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The 7 Easy Costumes Perfect for Every Kind of Halloween Party

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What you are going to be for Halloween this year? No idea? Us, too. It’s becoming a pressing issue, as the Halloween party invitation have already started arriving, and trick-or-treating night is just around the corner. What’s clever and funny and an easy Halloween costume to pull together using normal clothes and minimal makeup? We’ve curated a list of 7 easy and clever last-minute costumes for adults perfect for every kind of Halloween party this year.

What’s an easy and clever last-minute costume for adults for Halloween this year?

While grown-ups may have relinquished the time-honored tradition of approaching strangers to ask them for Peanut M&Ms, the season just doesn’t seem complete without the fall trifecta of pumpkin everythingspooky stories and costumes.

It’s the most socially acceptable time of year to embrace your true self, indulge in a fantasy and not take yourself too seriously. So we say, embrace the holiday with all its macabre madness.

We put together some luxurious DIY costumes based on this year’s fashion trends and pop culture breakthroughs; things that you just might already have in your wardrobe. And if not, well…what’s better than a “costume” that you can keep wearing for the season ahead? Ahead, 7 fun costume ideas for the fashion-conscious this Halloween.

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7 easy and clever Halloween costumes for adults this year

1. bridgerton debutante

We were totally swept away by the frills and fantasy on display in Netflix’s romance, Bridgerton, this year. If a legitimate ball is not in your immediate future, Halloween is just the occasion to wear a gown and tiara. Consider this ethereal LoveShackFancy gown ($725) constructed of sweeping lightweight mesh with hand-beaded pearls, wildflower embroidery and custom floral lace. The ensemble wouldn’t be complete without a nod to Daphne’s signature color — sky blue.

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We found this aquamarine jewelry set on Etsy ($139) for the occasion. Top off with Jennifer Behr’s enchanting crystal tiara ($925) made of Swarovski crystals. And don’t forget the feathers! These proper satin gloves (£210) and fan ($84) will have you ready to be presented to the Queen.

2. yayoi kusama

For an artsy, high-brow costume, we turned to one of our favorite exhibitions last year — KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature at the New York Botanical Garden. The Japanese artist is renowned for her work with polka dots, a “complex, boundless entities on the verge of explosion – a source of energy, like the sun.” To channel her, start with a red wig ($17.99) in her signature bob hair style.

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From there, your outfit is practically ready to go with a UNIQLO/Yayoi Kusama Squid T-shirt ($7.96), Batsheva’s taffeta skirt ($277) and Louis Vuitton’s 2012/Yayoi Kusama’s limited edition infinity dot satchel ($1,925). Other Kusama-approved accessories include this Smithsonian commissioned silk Habotai scarf ($120) and iconic resin pumpkin ($556). Whether you’re marching in a parade or dancing the night away, stay comfy all night in Dr. Martens black polka dot platform boots ($210).

3. mare of easttown

If you need a practical and comfortable costume this year, look no further than HBO’s hit show Mare of Easttown. The hardest part is nailing Kate Winslet’s no-nonsense detective’s Delco accent. Her costume is almost completely available at L.L Bean and after Halloween, you might as well go for a weekend hike to admire all the fall foliage.

luxurious DIY Halloween costumes

Your first layer is this plaid flannel ($49.95) and Madewell’s high-rise boyjean($135). When traipsing through the field looking for clues, a canvas field coat ($139), snow boots ($150) and infinity scarf ($11.99) is a must. Lastly, walk in to the festivities carrying this basketball ($49.99) as a nod to Mare’s high school

5. the detective

Of course, you can also go for an old-fashioned detective in the vein of Sherlock Holmes.  If you’re a woman of mystery, this costume is for you. Conceal your identity with Saint Laurent’s gabardine trench coat outlined with sharp, black leather piping ($3,600). Layer on this detective costume set ($24.99) which comes complete with a houndstooth hat, pipe and magnifying glass.

easy and clever last-minute costumes for adults perfect for every kind of Halloween 2021 party that you can create using normal clothes you already own
Easy and clever last-minute costumes for adults perfect for every kind of Halloween party that you can create using normal clothes you already own.

No disguise in the field is complete without tortoise shell sunglasses — these cat eyes are from Bottega Veneta ($312), leather gloves ($510), and a solid briefcase ($495). A dark, brooding lip “Night Crimson,” from Charlotte Tillsbury ($29) completes the mood.

5. tennis phenom

One of this year’s surprising fashion trends arose from TikTok with influencers and celebrities sporting the sporty and timeless uniform of the tennis court as summer’s answer to athleisure. To pull of this preppy costume, pair this official 2021 Official On-Court Ball Boy Track Jacket by Polo Ralph Lauren ($198) with Tory Sport’s side slit skirt ($138). Put your hair in a ponytail and don this mesh green visor ($45).

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And for footwear, you have to get a pair of pom pom socks ($58 for 4-pack) and keep the grass green theme going with Nike’s React Vapor NXT Hard Court Tennis Shoes ($160). If you’re looking to up the authenticity, carry this Wilson racket ($199) , taped over with some grip tape ($5.99)

6. grandmillennial

Have you already embraced the grannycore aesthetic this year? It’s so frumpy, it’s cool. Typically we start with the top first but in this case, an authentic granny look is all about the shoes. These orthopedic beauties ($134.95) should do the trick. A chunky novelty sweater ($129.99) paired with a sturdy, calf-length corduroy skirt ($169) looks appropriately cozy.

easy and clever last-minute costumes for adults perfect for every kind of Halloween 2021 party that you can create using normal clothes you already own
Easy and clever last-minute costumes for adults perfect for every kind of Halloween party that you can create using normal clothes you already own

For accessories, we love Saint Laurent’s librarian-chic glasses ($405) with the Launer Traviaga handbag ($2,575) that has long been a favorite of the Queen mother. But as we all know, the toughest grandmas around are NYC-based. If that’s your inspo, the rolling shopping cart ($51) has your name on it.

7. feeling witchy

When all else fails, you can conjure the moody spirit of the season with our go-to costume: the witch. It’s black, it’s chic, and totally sexy. Raey’s black jersey slip dress ($110), made from a blend of cotton and cashmere is totally ready for this moment.

Easy and clever last-minute costumes for adults perfect for every kind of Halloween party that you can create using normal clothes you already own.

Add to the dark magic with this lacy witch hat ($10.99) and red-eyed raven wand ($15.97) perched over a gnarled branch. Alexander McQueen’s skull print scarf ($250) and Sophia Webster’s butterfly boots ($795) add a polished touch while these temporary tattoos ($19) keep you scary.

easy and clever last-minute Halloween costumes for adults

That’s our take on several easy and clever last-minute costumes for adults perfect for every kind of Halloween party that you can create using normal clothes you already own. No matter who you decide to be, we hope you have a happy and safe Halloween, dear reader! Maybe it be filled with more treats than tricks.

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