Halloween Costume – Shop Your Closet

In a time crunch?  Tired of spending money on a costume you’ll only wear once or do you simply not have the funds to buy one this year?   Are you weary of the cliche’ “Sexy Kitten,” “Sexy Cop,” “Sexy Nurse,” “Sexy (input anything here)” costumes you can purchase?  Then this is the post for you!  I’m going to show you how you can create an awesome costume out of pieces you may already own just like I did with this flapper (more on that later). If you do want to buy, then you might as well purchase something you can wear again!  All of the pieces I’ve linked in today’s post are $75 an mostly less.  Another option is to check out your local thrift or Goodwill store where you can find some similar pieces for a steal!  Making clothes look like costumes is something I often have to do in my industry.  There are a few shows every year specifically targeted at doing this.  So, we’ll start there.

 

VAMPIRE

Now, these models’ hair and makeup were done by professionals.  You may  not have that at your fingertips but I challenge you to look at your closet and accessories a different way.  The majority of these headpieces were not originally headpieces. Many are just necklaces pinned in their hair.  You can also raid your Christmas ornament stash…believe me…it’s been done.  Do you own a choker or a black statement necklace?  That adds instant edge to your look.  None of the items in these pictures were purchased with the thought of a vampire in mind.  They were simply pieces we stylists already had and got creative with.  I’ve linked some inspirational pieces below.

 

GHOST BRIDE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have an old wedding gown?  If it’s attached to bad memories, feel free to rip it up a bit…it could even be therapeutic.  Maybe you don’t have a wedding gown but a white dress.  Spray your hair white and paint your face pale.  Carry a bouquet of dead flowers or even leaves and pair with pearls.  You’re done!  I’ve linked some options below.

 

GENIE IN A BOTTLE

Do you have a colorful jumpsuit, joggers or long, full skirt?  Do you feel comfortable in a crop top?  Go crazy with this!  Pair with a high pony wrapped in a braid and lots and lots of bling and color!!!

FLAPPER

   

How does a flapper fancy you?  I’ve often thought I was born in the wrong decade. I could see myself in the Roaring Twenties, the 50’s or in the 70’s!  This is a dress I’ve had and in those days it would have been the bees knees! Just add a long strand of beads or pearls and a decorative headband and you’ll be the cat’s pajamas!  This specific dress is actually on sale from my own closet  here or check out these similar ones that are new.

 

GLAM WITCH

Meet my amazing friend and fellow stylist Jenn.  Find her here.  She is fabulous at creating costumes out of real clothing and has admitted to enjoying doing it in her every day life as well.  The cape is obviously something purchased specifically as a costume piece here but the black lace jumpsuit was just something she already owned.  The corset belt trend would work perfectly here!  Think about Hocus Pocus i.e. Sarah Sanderson (Sarah Jessica Parker’s character).  Here’s some inspiration to help you out.

CRUELLA DEVILLE

OK.  This lady is arguably one of the most fashion forward villains of all time.  The easiest part of this is that you just have to combine 3 colors in your closet – black, white and red.  Since red is the “it color” of fall and fur being a huge trend as well I hereby nominate Cruella Deville as fashion costume queen this year!  I’ve once again linked pieces below…bonus points for the dog! (No animals were harmed in the making of this post.)

MARY POPPINS AND BERT

Do you have a friend an you want to go as a couple?  How about these two cuties?  Once again you can find most of these pieces in your closet. With the french cut collar being very on trend you may already have this blouse in your wardrobe.  If not, a simple white button down will suffice.  The only areas you may need to get a little creative are her hat and his chimney broom.  I made one out of pipe cleaners once and for her hat just hot glued plastic fruit and flowers on a black hat.  It was easy shmeezy!  By the way, have you guys checked out the new men’s line Goodfellow & Co at Target?  If you haven’t, you should!  It’s “SUPER-califragilisticexpeallidocious.”

For Mary

For Burt

MALEFICENT

Now this gorgeous creature is my daughter.  She decided a couple of years ago she wanted to be Maleficent.  The movie had just come out and there were tons of adult options. There weren’t many for kids and the ones they had weren’t great and cost about $60.  SO….her black skirt is actually a maxi skirt I owned. I pulled it up under her own black t-shirt and pinned it.  I had some faux black leather fabric and quickly made her some bell sleeve attachments just by sewing a straight seem.  Can’t sew?  Tape or a stapler work just fine for one night too!  I created her horn base from a headband.  Her horns are made of aluminum foil wrapped in electrical tape.  I wrapped her hair around their base to make it look like they were coming out of her head.  Her necklace was mine.  We purchased the wings and cape from a costume shop.  So this whole look was a total of about $15-$20.  Far less (and I think better) than the other versions we found.  I’ve linked some fun options below though if you’d rather purchase…then wear again.  I’m kind of in love with this first top and thinking I may need it in my life!

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34 Comments

  • Reply
    Jenn Clarke Hill
    October 16, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Too Cool! Loved the flapper look! Maybe Cruella is in my future 🖤

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      Her Common Thread
      November 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      I could see you as Cruella!

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    Antonia | The Midwest Wife
    October 17, 2017 at 12:10 am

    These are such fun ideas! I hate getting a cheap looking costume and shopping your own closet for one sounds amazing! Definitely need to plan mine!

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      Her Common Thread
      November 4, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks! I know. I think actual clothes look more authentic too!

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    Suzanne Hill
    October 17, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Well what can I say. Stunning !!! You look gorgeous in your flapper outfit and your article and advice are excellent!!!!

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      Her Common Thread
      November 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you sweet lady! XOXO

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    Karen Beatty
    October 28, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Love this Heather! I’m looking for costume ideas in a crunch and found your post super helpful!

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      Her Common Thread
      November 4, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      I’m so happy you were able to find it helpful!

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    Priscilla LeBerte
    October 31, 2017 at 3:06 am

    I love your edgy and fashionable approach to your Halloween styling! Great article. This is Adorn by Priscilla from Instagram by the way. Hey!

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      Her Common Thread
      November 1, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you! I try to approach fashion like art! That really means a lot!

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    fashNcurious
    November 3, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    These were all such great ideas Heather. I still have my wedding dress too! Next year!

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      Her Common Thread
      November 4, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Awesome! Time to repurpose that thing!

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    Rena
    November 4, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Love all the looks. Ghost bride is my favorite. Thanks for sharing

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      Her Common Thread
      November 4, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      That one seems to be the big winner! Scary pretty! 🙂

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    Laritsa Nicasio
    November 4, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Great look all of them!! I loved the ghost bride

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      Her Common Thread
      November 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Yes! That was is hauntingly elegant!

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    Lexie
    November 4, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    These ideas are so cool! I need to keep them in mind for next year.

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      Her Common Thread
      November 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks! Yes. Please do then snap a pic and let me see if you do!

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    Bernice
    November 4, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    The ghost bride dress is so very beautiful! Great outfits xx

    https://www.bunnybernice.com/single-post/2017/11/02/Engraved-Wedding-Cufflinks-with-UberKate

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      Her Common Thread
      November 4, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Aren’t they fun. I like a unique look!

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    Dualistik
    November 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Such a creative and fun blog! Great work!

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      Her Common Thread
      November 4, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks. It was a fun one to write!

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    Vanessa Luna
    November 4, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I’m gonna bookmark this blog post for ideas for next year! I didn’t do anything this year but these seem like great ideas to pull together! Enjoyed reading your blog!

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      Her Common Thread
      November 4, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      I love pulling real clothes together to create a costume too! It always looks more authentic!

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    Fashionably Ally
    November 4, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Love the look you came up with! You would rock the 20’s!

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      Her Common Thread
      November 4, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      Thank you! I think they would have been my jam!

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    Lauren Knippel
    November 5, 2017 at 12:40 am

    These looks are incredible! We didn’t go to any parties this year, but I would have LOVED to use one of these ideas!

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      Her Common Thread
      November 5, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Thanks! There’s always next year! 🙂

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    Dana Truitt
    November 6, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Wow that ghost bride costume was amazing and now I have a new idea for next year, it’s so glam scary….LOVE IT!

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      Her Common Thread
      November 6, 2017 at 4:22 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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    Taylor
    November 6, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I am totally going to save this link and use it for next year. Good ideas! Loved the post.

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      Her Common Thread
      November 6, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      So happy you liked it!

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    Cityrocka Perry
    November 18, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    This was a really informative post! I checked my closet and found a bunch of goodies that I could repurpose for next year. Thanks Luv!

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    Jeanelly
    November 26, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    All of these looks are so amazing!
    Xo
    Jeanelly
    http://www.thefashionlotus.com

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