Unless you’re attending Heidi Klum’s famous annual Halloween party where everyone goes all out, it’s probably a bad idea to spend your savings on an elaborate costume you’ll wear once. If your invite got lost in the mail like ours did, an affordable costume (that’s still ridiculously cool and stylish) will certainly suffice. So how affordable are we talking? Think the price of a couple lunches or a really nice dinner. From a heavily accessorized Iris Apfel to a simple and timeless Edie Sedgwick to an iconic Liv Tyler in Empire Records, we’re bringing you iconic ideas every fashion girl will instantly recognize (and love).
Scroll down for nine ideas sure to impress on Halloween night, each of which will cost $30 or less to re-create.
Total Cost: $24
Take an old shirt you already own, and use thin tape or letter stickers to spell out “Seniors” across the chest. You’ll need to buy:
Total Cost: $24
Wear a white button-down blouse you already own, and fasten black ribbons to your skirt to mimic suspenders. Don’t forget the pink ribbon in your hair! You’ll need to buy:
Total Cost: $30
This couples’ costume is so easy to re-create. One partner needs a sailor uniform, while the other needs a simple white dress.
- White Dress: Dickies Women's EDS Button-Front Scrubs Dress ($30)
Total Cost: $23
Apply retro makeup to play up the vintage vibe. You’ll need to buy:
- Wig: Forum Novelties Women’s ’40s Housewife Lady Costume Wig in Blonde ($6)
- Striped One-Piece Swimsuit: MiYang Retro Vintage Striped One-Piece Monokini Chevron Lines Swimsuit ($17)
Total Cost: $27
Tie your hair in a high ponytail with a red ribbon to get the look. You’ll need to buy:
- White Cat-Eye Sunglasses: Wayfarers Style Ladies New Fashion Vintage Cat Eye Sunglasses ($3)
- Red One-Piece Swimsuit: Shenices Retro Vintage Ruched Sweetheart One-Piece Monokinis Swimsuit ($24)
Which of these costume ideas is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
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This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated by Kristen Nichols.