7 Outfits Inspired by Halloween Candy
As it turns out, taking cues from classic Halloween candy leads to some festive, unexpected, and occasionally weird outfits.
As a self-proclaimed Big Fan of Fall, I’m a little ashamed to admit that I’ve never been into dressing up for Halloween. I love the changing leaves, and I live for the spooky vibes (she typed with her long black nails clacking on the keyboard) but my costume game is…regrettably weak.
That all changes this year with help from the holiday’s other most iconic feature: candy. As it turns out, taking cues from classic Halloween candy leads to some festive, unexpected, and occasionally pretty weird outfits. Here are seven candy-inspired looks we’re sweet on right now.
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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
According to the very small sample size of people who responded to me in M.M.’s #fun Slack channel, Reese’s is by far the most beloved Halloween candy. (But the details matter: Everyone agreed that the regular-sized cups are superior to the mini cups, whose peanut-butter-to-chocolate ratio is improperly small.) Deliciousness aside, it also turns out that Reese’s can inspire some surprisingly chic outfits. A tonal combination of peanutty beiges (the Arbus sweater and Foster pants) and rich, chocolatey browns (the Cleo coat and Ginger pumps), plus earrings that encapsulate both? Chef’s kiss.
Candy corn may be controversial, but even haters have to admit that it’s the most quintessentially Halloween candy out there. Plus, nobody knows how to rock an A-line like Ms. Corn. Get the look by pairing the fitted Brodie top in Sedona with the flowy Orchard skirt in Dijon. The Jensen trench and Koio sneakers provide that signature white accent.
Nerds were always my favorite Halloween candy growing up (and not just because I identified with them on a spiritual level). The best way to eat them is to puncture the tab on the side, then pour those little guys directly into your mouth. But you already know that. What you may not know is that you can use The Nerds Palette™ to create a colorful, lounge-ready look. Get your purple from the Joni joggers and Shae hoodie, and your pink from the Giulia top, Koio sneakers, and Fini earrings.
If your candy basket were a fruit salad, the 3 Musketeers bars would be the cubes of cantaloupe—they’re nobody’s favorite, but they’re consistent and reliable. And doesn’t that count for something? Plus, the bold, shiny wrappers make for some very fun outfit inspiration. The sparkly Harlem skirt, cozy Sophie sweater, and shiny Lyssa earrings provide that silver base. To complete the outfit, wear one Rowan flat in cherry and one in ultramarine.
You heard it here first: Nobody does color-blocking like a gummy worm. Emulate the look by choosing high-contrast separates, like the Alina T-shirt in sunset and the Hockley jeans in tusk. The white Koio sneakers keep the colors on-theme, while the semi-transparent Dora earrings mimic the gummy worms’ hazy, stained-glass-like opacity.
If Twix had an astrological sign, it would definitely be Leo—loved by all and unafraid to stand out from the crowd. The Owen T-shirt in carob echoes Twix’s chocolate-and-caramel construction, while the Harlem skirt in gold (plus a few gold accessories) give off the wrapper’s signature shine.
The way you eat Skittles says a lot about who you are as a person. Are you the type to pour out the whole bag, arrange by color, and then eat them in order from least favorite to most? Do you eat them one-by-one so that you always have the same number of each flavor? Or do you simply grab a handful and let the candy gods decide your fate? No matter what, there’s one thing we can all agree on: the June dress in dash plaid is like chic, wearable Skittles. Pair it with the Rowan flats in cherry and simple earrings, and your costume/outfit for the day is complete.