So you said you weren’t dressing up for Halloween this year. You decided to save that money for a new pair of shoes. (Wise choice!)
But then you got invited to a pretty cool party, and now you’re scrambling at the last minute to come up with a costume.
Before you run out and spend $200 on a naughty nurse costume you’ll wear one time (well, maybe more than once, but only one time OUT of the house), consider these tips on throwing together a last minute party-worthy look without breaking the bank!
1. Think of people that you get told you look like
. I get the same ones: Joan from MadMen, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Jessica Rabbit, and Pebbles Flintstone. A few years ago, I went with the Pebbles idea and wore this dress I already had in my closet and just went out to Petco and bought a bone to go in my hair. TOTAL COST? $4.99!
Get inspiration. Start by Googling your chosen character or person. The key word here is “inspiration.” It doesn’t have to be the exact dress or costume down to every detail. It’s more fun to just get an idea and then make the look your own. Plus, you want to be comfortable enough in your costume to have a good time, since that’s really what the holiday is all about.
3. Head out to your local discount stores.
Once you have an idea of your costume,
hit the discount clothing stores such as Marshall’s
or TJ Maxx
instead of the expensive costume shops. Better yet, head to your local thrift or consignment store. You may get even more inspiration while looking through the racks!
After you’ve assembled the basics of your costume, then you can tailor your makeup and accessories accordingly. This is where you can really spend a lot of time and effort (but not necessarily money) in making your look unique. For the Pebbles look, the makeup was pretty easy…bright lips and Bambie eyelashes.
And remember the rules when it comes to “sexy” Halloween costumes (or dressing in general). If you’re going with a really short skirt, then make sure you’re covered on top. If you’re opting for a strapless, low cut, or one-shouldered top, then make sure your hemline hits at the knees or lower. Unless of course, you actually did purchase the $200 naughty nurse costume, or you are, in fact, a naughty nurse. If that’s the case, then no rules apply. Especially if you never make it out of the house.
Happy Halloween Stylaphiles!
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