Halloween DIY


Every year around the end of September I start worrying about the same thing-- what to wear for Halloween! I have a firm belief that you can never get too old to dress up for the creepy holiday (although, you can definitely grow out of trick-treating). There are still tons of fun dance parties, clubs, family events, or even joining in on the passing out of candy that require the Halloween dress code.


Don't get stuck in a slump and buy the same packaged costume that every other character will be wearing that night. Do yourself a favor and be original! Look around your house, or even check out a thrift shop! This gives you a chance to play out your DIY-er creative side. Here are a few tips on how to shop the racks and find your unique costume!
1. Have a couple plans in mind. I actually took screenshots of certain movie characters or personas on my phone. That way while I was browsing I could match the cool finds up to a certain idea for a costume.
2. Know your price point. I gave myself the goal of only spending $50, and then made sure to stay within those limits! I also tried to pick clothing for the costume that I felt I could re-wear in a normal day outfit. I am all about recycling my clothing, and buying just for one night would be reckless!
3. Go straight to your sizes. Of course, I know that shoes and clothes can fit differently from brand to brand, but if I am a medium, I won't look into the extra smalls. If I am a size 9 in shoes, you won't catch me in the 7's. It would be a waist of time, and I could potentially find something I love that won't fit. Just don't let yourself get caught in that mess.
4. Be creative.  I wanted my costume to be recognizable, but also have a high fashion feel. When I decided to be a Dalmatian, I knew that I would want to go black and white and find spots. The knit sweater on top was my bit of creativity because the textured dots are meant to represent the spots on a Dalmatian. You see what I mean? You can be literal, or you can have fun.
5. Mix and Match I grabbed the skirt, shoes, and white top from a thrift store. The tights, black shirt, and black nose (eyeliner) are from home! Remember, in order to complete this do-it-yourself Halloween outfit, you have to think outside of the box.

CONNECT TO LAURYN AMBER

15 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog. :) This is so cute! I love dalmatians. My sister and I had one growing up, so we always watched 101 Dalmatians. I did a Cruella De Vil DIY costume last year and had so much fun. I even used our stuffed Pongo from when we were kiddos. I love this! Check out my Cruella if you are interested! I love your ideas here because they promote making a costume out of things you already have, or would at least wear again if you buy them. I love that! XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. HAHA that is such a cute memory! Thank you for sharing. Yes, I agree. It is important that you are able to re-wear things!

      Delete
  2. I love this idea for a costume, actually using pieces you already own and being creative. I don't know if I'll be going to any Halloween parties this year, it's not really that hyped in Australia, it's being more targeted to kids I find lol. Maybe that's just me but if I do hear of anything, I'm going to try the DIY route.

    BTW thanks for the link-up invite, I've been meaning to do so, just need to find some time to sit down and do it properly
    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is definitely only appropriate for kids to go trick-or-treating, but adults LOVE to dress up and go to parties for Halloween over here in the US! It's so fun!

      Delete
  3. Great tips! I think I've never had a good costume in my life...as a kid it was always "just wear that Hawaiian lei" or "just wear your Korean dress." Haha Love this classy dalmation costume!

    Gina
    Pink Wings

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. AW that stinks! Now is your chance to get that awesome costume!

      Delete
  4. Replies
    1. Thanks, Mom! Thank you for being supportive of my blog:)

      Delete
  5. Aww this look is so sweet!!!!
    I love everything girly and feminine :)


    Johanna. ♥
    http://www.dreamscolorsandglitter.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. SAME GIRL! I can tell about you that from your blog:) We'd definitely get along in real life.

      Delete
  6. This is such a good idea and such a cute outfit!! I haven't had a need to dress up for Halloween for quite a few years but this year I have a party to go to so I was starting to worry. I feel a lot better about it now I know I could find an alternative to a tacky one off of eBay. Lovely post.

    Katie, www.katiehuxtable.com
    xx

    ReplyDelete
  7. My family and I are going a bit more low-key on Halloween this year. Oh, sure, we'll get the decorated candy to have, and to hand out. I love the Halloween Kit Kats, I don't know why! And of course, holiday M&M's are always the best. But other than handing out candy, we're not really doing anything else. We decided to save our resources for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Besides, we watch funny-spooky movies year-round, like 'Halloweentown', 'Haunted Honeymoon' and 'Clue'.

    ReplyDelete

I love reading your comments, and I always try to respond to every single one! Thank you for stopping by! xoxo