Go Basic Or Go Home

Every year when Halloween comes around I have costume-inspiration block. I’ve always wanted to do a really great topical costume that was completely DIY and Pinterest-perfect. But then I remember that my puns make dad jokes cringe and I usually end up gluing my hands together during projects. So there’s that.

Thankfully, I have a wonderfully crafty mother who patiently directs me every time I need to sew a button on a shirt. You’d think I’d be able to remember how to do that by now.

While my three older siblings and I were growing up, my mom made most of our Halloween costumes from scratch. We’re talking trips to the fabric store, patterns, sewing machines, and multiple tailoring sessions. And they always came out beautifully! I’ve been every classic costume: a jack-o-lantern, Hermione/witch (cape, wand, robe, and all), a fairy princess, a 1950’s poodle skirt-wearing girl, a scarecrow, etc.

And the best part? All these costumes are still usable. They may not fit EXACTLY the same way they did back then, but that just leaves room for innovation and making them my own all over again.

Swirl blur

Since classics never go out of style, this year I decided to bring back my 4th grade Hermione/witch costume (we had to be book characters that year for school). Using some pieces from my closet that I wear daily, I incorporated the silver moons and stars cape made by my talented mother to create a thoroughly modern witch.

SS 2

Double, double, toil and trouble.

BW face

Selfie 1

Full shot

Starting with a basic LBD from Old Navy, I added a witch’s hat headband from Walgreens, sheer polka dot tights, and lastly, the cape thrown on top for the final effect. To give this costume some cultural pun for the party crowd, I incorporated a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte cup, Cosmo and some Ugg-knock-off boots to become a Basic Witch (play on Basic Bitch). Instead of a latte, I filled the cup with some white wine to keep me warm all night. It’s magicalllllll.

PSL pose

cape homemade / dress Old Navy / tights Target / boots borrowed / hat Walgreens / ring Von Maur / earrings gifted 


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