It’s no surprise that October is my favourite month of the year. The leaves change colour, the temperature is perfect, dark lipstick, Thanksgiving, Fall clothing, and Halloween.
Besides Christmas, Halloween brings so much joy. It’s the one day (or weekend) where you can dress as anything or anyone. I take this time of year very seriously.
I may or may not have already started thinking about my costumes for 2019…
When thinking of concepts for my costumes, I try to stick with ideas that have the following criteria:
1) DIY – instead of dropping $50+ on a poorly designed costume from a party store, I’d rather wear pieces of my costumes again – outside of Halloween.
2) Finding items on sale – this is a big one because I try my best to put together affordable yet stylish outfits and Halloween is no exception. You’d be amazed at what you’ll find on the sale rack in an accessory store.
3) Staying true to your personality – I love Halloween but hate scary things…go figure. That being said, I stick to costume ideas that are a reflection of my personality – like a bottle of tequila or Rihanna.
4) Wigs, wig, and more wigs – I absolutely adore wigs. If I had the luxury of switching up my hair every day I would. Don’t be afraid to top your costume off with a green wig if it’ll complete the look. Trust me, it’ll go a long way.
5) If you can’t find the right item, make it – I learned this when I wanted to be a mermaid in 2016. I had a design in my head for my tail and I wasn’t going to settle on just ANY mermaid tail. After searching high and low, I had come to the conclusion that it was going to be easier, and more cost-effective, for me to make it…or for my Dad to make.
Shoutout to Dad’s who sew pencil skirt mermaid tails for their daughters.
With that being said, take a look at some of my past Halloween costumes.
The right photo wasn’t the inspiration behind this look but I’ve always loved the mermaids in Peter Pan so I went with it. This is the pencil skirt my Dad sewed for me. I made the shell bra with an old bikini top, a hot glue gun, and lots of shells and rhinestones.
Again, not the intended inspo (or even a Halloween costume) but I’m obsessed with this look and the “Roaring 20’s”. I already had this dress in my closet and it was super easy finding the accessories to complete this outfit.
Fun fact: The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite books.
3. Rihanna from the “Work” music video
I love Rihanna. No surprise. This song is one of my favourite songs and I had to pay homage to the steamy music video. I found this bikini cover-up on Amazon for $20. THAT’S IT. The wig was purchased as a medium length wig that was $10; I cut it to the length I needed it to be. To complete this ensemble, I bought green lipliner that was $2. And voila.
Very little “work, work, work, work, work” went into this costume.
4. Storm from X-Men
As a woman of colour, there are very few costume ideas available. However, I’ve always wanted to be Storm. I took my chance during the Halloween of 2017.
Believe it or not, the most expensive piece of this costume was the wig. I wanted the perfect white hair but didn’t want to go Halle Berry length (even though she totally rocked it). I tried to add my own twist to this outfit while keeping the true elements of Storm: black latex outfit, white contacts, and white hair.
I had so much fun putting this together, especially since it was a superhero that I identify with.
5. Jose Cuervo Gold
Before you start judging, I’d like to start off by saying tequila is the best drink. Feel free to message me further to debate this. Anyways, I had a gold dress and dabbled with a few ideas with what to do with it. Some of my options were: gold digger, disco dancer, or just an all gold outfit.
I have Pinterest to thank for this inspo.
Long story short, I chopped my hair off a few months ago and Cleopatra was the first idea that came to mind for a Halloween costume. Also, she was a literal queen so it made perfect sense for one of my costumes this year. Putting this look together was very simple. I purchased a set of black clip-on bangs from Amazon, a chunky necklace from Aldo, and I had the headpiece from my Flapper costume.
What really pulled this look together was my make-up. The power of a good eyeliner is magic.
7. Reggie Rocket from “Rocket Power”
Rocket Power was one of my favourite shows on Nickelodeon. I had always thought Reggie was a badass, doing whatever the boys did and broke down stereotypes. Sourcing her staple rocket tee was difficult so I had it made. The camouflage pants, purple wig, and red sunglasses were all on sale. It was meant to be.
8. Princess Jasmine (captured by Jafar)
This is my favourite costume of all time. As previously mentioned, my options are limited. I’ve always wanted to be Princess Jasmine but wasn’t feeling the blue costume this year. My best friend Monique always says that I look like Princess Jasmine, during this scene, whenever I wear the colour red. So this year, I wanted to bring “Evil Jasmine” to life. I sourced the top from Missguided (again, on sale) and the bottoms from Amazon. I bought the wig for $10 and styled it by tying it at the top to create the “half up, half down” look.
To be honest, I’ve had this idea planned since May and I’m completely satisfied with the end result.
It’s officially November 1st and another Halloween has come and gone. I’m already pumped for Halloween 2019 but for now…