Costume Countdown : Dry Cleaning

Well, Halloween is tomorrow and you still have nothing to wear. Have no fear, Lady Gray is here! Actually this next idea came from a Cheap Challenge post by Refinery29 last Halloween, but its brilliance should really be recognized. What is something you can almost guarantee every girl has in her house? Or at least her neighbor's house? Dry cleaning.

This costume is as simple as putting on whatever dress you'd like and then throwing your dry cleaning bag and hanger on over it. Bonus points for making a dry cleaning slip to go with it, stapled onto the bag. Even if you've already taken your dry cleaning out of the bag and thrown away those wire hangers, you can still DIY this costume with minimal purchases that can easily be found at your corner store. Just take a hanger (preferably wire), paper, and markers to make the signature "We <3 Our Customers" hanger, and a clear plastic garbage bag with holes for your arms. Voila! An adorable, clever costume all set to go in just 15 minutes.

If you have some extra time and want to get creative, use wire to create a hanger headband, like the Rent the Runway version above, or add other clothes on hangers to your front and back, like in the Refinery29 version. Now seriously, you only have one day to do this so you better get started.

Costume Countdown : Morton Salt Girl

As a kid I was always so disappointed when Halloween would turn out to be a cold or rainy day. What fun is a costume if you have to put a coat on over it? However, this Halloween ensemble takes the possibility of bad weather and makes it fabulous.

image taken from Pinterest

image taken from Pinterest

The Morton Salt Girl has been around since 1911, making her a classic and easily recognizable. Her charm and simplicity give this costume a sense of ease and comfort that Romy and Michele, for example, absolutely do not. Luckily for you, the Morton Salt Girl has an umbrella build in to her costume, providing you with a weather appropriate accessory that doesn't seem out of place. If it's proving to be an extra cold Halloween, you could also always opt for a yellow coat instead of a dress.

image taken from LaurenConrad.com

image taken from LaurenConrad.com

In order to embody such an iconic advertising figure, you'll need:
 - a long sleeved, yellow coat or dress
 - an umbrella (clear seems to look best)
 - a container of Morton Salt (attach a strap to an empty container for a cute purse and a hands free night)
 - shoes (yellow, black, or saddle shoes will do)
 - optional : white tights

If you really want to get fancy, you can attach a strip of sheer, glittery fabric to the salt container to mimic the salt falling from our girl's container. Thank you Morton for giving us a bad weather friendly costume!

Costume Countdown : Alex Mack

How often have you heard someone say "TV was so much better in the 90's"? All That, Keenan and Kel, Clarissa Explains it All - Nickelodeon was really on its A-game. My personal favorite, though, was The Secret World of Alex Mack.

image taken from Pinterest

image taken from Pinterest

Dressing like Alex Mack for Halloween is the perfect excuse to get your summer overalls back out of storage. Aren't we lucky those came back in style? To finish off your look you'll need:
 - denim overalls
 - a white t-shirt
 - a plaid button-down to tie around your waist
 - a baseball cap (backwards, duh)
 - sneakers, preferably hightop Converse
 - an Alex Mack logo, for those you might take a few moments to figure out who you're supposed to be

One of the best parts of this costume? Very little hair and makeup! If you've already got straight hair then you are good to go with just a fresh no-makeup look. For you curly haired girls, just add in the extra step of straightening your hair. And done!