When the costume is on sale, but fails to fit the budget
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. When being on a budget fashion-wise, it is not wise to spend your money on a costume that you wear only for 4 hours. Read on for a solution of the problem having to have a Halloween costume for the party you were invited to, but not having the money for a costume.
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Why not to spend money on a costume when you are on a budget
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. But you don’t have that time.
How to get a Halloween costume without breaking the budget
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.
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)
American aviation pioneer Amelia Mary Earhart inspired aviator look with shearling jacket, skirt and hat
Style your brown polka dot dress like Vivian Wards’ look at the polo. I would just add white gloves and a white hat
Check thrift stores
Thrift stores often have cool pieces that combined or alone make a cool costume. Ask yourself what could this item be beyond what it was made for.
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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