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.
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.
A flapper costume is a classic choice, and one of my personal favorites. I included this dress because it qualifies for Prime shipping on Amazon — which makes it a nice, last-minute option. Add black pantyhose, a pair of heeled Mary Janes, and a headband with a feather glued to it. Elbow-length gloves would be lovely too, if you can find them.
Short-haired ladies, you can wear your usual hairstyle and it’ll fit right in with your look. If you have long hair, try this trick to fake a bob.
As Lady Liberty, you’ll stand out as a nice contrast to all the usual Halloween pirates, vamps and zombies. Plus, this dress is a gorgeous color that’s universally flattering. It comes with the hat and torch — all you bring to the table is your foundation pieces, a pair of comfy shoes and a smile.
If you need more Halloween costume inspiration, try these:
As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine, DrLaura.com, Refinery29, Wellness.com and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm Catherine, your Budget Fashionista style editor. I'm a bargain shopper at heart, as I love nice things but hate paying for them! I'm also a personal finance writer who's been featured on USA Today and MSN Money.