Nine Halloween Costumes - One Little Black Dress | Seersucker Sass

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Nine Halloween Costumes - One Little Black Dress

When I was a freshman in high school, I had to have this ridiculous Dorothy costume.  My mom obliged simply because my little brother was having a Halloween themed birthday party.  It was from one of those party stores, super overpriced, and I couldn't imagine spending the extra money for a crinoline to wear underneath and make it poofy.  So I wore a little white skort under it, and later wore it with white Soffe shorts.  It's so embarrassing that I'm not going to share the photo.

From that point out, I skipped out on the Halloween excitement.  In college, I made outfits out of pieces from my closet - a devil, Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island, and Cruella de Vil.  So today, I'm going to throw back to those days and share nine costumes that you can make from one wardrobe staple... a little black dress!  Perfect if you're on a budget, need a last minute costume, or share my distaste for mass manufactured, sexy Halloween costumes.

Holly Golightly

Holly Golightly Breakfast at Tiffany's Halloween Costume

This tends to be a super popular Halloween costume, but that's a good thing because it's recognizable!  Start out with a classic LBD, add kitten heels, dramatic pearls, a tiara, and black gloves.  (Bonus points for a cigarette holder and rhinestone brooch pinned to necklace!)


Devil Halloween Costume

My sophomore year in college, I decided to be a devil.  It was a hit!  Just be prepared for random drunk guys to continually grab your devil horns.  The devil costume is one that you can do just about whatever you want to do as long as you have the horns and red lipstick!  Other pieces to the costume could include red heels, a pitchfork, red silk gloves, fishnet stockings or a red garter.  (For mine I did a horn, red lips, a pitchfork, and a garter.)


Masquerade Costume

Did anyone else notice that there were like 12 masquerade balls in Gossip Girl?  Channel your inner Serena or Blair (or Little J!) and don a mask with your LBD!  I would pair mine with sparkly shoes (or feathery shoes like these!) and over the top jewelry!  #WWBWD

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood Costume

I think this one might be my favorite, because I can incorporate so many trends that I love!  (You probably have all of this in your closet!)  Start with your LBD, then throw on layers - a red poncho, booties, and a basket!  (Bonus points for thigh high socks or lacy gloves!)


Witch Halloween Costume

Confession - I was a witch at the age of six.  My dad hated it, my mom loved it.  I wore the ridiculous hat, and my (disgusting) finishing touch was this mole the people at the costume shop made me, complete with a piece of hair they snipped from my witch wig.  It was awesome and disgusting all at the same time!  Here are my tips for a much cuter and less authentic witch - LBD over a pair of funky tights, with pointy toed heels and a witch hat (or a mini witch hat!).  Slap on a coat of MAC's Diva lipstick... and Voila!

Mouse... duh!

Mean Girls Mouse Costume

It's been 11 years since Mean Girls was released, but I don't think a day goes buy when I don't quote the movie.  This gives you the perfect excuse to quote Mean Girls, so be a mouse... duh!  All you need are mouse ears!  (Bonus points if you throw in a pink ribbon like Karen was wearing & some adorable little shoes!)  Pair it with natural makeup and glossy pink lips!


Emoji Halloween Costume

I some of these at Target, and I thought it was the cutest thing.  Pop one of these little emoji vests on over your LBD!  Top off the look with statement heels & emoji earrings!  The earrings are only $6... talk about a steal!

Morticia Addams

I love that Halloween is all about being something that you're not.  If you're usually sunshine and rainbows, why not dress up as the matriarch of  a kooky and spooky family?  This one is easy - throw on a black lace kimono and sexy black heels.  Then let your makeup do the talking for the rest of the look - pale skin, red lip, false lashes, and a cat eye.  Don't forget the dramatic center part!

Jackie O

Jackie O Costume
This one is inspired by Scream Queens.  Chanel Oberlin is requiring her minions to go as the spouses of dead presidents, and she is going as the fabulous Jackie O!  But you don't need a tweed Chanel suit to pull off the look.  Find a tweed jacket (this one is $30!), a pillbox hat, sensible pumps, pearl earrings and necklace, and a pair of gloves.

Here are some more LBD options if interested!

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Do y'all feel inspired for Halloween now?  What are you going to dress up as?

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  1. Awesome post! I dont usually do Halloween, but I am excited about it this year because we bought a house and I am excited to give out candy. Haha! I am still thinking about what I can use from my closet to make a costume. This post totally gave me some ideas. The last time I dressed up was in college as Wilma Flinstone - when the song Bedrock was all over the radio - so, yeah. Everyone kept signing it to me. Haha!

  2. Jackie O and Holly are my favorites!
    I don't know if I am going to participate in Halloween this year, but if I do, I will have to utilize these ideas because I definitely have an LBD or two lying around.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  3. Oh my word, I am loving this post! Each of these are super simple to put together and make easy switches if you're running from party to party and don't like pictures taken in the same costume. I hope I'm not the only one at least haha

  4. This is such a fun post idea. I am definitely one of those people that goes all out and puts together these ridiculous costumes but I can appreciate a more subtle look. I love all of your creative ideas with a LBD. The masquerade costume is SO Gossip Girl and the Jackie costume is totally classic!

  5. YAY I love all of these! It's great to create costumes from what you already have. One year in college, I went out as a different thing every single night of the week and managed to wear leggings + a different decorated top to pull it off. It was so easy yet one of my most creative years! Can't wait to see what you end up as :)

  6. So many creative options! Love the Audrey Hepburn one!

  7. This is so creative! I love what you can do with a lbd and come creativity. I don't really go out for Halloween!

  8. The mouse one totally reminds me of Mean Girls. Great post!

  9. I'm loving the Jackie O a history ed major I have a thing for historical costumes & Jackie was so fab!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  10. These are so many great costume ideas! Great investment on that one dress.

    P.S. Thanks for hosting the link up today!

  11. I love how simple yet creative these ideas are. I plan on dressing up in four different costumes for work because Halloween is my favorite. I may have to steal a few of these ideas!

  12. It's amazing how much you can do with a simple black dress, especially around Halloween! I think the mouse one might just be my favorite... duh! :)

    Pick Your Beau

  13. OMG! What a perfectly creative post! I'm supposed to dress up for Halloween at work, but I'm totally stumped. I want to dress as a mouse! What a darling idea! THANK YOU!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  14. OMG i woulda never even thought of some of these! Thanks for sharing. Love your blog
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  15. These are all so awesome! And far too easy- no one has an excuse to not dress up with all of these super easy DIY black dress ideas!

  16. Absolutely love how all of these are based on just one little black dress that I think everyone has on hand!
    Rebecca x

  17. So, so clever! Thanks for linking up!

    Xo, Rach

  18. This is a great, great post! I'm kinda doing the Audrey thing today, simply out of necessity when working in an office in a 90 degree fall!
    Piper Ellice @
    Starting Out Southern Blog