A Vintage Maven Explains The Throwback Costumes That Are Trending This Year

For we vintage enthusiasts, a well-executed time-warp costume is a highly satisfying endeavor. While we’d love to sport a head-to-toe ensemble throwing back to our favorite decade on a daily basis, it’s not always in the cards. So when All Hallow’s Eve arrives, the gloves come off — and the period-accurate hand-knit cotton lace gloves go on.

In preparation for a proper vintage throwdown this Halloween, we consulted an expert: Cathy Chung, owner of Meeps, a legendary Washington, DC vintage boutique that’s been peddling throwback togs to District denizens for almost 30 years. “DC actually does Halloween all year, unwinding their Type A lives by throwing costume-themed parties for all occasions,” Chung explains. However, the time leading up to so-called mischief night is the store’s bread and butter. “Overall, we love the rise of costuming and cosplay — it’s been a great way to introduce people to vintage and fashion and have a more authentic costume.” Cathy clued us in on a few of the vintage-inspired costumes that everyone is clamoring for this year.

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Flapper

“For the pre-millennial set, the flapper has been holding strong,” says Chung, “since the Downton Abbey movie has resurfaced an obsession with the show.” Look for narrow, sleeveless, knee-length dresses, so-called “opera-length” necklaces, and sparkling jewels and a tiara to round out your look.Photo: Edward Steichen/Getty Images.

Unique Vintage Sequin Lina Fringe Flapper Dress, $, available at Zappos

BecaliJewels Vintage Rough Cut Crystal Flapper Necklace, $, available at Etsy

Ti Adoro Loden Drop Earrings, $, available at BHLDN

FugitiveKatCreations Crystal Tiara, $, available at Etsy

Disco Diva

“Children of the ’60s are big into disco-themed parties,” explains Cathy — for an accurately groovy nightlife costume, pair platform sandals with shimmering, decolletage-exposing dresses and piles of delicate gold jewelry.Photo: Keystone Features/Getty Images.

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