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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.”
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!