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 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 black dress that’s saved for “special occasions” 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.
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The Closet Item: A blue hoodieThe Costume: Damian from Mean Girls”She doesn’t even go here!”
Comme Des Garçons Play Zip Hoodie, $302, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.
The Closet Item: Minimal workout setThe Costume: Kim Kardashian WestAnyone else remember Paris Hilton’s ode-to-Kim-costume last Halloween? Grab a platinum wig and some nude sock boots and voila! you can be KKW for a day, too.
Girlfriend Collective Topanga Bra, $38, available at Girlfriend CollectiveGirlfriend Collective Compressive High-Rise Legging, $68, available at Girlfriend CollectivePhoto Courtesy of Girlfriend Collective.
The Closet Item: A conservative black dressThe Costume: Grace CoddingtonWe 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 Dress With Pleated Sleeves, $49.9, available at ZaraPhoto Courtesy of Zara.
The Closet Item: A white shirtThe Costume: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’sIf you really want to complete the look, add just add a sleep mask and some tassel earrings.
Topshop Boutique Deconstructed Shirt, $125, available at Topshop
The Closet Item: Anything blackThe Costume: Black FridayWith a bunch of shopping bags in hand, an all-black outfit, and some running shoes, you’re ready to find the best deals (a month early, of course).
ASOS CURVE Curve Turtleneck Long Sleeve Top, $19, available at ASOSPhoto Courtesy of Asos.
The Closet Item: A slip dressThe Costume: Freudian SlipBecause you’re just that punny. If you’re feeling extra-crafty, add some examples by writing right on the dress itself.
Silk Laundry 90s Silk Slip Dress, $169.79, available at Silk LaundryPhoto Courtesy of Silk Laundry.
The Closet Item: A leather jacketThe Costume: Go, Greased LightningIt doesn’t get much easier than this.
VEDA Jayne Classic Leather Jacket, $998, available at Shopbop
The Closet Item: A trench coatThe Costume: Sherlock HolmesNo mystery gets passed you — including who ate the last Jolly Rancher at the Halloween Party.
& Other Stories Oversized Utilitarian Trenchcoat, $179, available at & Other Stories
The Closet Item: Over-the-knee bootsThe Costume: Ariana GrandeThrow those sky high boots on with an oversized hoodie and you’re set to be this summer’s most talked about pop star.
Stuart Weitzman The Hiline Boot, $798, available at Stuart WeitzmanPhoto Courtesy of Stuart Weitzman.
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