Keep it classy: Stylish Halloween costume ideas from on-screen icons

While some people love Halloween, the thought of fake blood and fangs fills others with dread. If you’re looking to keep things classy this Halloween, then it’s time to search elsewhere for inspiration other than ‘Count Dracula’ and ‘Edward Scissorhands’. And what better place than from the most fashionable men on our screens throughout history!

Film and TV undoubtedly has a big influence on our style. From Peaky Blinders to James Bond, characters in film and TV have always guided the way for what we should be wearing.

Fashion experts from SD Home of Menswear, the UK’s fastest growing menswear retailer, have done the hard work for you. The best part about these looks inspired by TV and film icons is that they are all items that can transition seamlessly from classy costume to everyday style. So, you’ll be the most stylish many at any party – not just a costume one. 

  1. American Psycho – Patrick Bateman

Limehaus Blue Stripe Slim Fit Shirt – £10

Scott & Taylor Black Braces £15 

Limehaus Pink Petals Tie – £14  

He may be one of the most menacing men in cinematic history, but there’s no denying Patrick Bateman from American Psycho had impeccable style. Pair this Limehaus shirt & tie with these Scott & Taylor braces and you’re sure to look great for any occasion. Just keep away from the sheer plastic raincoat.

  1. Great Gatsby – Gatsby

Hammond and Co Putty Linen Herringbone Tailored Fit Suit – £140

Scott & Taylor Yellow Plain Tie – £8

Limehaus Grey Penny Round Shirt – £10

Jay Gatsby was right when he said ‘Can’t repeat the past?… Why of course you can!’. While he may have been speaking about love, what it also refers to is fashion! Take this iconic cream suit. Cream suits were at the height of fashion in 1920s, and very much remain in fashion today. Turn up this Halloween as Jay Gatsby then wear again to Henley Regatta in July. Nothing says versatility better than that.

  1. Peaky Blinders – Tom Shelby

Marc Darcy Eddie Teal Check Flat Cap – £12.99

Marc Darcy Enzo Blue Grey Checked Tie – £10

Gibson London Grey Tweed Slim Fit Tyburn Waistcoat – £49

Peaky Blinders is a perfect modern-day example of how much TV influences everyday fashion. You’d be hard pressed to turn up to any racing day without noticing the slews of men in their tweed waistcoats and flat caps. And who blames them, they look amazing! Nail Peaky Blinders style with this tweed waistcoat from Gibson London paired with this Marc Darcy flat cap.

  1. Mad Men – Don Draper

Limehaus Olive Panama Slim Fit Suit – £50

Ben Sherman Textured Knitted Polo – £36

What stylish men from TV and film list wouldn’t include Don Draper from Mad Men? The epitome of class and style, Don Draper was the king of the dressed down suits for the office (although he could certainly dress up when he needed too!). With the rise in popularity of the dressed down suit, now is the perfect time to pick up this textured polo from Ben Sherman and pair with a suit like this olive one from Panama.

  1. Pulp Fiction – Jules

Racing Green Black Plain Two Piece Suit – £100

Scott & Taylor Black Tie – £8

Ted Baker White Sateen White Shirt – £69 

If you want something a little more classic, then opt for a simple black suit, white shirt, and black tie, like these ones above. A classic combo that works for any formal occasion, this look can be made into a Halloween costume by sporting a fake gun and dressing up as Jules from ‘Pulp Fiction’. Simple, yet effective!

  1. No Time to Die – James Bond

Ted Baker Grey Blue Textured Suit – £349

Ted Baker Square Contrast Cufflinks – £39

Scott & Taylor Navy Tie – £8

THAT suit from ‘No Time to Die’, the grey one with the blue tie – you know the one. Ever consider how easy that would be for a costume? Well, we’re here to remind you! Make sure to pair with a blue tie and some cufflinks, like these Ted Baker ones. Daniel Craig who?

  1. You – Joe

Selected Homme Harry Denim Jacket in Blue Wash – £65

Ben Sherman Stiles Rucksack – £25

Black Steven Corduroy Cap – £18

The Netflix sensation ‘You’ made for some entertaining watching over lockdown. While Joe may not be a style icon, he certainly is creepy. His style is also easy to emulate, and we LOVE this denim jacket from Selected Homme, very similar to one worn by Joe in ‘You’. Accessorise with a cap and rucksack for true Joe style and then use the items for everyday wear for years to come.

  1. Gossip Girl – Chuck Bass

Melka Billan Navy Coat – £49

Jeff Banks Grey Burgundy Striped Scarf – £13 

Ben Sherman Oxford Shirt – £60

While not the creepiest of shows, Gossip Girl sure did influence a lot of style in its day. The iconic scarf that Chuck Bass wore throughout the series may be hard to come by, but this one by Jeff Banks is not far off! Pair with this Melka navy overcoat, a loose white shirt, and a lot of pouting, and you’ll be the best Chuck Bass in any room.