Modster Mash Part III: A New Charade

Around this time of year, the pressure to assemble the perfect Halloween costume – one that’s clever, unique, and yet still recognizable – might seem scarier than all the ghosts and goblins traditionally associated with the holiday. At ModCloth, though, we aim to take the fright out of fabricating a fabulous false front by staging our own mod masquerade for your inspiration!

You may remember going ‘Gaga’ over last year’s Modster Mash styletacular, and wondering ‘Gwen’ would we do it again? Well, have no fear, because some of our employees are back at it this year with more fashionable façades that were created using vogue vestments from our ModCloth vaults. So sit back, relax with a bag of candy corn, and enjoy this thrilling beautiful-creature feature!

Mandy as ‘My Way or the Holloway’
You don’t have to be employed by a Manhattan advertising agency to work this look. Just slip into the Red-y or Not Dress, pair it with the Yes I Twill Heel, then accessorize with the Whistle Stop Necklace, and you’ll look like the most stunning steno pool manager this side of Madison Avenue.

Anna as ‘Elaine the Ex’
If you’re afraid that there’ll be ‘no soup for you’ unless you style a costume in the likeness of your favorite character from a sitcom about nothing, then get a load of this guise. Don the ’90s-inspired Never a Wallflower Dress, lace up the Let’s Rock Boots, then throw on the Olive or Nothing Jacket, and yadda yadda yadda, you’re one comical copy editor!

Erin as ‘Sock Hop Sally’
Heading to the high school gym on October 31st to dance the night away to some old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll? Take a cue from this cute, 1950s-inspired ensemble. The Sweet Temptation Dress has all the swing a gal could want while doing the Twist, and the combo of Primary School Socks in Science Class and the Wind Beneath Your Wingtip will guarantee that you Stroll in style.

Amy as Dottie of Mod
Sure, there’s no place like home, but on Halloween, you should get out and have fun. And it won’t take much courage to leave the house when you concoct a  costume as pretty as this one. Simply slip on the Sweet Jeans are Made of This Dress and the Second Generation Top, put your hair in pigtails with Sunday Drive Hair Clips, slip into the ruby So Very Cherry Heel, then carry treats in your Tasty Trio Tiffin Box in Circle, and your night will be full of fantastic adventures!

Hannah as ‘Riveting Rosie
If you marvel at the idea of casting yourself as a cultural icon, then you can’t go wrong by manufacturing this masquerade! Feminists everywhere will follow in your footsteps when you assemble a high-power ensemble from raw materials such as the Casual Chic Tunic, Pants of the Hour, Through the Wire Headband in Red, and Force of Nature Boot.

Molly as ‘Uncanny Nanny’
Unfortunately, a look this whimsical won’t magically assemble itself. But, by pulling just a few tricks out of your carpet bag – like the Pretty Pleats Skirt, Exception to the Rule Coat, Retro Revival Scarf, Bernadette Hat, Blue Button Beauty Boot, and, most importantly, the Duck, Duck, Umbrella in Red – you’ll create a costume that’ll float you fashionably through any festivity!

Theresa as ‘Mod Sailorette’
If your usual attire is already a little nautical by nature, then devising a disguise like this one will be a calm ocean breeze. Just draw from your treasure trove of thalassic threads and adornments, like the Shipshape Up Dress, Red Carpet Roll Out Wedge, Anchoring for Accessories Necklace, Weather Ad-visor-y, Hoop Deck Earrings, and SOS Brooch, and you’ll sail to a party in seaworthy style!

Angela as ’80’s Pop Princess’
It’s no hologram – this is the gem of a glamorous get-up that’s going to make you the star of any Halloween bash. Bask in the spotlight knowing that, after witnessing the fashion and fame of your truly outrageous Sweet Jamz Dress in MC, Doe Deere Heel, Gaga For These Gloves, Totally Wired Headband, Very Striking Earrings, and Be a Star Tights, nothing will ever be the same!

Stephanie as ‘Running Lola’
If you need an haute red herring in a hurry, this is the one to turn to – and you can take that to the bank! Simply follow these instructions in sequential order, and you too will have a dashing disguise in under 20 minutes: 1) Jump into the All the Livelong Day Jeans and the Racerback to Finish, 2) Outfit your feet with the Facets of Style Boot, and 3) Accessorize with the Can You Sparrow Some Change Belt for punky flair to match your fiery hair.

Kate as ‘Lorraine of Hill Valley High’
This costume is the density – uh, we mean destiny – of anyone looking to pack 1.21 gigawatts of retro charm into one ensemble! Give a nod to the 1950s with a black and white, checkered frock like the Salty and Pepper Dress and the matching If It Ain’t Got That Bling Heel to yield a future full of fun. And, in the event that you lose track of time, have the True Love Watch wrapped around your wrist.

Now here’s the part where a movie scrolls through the credits and everyone leaves the theater, but we hope that you stick around to let us know what you thought of the show! We delighted in coming up with these costumes, and we hope that they give rise to some cool ones of your own. Can you see any of our other items as potential pieces in your Halloween creations? Please do share…if you dare!


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    Amanda 10/13/2010 at 11:14 am #

    Is this a contest or just a fashion show?

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      Julia 10/13/2010 at 12:29 pm #

      No I think it a contest

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    Emily 10/13/2010 at 11:34 am #

    I LOVE that you have a look based on Lola from the movie Run Lola Run!! That is just about the coolest thing ever!

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    Julia 10/13/2010 at 12:28 pm #

    This contest sounds like fun.

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    Kels 10/13/2010 at 1:02 pm #

    What about a unicorn? The Freed From Amber Wedge reminds me of hooves, which with something like the Sandlot Sweetie Romper (or whatever darling white thing you want one more wear out of before next summer) and hair pulled into a high teased ponytail topped off with flair like the Perfect Fifth bow should have any magic in the area gravitating towards you.

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      Angela (ModCloth) 10/13/2010 at 5:56 pm #

      I love that idea! Unicorns rock.

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    Richard (ModCloth) 10/13/2010 at 1:35 pm #

    Hi Amanda,

    It’s just for fun and inspiration!

    : )

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      Amanda 10/13/2010 at 1:44 pm #

      Thanks, Richard. I wasn’t sure because I thought I had heard somewhere about a Modcloth costume contest or something….

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    Natasha (ModCloth) 10/13/2010 at 3:05 pm #

    You all look fabulous!

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    Michelle 10/13/2010 at 3:39 pm #

    Wishing there was a way to conjure up the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland without it looking trashy…..? =)

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    Catlyn 10/13/2010 at 3:43 pm #

    I love this idea, purchasing something that your will actually wear again, and encouraging women to be classy instead of trashy on Halloween.

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      Victoria 10/13/2010 at 4:24 pm #

      true dat!

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    Nicole (ModCloth) 10/13/2010 at 5:48 pm #

    Ahh! Hannah as ‘Riveting Rosie’! Soo good! <3

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    Jay 10/13/2010 at 6:12 pm #

    This is such a cute idea! LOVED Riveting Rosie 🙂

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    Anne 10/13/2010 at 6:35 pm #

    I loved the dress on the Joan Holloway inspired costume, but when i clicked on the link the dress that appeared looked pretty different. Where can I find the actual dress the model is wearing in the photo?! I’d die for it!

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      ModCloth 10/13/2010 at 7:54 pm #

      Hi Anne,

      Thanks for expressing your concern! I’d like to confirm that the dress in the ‘My Way or the Holloway’ costume is the same as the dress to which it’s linked. It may appear to be different for a couple of reasons: 1) Mandy styled the dress with the waist tied at the back, whereas in the product photo, it’s tied in the front, and 2) A difference in lighting makes the dress that Mandy’s wearing appear lighter in color than it actually is.

      I hope this helps to clear up any confusion! : )

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    Erin V. (ModCloth) 10/13/2010 at 7:42 pm #

    Yay! You ladies all look awesome!

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    Brianna Kinnane 10/13/2010 at 8:14 pm #

    I love these!!!!

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    Clairely 10/13/2010 at 8:43 pm #

    Gee, sure wish I could be a ModCloth employee…. :-/

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    Caitlin 10/13/2010 at 8:43 pm #

    I will be making a cake headpiece to wear with the Icing Atop The Cake dress… How can I submit a picture of the finished product?

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      Jenn (ModCloth) 10/13/2010 at 11:34 pm #

      Oh man, that sound awesome! There are lots of ways to share your costume. You can either post your pic to our Facebook wall, which is what a lot of folks like to do, or if you prefer Flickr, you can add it to our Style Exchange group! Or, you can tweet your pic to us @modcloth. As you can see, we’re just about everywhere! ; )

      Can’t wait to see your headpiece and costume, Caitlin!

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    Ashley 10/13/2010 at 10:59 pm #

    Its nice to find costume pieces that you would wear again in everyday style! Thanks for showing us these!

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    Jennifer 10/14/2010 at 1:55 am #

    I to thought it was a contest too. I bought the temptress dress and I love it. It fits me so good. I’m going to have fun at my sisters wedding.

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    Ashley F. 10/14/2010 at 10:34 am #

    For belle from Beauty and the Beast, Just Wing it Top under the Steamboat Springs Dress paired with Siblings Flat in Big Sis, Sunday Drive hair clip, Net-work Bag or a basket from home, and a white apron.
    For Belle in her full princess outfit go with Spun Gold dress, Sparkle an interest heels, Dainty and Demure Top for if it gets chilly, game of hearts clutch in gold, The Heart’s Reasons Fob Necklace, and enchantment of the ring to complete the look! Happy Halloween.

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    Katharine Ellis Tapley 10/14/2010 at 12:16 pm #

    I think “Joan” should carry something to show that she’s from Mad Men. I thought at first that she was just gorgeous, but I didn’t get the “costume” part of it.

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    autumn 10/14/2010 at 4:09 pm #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Run Lola Run! ….even named my dog Lola!

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    Your Old Intern Christen 10/17/2010 at 5:36 pm #

    You girls look great!

    Angela, you GOTTA hit up some karaoke in that outfit after Halloween’s over, no doubt 😉

    Miss you all! <3

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    Lola Dress 11/11/2010 at 4:20 pm #

    aw. I wish I saw this post before Halloween. These costumes are so cute. Well, there’s always next year.

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