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Basic Wardrobe Pieces That You Can Turn Into Cool Halloween Looks

No Halloween costume? No problem! Here are some iconic looks you can create in a jiffy with items you might already have in your closet

It’s that time of the year again when we go trick or treatin’ and grown-ups can play pretend dressed as their favorite characters! While it’s always best to get a costume that’s impressive and showstopping, making a fun and creative costume can be a challenge. And buying a ready-made costume isn’t really such a cool idea. 


With Halloween just a few days away, making a DIY costume in time for the 31st may seem close to impossible. But fret not! Here are basic wardrobe pieces that you may already have in your closet that you can easily turn into a cool Halloween costume. All you need are the right accessories, a dash of styling flair, and a dose of creativity!


THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS


Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany's | Photo from Amazon


Any style-savvy girl will have a little black dress on hand for those last minute events and occasions that call for something elegant and classic, yet sexy and sassy. A sleeveless A-line dress can magical turn you into Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s (don’t forget your tiara, pearls, long black gloves, and oversized sunnies), while a short, tube dress (with mile sexy high heels) can transform you into Victoria Beckham during her Posh Spice phase. 



Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham at the MTV Music Awards | Photo from Elle.com (Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images)



Take your pick from these wardrobe staples:


Saint Laurent Open-back satin gown | net-a-porter.com
Peter Do Organza midi dress | net-a-porter.com
Zara Ribbed midi dress | Zara
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Khai Pearl Ladies freshwater pearl 5-layer necklace | Kultura
Utopiat Audrey style long black satin gloves | Amazon.com
OUFO Crystal Tiara | Amazon.com
Lisa Marie Fernandez Leigh strapless stretch-PVC mini dress | net-a-porter.com

YOUR TRUSTY WHITE LONG-SLEEVED POLO


Britney Spears in "Baby One More Time"

Tap your inner Britney with a white long-sleeved polo shirt paired with a black mini skirt and gray cardigan for a throwback to her “Hit Me Baby One More Time” video. Or go a la Tom Cruise from Risky Business by donning a white long-sleeved polo shirt, boxer shorts, a necktie, and socks. Don’t forget those sunglasses to finish off your ’80s Tom Cruise look. A fan of cult films? Do Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction!


Take your pick from these wardrobe staples:


GAUGE81 Santiago cotton-poplin shirt | net-a-porter.com
H&M Fine-knit cardigan | H&M
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A STRIPED BLACK AND WHITE T-SHIRT

If you happen to have a striped black and white t-shirt, you can dress up as French mime. Put on a beret, a tiny red scarf, a pair of black pants and white gloves. Paint your face with some white makeup and red lips, and you’re ready to go. Not feeling like a mime? Grab a tote and slip in a baguette and say, “C’est la vie!” Feeling cheeky? Instead of being French (or a French mime), wear a mask over your eyes and change up your tote into a bag of money. Oops! Now you’re a bank robber!


Take your pick from these wardrobe staples:


Veronica Beard Cedar striped ribbed pima cotton-blend turtleneck top | net-a-porter.com
H&M Braces | H&M
H&M Felted wool beret | H&M

THAT WHITE DRESS


Marilyn Monroe |  Photo from Vanity Fair


Not everyone looks great in a white dress, but should you have the body for it and have a halter dress lying around in your closet, then you can be Marilyn Monroe. Don’t forget that blonde wig and a sweet smile to complete your look. Another sexy look in a white dress is Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct where she wore a body-fit sleeveless dress during that infamous interrogation scene. Not feeling the sexy outfit? Find some inspiration out of Alice in Wonderland’s White Rabbit with a simple white dress paired with a red blazer. Top it off with a bunny headband to complete the look.



Inspired by the White Rabbit in "Alice in Wonderland" | Photo from colormecourtney.com



Take your pick from these wardrobe staples:


J. Crew Rosina cotton-poplin wrap dress | net-a-porter.com
Esteban Cortázar Asymmetric cotton midi dress | net-a-porter.com
Zara Blazer with flap pockets | Zara

A BLACK BODY SUIT

If you like going trick or treating with your BFF, then why don’t you both dress up like the dancing twins (or twinning) emoticon? All you need is a black body suit, a pair of black pumps, and feline headband and you’re ready to go! 


Take your pick from these wardrobe staples:


H&M Jersey bodysuit | H&M
Victoria’s Secret Ribbed Racerback Bodysuit | Victoria's Secret
Mango V vamp heeled shoes | Mango
Merroyal Glitter Cat Ears Headband | Amazon.com

YOUR FAVORITE BLACK BLAZER



Men In Black


If you have the perfect black blazer in your closet, then you can be one of the men in Men in Black. Wear it over a white polo and put on a sleek pair of sunglasses. Just borrow your little brother’s toy gun as a prop! Going to a Halloween party as a couple? Then go be Brangelina as Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Your date can wear the black blazer while you can wear a long sexy black dress with a thigh-high slit. Just make sure to let that tiny toy gun peek out of that slit every now and then. 


Take your pick from these wardrobe staples:


Zara Men’s textured suit blazer | Zara
Zara Women’s blazer with contrasting lapels | Zara
Zara Women’s tuxedo collar blazer | Zara
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A DENIM TOP




Make use of that denim top and go the feminist route. Dress up as Rosie the Riveter, that iconic feminist graphic holding her fist up to symbolize women empowerment. Just roll up your sleeves, tie a red bandanna around your head, and go be the strong, empowered woman you are!


Take your pick from these wardrobe staples:


Zara North blue oversized denim shirt | Zara
H&M Dark red Patterned scarf | H&M