Did your daughter change their mind about her costume again? Perhaps you need something in a pinch. Maybe you decided to go to a last-minute costume party. No matter the reason, changing a regular dress into a Halloween costume can be pretty simple with a few accessories and a little imagination.
If you’re creating a costume for your daughter, start with something like a neutral-colored twirl dress. It’ll make an easy canvas for a last-minute or easy-to-put-together costume.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to turn your regular dress into a Halloween costume is by piling on the accessories. Add on some statement shoes, wear jewelry, and add a themed purse that matches who you are dressing up as. Here is an example of how accessories can take a plain dress from drab to Halloween fab!
Let’s say you want to dress up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Perhaps you wear a plain white top under a blue dress. You could braid your hair too, but without accessories, no one will know who you are. Carry a basket as your purse and add a pair of ruby red slippers. Everyone will know exactly who you are even if your costume isn’t an exact match.
Don’t Forget the Hair!
Hair plays a super important role in the look of your costume. One of the ways you can really up your game is by using temporary hair dye. They come in box form as well as sprays. Just make sure if you have dyed or damaged hair, you check with your stylist before using anything. Many characters have colored hair, so this can be a great way to take your makeshift dress costume to the next level.
If you don’t want to dye your hair, you can simply style it to look like the character or person you’re portraying. Many characters have easy hairstyles, and if they don’t, you can always ask a friend to help you!
Makeup can Change your Whole Look
Makeup can play a huge role in making a plain dress from the back of your closet into a costume. Makeup done well can help make you look like anyone. Maybe you’re not an expert, however, many people that are experts make youtube tutorials. So, if you’re going for a specific look, make sure to take a peek at Youtube for ideas! A great example of how to dress up a plain dress with makeup is to start with a plain black dress. Then watch youtube tutorials about fairytale villains. Pick your favorite, and apply the makeup. You can always add accessories to make it a bit more authentic.
You might be able to get away with just doing your hair and carrying accessories, but sometimes you really need to utilize makeup to take your costume to the next level!
Of course, to pull off the look you’re going for, you’ll need the right dress. Buying a dress from a regular retailer instead of a costume store means that you can also use the dress year-round! That means less waste on a costume you’ll put in the back of your closet and rarely use again. If you’re looking for a dress that is great quality, check out Sweet Salt! Their dresses are perfect for everyday wear and can most certainly be styled into great costumes!