5 Easy Halloween Costumes That Aren’t Trashy

It’s past the middle of October and I’m just now writing a post about Halloween (*sigh*). If you’re feeling behind schedule because you have no costume planned, let’s commiserate together. Oh, and read on, because I hope to solve your costume dilemma and my Halloween post dilemma at the same time.

Personally, I find Halloween to be a tad challenging. I’ve never been one to dress up like a trashy nurse or sexy vampire. (Although I did intentionally ruin my first wedding dress by turning it into a zombie bride costume — but that’s a story for another day.) And as I get older, I’m less inclined to spend hours and hours making a clever outfit I’ll never wear again.

This year, I went hunting for clever, readymade costumes appropriate for the older fashionista. If you need a costume that’s easy to pull together and offers a reasonable amount of body coverage, take a look at my top picks below.

Victorian Ghost

Pair a nude pump with this sickly white dress and hat combo. Then, simply add your own make-up, with as much contrast as you can muster. I’m talking heavy, dramatic contouring and the darkest lipstick you can find. You can take it one step further by reading The Phantom Rickshaw by Rudyard Kipling — it’s a short and creepy ghost story that will get you right into character.

Betty Rizzo Inspired

Grease’s Rizzo has more than her share of sass, which makes the character a fun choice for Halloween. Because, yes, you do get to act like a rebellious teen if you’re dressed up like one.

You can buy this costume from Jet, but you may not need to. Find a shiny bomber, a neck scarf, black crop pants and some heeled Mary Janes, and you’re good to go. If you’re missing just a piece or two, head to Goodwill or any second-hand store to find a suitable option.

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