Got a White Sheet? Then You Can DIY These Halloween Costumes

OK, so Halloween weekend is just two days away, you forgot to plan a costume and you have no time to shop. Don't panic! If you've got an extra white bed sheet or two, then I've got five costumes you can DIY in no time at all. They're even ranked from most involved to least. So what are you still waiting for? Go, go, go!

Gandalf the White
additional items: brooch, boots, belt, staff, baby powder or flour

A bit of wizardry is necessary to transform yourself into the wise and wonderful Gandalf. Cut a hole in the center of a sheet and perhaps some arm holes to create his robes, then drape a second sheet over your shoulders and fasten with an elf approved brooch. Add some light brown or beige boots, a belt and a long staff (aka a stick you found outside), and you’re almost there. Use baby powder or flour to whiten your hair and break out your Santa beard just a few months early. No beard? No problem. Head to YouTube for tons of easy to follow beard makeup tutorials (like this one).

additional items: gold jewelry, gold belt, eyeliner and shadow, strappy sandals

Step 1: Get out alllllllll the gold jewelry you have. Step 2: Get your eyeliner game on point. Step 3: Rule the night like the queen you are. Drape your sheet like a toga and belt, before piling on as much gold and turquoise jewelry as you can handle. Gladiator sandals and a mean cat eye complete the look.

The Little Mermaid
additional items: rope, a fork, a fish or crab or seagull buddy

Very few whatchamacallits and thingamabobs are needed for this one. Just use a rope to secure your sheet fairly haphazardly (maybe walk around a bit to ensure there’s no chance of a nip slip). Then grab your sea creature friends for an on land adventure, and of course a fork to ensure your hair stays perfect all night long.

Princess Leia
additional items: belt, blaster

This one is really all about the hair, so don’t worry so much about getting your sheet to look too perfect. Strap on a thick belt and grab your blaster (yes, a water gun totally counts). There are a few methods you can use to achieve Leia’s iconic buns. If you’re hair long or thick enough, simple buns secured with bobby pins are definitely the way to go. If you’ve got a little less volume to work with, make two sock donuts using old clean socks and start rolling.

additional items: scissors

Go back to the days of Charlie Brown with an iconic ghost sheet costume. This is perhaps the only costume you can truthfully make in the 15 minutes before you leave the house. Lazy? Yes. Awesome? Also yes.

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Halloween Inspo : Romy and Michele's High Scool Reunion

Ah, Romy and Michele — their high school classmates may not have appreciated their incredible style and hilarious, optimistic look on life but fans of the cult classic movie definitely do. No one has ever looked quite so fabulous in metallic, spandex mini dresses, and I'd be willing to bet you've never seen a threesome dance routine as great as this. Another reason to love this dynamic duo? Their iconic reunion styles are super easy to recreate for Halloween. So go ahead, grab your BFF and let's go!

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You don't need to go on a diet of gummy bears, jelly beans, and candy corns to get the Romy look. Just slip into a blue metallic mini dress and strap on all the silver accessories, and you'll be good to go. If you're up for a little DIY, use silver fabric and add a strip to the hem, blocks on the straps and a little detail to the bust.

Motel Rocks dress $68 // Free People choker $38 // H&M clutch $20 // Anne Klein watch $61 // River Island heels $100

So she didn't really invent Post-Its, but she is a total style maven. Go heavy with the pink and rhinestone details to get Michele's vibe. A few simple stitches and some faux fur trim will leave you looking totally on point.

Motel Rocks dress $53 // Express choker $25 // Steve Madden bag $48 // Forever 21 bangles $6 // Public Desire heels $49

The Best Halloween Costumes Under $100

There are three nights of the year when it seems absolutely everyone is expected to have fabulous plans with fabulous people: New Year's, Valentine's Day, and of course, Halloween. Take some of the stress out of planning for the fright filled night with these cheap, easy and totally chic costumes. Because you shouldn't have to spend a fortune to have a roaring good time.

Beyonce in Lemonade:
Zara dress $50 + Ziginy shoes $25 + Baseball bat $15 + Forever21 earrings $5 = $95

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Eleven from Stranger Things:
Uniqlo jacket $50 + H&M dress $20 + Target sneakers $17 = $87

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Rosie the Riveter:
REI bandana $4 + H&M jumpsuit $60 + Forever 21 boots $35 = $99

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Yeezy Season 4:
H&M sweatshirt $25 + American Apparel bodysuit $25 + GoJane boots $47 = $97

The Final Five:
Balera leotard $45 + Gold medals $7 + Topshop sneakers $12 + Etsy scrunchie $4 + NYX Cosmetics body glitter $6 = $74

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Patch Things Up

DIY inspired and personalized pieces have been popping up all summer from high end designers like Gucci to fast fashion standards like Topshop. Easier than embroidery or even at-home denim distressing, adding patches to your jacket, jeans, or bag is one of the best ways to get a one-of-a-kind look without the custom creation price tag. You can collect them on your travels or just stock up on patches that make you smile, and turn an old worn out piece of clothing into something you'll want to wear all summer long. One quick tip - iron on patches may start to fall off after a few washes, so sewing them along the edges (even if it's just a few stitches) will help keep your design from falling apart.

Check out the adorable patches below and let them inspire you to play designer.

Ill Down Hill $6
SkinnyDip London $6 from $9
Bear Friend Society $6
Rad Stuff by Alex $5
Moonrise Kingdom set $60
Peace Patch $10
Stay Home Club $6
Strange Ways $7

If you just don't have the time or your DIY projects tend to end in disaster, there are plenty of pre-patched options out there for you. Shop some of my favs below.

Zara shorts $36
Alice + Olivia jacket $695
Express vest $80
ASOS bag $41
Topshop shirt $58
Nasty Gal bomber $88
Forever21 sweater $20
GCDS jeans $130 from $234

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