Fashion, Halloween

5 last minute halloween costumes for retro girls

Time flies when you’re having fun, and it can be all too easy for even the spookiest gal to look up from a month of pumpkins, spiderwebs, and scary movies to realize that Halloween is here, and she doesn’t have a costume. Quelle horror!

There are a lot of last-minute costume idea posts out there, but most of them include things like blue jeans that I certainly don’t have in my closet – so I thought it would be fun to do a version a little more tailored to things the average pinup girl might have lying around.

 Ms. Frizzle

Ms. Frizzle

You probably have some kind of novelty dress…if so, you’re 90% of the way to an awesome Ms. Frizzle costume! Science-themed always helps, but you never know what you’re going to learn about when you get on that bus. Pull out all the stops with themed jewelry and accessories (never forget the time the Frizz wore the solar system on her head), put your hair up in a messy bun, and you’re ready to go. For bonus points, accessorize with a stuffed Lizz and a set of keys with a nerdy keychain.

Stepford Wife

You’ll be hard pressed to find a scarier costume in your closet than one inspired by this classic film & feminist horror story! All you need is your sweetest, most feminine vintage best. Pearls and floppy hats are highly recommended. It’s up to you how much of your Stepford-ness you’d like to reveal…use makeup to add a peek of metal or just spend the night looking as blankly pleasant as possible.


Vintage ladies love Disney: it is known. So a vintage Disney costume is the perfect match! Pair your Mickey ears (we all know you have them) with a full skirt and a white top (ideally a turtleneck). You can easily use stickers or iron-on letters (or even a fabric pen if you have a steady hand!) to emblazon your name across the chest. Ta-da! Super retro & super cute.


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Is there anything more beautiful than a well-tended garden? Just one: you dressed up as one! Deck yourself out in all your floral apparel, put on a flower crown or a variety of hair flowers, and bring along a trowel or a watering can as a cute prop.


Fulfill graceful girlhood dreams with a simple ballet dancer costume. Pair a tulle skirt with a simple bodysuit (or even a tank top!) for a practice look, or pull out a fancier bodice-type piece if you have one to be ready to take the stage. Accent with a bun and, if you really want to live out that little girl fantasy, a tiara!

Did any of these ideas inspire you? What are you planning to be this Halloween?

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