My 80’s Halloween

Every Halloween I purchase my costume at a second hand shop. This year I chose the lovely number above at Second Act in Iowa City. Walking into the store I had no idea what my plan was for this year’s Halloween. I came across an amazing rack of 80’s sequin- over the top- dresses tucked away in the back of the store. This dress had me at polka dots and the gold foil sleeves that deserve their own area code. I knew that I needed this dress so I built my costume around it.

Inspired by the puffy sleeves I decided to use this dress as a premise for my 80’s prom queen costume.

What I used:

  • Bright Pink Lipstick (MAC Impassioned)
  • Baby Blue Eyeshadow with Blue glitter
  • Pink blush
  • Tiara
  • Fabulous 80’s dress from a thrift store
  • Fish nets
  • Kitten Heels
  • Scrunchie for your side pony tail
  • Neon barrettes to randomly place in your hair
  • Bubblegum (to obnoxiously chew

This is just one idea that I came up with using a second hand garment. With some imagination and creativity a thrift store is a great and affordable place to great your own unique costume.

Happy Thrifting,

Elvira

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Thrift Your Costume

Halloween Costumes 1980

Halloween Costumes 1980 (Photo credit: Zombie Normal)

Halloween is only three days away and what better reason to go to your local thrift store than to create a costume!

Around this time, most thrift stores have their Halloween decorations out and organized. Most stores also have racks that are dedicated to costumes and outfits that fit the holiday. Personally, I’m not a fan of spending $59.99 on a sheath of polyster that will expose over half my body. Instead I opt for the creative fulfillment of finding and piecing together my own one-of-a-kind costumer at Goodwill or any great second hand shop.

If you don’t want to add to the million girls that will be a police officer, school girl, nerd, or cat woman this year- bring a friend and head over to a thrift shop. Don’t be afraid of the crazy ideas and costumes you’ll find.

Also, Refinery 29 posted this awesome slideshow on how to thrift and create 6 different super easy Halloween costumes & Ecouterre also posted a slideshow of 9 costumes under $15.

Happy Thrifting

xo

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