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DIY Costumes from Your Closet

October 14, 2009 at 11:36AM by Divya Bahl |

Blair Waldorf

Every year I tell myself I am going to come up with a clever Halloween costume. Every year I fall short because I never find the time to get the appropriate props or extra necessary clothing to make a great costume. In my last two Halloweens I have worn all black and gone as a cat and worn a green dress with a leaf wreath as poison ivy. My costumes are getting pretty bleak to say the least!

If you have the same costume conundrum I do, check out these easy DIY costume ideas below. Most of the materials are in your closet, you just don't know it!

Gossip Girl: You tune in every Monday night, so why not be Blaire Waldorf for the night and get your boyfriend to be Chuck Bass. The notorious Upper East Side couple has a distinct fashion sense that is easy to mimic. Start with a basic white button down and an old school uniform plaid skirt. For accessories, use a headband for Blair's signature look. If it has a bow on it, even better! For Chuck, guys will need bright colors, plaid, pinstripes and of course suspenders! Don't forget your cell phone in case you get any Gossip Girl updates!

Greek Goddess: Grab an old white bed sheet and google "toga wrapping" or just use a white dress (preferably a one strap). Add a gold headband, or a green leaf wreath and tie a gold ribbon around as a belt. Wear lots of gold jewelry and gladiator sandals and you're all set!

Geisha: All you need for this costume is a silk robe and a pair of slippers or flip flops. Get some chopsticks from a local Chinese restaurant, and paint them with nail polish. Toss your hair up and put the chopsticks in. Use a thick ribbon from a craft store as a sash for around your waist. If you don't want to buy white face paint, mix cold cream and cornstarch together with a little bit of water to get a pale face. Powder with flour, add red lipstick, heavy eyeliner and add a paper fan!

These are easy to throw together, plus no sewing or fancy makeup required!

What are you being for Halloween? Tell us your costume ideas below!

Xoxo,

Divya

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