The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Halloween: How to Dress Up with Pieces You Already Own

Some say lazy, we say genius.

27.09.21

By Kristin Kennedy-Brown

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Halloween is upon us, and while you might be the type who loves to dress up head to toe in a detailed costume you’ve been dreaming up for weeks, we appreciate not everyone has the time/money/energy for that. But who says you can’t Halloween with the outfits already hanging in your closet? Whether it’s a LBD or a floral maxi, there’s a bunch of spooky possibilities just waiting to be uncovered with the right imagination. It’s also a much more sustainable route, which is a big bonus. Below, we’ve put together a few low effort Halloween costume suggestions to get you going. Oh, and don’t worry, no clothes were harmed in the making of this guide. Unless of course you spill your spooky spritzer while busting a move (or five) out on a dance floor.

THE LBD

Dust off that LBD, because it’s about to come in real handy. As if we needed more of an excuse to use the ‘90s as our go-to style inspiration, this Halloween, why not dress our forever muse Posh Spice. Just wear your black mini dress with black strappy heels, black nail varnish, and a touch of eyeliner.  The perfect low effort Halloween costume.

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Black Cross Back Mini Dress
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Black Satin Halter Mini Dress
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Black Satin Ruched Mini Dress
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Black Petite Ruched Mini Dress
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The Leather Jacket

Tell me about it, stud. It’s probably overdone, it’s most definitely cliché, but hey, a Sandy look is iconic and completely doable with those existing items in your closet. All you need is a cigarette, red lippy, a leather jacket and a pair of black curve-carving skinnies.

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Faux Leather Fringed Jacket
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Faux Leather Oversized Jacket
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Faux Leather Biker Jacket
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Longline Real Leather Jacket
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Faux Leather Relaxed Jacket
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The Corset Top

The corset isn’t solely reserved for heating up those date night plans, you know. Grab your favorite skinny jeans and dust off those western boots for an instant and effortless cowgirl costume. Yee haw. Another option: wear your semi-sheer corset top with solid high-waisted panties, fishnet tights, and pointed court shoes for a burlesque inspired outfit. Caution: this one may break a few hearts.

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Black Boned Corset Crop Top
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Lace Black Lingerie Corset Top
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Diamante Strap Corset Top
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Cropped Satin Corset Cami Top
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The Maxi Dress

Calling all free spirits. This Halloween, why not do a Stevie Nicks. From floor-length silhouettes to embellished shawls, devoré tunics, and lashings of chiffon or velvet, this one has a few variations to choose from. Maybe it’s a devoré velvet kimono you can throw over a satin slip dress or a tiered chiffon maxi teamed with pointed boots and a pendant chain necklace. Add a dramatic hat and long gloves to the mix as the final additions to those witching hour outfit plans.

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Balloon Sleeve Maxi Dress
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Star Print Maxi Slit Dress
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Checkerboard Backless Maxi Dress
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Black Cut Out Detail Maxi Dress
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Plunge Twist Front Maxi Dress
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The White Shirt

Simple but always effective—just grab your statement bralette, (the one you keep for special occasions), press that tailored shirt, and style with black skinny jeans. Dab a little red lipstick underneath your nose and your homemade Mia Wallace Halloween costume is good to go. Done and done.

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Oversized Cotton White Shirt
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Organic Cotton Cropped Shirt
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Oversized Ruffle Denim Shirt
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White Open Shirt and Bralette Set
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The Power Suit

You may think your double-breasted suit is reserved solely for the office. Wrong. Hold fire before hanging it back in your closet. The tailored black suit is perfect for a Men in Black last minute Halloween costume. Pair yours with a tailored button down shirt, sunglasses and pointed black stiletto heels.  An easy, low effort Halloween costume, straight from the boardroom.

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High Waisted Tailored Plants
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Tailored Boxy Crop Blazer
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Oversized Tailored Button Blazer
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High Waisted Straight Leg Pants
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Stirrup Detail Tailored Pants
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The Fur Coat

Pull out your winter fur coat and unleash your inner Penny Lane. Style yours with flared jeans, a cropped tank top, flat sandals and round shades then throw on some Beatles. Easy.

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Long Shaggy Faux Fur Coat
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Longline Collared Faux Fur Coat
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Short Colorblock Faux Fur Jacket
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Faux Fur Trimmed Leather Blazer
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So there you have it, an endless supply of Halloween outfits with things you already have at home. No scissors required. You’re welcome.