You either love Halloween and start planning for it on November 1 of the previous year, or you wait until the last-minute and hope the day passes by without any fanfare. If you’re fall into the latter category, you’re likely all too familiar with being roped into a party and having zero idea of what to wear. And the last thing you want to do is spend $49.95 on a polyester costume you’ll never use again — especially after you wait 45 minutes in line.
To save yourself the Halloween heartache, let’s take a look at our own closets, shall we? The frilly pink dress you haven’t worn in two years or the white button-up that’s part of your weekly rotation can easily get new life on All Hallow’s Eve. And you might be surprised what you can come up with.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up some thought-starters that even the most last-minute costume planners can pull off. You may claim you’re not a “Halloween person,” but with these easy-to-master looks, anyone can make the holiday their own.
The Closet Item: A pink dress
The Costume: Eleven from Stranger Things
Grab a box of Eggos on your way to the party and you’re set.
Sister Jane, $68, available at ASOS
The Closet Item: A conservative black dress
The Costume: Grace Coddington
We know you want to avoid the Halloween store, but seriously, all you need for this one is a long, curly orange wig and your copy of Grace: The Memoir.
Zara, $119, available at Zara
The Closet Item: A white shirt
The Costume: Reese Witherspoon as Audrey Hepburn in Big Little Lies
If you really want to complete the look, add just add a sleep mask and some tassel earrings.
H&M, $17.98, available at H&M
The Closet Item: A slip dress
The Costume: Freudian Slip
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