Nothing Short of Chic: Get The Look: Agent De Mystère

24.10.15

Get The Look: Agent De Mystère

Mysterious, chic, cheap, and easy secret agent Hallowe'en costume idea | Nothing Short Of Chic
 
 LOCATION: SUNSHINE COAST, BC
   
 
A suitably mysterious and chic alter-ego.

When I was younger, my mother used to joke that, if she didn't work in film, she'd probably be a secret agent or a ninja. It would have suited her very well. As it is, she goes to her meetings wearing combat boots and striped socks with Joan Jett-worthy leather jackets. I suppose some of that tough-yet-elegant and mysterious appeal was passed onto me - although I'm more of a skirt-suit and LBD kind of dresser, this black leather trench coat really appealed to me when I found it, unmarred, for $10 at a thrift store. Now I can be my regular self for 364.25 days of the year, and this other, secret identity that lies under the surface can emerge on All Hallow's Eve.

Mysterious, chic, cheap, and easy secret agent Hallowe'en costume idea | Nothing Short Of Chic

Mysterious, chic, cheap, and easy secret agent Hallowe'en costume idea | Nothing Short Of Chic

Mysterious, chic, cheap, and easy secret agent Hallowe'en costume idea | Nothing Short Of Chic

Mysterious, chic, cheap, and easy secret agent Hallowe'en costume idea | Nothing Short Of Chic

Mysterious, chic, cheap, and easy secret agent Hallowe'en costume idea | Nothing Short Of Chic

Mysterious, chic, cheap, and easy secret agent Hallowe'en costume idea | Nothing Short Of Chic
Photography by Annika Cleland-Hura | Coat: Thrifted | Top: Thrifted | Trousers: Le Château (Thrifted) | Shoes: Naturalizer (Thrifted) | Hat: Thrifted | Gloves: Secondhand | Sunglasses: Thrifted | Earrings: Rain Jewelry

Not only is it a great costume, hands down, it's also impossibly easy (what an oxymoron, huh?) to pull off. Really, just get anything black - and preferably conservative in terms of coverage but not in fit - out of your closet (the more leather, the better). Go retro femininity with a midi-length A-line skirt with opaque tights, booties, and a long-sleeve tee, or choose the trouser route like me by pairing it with a sleeveless mockneck and sleek heeled oxfords. Add some gloves, a long dark coat of any cut (duster, trench, et cetera), your biggest dark glasses, and an excellent hat and you're all set. Give yourself a red lip and a finger wave if you're really feeling into it.

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