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.
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 pointy toe heels, dramatic pearls, a tiara, and black gloves. (Bonus points for a cigarette holder and rhinestone brooch pinned to necklace!)
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.)
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
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!)
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 studded heels and a witch hat (or a mini witch hat!). Slap on a coat of MAC’s Diva lipstick… and Voila!
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!
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!
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!
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, 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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