Who says you can’t use your Halloween costume beyond the holiday? Being crafty in how you put together your outfit can be a good way to collect items for everyday wear.
It’s all about how you assemble each piece: together they can be a costume but separately, they form many different possibilities to fit into your own personal style.
From goth and vintage, to spooky and cute, here are some costume ideas that can be worn year round.
Victorian Goth and Steampunk-Inspired Outfits
Despite how lavish and intricate these outfits are, Victorian goth and steampunk outfits can be broken apart into everyday wear. For example, spend a bit of money on a high-quality corset that fits your body like a glove and wear it beyond your Halloween party.
Add the corset to your outfit for a goth party or dance night, to a fancy date, or even paired with some skinny jeans for a more casual look. Additionally, the jewelry, hairpieces and stockings can be paired with your outfit in creative ways that don’t look like a costume at all.
Skeleton and Skull Clothing
Despite being one of the most popular costumes ever (even in one of our favorite movies, Donnie Darko), the skeleton is a cute costume idea. Think about skeleton bone leggings and hoodies—when not all worn together they can be great additions to your everyday wardrobe.
Couple this look with edgy Halloween themed jewelry like skull necklaces and rings for the full effect - or tone it down by simply wearing a skull-print hoodie with leggings as a relaxed winter daytime look. Or if you want a look that is specifically for Halloween, you can check out our Halloween makeup ideas post for a tutorial on fierce skeleton face makeup to tie your whole spooky costume together.
Costumes for Different Decades
Decades costumes for Halloween are pretty popular - as they provide plenty of choice! From flapper dresses of the Roaring Twenties, to 1950s pinup dresses, to 70s hippie fashion and more - the options for both Halloween outfitsand everyday wear are endless!
Taking the fashion from a particular decade and running with it is awesome, because you can build it around one item that you might want an excuse to buy. See something in the thrift store that you fancy? How about the 90s grunge shirt you've had your eye on for a while? Halloween is the best time to buy new and then keep it for future outfits.
For example: flare pants and boho dresses for 70s outfits, shoulder pads work for the 80s, grungy jeans and flannel for the 90s and a velour tracksuit or skater jeans for 2000s. There’s so many different ways you can go with this idea—just find that one item that screams a specific decade.
Evil Movie Character Costumes
Think about some of the most iconic and evil roles your favorite actresses have taken on. How about Veronica Sawyer from Heathers? Just find an off-shouldered sweater, a tiered skirt and a blazer.
Or how about the most evil dictator of them all; Regina George from Mean Girls? Get your hands on a pink cardigan and a pleated mini skirt and you can't go wrong (plus, Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year - so you're all good for wearing pink!)
There's so many ideas that you can reach from. An overplayed but fun one is also Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad - it's way too cute and easy with a baseball tee and leather shorts.
Goth Movie Icon Costumes
If your wardrobe is full of gothic tops and lacey black dresses already, these will be easy to put together and will also be utilized throughout the year. Black everything should always be a staple in the closet of any goth, and who's to say you shouldn't always have more?
Our favorite goths from movies are as follows: Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter series, Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice, Nancy Downs from The Craft, Morticia from The Addams Family or any actor from Rocky Horror Picture Show (gothic corsets go well here, too!).
Disney Hipster Costumes
This costume idea might be the most original and fun for your friends to guess about! Think of the color schemes of some of your favorite Disney characters: Cinderella with light blue, Ariel in purple and green, Ursula in black and purple, Snow White is yellow and blue, Tinker Bell in light green - you get the picture.
Next, find some clothes that match the color scheme of whatever Disney character you aspire to be! Pick items like tight jeans (in bright colors), suspenders, bandanas, wide-brimmed hats or beanies, big scarves, rimmed sunglasses or fake glasses, bowties or whatever else might make you look as hipster as possible!
The key is to stay within the color scheme of your character and have the right wig or hairpiece so it's easily recognizable. Ariel, for example, would be easily spotted in green skinny jeans, a purple tube top and a bright red wig. After Halloween, these items when worn separately with other outfits can be great additions to your everyday look.
These are just a few examples of Halloween costumes you can create from items you have in your closet - or indeed items you can buy for Halloween and then wear all year. The possibilities for cool costumes is prettymuch endless if you just get a little creative, and have a cool concept in mind while you shop.
What items have you bought for Halloween but kept to wear year-round? Comment below!
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