The Halloween Costumes You Already Own In Your Closet

You were invited to a Halloween party last minute and you don’t have a costume—oh the horror! Our advice? Take a peek in your closet, because chances are you already own most of the essentials needed for an amazing, and downright creative, look. 

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    Half the battle of putting together a fantastic costume is coming up with the idea itself. That’s where we come in. We put together 12 stylish suggestions that are all treat and no trick. 

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    PHOTO: United Artists/Getty Images

    Annie Hall from Annie Hall

    If your fall wardrobe looks the menswear department, suit up as beloved tomboy Annie Hall with a black vest, tie, and slouchy trousers. 

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    J.Crew

    English Linen Tie ($60) in Vintage Navy

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    Vanessa Bruno

    Pinstripe Wool Wide-Leg Pants ($440) 

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    Michael Jackson from “Thriller”

    With a red motorcycle jacket in your wardrobe, you’re already halfway to one killer Michael Jackson-by-way-of-“Thriller” costume. Just make sure to throw on a pair of black skinny jeans (or red leather pants!) and brush up on your zombie dance routine before the big party. 

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    Club Monaco

    Libby Leather Moto Jacket ($795) in Red

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    Zara

    Skinny Jeans ($70) in Black

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    Penny Lane from Almost Famous

    If we could, we’d dress like everyone’s favorite “Band Aid” all year long. Instead, we’ll settle for one night outfitted in her signature look: a shearling coat, flared denim, and round sunglasses. 

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    Surface to Air

    Salome Round Sunglasses ($235) in Copper

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    Mango

    Faux Shearling Coat ($70) in Cognac

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    Alice + Olivia

    Stacy Distressed Bell-Bottom Jeans ($242) in Light Indigo

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    PHOTO: Buena Vista Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

    Margot Tenenbaum from The Royal Tenenbaums

    You don’t have to filled with melancholy or chain smoke to be the not-so-stable adopted sister of the Tenenbaum clan. Just grab your faux fur coat, a shirtdress, and slap a barrette in your hair, and voila!  

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    Marble

    Soft Faux Fur Hooded Coat ($382) in Brown

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    Petit Bateu

    Short Dress ($58) in Dark Blue

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    ban.do

    Sparkle & Shine Bobbi Set ($20) in Red/Hot Pink

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    PHOTO: Paramount Pictures/Courtesy of Getty Images

    Holly Golightly from Breakfast At Tiffany’s

    Every woman has a little black dress hanging in her closet, making Audrey Hepburn a costume classic. To complete the look, accessorize with a strand of pearls and tiara—bonus points if you can mimic her famous updo. 

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    Reiss

    Hermione Folded Layer Dress ($370) in Black

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    PHOTO: Paramount Pictures/Getty Images

    Cher Horowitz from Clueless

    As if! Like we would really wear something from Judy’s. Luckily, two major trends for fall—backpacks and plaid—are an essential part of Cher Horowitz’s look. Just be sure to finish your preppy ensemble with a thin headband. 

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    Blugirl Folies

    Mini Skirt ($198) in Yellow

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    Rachel Zoe

    Montana Backpack ($395) in Black

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    France Luxe

    Covered Headband ($25) 

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    PHOTO: Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett Collection

    Joel Goodson from Risky Business

    White button-down? Check! White socks? Check! Black wayfarers? Check! Tom Cruise dance skills? Now, that’s on you. 

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    Ray-Ban

    Original Wayfarer Sunglasses ($150) in Black

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    Tildon

    Clean Oversixed Button-Up Shirt ($48) in White

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    Hue

    Socks ($7) in White

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    PHOTO: Paramount Pictures/ Courtesy: Everett Collection

    Sandy Olsen from Grease

    Channel your inner Sandy (the rebel Sandy, that is) with an off-the-shoulder crop top, leather leggings, and a serious red heel. Trust us, you’ll be the one that everyone wants!

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    Motel

    Dana Off Shoulder Crop Top ($40) in Black

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    American Apparel

    Vegan Leather Pants ($148) in Black

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    Charlotte Olympia

    Encore Monroe Suede Pumps ($695) in Red

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    PHOTO: Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

    Courtney Love

    There are many ways you can pay homage to the princess of grunge on All Hallow’s Eve, but our favorite requires only three key pieces: a slip dress, tattered tights, and a tiara. 

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    Haute Hippie

    Lace-Trim Slip Dress ($295) in Military/Black

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    Urban Outfitters

    Distressed Tights ($14) in Black

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    Target

    Crystal Round Tiara ($20) in Silver

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    PHOTO: PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images

    Karl Lagerfeld

    A nod to Mr. Lagerfeld is sure to have your style savvy friends raving. Grab your favorite work blazer, a white bowtie blouse, and finish with some baby powder to achieve his iconic white locks. 

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    Reiss

    Angelina Tuxedo Jacket ($500) in Black

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    MICHAEL Michael Kors

    Sleeveless Pussybow Top ($251) in Cream

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    Johnson’s

    Baby Cure Cornstarch Powder ($4) in Magnolia Petals

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    PHOTO: Jackson Lee / Splash News

    Miley Cyrus

    For the pop culture fanatic, Miley Cyrus is a no-brainer. Show off your twerking skills in a fitted tank, short shorts, and combat boots. 

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    David Attewell

    Womens White Raw Tank ($45) in White

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    Dr. Martens

    Spike 8 Eye Boots ($350) in Black

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    PHOTO: Miramax Films/Courtesy Everett Collection

    Pulp Fiction

    Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction

    If you prefer something simple, style a white button-down with black cropped trousers and go as Pulp Fiction’s Mia Wallace. Note: an ability to do the twist is required. 

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    MiH Jeans

    The Oversize Shirt ($185) in Polo White

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    Isaac Mizrahi New York

    Cropped Straight Leg Pants ($80) in Black

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Libby Leather Moto Jacket

Libby Leather Moto Jacket

Club Monaco, $795
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Skinny Jeans

Skinny Jeans

Zara, $70
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Hermione Folded Layer Dress

Hermione Folded Layer Dress

Reiss, $370
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White Round Graduated Pearl Strand Necklace

White Round Graduated Pearl Strand Necklace

Majorca, $325
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Linear Stone Tiara Headband

Linear Stone Tiara Headband

BCBG, $48
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Pinstripe Wool Wide-Leg Pants

Pinstripe Wool Wide-Leg Pants

Vanessa Bruno, $440
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Satin-Trimmed Wool-Blend Vest

Satin-Trimmed Wool-Blend Vest

DKNY, $395
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English Linen Tie

English Linen Tie

J.Crew, $60
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Lace-Trim Slip Dress

Lace-Trim Slip Dress

Haute Hippie, $295
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Distressed Tights

Distressed Tights

Urban Outfitters, $14
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Crystal Round Tiara

Crystal Round Tiara

Target, $20
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Dana Off Shoulder Crop Top

Dana Off Shoulder Crop Top

Motel, $40
SHOP
Vegan Leather Pants

Vegan Leather Pants

American Apparel, $148
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Encore Monroe Suede Pumps

Encore Monroe Suede Pumps

Charlotte Olympia, $695
SHOP
Soft Faux Fur Hooded Coat

Soft Faux Fur Hooded Coat

Marble, $382
SHOP
Short Dress

Short Dress

Petit Bateu, $58
SHOP
Sparkle & Shine Bobbi Set

Sparkle & Shine Bobbi Set

ban.do, $20
SHOP
Clean Oversixed Button-Up Shirt

Clean Oversixed Button-Up Shirt

Tildon, $48
SHOP
Original Wayfarer Sunglasses

Original Wayfarer Sunglasses

Ray-Ban, $150
SHOP
Socks

Socks

Hue, $7
SHOP
Faux Shearling Coat

Faux Shearling Coat

Mango, $70
SHOP
Salome Round Sunglasses

Salome Round Sunglasses

Surface to Air, $235
SHOP
Stacy Distressed Bell-Bottom Jeans

Stacy Distressed Bell-Bottom Jeans

Alice + Olivia, $242
SHOP
Womens White Raw Tank

Womens White Raw Tank

David Attewell, $45
SHOP
Spike 8 Eye Boots

Spike 8 Eye Boots

Dr. Martens, $350
SHOP
Mini Skirt

Mini Skirt

Blugirl Folies, $198
SHOP
Montana Backpack

Montana Backpack

Rachel Zoe, $395
SHOP
Covered Headband

Covered Headband

France Luxe, $25
SHOP
The Oversize Shirt

The Oversize Shirt

MiH Jeans, $185
SHOP
Cropped Straight Leg Pants

Cropped Straight Leg Pants

Isaac Mizrahi New York, $80
SHOP
Baby Cure Cornstarch Powder

Baby Cure Cornstarch Powder

Johnson’s, $4
SHOP
Angelina Tuxedo Jacket

Angelina Tuxedo Jacket

Reiss, $500
SHOP
Sleeveless Pussybow Top

Sleeveless Pussybow Top

MICHAEL Michael Kors, $251
SHOP
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