5 Last Minute Halloween Costumes From Your Own Closet

 MappCraft | 5 Last Minute Halloween Costumes From Your Own Closet,

MappCraft | 5 Last Minute Halloween Costumes From Your Own Closet,

Trick or Chic

It's one week until Halloween 2018 and after exhausting all of your creative energy crafting a Raven from Fortnite costume for your 6 year old, the last thing you want to think about is your own ensemble.

Sorry! There is no excuse for sitting out the best holiday of the year - especially when I can show you how to craft a costume in five minutes flat.

5 Last Minute Halloween 2018 Costumes From Your Own Closet

In true Tiny Closet, Tons of Style® fashion, each of the 5 last minute Halloween 2018 costumes ideas below were created with clothes from my own closet and a few key accessories - many of which you probably own or can order on Amazon right now and get by tomorrow.

Using the same philosophy I teach my clients about creating a forever wardrobe, the trick to nailing these character driven costumes lies in styling and signature accessories. Your actual garments are secondary!

 MappCraft | Last Minute Halloween 2018 Costume Idea #1:  Karl Lagerfeld

MappCraft | Last Minute Halloween 2018 Costume Idea #1: Karl Lagerfeld

Last Minute Halloween 2018 Costume Idea #1: Karl Lagerfeld

The head creative director of the fashion house Chanel as well as the Italian house Fendi and his own eponymous fashion label, style icon Karl Lagerfeld is influential, super cooky and controversial (he once said women wearing sweatpants is a sign of defeat - and, TBH, I agree). The the most notable thing about Lagerfeld, and the very reason he makes a great costume, is his definitive and unwavering signature style. 

Karl Lagerfeld Last Minute Halloween Costume Essentials

Clothes from your own closet

  • Black blazer

  • White collared shirt

  • Slim black pant

  • Black boots

Signature Accessories/Styling

 Last Minute Halloween 2018 Costume Idea #2:  Coco Chanel

Last Minute Halloween 2018 Costume Idea #2: Coco Chanel

Last Minute Halloween 2018 Costume Idea #2: Coco Chanel

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel was a French fashion designer, business woman and the founder and namesake of the iconic Chanel brand. Coco Chanel's imprint on style is so deeply embedded in popular culture that we may not even realize it was she who coined the phrase "Little Black Dress." Coco Chanel was also singularly responsible for popularizing the Breton stripe shirt when, inspired by uniform tops worn by sailors in the French navy, she introduced the look in her 1917 nautical collection, forever changing the face of casual womenswear. 

Like her successor Karl Lagerfeld, Coco Chanel makes a great costume for fashion lovers and #Chanelophiles because her personal style is definitive, classic and immediately recognizable. 

Coco Chanel Last Minute Halloween Costume Essentials

Clothes from your own closet

  • Black long sleeve slim fit top

  • Black or white linen wide leg pant

  • Flat shoes

Signature Accessories/Styling

Pro Tip: Karl Lagerfeld + Coco Chanel makes a great couples costume for fashion lovers. If your man isn't game, try it with your BFF or hairdresser

 Last Minute Halloween 2018 Costume Idea #3:  Frida Khalo

Last Minute Halloween 2018 Costume Idea #3: Frida Khalo

Last Minute Halloween 2018 Costume Idea #3: Frida Khalo

Frida Kahlo de Rivera was a Mexican artist inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. A revolutionary and feminist icon, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. Among other accomplishments, Kahlo's self portrait "The Frame" was the first of any Mexican artist to be displayed in the Louvre, but she is most widely recognized for her intentional unibrow and mustache. Frida Kahlo went from a somewhat obscure artist to a pop culture symbol of feminism when she was played by Selma Hayek in the the 2002 biopic Frida. The film, directed by Julie Taymor earned an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination for Hayek and went home with several more Academy Awards including one for costume and makeup. Frida Khalo makes a perfect costume for left wing feminists and art lovers of any gender because of her unisex grooming practices and powerful representation of the resistance. 

Frida Kahlo Last Minute Halloween Costume Essentials

Clothes from your own closet

  • Peasant style top (extra points for embroidery detail)

  • Maxi skirt 

Signature Accessories/Styling

Pro Tip: Carry a vintage picture frame to hold in front of your face to represent her famous self portrait, The Frame

 Last Minute Halloween 2018 Costume Idea #4:  Lydia Deetz

Last Minute Halloween 2018 Costume Idea #4: Lydia Deetz

Last Minute Halloween 2018 Costume Idea #4: Lydia Deetz

This "strange and unusual" teenage character from the 1988 cult classic Beetlejuice is an icon for generations of angst riddled goth girls. With her pale gamine face, dark under eye circles and ever darker sense of humor, what's not to love about a young Wynona Ryder? Lydia Deetz is an easy to execute last minute halloween costume idea because she basically wears all black, some lace and an oversized sunhat. Lydia's piece de resistance is her pilfered copy of "The Handbook For The Recently Deceased." For hair and makeup, piece your damp bangs into points using strong hold gel and apply lots of pale face powder.

Lydia Deetz Last Minute Halloween Costume Essentials

Clothes from your own closet

  • Black top

  • Maxi skirt

Signature Accessories/Styling

Pro Tip: To create your own copy of "The Handbook for the Recently Deceased," download and print the image above and tape it to the front cover of a book you already own

 MappCraft | Last Minute Halloween 2018 Costume Idea #5:  Spider Woman

MappCraft | Last Minute Halloween 2018 Costume Idea #5: Spider Woman

Last Minute Halloween 2018 Costume Idea #5: Spider Woman

My mashup Spider Woman is a truly last minute Halloween costume idea you can create with seasonal decorations available at any craft store or on Amazon. Search for "Creepy Cloth Decoration" and grab a bag of fake spiders. Use household scissors to cut a hole in fabric large enough to fit your head. Allow fabric to drape over an all black outfit. Stick the some spiders. Make this last minute Halloween costume idea your own with your choice of makeup and accessories. I chose a "Creepy Chic" theme and used a decorate headpiece and funeral style flowers from Michaels. You can style your Spider Woman as goth, macabre or Elivra-ish with appropriate wig, makeup, jewelry and footwear.

Spider Woman Last Minute Halloween Costume Essentials

Clothes from your own closet

  • Anything black (dress, jeans and top)

Signature Accessories/Styling

You Look Boo-tiful!

Did you try any of my last minute Halloween costume tricks? Join the Tiny Closet Survival Guide Facebook group and share your creepy-chic creations. Stick around after October 31 for treats: Daily style challenges, live outfit videos, plenty of capsule wardrobe advice and exclusive membership to a supportive, inspiring and fun real world style community

Be the bright and Happy Halloween!

xoxo Jenn