This year, I did something I haven’t done in years. I dressed up for a Halloween party in a legitimate costume, the kind you buy at a costume store. I was only at that costume store, however, to find an exact duplicate of the necklace that Anna wore in Frozen, for my little Frozen fan Eva. (Trying to pull off an Anna-themed necklace, with the princess’ pretty face on it in purple plastic, was wildly unsuccessful). And while I was there, I grabbed a leopard catsuit (yikes) and called it a day. It said cougar (not that kind) but it was a leopard print, although I don’t think they were going for accuracy when they created this costume. And it wasn’t until I returned from volunteering at an event on Friday, kissed the girls and slipped into the catsuit, that I had reservations. Not only was it an, ahem, catsuit, but it had a back that made it impossible to wear a regular bra. And I had chosen the catsuit because it was simple and relatively unfussy, and now, I had to wear a backless bra. Tragically, I am not in a position to go braless. (Fortunately the Nu Bra held up the entire night. Unbelievable, yes, but true). Anyway, it was fine and all, and Kevin really enjoyed his role as the lion tamer, but I spent the whole night thinking about the bra and sucking in my stomach. Which is fun. Next year, I will go back to one of my last-minute DIY ideas that have always served me so well. With one exception, I have always, always gone as something pretty and glamorous for Halloween. Because it’s dress-up and because I can. Here, 5 super-simple last minute Halloween costumes that don’t require special underwear, or an extra dose of courage.
1. Audrey Hepburn
Yes, I know it’s obvious and it’s been done, but I don’t care. I love Audrey and I will dress like her whenever I can. So simple and stylish: a LBD, pearls, pumps, and hair in a topknot. Extra accessories, like a black chapeau, a long faux cigarette holder and long gloves are optional, but a nice touch.
2. A Flapper
Pick the most 20s-inspired dress in your closet – anything with a drop-waist will do. Bonus points if it’s silky or sparkly. Add ropes of faux pearls, nude fishnets and your most vintage-inspired pumps. Add a fun headband and some more jewelry to complete the look. So easy, and just made for dancing.
3. Anna Wintour
This might require a wig, or a friend to help you pin your hair up, but beyond that, all you really need is an impeccable ensemble and massive shades. The not-smiling part is kind of a bummer, though. 😉
4. Hippie Chick
Boho style has never really left us, so throw on a flowy dress and maybe a vest or a sweatercoat, and then layer on the accessories – beads, crochet, anything vaguely handmade-looking. Peace signs are optional but a nice touch.
5. Mad Men Character
If you own a dress from ModCloth, you’re already halfway there. Any 60s inspired frock will work to start, and then make it authentic with accessories and makeup: prim pearls, a hard clutch, a pillbox hat.
I could go on and on: a 50s inspired costume, an ethnic costume, a Beatnik, a 90s supermodel… Have fun creating something unique using clothes and accessories that you already own for a cute, budget-friendly Halloween costume! Happy Halloween!