Thursday, October 31, 2013

Costumes From Your Closet

Happy Halloween! If you are low on time or money, don't go to the Halloween store and overpay for cheaply made costumes! Browse around your closet and use things that you already own to make up your costume this year. I put together a couple of outfits from things I already had around the house to give you a couple of examples!

This is pretty easy for most women because we all should have a black dress in our closet, right? I paired mine with a vintage cape (I mostly wanted an excuse to wear it), tights, black boots and a witch hat that I got for only $3 at Target. Total cost of the this costume: $3

10.30.13 a

10.30.13 b

I own about 7 plaid shirts so this costume was a no brainer for me. If you don't have one, they are relatively cheap at the thrift store. I also added my brown lace up boots, black beanie and my buffalo plaid jacket. This is a perfect costume for Halloween in the Midwest because you are already wearing lots of layers!

10.30.13 c

10.30.13 d

Wear a pair of khaki pants or a plaid skirt. Pair it with a blazer, oxford shoes, glasses and a bun. Think Indiana Jones or a stuffy British professor :)

Mad Men Character
You can pick whichever lady (or gent) suits your style or what you already own. Since a lot of modern style is taking its cues from the 50's and 60's right now, you might have something that would work even if you don't own any vintage clothing. I would wear a 50's dress with a full skirt and go as Betty, a pencil skirt and tie blouse could evoke Joan or anything plaid or conservative could be Peggy.

Most importantly, have fun and get creative. My favorite costumes have always been the ones I've put together myself instead of buying. I would love to see what you come up with. Have a great Halloween!


  1. Cute! I love your witch costume! Happy Halloween!

  2. All very good ideas! I have tried to shop my own closet when it's come to Halloween in the past, it definitely does make it cheaper!

  3. I love seeing costume ideas! Your cape makes that witch costume so cute.

    xo, Michelle
    Neon Rattail

  4. love this post - i feel like halloween always creeps up and i'm rummaging through the closet to figure out what could possibly work as a costume -- this year, lumberjack it is :)

  5. I sure love that cape :) I like to find anything to wear it with so I'm glad it worked for my witch costume! :)

  6. Yes! Us Minnesotans always have a plaid shirt or two laying around, am I right? :)

  7. Love this post! I always come up with an amazing idea and run out of time to execute it, so I tend to do lots of costumes like these! I whipped up a last minute black widow costume, but am now sick of that, so I'm going to try to round something up in the next hour!

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