Well, it’s been a year. Maybe you live somewhere where you’re able to meet up with a few people and celebrate? Or perhaps you’re such a hardcore Halloween fan that you’re determined to dress up no matter what (even if that means just you in a cat costume, sitting at home watching movies).
Whatever your plans, it’s worth seeing what you can DIY this year. Rather than shelling out the money for an expensive costume you’ll only wear once, accessorise an outfit you already own, or buy a few pieces you’ll wear again. Or maybe you can grab something cheap/on sale/from a charity shop. If you get creative, I’m sure you can come up with an amazing DIY Halloween costume without wasting money. Here are some ideas to get you started…
The Umbrella Academy
Put together a basic white shirt with a plaid skirt/pinafore, and a blazer. Or style this vest with shorts and some black shoes. Add some knee-high socks, a tie, and an eye mask and you’re straight out of the Umbrella Academy. For extra finishing touches, check out eBay for an Umbrella Academy badge.
Were you majorly into Money Heist (La Casa de Papel)? We absolutely binged all of the seasons and it was SO GOOD. Such a simple costume too. If you want something you’ll wear again, how about this Asos boiler suit, or make it your own with a shorter playsuit. Add some chunky boots to complete the look. If you’re staying home, you could get this red onesie and still feel like you’re dressed up and in the Halloween spirit. Grab a mask and you’re all set. Bella Ciao!
Eve’s clothes might be a little easier to imitate but you can definitely throw something Villanelle-inspired together. Whether it’s her amazing pink dress (pink puff sleeve dress, off-shoulder pink mesh dress), her killer look from S2 in Italy (red jumpsuit), her “I’m about to be in mourning” outfit (black mesh dress, fascinator), her chic pink outfit from Amsterdam (pink skirt, pink shirt, chunky gold earrings), or even her golfing look (dark green trousers, faux fur gilet, or maybe these bright green trousers). Try seeing what you have in your wardrobe first and accessorise accordingly.
Anyone else found themselves glued to the screen binging Cobra Kai? (Just me?) Well you don’t have to buy a gi or even learn karate. Glam it up with a white or black jumpsuit with a tie belt like these ASOS beauties. Already got a jumpsuit? Style with this black snake belt, add a black headband and accessorise with this cute snake cuff bracelet. You can even grab a Cobra Kai badge to pin/stitch to your outfit if you love to add all the little details.
You can throw together any ’80s-style pieces you have (I went to the Stranger Things Secret Cinema – check out Pinterest for some 80s inspo). Here are some ideas to get you started: denim overalls with rainbow straps, all the scrunchies, striped crop top. If you’re just looking to accessorise for the ’80s, throw on some denim, and add bright leg warmers. Or if you fancy going as a Scoops employee, grab anything nautical you have – like this blue striped top, basic blue skirt, and a red neckerchief.
There’s So Much To Choose From…
Lots of TV characters are actually really easy to dress up as, as they just wear normal clothes but with a signature look – things like: The Office, The Good Place, Friends, Big Bang Theory etc.
You can definitely buy official costumes for pretty much every character you love, but it might just be a bit kinder to your bank balance (and bulging wardrobe) if you look at things you already have and accessorise. Maybe you can put together most of an outfit and just buy one key piece to finish it off. Or perhaps you’re already in the market for some new clothes and you want to get your money’s worth with something you’ll wear again. Either way, you can have so much fun putting together your costume yourself.
PS I have so many ideas that I actually can’t decide what to dress as. Just kidding – I totally nailed being more decisive in my recent post. What are you going as for Halloween? And what are your plans?