Ah, Halloween. Too many times we’ve scrambled to create costumes at the 11th hour, resulting in subpar ensembles that made us wish we’d planned ahead. They say old habits die hard, so if you’re in the same boat and haven’t yet begun to think about the upcoming festivities, we’re here to help. Incorporating pieces you already have in your closet with easy DIY purchases, you can create these eight standout looks that are both fun and chic—from It girl Bella Hadid to Eleven of Stranger Things. No one will know you pulled it off in the nick of time.
Last-Minute Halloween Costumes
Grab a flouncy solid-colored frock in yellow, green or blue and pair it with block-heel dancing shoes in a Mary Jane variation to recreate Emma Stone's Oscar-winning character.
Gather these It-girl wardrobe essentials—bomber jacket, black skinny jeans, bodysuit and choker—to emulate the edgy supermodel's cool-girl off-duty style. Top it (literally) with a slick topknot and small retro-shaped sunnies.
Channel the original supers (Cindy, Naomi, Claudia, et al) by donning separates emblazoned with unapologetically opulent vintage prints à la Gianni Versace. Complete with a voluminous blowout and gold-chain accessories.
Perhaps the most iconic and recognizable look of 2017, the red cape and bonnet ensemble donned by the heroine of The Handmaid's Tale will leave others shaking and applaud your bold statement. If you don't have a billowy red dress or poncho lying around, stop by the thrift store for one and pick up some cheap crafts to make your own DIY bonnet—tutorial here.
Go as the badass from Netflix's sci-fi hit in a pink dress, blue jacket, long socks, sneakers and of course a box of Eggo waffles. Platinum blonde wig is optional but highly encouraged for the full effect.
Throw on an all-black outfit, sunglasses and mouse ears. Add a cane for good measure. Done and done.
Enlist your bestie to dress up with you as everyone's favorite emoji duo in a black bodysuit, tights, ballet flats and bows in the hair. Now, staying in that one-legged position is all on you.
Effortless, chic and probably the least dressed-up costume if that's not your thing, sporting an of-the-moment French-girl outfit (Jeanne Damas, anyone?) is your best bet. Follow any of these formulas to nail that je ne sais quoi everyone is obsessed with.