Halloween has crept up on us yet again. Funny how it seems to do that every single year. The holiday connotes scary movie marathons on networks we don’t watch on any other occasion, socially acceptable candy fueled sugar comas, and the most cherished custom of all: costumes! The time honored tradition, albeit fun, can bring on much unwanted stress. With just days left before the big night, Halloween superstores and Walmart costume aisles have long been cleared out. Save yourself the trauma of fighting over the last pirate queen costume with another frazzled procrastinator and instead hit the mall, or better yet your wardrobe. Truth is, you’ll never again wear a store bought costume out of those plastic bags, but with a little creativity you can turn current trends into unique costumes. If you’re going to spend money on a costume it might as well be worth the space in your closet after October 31st.
Here are three costumes any woman would be happy to hang on to.
“Mad Woman” Joan Harris
1. A printed, wide neck top. Aim for something mod like this black and white J. Crew top. It’s sequined! You could also use a solid blouse with a ruffle or bow detail around the collar.
2. A curve hugging tweed pencil skirt. This orange one is a fun alternative to ordinary gray or black.
3. Accessorize with a vintage brooch and cat eye frames.
4. Finish the costume off with a pair of loafer pumps. I like these purple YSL beauties.
1. Start with a red blazer. This pick, from H&M, is affordable and would make a great addition to a “night out” wardrobe.
2. Pair with black skinnies or tuxedo strip leggings like these from Rag & Bone.
3. A black corset top might not be authentic, but it’s Halloween so anything goes.
4. Get the true ringmaster feel with a whimsical top hat, bow tie, a tiger ring, and a bull whip to keep the lions in check.
1. An asymmetrical chiffon dress has a Stevie quality to it, but will still be easy to rock with wedges come warmer weather next spring.
2. Cover your shoulders with a cape or shawl. Beads, fringe, pattern, or lace will do. Pick something you can pair with dark skinnies and a tank top for dinner with your friends after you do your best version of “Landslide.”
3. Stomp around in black boots. Pretty much any pair you have in your closet will do the trick since this Versace pair is out of the typical costume budget.
4. Top it off with the hat you bought, but never get to wear, layers of “gypsy” jewelry and carry a tambourine.