So Halloween’s a week away, and you find yourself costume-less, with at least one party to attend. Or maybe you just want to dress up to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. Either way, unless you want to take extra time out of your busy week to go shopping and spend money you don’t want to spend, you might find yourself thinking you’re out of luck for this year (as you set a reminder in your iPhone for Oct. 1, 2017, to “Google Halloween costume ideas”).
BUT WAIT! I gotchu, girl. You can go shopping in your closet and find something that will work out just fine, whatever vibe you’re going for. Added bonus? These are already your clothes, so you know they’ll fit and be comfortable, and you’re getting an extra wear out of your pieces. You know I’m all about wearability here at A Trace of Cool.
So let’s get to the costume ideas, shall we?
1. The Inspiration
Image via Jenna Fischer
Ok, so I basically just stole this one, but Jenna Fischer has the right idea here. She posted this photo on her Instagram account last week, and thanks to a tipoff from a dear friend, I decided to add it to this post. Jenna’s genius costume idea?
1. The Costume: Mom at Drop Off
We all have leggings, a comfortable t-shirt, and comfy shoes. Even if we’re not moms, we can pull this look off effortlessly, because we generally live in it. Alternate costume title: Suburban Grocery Shopper. If it’s cold where you live, throw on a cozy sweater or a denim jacket. Scrunchie optional.
2. The Inspiration
Image via PC Mag
Unless you’ve been living under your couch cushions, you’ve probably at least heard of Pokemon Go since its release this past July. Even though the frenzy has died down slightly, it’s still not uncommon to find a few die-hards huddled around landmarks on a sunny Saturday afternoon. So you definitely wouldn’t have to explain yourself if you told party-goers you were dressed as a…
2. The Costume: Pokemon Go Hunter
Again, this costume relies on your most comfortable clothes. Take a picture out of its frame for the evening and carry around a hand-made certificate for “catching them all.” If you have an extra hour on your hands this week, grab some ping-pong balls at your local grocery store (you can usually find them either in the aisle with cocktail mixtures, or the aisle with the chips and pretzels. Marketing geniuses, those grocery store merchandisers. But I digress.), and paint them to look like Pokéballs. Throw them at people for fun. Don’t forget your charger and protein bars! Gotta be prepared when you’re tracking that elusive Pikachu!
3. The Inspiration
Image via Wikipedia
She’s one of the most recognizable pieces of propaganda in our country’s history. And did you know she was immortalized in the above poster by a Pittsburgh artist? If you’re a ‘burgh girl like I am and want to show your feminist Pittsburgh pride, then this last-minute costume should be a no-brainer.
3. The Costume: Rosie the Riveter
Almost every female over the age of 12 that I know has a chambray shirt in her closet. Grab a darker pair of jeans, your dad’s/husband’s/brother’s red bandanna (or yours, if you’ve been super into neckerchiefs this season), throw your hair up in a high chignon, tie that bandanna up, and top it all off with a red lip. Carry around a hammer if you’re feeling sassy. The best part? You don’t even have to think of a clever Instagram caption.
4. The Inspiration
Images via Harper’s Bazaar and Red Online
Speaking of badasses, if you like yours with more of an iconic ’90s twist, or if you have a penchant for Uma Thurman and/or Quentin Tarentino (and in that Venn diagram, I’m pretty sure the overlap is quite sizable), then this is your costume.
4. The Costume: Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction
This costume was actually my inspiration for this post. Most women have a white button-down and a pair of black heels or loafers. This costume is also a great way to get some more wear out of your cropped flared denim that you had to have this past spring/summer. If you didn’t rush out in a frenzy to get the latest pants trend, you can just take a pair of bootcut or flared black pants or darker jeans, and roll them up to reveal your ankle. The trick is to roll them under, rather than over, the hemline. If you don’t have a choker, a piece of black cord or ribbon will suffice. Like most other badass costumes, top this look off with a killer red lip.
5. The Inspiration
Image via Vogue, obviously
I know, I know. It’s been done to death. But icons are icons for a reason. And remember, this is a “last minute Halloween costumes you can find in your closet” post, not a “wow your friends with something super original and thoughtful because you planned way ahead” post. Plus, you can’t deny the elegance and timelessness, here. And who doesn’t want to have a good excuse to feel a little glamorous? But just remember, there are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl’s complexion. 😉
5. The Costume: Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The image at the top of this post is of me, from last Halloween. I was working in a local vintage clothing store, and I decided to dress up at the last minute. I pulled out a ’50s gown from my vintage archives, my headpiece from my first wedding (LOLZ! Glad it’s getting put to good use!), layered on some pearls, and tossed on a pair of big sunglasses. While you might not have “archives” of vintage clothing, I bet you have a black dress lurking around in your closet somewhere. Grab a coffee and a bagel on the way to your party, and you’re set.