Your Halloween Costume Hides In The Closet

Halloween is a great opportunity to use that bridesmaid dress or gown worn just once


Are you at a loss for a costume for this weekend’s Halloween party? Fear not, the solution may be hiding in your closet.  The StyleDuo, Mindy and Paula Shapiro from New City, shared some suggestions for attention getting, budget minded costumes.   

Remember those bridesmaid dresses you tucked in back of your closet?  Why not add a sash and a crown and go as Miss America?

Wear a gown you already own, throw on some big dark shades and grab a gold trophy from your kid’s room and make your entrance as a Starlet at the Emmys.

Do you want a spookier look? Wear a gown - red works best - and cover your face and neck with red Halloween makeup for a transformation to Carrie from the 1970's horror film.

Have you always wanted to be the Bride of Frankenstein? Pull out your wedding dress, cover your face with spooky makeup and tease and spray your hair.

The twin stylists explained how you can recreate the look of Jessica Rabbit or Marilyn Monroe.

Wear a strapless gown, red is best, with a sexy sweetheart neckline add a long cigarette holder, fake long lashes and old Hollywood style curls. For the sultry Marilyn Monroe look, put on a white halter dress, add a fake beauty mark, create tight curls in your hair and put on a lot of red lipstick.

Paula, who lives in New City, said there are so many ways women can wear the fabulous dresses that are in their closets and Halloween is a great time to have fun with them. 

"You can be really glamorous, awesome," said Paula. "The truth is I think this idea is something everyone would like to do, be glamorous, dress up."

Mindy, who lives in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, suggested men can create their own Red Carpet look by putting on a tuxedo and going as the other half of the celebrity couple. Or he dons the tuxedo, she wears her wedding gown and they are instant bride and groom.

For her husband's birthday celebration this weekend, Paula is planning her own Red Carpet outift. 

The identical twins, who grew up in New City, launched their personal shopping /styling company for women and men, The StyleDuo, about six months ago. They previously worked as personal shoppers at Neiman Marcus.  

"We go to our clients together," said Mindy. "We work together every day."

She noted that their clients like the idea of getting each sister's opinion whther for one outfit or an entire wardrobe.

Paula said about half of their 100 clients, who live in Rockland, Westchester and Bergen counties, Manhattan and Florida, are regular customers. 

The sisters can access private designer showrooms, boutiques, offer fashion advice and cater to a wide variety of fashion tastes from conservative to edgy. 

The StyleDuo will bring their brand of fashion expertise to the West Nyack Library on Nov. 7 with their "50 Shades of Color" program. 

ryan October 25, 2012 at 07:14 PM
To contact the StyleDuo check out their website: www.TheStyleDuo.com!


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