Fashionable Halloween Costumes on a Budget

Finding fashionable Halloween costumes can be a challenge. When I buy costumes for myself and the family, I try to avoid the cheap, plastic kind that tears easily and hang awkwardly when you wear them. I’d rather have a costume that I can use again or pass to a friend than one I need to throw away.

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Fashionable Halloween Costumes

There are a number of different fashionable Halloween costumes that you might want to consider. You can make your own by shopping at a thrift store for the pieces you need. Or, you can buy a new costume from a costume store or a mass retailer. Just try to avoid anything that is overly plastic because they often don’t wear well.

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High fashion Halloween costumes

If you want high fashion Halloween costumes, consider creating something that mimics that clothes were worn historically. You might want to be a flapper, a Victorian woman, dress like a Pan Am stewardess, or how about a medieval princess. These outfits are typically very fashionable because they are similar to what women really wore during those time periods.

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Celebrity Halloween costumes

Another great way to create fashionable Halloween costumes is by dressing up like a celebrity. Consider an iconic look that is similar to Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, or Audrey Hepburn. You can often find vintage clothes at thrift stores if you’d like to create your own look if you want a retro Halloween costume.

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Hollywood costume ideas

If you want something from the current day rather than from our history, consider Hollywood costume ideas that look like current movies or stars. You can dress up as Princess Leia, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, or even the Wicked Witch.

Fashionable Halloween Costumes

Sexy Halloween costume ideas

While I generally opt for modest Halloween costumes, here are a few sexy Halloween costume ideas in case that’s more your style. Try dressing up as a Playboy bunny, a French maid or a nurse. Or, try recreating your favorite anime costume.

Best Halloween costumes

Of course, the perfect Halloween costumes are ones that are unique. You don’t want to show up at a Halloween party wearing the same costume as someone else.  You can start with a purchased Halloween costume and then accessorize to make it unique. Or, create a Halloween costume entirely from scratch. If you’re crafty, consider a DIY Halloween costume.

fashionable Halloween costumes for couples

Halloween costume ideas for couples

You can still be stylish if you’re looking for Halloween costume ideas for couples rather than just yourself. Why not try Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’Hara from Gone with the Wind. Or, try Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley for something a little bit different. Or, you can do Olive Oyl and Popeye. Or, dressing up as a prince and princess is always fun.

If you’re looking for fashionable Halloween costumes on a budget, I hope I’ve given you a few ideas you can use.


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Ellen is a busy mom of a 20-year-old son and 25-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes you can feel beautiful at any age and any size. She shares healthy, realistic beauty and fashion information geared toward women over the age of 40. If you’d like to work together, email info@the-socialites-closet.com to chat.