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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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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: 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!

Click here for more easy Halloween costumes that you can pull from your closet!

What is your favorite go-to Halloween costume?

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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Carmen Sandiego

Do you remember watching the Carmen Sandiego cartoon in the 90s? While I barely remember a thing about the show, her red getup is unforgettable and makes for an easy Halloween costume for women on the fly. Bonus points if your date goes as Where’s Waldo!

Costume Components

  • Red hat (this one I ordered from Spain for a flamenco performance and worked great!)
  • Yellow ribbon — purchased by the yard at Michael’s
  • Red jacket
  • Black gloves
  • Black T-shirt
  • Black pants
  • Black boots
  • Optional: globe

Costume Inspiration

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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

It’s safe to say that this is the year of The Hunger Games for Halloween costumes, particularly Katiss Everdeen. While there are many different faces of Katniss, here’s a costume idea for Katniss in the arena.

Costume Components

  • Braid
  • Blue zip up hoodie
  • Black T-shirt
  • Black backpack
  • Bow & arrow — borrowed from Kim
  • Olive cargo pants
  • Black boots — from Pala Pala Dress Boutique

Costume Inspiration

For other Hunger Games costume ideas, don’t miss this Effie Trinket Halloween costume and makeup tutorial!

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The Hunger Games’ Effie Trinket Halloween Costume Makeup Tutorial

A critical part of becoming Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games for Halloween is the makeup. For my Effie Trinket Halloween costume, I enlisted the help of celebrity makeup artist DorothyInez to recreate the look from the movie. DorothyInez used all MAC and Motives makeup and recreated the look perfectly! Throughout the process we found ourselves literally laughing out loud for how ridiculous I looked. It’s comical — prepare yourself!

Here is a step by step tutorial by professional makeup artist DorothyInez with photos demonstrating how to recreate Effie Trinket makeup for Halloween.

  1. Before applying makeup, exfoliate your face to remove dead skin cells which will make the makeup apply more smoothly. Then moisturize your face generously.
  2. If you are wearing a wig, put on your wig cap to pull you hair back.
  3. Choose a foundation a few shades lighter than your natural skin color, then apply all over your face, including your lips. Go as light as you want to.
  4. Apply concealer as needed.
  5. To set the foundation, choose a matching light powder. Translucent powder will do in a pinch.
  6. If you have dark eyebrows like I do, cover them with concealer.
  7. Choose a bright shade of yellow and apply all over the eyelid, up to the eyebrow. Apply this shade of yellow on your eyebrows as well.
  8. Choose a bright shade of teal and apply it in the middle of your eyelid from the line of your lashes up to the brow, tapering inwards slightly.
  9. Apply a dark blue or teal eyeliner underneath the lower lashes, including the waterline, the inner rim of your eye.
  10. Apply a thin line of black eyeliner to your upper eyelid.
  11. Apply a pink blush to your cheekbones. Carry a bit up in a “C” shape around your eyebrows and onto your forehead.
  12. Using a pink lip liner, draw an exaggerated lip shape. Keep in mind this will not follow your natural lip shape.
  13. Fill it in with a matching pink or fuschia lip color.
  14. Apply mascara.
  15. Put on your wig.

Voila!

Don’t forget to check out our Effie Trinket Halloween Costume tutorial for more tips on how to pull together your costume!

May the odds be ever in your favor!

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