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8 More Halloween Costume Ideas for Any Budget


Amy Winehouse Halloween costume
Amy Winehouse is a popular Halloween costume.

Here’s part two of the Cute Halloween Costumes series. In case you missed part one, you can read it here: 10 Cute Halloween Costumes For Any Budget.

Last time we talked about celebrity Halloween costume ideas, TV-inspired costumes, and movie Halloween costume ideas. Today’s article focuses on historical costumes, fashion costumes, and even some sexy Halloween costume ideas, if that’s what you’re going for this year.

Keep reading to get inspiration for your own costume or maybe just pick up some ideas for next year!

Historical Halloween Costume Ideas

1920s Flapper

1920s Flapper Costume

Such a chic costume. 1920s flapper is the perfect Halloween look if you want to be sexy without being slutty in the least. The flapper costume is also a fashionable costume choice, because drop-waist flapper style dresses were all over recent runways.

Flapper costumes are usually inexpensive to buy, which makes things easy, but you could just as easily find a fringe dress at a vintage shop. Add a long necklace (pearls if possible), a feathered headband, and of course, a pair of fabulous heels. Don’t forget a long (fake) cigarette holder to finish off the look!

If you’d rather buy a costume, here are some cute & affordable flapper costumes: Silver Flapper Costume ($32.99), Black Fashion Flapper Costume ($32.99), Adult Sexy Flapper Costume ($69.99)

Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette Costume

This costume was really popular last year, and will probably be hot again this year!

Why is this costume so great? To start, Marie Antoinette was the original fashionista. In her time, she set all the trends in wardrobe, makeup, and of course hair! She’s iconic, rebellious, and all around fabulous. Everyone will know who you’re supposed to be when you dress like Marie.

There are tons of great Marie Antoinette costumes available online, and unless you’re really advanced at sewing, you should probably buy a costume. The wig is essential too, so don’t forget to factor that in to the cost!

A few cute Marie Antoinette Halloween costumes: Sexy Marie Antoinette Costume ($39.99), Miss Antoinette Costume ($100)

Go-Go Girl

Go Go Girl

The mini dresses! The knee-high boots! The hair! Go-go girls definitely had style. Not only will you be “in costume” when you wear this, but you’ll also be in style. – ’60s mod has been a huge trend over the past few years.

To dress up as a Go-Go Girl, you don’t need to buy a costume in a bag. Just pair a mini dress (preferably in a bright color or pattern) with some knee-high boots in a light color. Wear frosty makeup and get your hair as big as possible!

Of course, if you’re pressed for time, you could always buy a ’60s mod costume too. Some options: Mod Girl Costume ($21.95), Sparkling 60’s Mod Costume ($39.95), Vintage Mod Dress ($32.95)

“Like a Virgin” Madonna

Like A Virgin Madonna

Whether you love Madonna and the 80’s or just love Britney’s VMA performance with Madonna, you have to admit that the “like a virgin” costume is pretty classic.

This was actually my halloween costume a few years ago, and it was a big hit with everyone! If you want to channel 80’s Madonna this Halloween, you have two choices: you could either buy the costume in a bag (I like this one from CostumeKingdom, $32.99), or DIY.

If you choose the do it yourself route, you’ll need a lacy white dress/boustier (look for one at a vintage store, or pair a short white skirt with a boustier from Victoria’s Secret), tons of jewelry (a long strand of pearls if you can find them), white lacy gloves, and tons of attitude!

Fashion Costume Ideas

Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace

Go as the fabulous Donatella this Halloween for a costume that everyone who’s anyone will recognize.

The keys to a flawless Donatella Versace costume are in the hair and makeup! Find a long platinum-blonde wig, and either get spray tanned or use foundation a few shades darker than your natural skin tone for Donatella’s bronzed look. For the outfit itself, make sure it’s either a chic pair of black pants + tank top, or a glittering gown in gold, silver, or a neon hue.

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld

Who says you have to dress up as a female? Karl Lagerfeld, the mastermind behind the Chanel runways, is a fabulous choice for a Halloween costume. If you’re going to go as a guy for Halloween, you couldn’t pick a more fashion-forward one.

You can’t buy this costume in stores, so plan on doing a little extra work to dress like Mr. Lagerfeld.

You’ll need to find a white wig that you can put in a ponytail, a man’s suit, and some killer sunglasses. Pair those with a fabulous black tie and shiny shoes. Refuse to take the sunglasses off no matter what anyone says!

Fashion Victim

Fashion Victim

Another unexpected costume choice is “the fashion victim.” If you dress well all year round, why not dress badly for one night?

For ideas on how to dress badly, think spandex leggings as pants, UGG’s with a mini skirt, an obviously fake Louis Vuitton purse, mismatched colors, white or bright blue eyeshadow, bleached blonde wig, a horribly streaky fake tan, etc.

Dress as badly as possible for the best effect, and don’t forget to tell everyone in your most Paris Hilton voice that you “want a career in FASHION“, like the girl in the Sex & The City movie.

Sexy Halloween Costume Ideas


Pirate Halloween Costume

This was another hot costume last year, but because of that, there are tons of cute pirate costumes to choose from this year. More choice means you have a smaller chance of having the same costume as anyone else.

This year, pirate costumes come in every style, color, and size imaginable. Here are some cute pirate costumes I found online: Sexy Pirate Costume ($104.95), Caribbean Pirate Corsair ($59.99), Adult Sexy Buccaneer Costume ($39.95)

Pin Up Girl

Pin Up Girl Costume

If you’re going to go sexy, why not channel the original sexpots – 50’s pinup girls?

I love the idea of these costumes, and I think when done right they can be super sexy in a classy way. Think beauty a la Dita Von Tesse – pale flawless skin, dark hair, red lips, and a super-confident attitude to match.

These costumes are definitely sexy, but in a way that seems fresher than your everyday “sexy kitten” or naughty school girl. It’s a little bit different than what you see every Halloween, and that’s definitely a good thing!

You don’t have to buy a costume because the beauty aspect of this is more important than what you wear. If you want to buy, some of the military-inspired costumes would be perfect for a pin up girl look. A few options: Sea Side Pinup Girl Costume ($48), Four Star Pin-Up ($50)

*Top photo by the_hipster_bear

Your Thoughts?

Now that you’ve seen my costume ideas, I want to hear what your ideas are! What are you going to be for Halloween? Let me know your costume ideas in the comments section!

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21 Responses to “8 More Halloween Costume Ideas for Any Budget”

  1. 1
    October 16th, 2008 at 1:19 am

    I was a pirate two years ago, but yeah it was fun cause there’s definitely a LOT of varieties of that costume, but then a lot of people did it too. My favorite out of this bunch has to be the “fashion victim”. That so makes sense for us fashionable, fashion bloggers ;)

  2. 2
    October 16th, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Last year i dressed as Amy Winehouse, with the hair, the broken flats, pants from the eighties, and some fake drugs…in enjoyed too much!! and everybody sang me in the street “no, no, no”. hahaha. Waiting for Carnival, 5 days in february, in Spain there’s not Halloween!

  3. 3
    October 16th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    I am totally going as a flapper this year! I bought my dress in the junior section of Target—just a very cute, black dress with layers. I got hot pink accessories too. I love Halloween–anyone not dressing up is crazy!

    The site is amazing btw–I love your halloween spread!

  4. 4
    October 17th, 2008 at 3:27 am

    7 Deadly Sins (A la America’s Next Top Model)

    Disney Characters (excellent with guy friends involved as male characters)

    Characters from The Office

    Sexy Refferee

  5. 5
    October 17th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    I must be one of the very few girls who is dressing as a guy this year.
    Men’s PJs + A dressing gown + A towel = Arthur Dent :)

  6. 6
    October 18th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    ah i love the fashion victim idea, so funny! & donatella versace would be really fun.

    i’m going as the “fashion police”, the best of both worlds :)


  7. 7
    October 22nd, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    I love the Madonna costume! I know a couple people that are going as Amy Winehouse, I can’t wait to see how that turns out!

    Me and my friends are going as Hugh Hefner and the “Girls Next Door”

  8. 8
    August 17th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Fantastic Idea about pin up costumes. Really, those Pin Up Beauties were the best, and can’t remember anyone who didn’t have a poster pin up in the garage or man room. Seeing this costume show up at a Halloween Party will bring back some old memories.

  9. 9
    April 29th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Amiga , não quebre a corrente
    Você vai ter uma surpresa , um homem vai te provar que gosta de ti .
    Se partir a corrente , passará por duas VERGONhas que vão acontecer em breve ( envie a dez meninas .)

  10. 10
    October 5th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    ooh the GO GO girl is interesting. I already have the dress now I need the bright boots:)

  11. 11
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    i’m going as a pin up girl this year… i can’t wait. everyone already asked me what i’m going to be and they said it was really cute.

  12. 12
    October 21st, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    YES! I love you, Blair Waldorf, you just gave me my Halloween costume. lol. Amy Winehouse, here I come.

  13. 13
    October 26th, 2010 at 7:02 am

    I went as Amy Winehouse to Carnevale last year (I was living in Italy), as a last-minute costume I’d literally come up with that night; lots of eyeliner, a friend with art skills to give me a few “tattoos,” some of my older ill-fitting clothing and LOTS of hairpins and spray and I was set. This year is definitely Audrey Hepburn time :)

  14. 14
    October 4th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    You have some cool costumes for the ladies here. I’d like to tell you what’s hot this year. Anything from the movie Sucker Punch, Red Riding Hood is definitely hot, and the one that looks really cool to me is Miss Edward Scissorhands. Oh and the female Green Lantern… Definitely Hot. Happy Halloween Ladies!

  15. 15
    October 4th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Does anyone have ideas for a Katy Perry costume? I love her fashion I’m just trying to find something where my stomach isn’t showing lol I’ll be with my family

  16. 16
    October 5th, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Inspiring stuff, thanks for your ideas. It is difficult to find a good costume on a tight budget.

  17. 17
    October 10th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Anyone got any cheap ideas for halloween?

  18. 18
    November 1st, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Thank you for these costume ideas. I would love to dress as Amy Winehouse or Maddona, love them both :)

  19. 19
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I’m definitely going with the classic “school girl” with a little twist of a neon shirt and tight skirt. 2 years ago i was alice in wonderland. Can’t wait until this years Halloween!

  20. 20
    January 11th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    “8 More Halloween Costume Ideas for Any Budget – College Fashion” was
    in fact a really good blog post, . Continue writing and I will continue browsing!
    Regards ,Esther

  21. 21
    August 3rd, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Sexy :p

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