There are two types of people in the world: those who plan their Halloween costumes a month ahead of time and those who improvise on the spot. If you’re either of these people, don’t rely on a drab costume shop for inspiration. For an impressive Halloween costume, get creative with your outfit and combine fashion and makeup.
There’s one closet staple that’s the key to surviving Halloween—and it’s already sitting in your dresser—for those of us whose ideal costume requires minimal preparation. Leggings are the unsung hero of Halloween costume design, and while you might think of them as more appropriate for the track than for trick-or-treating, they’re surprisingly adaptable. With a little imagination, there are many ways to create a costume based on the off-duty staple.
Whether you’re dressing up for a competition or a party, the ideas below will help you out! Are you ready to take home the award for best dressed this year?
There’s a sizable group of people who feel compelled to dress up as cats for Halloween, and that’s fine. Adding a cat ear headband to the classic costume of “wear something safe and comfortable and normal and not scary at all.” We’ll show you how to avoid scribbling on a nose and whiskers and thinking you’re ready to go. You aren’t. Keep an eye out for the most creative Halloween cat ideas you’ve ever seen. For this classic costume, all you’ll need is a pair of leggings, preferably leather leggings, to add some sass to your ensemble.
Harley Quinn has been a popular Halloween character since the 2016 film Suicide Squad. This costume will never be a boring choice, thanks to ripped fishnet tights, baseball bat props, and creative makeup. Apply body makeup to your legs before putting on the tights for a ripped fishnet effect. Then, in each leg, pull a hole to reveal your joker ‘tattoos’ underneath.
The popularity of mermaids has been rising in recent years, and this year is no exception. A colorful wig, along with the appropriate fishnet tights and face jewels, is the ideal combination for showing Ariel who’s boss. Remember, it’s all about the nets. Wear asymmetrical fishnet tights and a netted top to complete your look.
This outfit is great for variety; if you want to look impressive while also being rough, this is the outfit for you. Anything goes, from baggy pants to fishnet stockings!