(Original story published on Tuesday October 14th, 2014, on Slice.ca.)
No longer have the desire to dress up as a sexy whatever this Halloween? Congrats! You’re now onto the next Halloween costume phase of your life: the nostalgic costume phase. And just for you, we’ve gathered our top ten favourite TV and movie characters that will make perfect costumes this year, and have also highlighted the key pieces you need to get each look.
The best part? Most of these items can be found either in your closet, or at your local thrift shop, so you’re bound to have some extra loonies leftover to spend on better things… like lots and lots of candy.
Keep scrolling for 10 easy halloween costume ides.
Using Lauren Conrad as inspiration, all you need is a classic white shirt, black skirt, a red bow tie, an umbrella, and a hat. Try Joe Fresh’s Oxford Shirt ($29), H&M’s Circular Skirt ($20) and this red tuxedo bowtie from amazon ($6).
Try a bodycon dress in a bright hue, like Guess by Marciano’s Bandage Dress ($148); a long, blonde, wavy wig, like Costume Super Center’sversion ($16); and a sky-high pair of sparkly heels, like Aldo’s Britany High-Heel Sandals, (were $80, now $40).
Pick up a fur coat from a thrift store or try Topshop’s Monroe Sheepskin Rever Collar Coat ($1071) which you’re bound to get a ton of wear out of even when the holiday is over. Also try Topshop’s Lace Hem Slip Dress ($68) and go for Revlon’s Perfect Heat ½” Ceramic Curling Iron ($12) for the perfect Carrie curls.
The costume is as simple as it can be. Try Zara’s Structural Blazer ($149); Zara’sPleated Skirt;($49); and American Apparel’sOver-the-Knee Sock ($22). Be sure to carry around lots of shopping bags, and curl your hair under at the bottom for the classic, innocent “Cher” look.
Go for a classic vest like Vests by Charlotte‘s black wool version ($120); a plain knit, like J.Crew’s Textured Slouchy Sweater (US $114); a funky hair accessory like Claire’sChiffon Double Bow Hair Clip ($6); and, of course, a choker, like this stretch henna version from eBay ($5). Carry around a guitar, learn a verse of “Smelly Cat,” and have a great night!
Try a red long-sleeve dress, like ASOS’sPlunge Asymmetric Skirt Bodycon Dress ($47); classic red lipstick, like Bite Beauty’s Matte Crème Lip Crayon ($28); and a strong hair gel, like Garnier Fructis’s Invisible Extra Strong Gel ($9).
For this, you’ll need a short grey wig, that can differ depending on the character. For Sophia, try Buy Costume’s Mom Wig ($15). And for a Blanche-approved outfit, go for Topshop ‘sRelaxed Mensy Silk Blazer ($315); Topshop’sAdele Dress by TFNC ($63); and Bauble Bar Rumba Gem Drops Earrings, ($32).
To channel the look perfectly, take inspiration from Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere. Go for a classic tweed skirt suit (one in pale green would be best), like Kohl’sGloria Vanderbilt Weed Suit Set (was $160, now $125) and pin your hair pack into a ’60s-style chignon. As for props, go for fake cigarettes ($4) and, obviously, lots of crows, like these black feathered options ($9).