I just realized that last year I didn’t do a Halloween inspo post, and that must have been what created the giant void in my life that has been haunting me for the past 12 months. That’s a little dramatic, but for real, I can’t believe I let myself not have all this fun last year.
Anyways, like I’ve said before, vintage pieces are perfect for costumes, especially ones inspired by decades past. I’ll just cut to the chase and show you the looks – I’ve used at least one item from my Etsy shop in each of the styles below.
Cher Horowitz from Clueless
The two main things you need to look like the dopest Betty in Beverly Hills are a red mini dress and a white boa. A feather topped pen, vintage flip phone or some Mary Janes and shopping bags are all just icing on the cake.
And if that one isn’t available, I have 2 more 90’s red mini dresses that would work just as well:
Netflix’s GLOW Female Wrestler
This Netflix show about female wrestlers in the 1980’s is hilarious, but even if it wasn’t, it’s worth watching just for the costumes alone. Get a bunch of shiny spandex, tease your hair to high heaven, put on like 20 pounds of eye shadow, and you’re all set!
Maverick from Top Gun
I just so happen to have come into some vintage military coveralls, so what better costume to make with those than the original Maverick from the 80’s classic, Top Gun?! As long as you have the aviator sunglasses, you’ll be a total ringer for Tomkat (can I still call him that even if him and Katie are kaput?)
Hippies at Woodstock
If you’re anything like me, you can usually make a hippie costume with stuff you already have in your closet. But if you have an authentic 1960’s vest or poncho, it will take your costume to another level.
Kelly Kapowski and Zack Morris in Saved by the Bell Hawaiian Style
I’ve seen lots of ideas for Zack and Kelly, but never one from their “Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style” movie. All you’ll need are some crazy bathing suits, 80’s accessories and hulu skirts and leis. This one might be best suited for Halloween in a warm climate.
Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde
I think it’s time for another Bonnie and Clyde remake, don’t you? Maybe Quentin Tarantino could do it? Just an idea. There are a lot of ways you could run with a Bonnie costume. This one was inspired by the 1967 movie poster seen here:
A Late 90’s or Early 00’s Kandi Raver
If you can get your hands on some early 00’s UFO pants, you have hit the jackpot. Unfortunately I don’t have any of those, but I do have that epic tank top above. If you go this route, you’re going to need a crap ton of pony bead bracelets, some Sketchers and a pacifier. It was a strange time…
1990’s Courtney Love
For this Courtney Love look you need a slip, some fishnets (preferably ones your cat has gotten to), Mary Janes, and a ratchet blonde wig. Everybody will know who you are.
A Dame from Dynasty
If you have a crazy 1980’s cocktail dress, just pair it with a bunch of fancy looking jewelry and, like with the Glow costume, 200 pounds of hairspray and makeup!
1980’s Mall Walkers
This is a great costume for people who want to stay warm and comfortable. All you really need is the windsuit. Then you can wear sneakers and add some sweatbands and water bottles if you want. Easy and effective!
So what are you going to be this year? Will you be thrifting for a costume? Leave some your ideas in the comments!
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