Surprisingly, out of 7 years of blogging, I haven’t yet done a post just for Halloween costumes. But Halloween is one of my favorites. The candy, the music, the decor, the season – and especially the dressing up.
I have great memories of my mom making our costumes growing up. I am so behind that idea. It means that they’re custom, creative, and last a little longer than those cheap costumes that cost SO much. (And then are 80% off the day afterwards.)
This year, with my Capsule Closet series and attempting to be more mindful in my shopping, I decided to challenge myself by making costumes out of what’s already in my closet. And it turns out that even with narrowing down my wardrobe, I still have plenty of options!
In need of a last minute Halloween costume, or trying to keep from spending too much? I bet you already have some of these staples right in your own closet. Even if you don’t have all the accessories, they are inexpensive and easy to find. (Adding a few more ideas with the same staples in there, too.)
Claire Dearing from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Basing this around my field jacket, I added an olive tank, black jeans, and black boots. A ponytail for sure. Be as messy as you want – she runs from dinosaurs for the whole movie. Grab a backpack, too, perfect for Halloween treats. Dino friend optional. (Would also make for a cute opportunity to do family costumes with two little velociraptors!)
Similar ideas: Katniss Everdeen, Ann Perkins from Parks & Rec (go with friends!)
Miss Frizzle from The Magic Schoolbus
Got a dress in a funky print? Add a button-up underneath, pin your hair back (the messier, the better!), and you’ve got a great Miss Frizzle! I only wish I had some bright shoes to go with, but it makes it an even more authentic last-minute look.
Similar ideas: Use a floral print dress for tropical or 70s vibes
Rosie the Riveter
Always a classic! Chambray shirt, jeans, boots, and don’t forget the iconic red bandana! She also has a pin on her lapel, but I couldn’t find one in time.
Similar ideas: Swap out the top for a plaid one, and you have a scarecrow
Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
One of my all-time favorites, dahling. A simple black dress can be worn so many ways. Add a strand of pearls (plus whatever baubles you have on hand) and some sunglasses. A Tiffany’s bag or box if you have one is a nice touch.
Similar ideas: Mary Poppins, Wednesday Addams, witch
A striped dress (or striped shirt and black pants with suspenders), plus a little makeup, white gloves, a red scarf, and a beret if you have one, make for an easy mime.
Similar ideas: Bank robber, pirate
So what you got in your closet? And how can you make them into a fun costume this Halloween, or for your next costume party?