a do-it-yourself halloween

It’s that time of year — when people go out and buy elaborate costumes to wear around town in celebration of Halloween. Boutique stores pop up in malls and otherwise empty buildings, and become overrun with people of all ages looking for the perfect ghostly garb.

If you’re like me, you don’t really see the point in spending almost $100 (or more!) on a fancy costume that will most likely be used once, only to sit in the back of your closet for the rest of eternity (or at least until enough time has passed to wear it again without anyone noticing). So this year, I’ve decided that I’m going to save money and put together my own costume — made out of clothing that can be used in outfits for every other day of the year!

Two great places to look for costume inspiration are Polyvore (a fashion community that allows users to assemble sets of clothing) and Pinterest (which I’m sure you’ve heard of before). While I’m not sure what my costume will be just yet, here are some ideas I’m considering:

joan holloway

Since Mad Men is one of my favorite shows, it might be fun to go as one of the characters! Joan is always fashionable, and a dress like hers could definitely be re-used as part of an office ensemble.

catwoman

Leather is very “in” right now, so the pants could definitely be re-used as part of a more casual outfit. If leather leggings aren’t your style, you could always go with some regular black leggings or black skinny jeans. And who doesn’t need a pair of black boots?

the black dahlia

This entire outfit could work as an dressier office outfit, especially if you enjoy 40s fashion like I do!

magician

Pair a little black dress with a belt, bow, top hat and some accessories… and ta-da! You’re a magician! The LBD can obviously be re-used again and again, paired with different jewelry and a belt. The rabbit ring is super cute, too!

orange and black

If you aren’t necessarily in the mood to dress up in a full costume, but still want to look fashionable for the frightful festivities, pair and orange dress with a sparkly black top and black jewelry!

Are there any other types of do-it-yourself costumes that I should consider? What are YOU going as for Halloween? Let us know in the comments below!

xoxo,

c

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