Most Halloween dress-up parties involve lots of last-minute effort and imbento. Rather than seeing it as a headache, we recommend using this time to dress up to...actually dress up—in something you wouldn’t normally wear but are secretly dying to try out. If people think it’s cool, then you’re free to break it out for the rest of the year—otherwise you’ve succeeded in helping Halloween become a bit scarier in your own little way. Happy haunting!
The biggest dresscode hurdle for a man: the full suit. Even if you're not a banker or a businessman, you may be curious if you'd look slick all buttoned up. But with no weddings on the horizon, you aren’t finding out anytime soon. Doing an Agent Smith is easy because his suit is basic and bland—but smooth. Blame the suit they think you came to the party to sell coffins.
White long sleeve shirt, P1,490, Uniqlo; Bespoke suit and pants, P9,800, Badj; Claude 5-eye shoes, P22,995, Dr. Martens; Oakley Taper, P10,695, George Optical
LeBron James (MVP Edition)
You aren’t a baller and never will be, but the itch of the nation’s pastime is finally getting to you. Avoid the try-hard baller stage by debuting your flashy new NBA jersey at the party when everyone is drunk and more forgiving. Reduces subsequent on-court debut jeers by approximately fifty percent*! *except from Warriors fans.
Cleveland Swingman jersey, P3,495, Adidas; Cleveland shorts, P2,195, Adidas; Basketball shoes, P8,495, Adidas; NBA MVP Replica Trophy available from Raymundo’s Awards, #24-A East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
Never worn slim jeans in your life? Sneak your way into your first pair of skinny black denims and boots in the guise of the galaxy’s smoothest smuggler. The old-school tsaleko will break the ice, and your newfound sexiness will hopefully follow up with swag. If it doesn’t work, go hide under the floor panels of your house just like Luke Skywalker on the Falcon.
Long sleeve shirt, P1,080, Badj; Custom vest, P880, Badj; Skinny tapered jeans, P2,490, Uniqlo; Brooks jungle boots, P6,495, Dr. Martens
A leather jacket is impractical for 99 percent of the days in a Philippine year–Halloween night is not one of them. Try the James Dean look by riding off the goodwill everyone feels for Guardians of the Galaxy’s Star Lord. Do not admit to buying the jacket unless you garner a favorable response.
Shirt, P290, Uniqlo; Leather jacket, stylist’s own; tapered jeans, P2,490, Uniqlo; Reid boots, P7,995, Dr. Martens
How I Met Your Mother’s Ted isn’t accused of being a preppy douchebag because of his button down-and-sweater combo, but you aren’t going to get away scot-free here. Test the good boy look during bad habits night and try to find your future baby mother as well with your schoolboy charms.
Oxford long sleeve shirt, P1,290, Uniqlo; Extra fine wool sweater, P1,699, Uniqlo; Skinny tapered jeans, P2,490, Uniqlo; Superstars, P4,795, Adidas
Photography Artu Nepomuceno Assisted By Ignacio Gador Styling Badj Genato Grooming Ria Aquino Production Design Genie Ranada-Babista Model Daniel Bradbury Of Mercator
This feature first appeared in the October 2015 issue of FHM Philippines