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13 Last Minute Little Black Dress Costumes




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“Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story. -Mason Cooley

Do you want to deliver a spooky, elegant or iconic story? To start the season, all you need is a black dress and a few accessories! Halloween is fast approaching and the mood boards, makeup inspirations and ghoulish costumes are ready for the parade! If the impending night scared you, I’ve got some simple treats for making 13 costumes out of the classic black dress. This garment is a wardrobe essential. You’ll be instantly unforgettable with props that allow for inexpensive costume variations.

1. Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn is the style icon for the elegant black dress. One of fashion’s chicest displays, you can channel Holly Golightly of timeless Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Manhattan’s most memorable socialite completes her outfit with pearls, a simple bun with a tiara and black gloves. If you’re feeling fancier, come with a vintage coffee mug, pastry and cigarette holder.

2. Coco Chanel

Coco Channel is the epitome of elegance and embraces the versatility of a little black dress. Consult your grandmother for costume jewelry, a vintage hat, and play your daintiest French accent to honor the fashion-gifted extraordinaire.

3. 1920s flapper

A 1920s flapper is a bubbly and sometimes mysterious character! Art deco jewelry and dainty heels will draw the party wherever the music takes you. Be bold with your blush and check out a fabulous makeup or hairstyle tutorial to make a grand entrance dancing the Charleston, drinking champagne and dreaming of Gatsby!

4. Cruel Hell

Positives for a Dalmatian Sidekick; you can recreate the devilishly elegant icon with a silky black dress and a dramatic faux fur accessory. Venture out to apply baby powder and set it with hairspray as an ode to her mean hair. Don’t forget the bold red lip and elongated cigarette to exude the sass and superiority of Ms. Cruella De Vil.

5. Mrs X

Do you want to create a work of art to become one? If you want to DIY or upcycle a little black dress, replace the straps with rhinestone detailing and drop one gracefully over the shoulder. A sleek bun with the outrageous shoulder reveal is reminiscent of Madame X, painted by John Singer Sargent.

6. Betty Boop

Thick hoops, a black wig or pin curls, cartoon-style makeup, accented red shoes and pouty heart-shaped lips lead to the stunning entrance of little Miss Betty Boop! Accessorize it with a gold bangle bracelet or a heart-shaped belt to embody the cute starlet as a button, Boop-Oop-a-Doop.

7. Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles in Cabaret

Life is a cabaret, old friend. Come to Cabaret! A black mini dress paired with a glittering headpiece and an iconic mole will look like the charming Liza Minnelli of 1970s cabaret. Add garters, tights or waistcoats for an elevated and eerie likeness of the divine decadence that belongs at a New York nightclub.

8. Black Swan

With a few feathers, a ballerina bun and maybe some mysterious eye makeup, turn into a black swan and dance the night away. Enhance that dark, macabre look with a mask and performance of a lifetime.

9. Wednesday and Morticia Adams

The original mother and daughter duo are simple icons for a pair or a solo costume. Wednesday wears her black dress with white, peter pan collars, knee high socks, red nails and pigtail braids. Do not forget an abundance of sarcasm and do not smile. Morticia offers a dramatic entrance with a figure-hugging figure and maybe a cheeky thigh-high slit with a blood-red manicure, straight, flowing locks and wickedly perfect makeup.

10. Lydia Deetz

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, beeeee because you’re too stylish and a bit eccentric, opt for Lydia Deetz’s spooky outfit for a twist on the traditional witch. Take a creative risk with her unique spiky bangs and embrace your eccentricity by carrying a book to chat with all your ghostly acquaintances.

11. Minnie Mouse

Accompany the black dress with mouse ears, and voila! I am a mouse. Uh. Whether you recreate a Minnie mouse with polka dots and a bow or prefer Karen’s approach to mean girlsthis costume is cute, simple and easy to customize.

12. Vampire

Glimmering in the moonlight, a black robe, fangs and a mysterious bite, it’s centuries old, but a plus! Complete with a dark lip and an overflowing mug filled with red liquid to embrace gothic delight.

13. Magdalen

Create a unique schoolgirl outfit with a collared blouse, frilly socks, white gloves and a yellow hat, scarf or jacket to represent French student, Madeline. Complete the outfit with a red ribbon, a brave spirit and the occasional French “pooh-pooh” if you’re having tricks this season!