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Halloween Costumes in Your Closet: Flamenco Dancer

Flamenco Dancer Costume

The first time I saw a flamenco dance performance, I was absolutely riveted. The strength, femininity and grace was empowering and completely won me over. Weeks later I was registered for flamenco dance classes and haven’t looked back since. Coy and captivating, a flamenco dancer is a great costume idea for women and girls alike!

Since I am a flamenco dancer myself, it makes for an easy Halloween costume! The year I dressed up as a flamenco dancer, the security guard at work teased me and said, “That’s like me dressing up as a security guard for Halloween.” But hey! If you already have the necessary parts and pieces, why not?

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Costume Components: 

  • Flower in your hair
  • Dangly earrings
  • Dress or long skirt skirt and top with polka dots (As an alternative, solid colors work as well, especially red and black!). Bonus points for ruffles!
  • Optional: A shawl with tassels
  • Optional: Fan
  • High heel Mary Jane shoes

Show and Tell!

Did you dress up as a flamenco dancer or pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!

Photographer: Will Bossen
Model and Stylist: Sarah Ward

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Halloween Costumes in Your Closet: I Love Lucy

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For an easy Throwback Thursday Halloween costume, consider being I Love Lucy! You probably even have these things hanging in your mother’s closet.

Costume Components

  • Red curly wig
  • Scarf
  • String of pearls
  • Vintage dress
  • Apron
  • Bonus: Assorted cooking props

Kathleen made the perfect Lucy! She grew up watching I Love Lucy as a kid and had so many of her mannerisms down pat!

Halloween Costume I Love Lucy // cable car couture & sean gumm

Here’s a sneak peek from behind the scenes!

i-love-lucy-behind-the-scenes Show & Tell!

Did you dress up as Lucy or pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!

Photographer & Photo Editor: Sean Gumm
Model: Kathleen Majdali
Stylist & Makeup Artist: Sarah Ward

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Halloween Costumes in Your Closet: Ninja

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If you’re looking for a last minute Halloween costume that doesn’t require shopping, consider being a ninja. Basically all you need is black fitted clothes. How easy is that?

Costume Components

  • black long sleeve shirt
  • black pants or tights
  • strips of fabric to tie around your wrists, ankles, and waist
  • wider strip of fabric to wrap around your face
  • black gloves
  • Bonus: sword or ninja stars

This year I’ve been trying to discover people’s spirit Halloween costumes, based on characteristics they have. Patrick, our ninja model, is light on his feet and on several occasions has suddenly appeared out of nowhere without a sound. Plus he’s Asian. Traits that lend themselves perfectly to a ninja costume.

Show & Tell

Did you dress up as a ninja or pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!

Photographer: Will Bossen
Model: Patrick Vong
Stylist: Sarah Ward

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Maleficent + Selfie = #Malefiselfie

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This weekend at our annual HAUTE HALLOWEEN party I debuted my Maleficent costume with rave reviews! I’ll post more Costume in Your Closet details and photos soon but here’s a first look to whet your appetite!

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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Pirate

This year I’ve been approaching Halloween costumes differently — I’ve been trying to discover people’s Halloween spirit animal. The process involves observation, seeing what costume components or natural inclinations they already possess, and waiting for inspiration to strike. My friend Meredith has a pair of striped pants and when she wore them a few weeks ago, it was clear — she would make a perfect pirate!

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Costume Components

  • Bandana. Bonus points for a pirate hat!
  • Eye patch
  • Billowy blouse
  • Gold jewelry — don’t be shy!
  • Striped pants
  • Sash
  • Sword
  • Boots
  • Bonus: parrot!

True to form, a pirate costume is a great Costumes In Your Closet option since it won’t require many purchases. The one thing we were missing for the costume was the billowy blouse and I tracked down the lace blouse with ruffles from The Red Light in Portland last weekend! Being a pirate is a such an affordable and easy choice for Halloween costumes!

Have you pulled together a costume from your closet? Please share! Don’t forget to tag your images #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram — we’d love to see what you’re able to create from what you have!

Photo and editing by Will Bossen // Styling by Sarah Ward

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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Frida Kahlo

Photo: Will Miller

Photo: Will Miller

The most iconic unibrow in the world is that of Frida Kahlo. And if there’s one thing we can learn from Frida, it’s to embrace your facial hair. Last year I dressed up as the iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo for work and won best costume in the process! If you have some eclectic pieces and flowers, this will be an ideal costume for you.

frida kahlo costume by sarah ward

Costume Components

  • crown of roses
  • unibrow
  • dangly earrings
  • layered necklaces
  • printed separates, or a dress
  • bonus points for a piano shawl with tassels, or Spanish manton
  • stacked bracelets

Costume Inspiration

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Heidi Klum's 11th Annual Halloween Party

Rebecca Minkoff as Frida at Heidi Klum’s Halloween Party

Frida-Kahlo-Costume oh happy dayGo forth! Embrace your facial hair! Let Frida ring!

 

Photo by Will Miller.

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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Rockabilly Rosie the Riveter

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While I’ve dressed up as Rosie the Riveter before, I inadvertently did it again this week — Halloween runs deep! Why not lend a rockabilly flavor to your Rosie costume for an original spin? Make your costume your own!

Costume Components

  • Headscarf or bandana
  • Collared shirt — chambray, plaid, or otherwise
  • A whole lotta attitude

Here’s my original Rosie the Riveter Halloween costume.

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You can do it! You can pull together a great Halloween costume on the cheap!

Photo: Will Bossen

 

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Halloween Costumes in Your Closet: Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson movies have been part of my family culture for years so when the Moonrise Kingdom movie came out, the wheels started turning for how it could be incorporated into my Halloween Costumes In Your Closet series. Last weekend we hatched the plan with my quirky brothers to go as the cast as Moonrise Kingdom and it’s safe to say that we rocked it!

Joe and Felicia as Sam Shakusky and Suzy Bishop

Steven, Joe, and Tim as Scout Master Ward, Sam Shakusky and Cousin Ben

Steven and Kathleen as Scout Master Ward and Social Services

Tim and Sarah as Cousin Ben and Raven

Costume Components:

  • Scouts: Scout uniforms, Troop 55 badges, yellow neckerchiefs, Mounty hat, coonskin hat, and garrison cap and high socks with glasses and aviator sunglasses
  • Suzy Bishop: Pink dress, white socks, Sunday school shoes, binoculars, blue eye shadow, and picnic basket
  • Social Services: royal blue coat, blue blouse, blue pants, blue cap and shoes
  • Raven: Black beak, feather chocker and cuffs, black outfit components, fishnet stockings and dramatic makeup

Costume Inspiration 

Happy Halloween!

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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Easy Black Halloween Costumes

Halloween is fast approaching and if you don’t want to spend a lot of time or money on your costume, get inspired by these three easy black Halloween costumes. Chances are you even have something in your closet that can come together for these simple costumes.

  1. Sandy from Grease. One of the best on-screen makeovers of our time, Sandy from Grease has sex appeal and spice. All you need is a blonde wig, dramatic makeup, a black top, a black belt, black leather leggings, and red shoes.
  2. Charlie Chaplain. This renown silent film star is a costume that can be worn by either men or women. To pull it together, simply pair a hat, a faux mustache, a black suit and tie, and black shoes. Easy as pie!
  3. Morticia Addams. As brilliant as she is beautiful, Morticia Addams is one of the most popular matriarchs Halloween has to offer. For this costume, simply acquire a black wig, dramatic makeup, a black dress, and heels and you’re done!

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What is your favorite go-to Halloween costume?

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12 Easy Halloween Costumes from Your Closet | Halloween Costume Link Party & Contest

Looking for last-minute Halloween costumes that are easy, creative, and won’t break the bank? Here are 12 easy Halloween costume ideas that you can pull right out of your closet in time for your Halloween party this weekend!

  1. Katniss Everdeen. This is going to be the costume of the season! To recreate her arena costume, here are the costume components: Mockingjay pin + braided hair + nylon jacket + black T-shirt + backpack + cargo pants + boots + bow & arrow. Done!
  2. Effie Trinket. If you want to jump on the Hunger Games bandwagon and get a little more creative, Effie Trinket is the way to go. Here are the costume components for her teal outfit: curly yellow wig + teal clothing + teal flower + black flower + gaudy jewelry + garish makeup. (Here’s a helpful step-by-step Effie Trinket makeup tutorial) Voila!
  3. Carmen Sandiego. This costume makes for a great couples costume when paired with Where’s Waldo. Your costume components: Red hat + yellow ribbon + red jacket + black clothes + black gloves + black boots. That’s all!
  4. Morticia Addams. If you want a glamorous costume without the effort, Morticia Addams is where it’s at. Costume components: Black dress (or separates) + gothic jewelry & accessories + dramatic makeup. Bonus points for arriving at the party with Gomez, Wednesday, and Pugsley Addams.
  5. Rosie the Riveter. This costume won’t take a lot of time or money but is instantly recognizable! Costume components: Chambray shirt + jeans + patterned scarf + a bicep worth flexing + optional: a riveter. Ta da!
  6. Charlie Chaplain. Whether you’re a man or a woman, you can pull this easy costume off either way! Costume components: Hat + eyeliner for mustache + black suit jacket + white dress shirt + black tie + vest + black pants + black shoes + umbrella.
  7. Cruella De Vil. A villainous cackle is going to go a long way with this costume! Costume components: Black & white wig, or spray-in hair color + gaudy makeup and jewelry + cigarette holder + black dress + faux fur throw or jacket + red gloves + red purse + red shoes. Easy peasy!
  8. Alice Cullen from Twilight. If you’re a Twilight fan you know the person who stole the show for style was Alice Cullen. To recreate her look in Italy in New Moon, here are the costume components: Stylish scarf (to keep out the sun) + sunglasses + A-line swing jacket + elbow-length gloves + black pants & shoes + hazel contacts optional. You can always make this a group costume by rounding up Bella and Edward and other members of the Cullen family!
  9. Sandy from Grease. Sandy’s onscreen makeover is one of the most memorable ones in movie history! And once you have a blonde wig, it’s all downhill from here. Costume components: Blonde wig + big earrings + leather jacket + black v-neck or over-the-shoulder shirt + leather pants or leggings + red heels. That’s all she wrote. 
  10. Wicked Witch of the West. Thanks to Wicked the musical, the Wicked Witch of the West costume is totally in! Costume components: Green face paint + witch’s hat + black dress or separates + striped socks + black boots + optional broom. Extra credit for dressing up with Dorothy or some Flying Monkeys!
  11. Sushi. By far one of the easiest and creative costumes you can pull together! Costume components: White clothes + pink pillow case + throw pillow + green scarf + flower for your hair. Fini! You may want sushi after the party though…
  12. Geisha. A simple yet sophisticated costume, with white face paint you will be instantly recognizable as a geisha. Costume components: Parisol or fan + flowers and ribbon for your hair + white face paint, red lips and eye contouring, black brows + silk robe + obi belt + flip flops. People will be amazed!

Styling: Sarah Ward
Makeup and Photography for 2, 4, 12: DorothyInez, Celebrity Makeup Artist

Halloween Costume Link Party and Contest

What are you dressing up as for Halloween? Show us your costumes by linking up in our Halloween Costume Link Party and Contest! Once you submit your link, please post a link back to the Halloween Costume Link Party. To sweeten the deal, for three lucky contest winners we’re giving away one-hour eStyling Virtual Styling sessions with a Wardrobe Stylist to help you plan what to wear for your Christmas card photos and upcoming holiday parties!

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