Tips to make great DIY Halloween costumes

Published by adviser, Author: Katie Ellis - Rocket Contributor, Date: October 25, 2012

Halloween is right around the corner, so turn off AMC’s “Fear Fest” and get to work on your costume.  If you haven’t decided what you’re going to wear, don’t worry, there is still time to put together a fun costume.   If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on a costume that you’re more than likely going to wear once, here are some cost-efficient ideas to get you started.

Before going out and buying something new, head to your closet for some inspiration.  There are a number of characters from film and television with looks that are easy enough to recreate with clothing that you already have.
Daisy Duke is an iconic character from “The Dukes of Hazzard,” originally played by Catherine Bach and more recently by Jessica Simpson in the 2005 big screen adaptation.  In order to transform into Daisy this Halloween, there are a few key pieces you must have in order to rock her trademark look.
First and foremost, is a pair of denim shorts.  To stay true to Daisy Duke fashion, the shorter your shorts, the better.  Wear either a cropped t-shirt or a tied plaid oxford with a pair of boots to finish off the look.

Get “risky” and show up to your Halloween party as Tom Cruise’s character from the classic movie, “Risky Business.”  This is another look that should be simple to recreate with a few items from your closet and one item in particular from your boyfriend’s closet.
The most important article of clothing that you need to wear to replicate Cruise’s look is an oversized white oxford.  Underneath your white shirt, wear a pair of white shorts to make your look appropriate for a party.  Don’t forget to wear a pair of high white socks and black wayfarers while you’re dancing the night away to your favorite songs.

Holly Golightly is one of film’s most beloved characters brought to life in the 1961 classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Audrey Hepburn.  Every girl should have an LBD, or little black dress, in her closet, and this Halloween is the perfect time to bring it out to play dress up as New York’s favorite society girl.

While Holly is known for wearing black kitten heels around the city, most girls today can’t be found in anything but stilettos, so feel free to modernize this part of your look.  Next, accessorize your look with pearl earrings, necklaces, and bracelets to capture her classic elegance.  Finalize your look with a chic bun, and slip on a pair of black wayfarers, and there’s no doubt you’ll be the spitting image of one of America’s favorite icons.

Instead of putting together a costume from the clothes that you have in your closet, swap last year’s costume for one of your friend’s older costumes.  Before heading out, have a costume swapping party with your friends.  Doing this before you go out will force you to make a quick decision, so you don’t have time to overthink your choice.  Head over to your friend’s dorm room, turn on some music, and let the fun begin.

This Halloween, get creative in order to save yourself some money on an outfit that’ll be shoved in the back of your closet by the end of the weekend.  Looking to movies and television shows is a great way to find inspiration, but if neither of these mediums leave you feeling inspired, don’t be afraid to dress as your favorite superhero or literary heroine.
By wearing clothing that you already have, you will feel more comfortable in what you’re wearing, and you’re likely to have a better time if you feel confident in yourself.


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