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How to dress for Halloween on a budget

#fashionover40 #fashionover50 #halloween How to get a Halloween costume on a budget: example sew it yourself @ High Latitude Style @
#fashionover40 #fashionover50 #halloween How to get a Halloween costume on a budget: example sew it yourself @ High Latitude Style @
DIY Halloween costume featuring a pioneer dress with bonnet, lace gloves and bucket bag

Did you see the prices on the rack with the Halloween costumes? The sign that made you stir there says sale in big letters and 50% off. Looking at the tags you think it is a joke as they still cost $25 to $40.

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Vampire Halloween dress in velvet with mesh accents at the hem, fishnet tights, and L.K. Bennett pumps (all own). This dress is one of these $20 costumes bought on sale. It has a Princess cut, which is rare for cheap Halloween costumes. I wear this for Halloween dances which interestingly are not on Halloween

Costumes that look like one-way clothes, badly sewn together, looking like they are the first piece of the new seamstress in training who never had sewn before. Do I have to mention that the fabric is so shiny that it will highlight every lump and bump? The darts for the breasts would not even be a fit for Diana the Goddess of hunting. You are probably right that you could do that for half the price and better when you had the time to look for fabric, and do the sewing.

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Back view of Halloween costume bought on sale with L.K. Bennet pumps and fishnets (all own)

Here are a couple of tips how to get an awesome Halloween outfit without breaking the bank.

  • Be creative with what you have in your closet and craft boxes. Ask yourself what else it could be with some minor tweaks.For example that prom dress with the bright “remember me” color that you intent to sell in the next prom season can serve as the basic of an European Princess-at-a-state-banquet costume. Just add costume jewelry and the tiara from your wedding or get one in the next craft or wedding supplies store or look in the toys section of your grocery store or in the old toy box of your kids or ask your grand daughter for hers.If you are younger than 50, wash the old partly ripped jeans that you use for painting. Pair it with the tie-dye shirt that you bought in your vacation mood on Hawaii, but never had the nerve to wear back home. Together with a floppy hat, beats, long dangling earrings, multiple dangles and leather strappy sandals. Add you new trendy fringe bag if you bought one this fall. Ready is the perfect hippie costume. For the 50 something this look may be difficult to pull off as it looks like reliving the past.You can find further inspirations to shop your own closet for Halloween in this post.
  • Fly DIY. Take an old oversize T-shirt and cut fringes in the hems of the shirt and wear it with a skirt or jeans.
  • Browse charity and thrift stores for a cheap Halloween costume.
  • Swap your last year’s costume with a friend to have a new outfit.
  • Take two old white bed sheets. In one cut a whole for your head in the middle of the sheet. Pull it over your head and belt it. Take the other sheet and drap it over your shoulders. Ready is the first female Roman senator in history. If you add some fancy jewelry and make an updo, you may even settle for a new version of Cleopatra.
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Front view of DIY Halloween costume. I would wear this costume for a sit-down dinner Halloween party as its skirt is way to heavy for dancing. What I like about this costume is that it is a real costume for me. Me in a bonnet!

Here are some further examples of Halloween costumes that I made by shopping my closet, re-purposing items and DIY. Get inspired and have fun creating your low cost outfit for Halloween.

#Halloween mature woman in DIY costume from the own closet Gold Rush costume made out of a western style slip, with a peasant blouse under a corsage and a metallic belt with Double HH lace up booties, and a fake pony tail (all own)
#Halloween mature woman in dance hall costume DIY Gold Rush dance hall girl dress (thrift find) with Karl Jaeger shoes (all own)
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Gold Rush costume shopped from my closet by wearing a Karl Jaeger skirt, Hammerschmidt vest, Double HH lace-up booties, western skirt, Russian scarf and self-sewn blouse (all own)
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Side view of DIY 19th century Halloween costume

I hope this post inspired you and gave you some ideas what to wear for Halloween without spending (too much) money for a costume.

Happy Halloween and celebrate responsibly.

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Photos: G. Kramm (2015)

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