Vintage Inspired Costume Ideas for 2018 Halloween

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

2018 Clueless Cher Horowitz Halloween Costume Inspiration

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.

Red dress is currently available in the Etsy shop. 

And if that one isn’t available, I have 2 more 90’s red mini dresses that would work just as well:

1 available here.

2 available here.

Netflix’s GLOW Female Wrestler

2018 GLOW Wrestling 1980's Halloween Costume Inspiration

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!

Pink crop top is currently available in the Etsy shop. 

Maverick from Top Gun

2018 Top Gun Halloween Costume Inspiration

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?)

Vintage coveralls are currently available in the Etsy shop. 

And I have the same pair in khaki if you’re interested.

Hippies at Woodstock

2018 Woodstock Hippie Halloween Costume Inspiration

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.

Poncho, vest and purse are all currently available in the Etsy shop.

Kelly Kapowski and Zack Morris in Saved by the Bell Hawaiian Style

2018 Saved by the Bell Halloween Costume Inspiration

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.

One piece swimsuit, men’s swim trunks and hot pink hat are all currently available in the Etsy shop. 

Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde

2018 Bonnie Parker Halloween Costume Inspiration

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: bc

Vintage yellow sweater and suede skirt are both currently available in the Etsy shop.

A Late 90’s or Early 00’s Kandi Raver

2018 1990's Kandi Kid Raver Halloween Costume Inspiration

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…

Black and white tank top is currently available in the Etsy shop. 

1990’s Courtney Love

2018 1990's Courtney Love Halloween Costume Inspiration

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.

Black slip is currently available in the Etsy shop. 

A Dame from Dynasty

2018 1980's Dynasty Costume Inspiration

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!

Velvet dress and beaded evening bag are both currently available in the Etsy shop.

1980’s Mall Walkers

2018 1980's Mall Walker Halloween Costume Inspiration

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!

Purple and Blue windsuits are both currently available in the Etsy shop.

(I also have an additional windsuit here.)

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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All fashion inspiration sets were created with Shoplook. Details for all items can be found on my Shoplook page in the individual sets.

 

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