I know several people that start thinking about their Halloween costume at the beginning of September. I, on the other hand, think that is way too early.
Even if I do have an idea of what I want to be a month early, I always tell myself I have time to get things together but before I know it it’s October 29th and I’m searching the entire town for that ONE thing I need. It’s usually some accessory that you would think is everywhere, but no store seems to have it.
I prefer to put together a costume with things I already own, or can easily get, than go spend a bunch of money on a premade one that I’ll probably never wear again. It might be a little more work, but it’s easier when I already have some of the pieces I need in my closet already.
Actually, more times than not, I’ll get my costume idea from randomly seeing something in my closet that is perfect for the part.
A couple of years ago, I turned a black and white, verticle striped, sleeveless knit turtleneck into a referee. I already had black high-waisted shorts too, so all I needed to complete the look was a whistle and black baseball cap, which weren’t hard to find.
It doesn’t always work out that well though. If you’re trying to make a Halloween costume from your own wardrobe, but have no idea what you want to be, it can be frustrating picking up every article of clothing you own and saying “what can I use this for?”
When in doubt, go for black. Your favorite little black dress or pair of leggings can be used for so many things! So if you’re in need of a last minute costume, here’s some ideas using black pieces you probably already have in your wardrobe. And of course I’ve added style boards for inspiration.
The great thing about most of these costumes is that they’re so versatile. If I used a skirt in my style board, but you don’t have, or don’t like skirts, you can easily recreate the idea with leggings or a dress. Black is also the only color, for the most part, in the color scheme of my boards, because who doesn’t love an all black outfit? But again, that’s not required, and you should feel free to be as chromatic or as monochromatic as you like.
- Holly Golightly
2. Wednesday Addams
3. The Black Swan
4. A Flapper
5. A Cat
6. A Witch
**tip: you can be The Wicked Witch of the West by using green face paint/makeup**
7. A Vampire
8. A Ninja
9. A Robber
I hope this list gave you an idea of how to utilize your favorite black piece. My costume isn’t exactly on the list, but happens to be all black too. I’m keeping it a secret for now though.
I hope you have a spooky halloween, in style.
dress well. eat well. live well.