Are you not willing to spend money on a cheap costume that is still too expensive despite it is only $29.95 and 50% off because it is looking cheap and would just show-cast all your most hated features?
Ok, I am in with you. You are right! There is nothing worse that cheap fabrics in combination with bad sewing, fit and color. And who wants to look like Frankenstein’s monster, Snow White’s stepmother, or Dracula’s mistress?
Why not spending the money on something you like or just save it, and nevertheless look great at the Halloween party in clothes that fit? Shop your own closet for Halloween!
Modify clothes for Halloween
My late mom never bought any costumes for us girls. Instead she made us to take a look at the various items in our closets to build a costume out of items we already owned. It is pretty easy when you ask yourself “what are the roots of this design” and then take your costume inspiration from there. You also could ask yourself what could it be with a slight (reversible) modification? As a kid I sew gold foil on a nightgown to be the Star Dollar of the fairy tale by the Grimm brothers.
Make a Halloween costume by adding accessories
For instance, this gray blazer could make a great pirate costume by just adding your son’s plastic sword, wrapping a silk scarf around the head, and tights under a cotton capri that you bind tight to the leg with a wide band. You could also pair it with riding boots and pants, something that you would never do otherwise, as it would be over the top and look costumery. But that’s for Halloween exactly what you want. 😉
If you are the proud owner of a layering mesh or tulle skirt like the one in the photo below, why not going all the way down the ballerina path by adding a leotard and ballet flats and wearing your hair in a ballerina knot?
You have long blonde locks, a motorcycle jacket, motorcycle boots, and black leather pants? Why not wear them all together and be Mrs Beryl Swain for a night? In 1962, she was the first female TT rider, riding a 50cc Itom. She came in twenty second, but who cares? She plowed the road at least and tried. <3
What about that sheath dress? Instead of wearing it in a modern way like shown in the photo below go full down the line of the 60s by styling your hair up in waves and going matchy-match on the jewelry (pearl earrings and a matching pearl necklace work best), on the colors of the bag and shoes.
Recycle impulse buys as Halloween costumes
Think where you have that ethnic outfit that you loved so much when you saw it when on vacation. The one you never had the nerve to wear it after then, because in the aftermath, you think it looks costume when out of the cultural context? Well, that’s your chance to introduce others about the beautiful traditional clothing of the country you visited. Wear it respectful and in an educational way. For instance, think of this cute Lederhosentuerle skirt with a puff sleeve blouse (no low cleavage please) and (low) Heidi braids, white lace knee high socks and Mary Janes – a German little girl Sunday’s best look. High braids and large cleavage would take it into disrespectful territory (in my opinion as ex-German who lived a couple of years in Bavaria). I am sure you get the idea and will do it right.
If someone wonders about your costume just say I shopped my closet for Halloween, and spread the word so your friends owe you a good budget tip too. 😉
Have fun at your party, and designate a driver.
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