Friday, October 16, 2015

Costumes From Your Closet: Vol. 1


Even for those of us who like to dress up everyday, Halloween is the prime time to go all out! Us vintage gals have an instant leg up, as so many great costumes can be created easily from classic basics bound to already live in our closets. Whether you don't have the time or funds for a new costume this year, or are just ready to get frugally creative, here are a few costumes you may be able to create from what you've already got!


Getting Audrey's classic look from the great film Funny Face is the easiest of all! Just don black slim cropped pants, a black long sleeved turtleneck, and black flat shoes! Add the white socks and a ponytail to complete the simple but undoubtedly chic look.


 For another classic Audrey Hepburn costume look to another of her films, Breakfast at Tiffany's. Grab your little black dress and add long black gloves and large sunglasses. Pile on some layered pearls clasped with a large crystal brooch, and clip another brooch in your bouffant. Long cigarette holder and yummy croissant are optional :)


 If you are feeling something a little more flapper in nature, make like every vintage gal's favorite lady detective and slip into any 1920's ensemble. Just add a black bobbed wig for that distinctively Phryne Fisher style, and paint your prop revolver gold for the finishing touch.


 If you are feeling a bit more rockabilly this Halloween nothing is simpler than sexy Sandy from Grease. With tight black pants, an off the shoulder top, and red mule heels--presto! Your the one that they want, whoever they are! Add a curly blonde wig for the full effect.


 If you'd prefer something a little more prim, or perhaps will be celebrating somewhere where the temperatures have already dropped, Mary Poppins may be just the ticket! A black coat paired with a blue midi skirt and loose knit scarf capture the look. Add a jaunty black hat with flowers, an umbrella of course, and if you can get your hands on one--a big carpet bag full of candy! (What was that about sugar again?)


Our last costume for today takes us to warmer climates. For my fellow lady adventures, why not channel one of the best style muses in the genre, Evelyn Carnahan from The Mummy! A long camel skirt and a striped button down form the base of the ensemble, add brown heels, a thin black scarf/tie, and round glasses for the full look. Try not to play dominoes with the furniture!

If you still haven't an idea of who/what to be this Halloween, never fret, I have a second set of ideas for you all coming up next week!

14 comments:

  1. Great list of suggestions! I may have to be Phryne next year (I already have the perfect wig). The best part of a vintage styled wardrobe is that coming up with a costume is very easy! I haven't bought a costume in years, since Halloween gives me a chance to pull out pieces that normally don't get much wear (such as when I wore my authentic 1960s nurses cap and cape a couple years ago). This year's costume is still undecided, but it's going to be planned around a cape/blouse piece I already have. I'm quite excited to see what costumes other vintage bloggers come up with!

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    1. Thanks Kate! I too already have a Phryne ready wig, though I think I'll get a nicer quality one before I dress up as the wonderful Miss Fisher, maybe next year! I don't think I've bought a costume since I learned to sew. The authentic nurses outfit must have been darling! I have a vintage American Airlines stewardess scarf so perhaps I could be a stewardess someday :)

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  2. Super ideas, really easy to pull together all of them. I love the last look from the Mummy but am thinking that would be a nice outfit to wear to the offfice, not necessarily just for fancy dress! x

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    1. Thanks Porcelina! I agree the Evie style is excellent for everyday, no need to wait for Halloween to wear lady adventurer ensembles!

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    1. It's such a cute and easy look to achieve!

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  4. These are such fresh, creative, super fun ideas!!! I want to wear the last on all year long, not just for Halloween. :)

    ♥ Jessica

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  5. I love that first witch image and have always rather fancied being Mary Poppins!

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  6. This is such a cute round up of simple costumes! If I were still stumpted on what to wear, I'd probably be Evie. But I'll be at a convention during Halloween, and I might be re-wearing one of my Comic Con cosplays there on that day.

    Carla, Tiny Angry Crafts

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    1. Thank you Carla! Evie seems to be the favorite of this list so far!

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  7. Evelyn from The Mummy is such a perfect costume idea! I haven't seen that movie in ages, but I still have a strong fondness for Rachel Weiss because of that role.

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