If you’re anything like me, you probably thought to yourself at some point this week, “Who even has time for Halloween?” It’s not that I don’t enjoy dressing up, it’s just one of those things that doesn’t hit me until it’s too late.
So, now what? Chances are you’re scrambling to throw something together, but chances are all the pieces to your costume are already in your wardrobe. Here are my Top 5 go-to looks based on what I have in my closet (and what you might already have in yours). There are some classics and maybe at least one you might not have thought of:
1. The Lumberjack
I sported the red plaid in one of my outfit posts last week, and it’s highly likely I might be throwing it on again for this easy costume idea. Though I did put together this exact costume for a party two years ago and got a lot of “You look cool, but what are you supposed to be?” Seriously? I thought it was obvious. Anyway, feel free to swap those clunky boots for some military lace-ups or even your Hunter wellies.
2. Carmen Sandiego
Based on vague childhood memories of the show, Carmen was an annoyingly elusive woman, but man did she have a rockin’ coat. And if you took some advice from Michelle last week, you probably already have a red trench in your closet! If you don’t have knee- or thigh-high boots, you can swap ’em for some black over-the-knee socks to go with your footwear of choice.
3. Sandy Olsson
Unpopular opinion: I find Grease highly irritating. But hey, Sandy Olsson’s costume is pretty easy to replicate, no?
4. Britney Spears in “Baby One More Time”
Due to my Britney obsession growing up, I must have re-used this homemade costume of mine at least three times between age nine and fifteen. I even kept it tasteful by tying my white blouse below the navel, yeah! Don’t stress if you can’t find the pink pom-poms. Back in ’99, we found a pink boa, cut two short pieces from it and tied it around my pigtails. Any pink barrettes or bows will do.
5. Walter White (Season 5)
Who could forget that opening scene to Season 5 of Breaking Bad? A grungy-looking Walter White with that bushy beard and hipster glasses, sitting alone at the counter of a Denny’s — on his 52nd birthday (as per the bacon arrangement on his plate). The bacon is obviously optional for this costume, but what the heck, why not pack a snack in those roomy cargo pockets?