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A Classy Lady’s Top 10: Nov. 2, 2011


An Ask Avery Halloween Special: Last-Minute Costumes

This could be you, ladies!  Or guys, I suppose.

blog by Avery Hartmans  • 

If you’re like me and Halloween snuck up on you this year, you might be scrambling for a last-minute costume. Sure, you can always go out and buy one of those pre-assembled, mass-produced get-ups from Party City, but where’s the fun in that? Here are a few costumes you can throw together with items you might already have in your closet.

Audrey Hepburn from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”:

Audrey Hepburn

This iconic look is easy to replicate – all it requires is a little black dress, a few strands of pearls and some black sunglasses. Put your hair in a French twist and add some black elbow-length gloves, if you have them. Then adopt a haughty attitude and refuse to answer to anything other than Holly Golightly. Carrying a croissant isn’t necessary, but will add the perfect finishing touch. 


The Mummy.

Don’t underestimate the genius of this costume. You’ll be warm, comfortable and best of all, incognito. Wrap yourself from head to toe in gauze or, if you’re really in a bind (no pun intended), toilet paper – just be careful not to get wet. For girls, this costume is basically the opposite of the whole “wearing your underwear as a costume” trend, so if you’re brave enough to don a full-body mummy costume, I salute you.


The Mime.  Slightly more scary than The Mummy.

Although mimes are really creepy, this is an easy costume. Wear a pair of black pants and a black and white striped shirt, paint your face white, and top it off with a black beret. The beauty of this costume is that it gets you out of talking to people you don’t like. Just stand there silently pretending to be trapped in a box only you can see and they’ll eventually walk away. Everyone will either think you’re incredibly dedicated to staying in character or they’ll just think you’re really weird.

Lara Croft, Tomb Raider:

Lara Croft: hot.

If you’ve ever wanted to feel as badass as Angelina Jolie, here’s your chance. All this costume requires is a lot of black spandex, so hopefully you’ve been doing your crunches. Throw on spandex shorts, a tight black shirt, a black vest and a pair of combat boots and you’re ready to go. Weapons strapped to various parts of your body will also help you get into character. Oh, and don’t forget the French braid.

(Photo via Flickr/shanewarne_60000)

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