Costume Ideas, Courtesy of the Frankie Shop

Halloween is right around the corner, which usually means purchasing some polyester reproduction of a skimpy nurse/nun/witch costume that you’ll freeze in, spill pumpkin-flavored beer on, and wear exactly once before it’s banished to the graveyard in the back of your closet (until next year). But before you brave the crowds at your nearest Spirit Halloween, we’d love to propose a sexier, more sustainable alternative. Enter The Frankie Shop, the LES cool-girl brand making timeless basics and masculin-feminin suiting. With a little imagination, a piece from The Frankie Shop’s FW22 collection makes the perfect foundation for your next Halloween costume. The brand’s new Crosby Street pop-up is a tranquil retreat from the busy streets of Soho and the chaos of the spookiest season—surely preferable to a fog-filled basement-level costume shop. Rather than pay for rush shipping on that latex unitard, browse this list and stop by The Frankie Shop for elevated staples that you’ll be wearing long after the cobwebs come down.   




All you need for an instantly recognizable Morpheus costume (and to indulge in a little Y2K nostalgia) is a pair of black frameless sunnies, a body-skimming vest, and this supple bomber-style leather trench—giant prop katana entirely optional.




Be the cutest (and warmest) at the party in this downy duster coat. Add some fuzzy ears, sacrifice a fair amount of eyeliner to recreate a teddy’s button nose, and cocoon yourself in the thick layer of fur while your friends get frostbite in fishnets.




Channel everyone’s favorite new wave rocker with this boxy gray suit set. The blazer is broad-shouldered enough that even the most casual Talking Heads fan will get the reference, but not so oversized that it won’t become your new favorite jacket. 




Dig around your local antique store for a magnifying glass and slouchy fedora, and take home this detective-chic trench and neutral tie/button down combo for a costume that elevates the bumbling bionic man’s signature look.




Celebrate the OG super freaky girl by pairing this kinky leather maxi and a bat-sleeved black blouse for a Halloween that’s all lovely thorns and singing vultures.