Costumes for Procrastinators

If you guys are anything like me, you’re prone to major procrastination. For me, this wouldn’t be too big of a problem if it weren’t for the fact that I had plans for dressing up for Halloween but procrastinated on getting a costume. So, I thought I’d help all of my fellow procrastinating friends with a post on some super easy costumes that include items that you may already own.

If you have a white dress…

You can go as Red Riding Hood! I think the easiest way to do this is to go for a more urban/modern version and swap the cloak for a red hoodie. Then use one of those re-usable grocery bags and tell people that you were off to deliver some canned soup and cough drops to your sickly grandmamma but ran into a wolf on the way back from the local grocery store.

For this look, you’ll need:

  • A White Dress (preferably one that’s above the knee and comes out at the waist to mimic children’s style clothing)
  • A Red Hoodie or Cape
  • Tights (I think black works the best with the white dress for a classic look, but feel free to expand into other colors)
  • Flat Shoes (just pick a pair that you could walk through a forest in)
  • A Basket (you can use an old Easter egg basket or pick a basket up from a dollar store in the area where they keep their low quality home decorations)

If you have black jeans and a black shirt…Be a bank robber (or any sort of robber that doesn’t have the word cradle in front of it, to be honest)! It sounds really ridiculous, but I’m pretty sure you won’t run into someone else wearing the same costume as you. Just remember, kids, don’t wear a ski mask. You’re a pretend bank robber, not a real one. You wouldn’t want anyone to mistake you for a serial killer.

For this look you’ll need:

  • A Fitted Black Shirt or Sweater
  • Black Skinny Jeans
  • A Black Beanie
  • Black Flat Shoes
  • A Black Mask (to cover the upper half of your face Robin style-feel free to draw the mask on with face paint)
  • A Belt (if you can find one, try using a tool belt or a makeup belt that has compartments in it to carry all of your bank robbing equipment)
  • A Flashlight (to see the safe you’re busting into)
  • A White Pillow Case (fill it up half way, tie the top closed with a piece of string, and toss it over your shoulder)

If you have a light blue dress…Fall through that rabbit hole and get friendly with the Mad Hatter because you’re Alice in Wonderland! This is one of those costumes that I’ve always wanted to be, but never was because I couldn’t figure out how to create the look. By the time I’d figured it out, it was too late, since I’d already developed a style crush on the Mad Hatter.

For this look you’ll need:

  • A Blue Dress (preferably one with at least a cap sleeve that comes out at the waist)
  • An Apron (optional, but recommended)
  • White Tights
  • Black Flats
  • A Black Headband (bow optional)

If you have a flowy, light-colored dress…

You can literally be any sort of humanoid mythical woodland creature! Just roll in some body shimmer or slather on the sparkly lotion and you can probably convince your friends that you came from a magical forest. Feel free to make up a mystical sounding name or look up a creature that isn’t that common in folklore and spend the night pretending that you sleep in the trees.

For this look you’ll need:

  • A Light-Colored Flowy Dress (like a maxi dress or a short chiffon type dress)
  • Flower Hair Pins or a Floral Headband (there are tons of quick DIYs online if you don’t already own flower pins ar the headband)
  • Wings (only use if you specifically want to be a fairy-can be bought in the children’s section of a dollar store)
  • Sandals or Moccasins
  • Long Pendant Necklaces (optional)
  • Body Shimmer (store buy it or mix glitter into your lotion)

Hopefully this gave someone out there some ideas for Halloween or any other sort of costume appropriate idea (or at least wasn’t a complete waste of 3-5 minutes of your life)! In the mean time, I shall be trying to pick my own costume. I’m currently stuck between being a mythical woodland creature (I like any reason to be sparkly) and Red Riding Hood. I feel like both would work seeing as I’m quite short. What do you guys think?

P.S. What is your dream costume?

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