage fish bracelet from my personal collection, a leather clutch that I designed, and some vintage inspired Ray Bans.  A maxi dress like this one can be worn casually or dressed up.  Personally, I wore my flats to be comfortable and took a light sweater with me.

These photos were taken at my family birthday celebration at the end of September.  (I know, I’m lagging behind on the outfit posts!)  We all got together and made pizzas at my grandparents’ house.  Pizza in my family is kind of a big deal.  With my grandfather starting the first Village Sub Shop in Baltimore during the 1950s, we’ve been making and perfecting them for 50 years.


The Look:

Nine West Halter Dress
Leather Clutch from my line Gilly Lynn
Vintage Fish Bracelet (private collection/The Brass Giraffe)
Heart Necklace, Tennis Bracelet, Rings; gifts from family over time
Ray Ban Sunglasses
Moo Nude Flats (this post)


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