There are few places more depressing than the ravaged aisles of Halloween megastores in October. We dodged the Ricky's crowd and scoured more than a dozen vintage shops for authentic, one-of-a-kind costumes.
In the realm of vintage shopping, the flapper dress is an elusive item. We found just three in our weeklong hunt, our favorite being this beauty from Screaming Mimi’s ($110), worn by Courtney. The faux-pearls were pulled from dozens of similar strands at Pippin Vintage Jewelry ($35), a tiny, well-priced spot for costume baubles. And the hat—a beaded Family Jewels find from the twenties—is a conversation piece in itself ($99).
This tried-and-true costume harkens back to Tom Cruise’s pre-TomKat “Maverick” days. Star Struck has a widespread supply of uniforms, but we were swayed by the affordability and gory authenticity of this coat from Love Saves the Day, on Zachary: The front has what appears to be dried bloodstains on it, and the tag matter-of-factly reads, “$20, as is.” Aviator sunglasses with gold wings spanning the bridge from Screaming Mimi’s lighten up the look ($32).