Halloween in My Closet: Part 1: Ahoy, Matey!

by jennine on October 22, 2008

Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. I’ve always looked forward to it, and I’ve never grown out of it. Every year, it’s a little different… sometimes, I can’t decide what to be, sometimes I have too many ideas, sometimes I’ll spend months on my costume, and other’s I’ll figure it out 30 minutes before I leave for the party.

As a kid, my mom would always insist on making some cool costumes, like the one she made for my sister and I back in 1980. Like a brat, I wanted the fake plastic costumes all the other kids had. These days, I tend to like costumes that integrate clothes I already have, they tend to be better quality, more comfortable, and most of all cheaper.

Here is the first part of my Halloween series… every day I’ll post a costume made mostly of the the clothes I already own. Of course I’ll need accessories, but while we still have time (10 days) I’ll only post accessories you’ll actually be able to acquire before Halloween. Towards the big day, I’ll work entirely with my own pre-existing wardrobe.

The Sailor

Well, this may not be a particular sailor, kind of a mix between French and Russian… and a little Gautier.. Here I’ve comprised an outfit with a nautical tee.. pretty much everyone I know owns in some form or another…and my knickerbockers… which can be an easy DIY project as simple as cut off black trousers with a rubber band if you’re lazy, or you can sew a ribbon hem and tie the bottoms so they are pull in below the knee. I decided to wear just normal brown Oxfords, just because it just seemed right.

The hats, I photoshopped in (like you didn’t notice) there are lots of sailor hats you can buy online for pretty cheap, the sailor hat on the left is a $5 and the beret with the pompom is more detailed at $19.

I actually have a lot of ideas of what I can do for Halloween, so I’m going to post a few of them, and please let me know if there is anyone you might want to see, or if you have any suggestions… please leave a comment:

Halloween in My Closet:

  1. Circus Ringleader
  2. Sailor
  3. Natasha from Bullwinkle & Friends
  4. Can-Can Girl
  5. Pirate or …
  6. a Founding Father… same base costume as Pirate.
  7. The Mad Plaider
  8. Beetle Juice
  9. The See’s Candies Girl (only makes sense in California)
  10. Evil Babydoll
  11. 60′s Housewife
  12. An East German DDR protester (may be offensive)
  13. A superhero
  14. ???
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Kezia October 22, 2008 at 8:58 am

Hey there sailor! So cute! I can’t wait to see all your costumes. Do you still have the Brownie uniform? Or was it a Girl Scout uniform? Whatev you wore to my apt. last year to watch Psycho.

Amy May October 22, 2008 at 9:06 am

I was a dead sailorette last year! I’m going to make a post about my last couple of outfits. This is such a cute idea, I love it. :)

Don’t know what I’ll be this year though - or what city I’ll be in! But my outfit will have to be something I already own, too. It’s the best way!

Jeanne October 22, 2008 at 9:11 am

Hooray, See’s Candies girl! That’s a clever (and tasty!) one!

jennine October 22, 2008 at 10:12 am

@jeanne… yeah! i love their uniforms! almost enough to want to work there…

@kezia… the brownie uniform did not survive the move… booo!

@amymay… ooh i’d love to see your dead sailorette!

Kate October 22, 2008 at 10:35 am

can-can girl sounds cute!

Hailey October 22, 2008 at 10:54 am

Hey you beat me to it - lol . I am starting a similar series but the only costume I had the same as yours is the housewife. :-) Love your sailor look, ridiculously cute!!

UND October 22, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Cute, love the sailor ideas and I’ve always wanted to be a Can-Can girl. I will be on a long flight for Halloween so I guess my costume will have to be glamorous traveler.

jennine October 22, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Ah! can-can girls seem to be quite popular! since I’ve already done it.. it’should be easy to do again!

UND~glamourous traveler=awesome
Hailey~I’ll be watching!

pretty face October 22, 2008 at 12:54 pm

In England, people tend to dress up as scary things rather than just anything, so normally it’s pretty much frankenstein, ghosts and witches. This year one of my friends suggested dressing up as Sarah Palin. I thought that was quite clever :)

jennine October 22, 2008 at 12:56 pm

oh you betcha! there’s going to be a lot of sara palins in the states too.

yeah, i like dressing up as anything… maybe i’ll even start to get into conceptual costumes, but i also like those.

trend de la creme October 22, 2008 at 1:35 pm

i hope #14 is a squid ;P

Fair shopping fairy October 22, 2008 at 2:27 pm

I’m sure you’d make a great cat woman!

Fenke October 22, 2008 at 2:28 pm

i can’t wait for number 12 :-)

jennine October 22, 2008 at 2:31 pm

haha fenke… will you do that one with me? that would be awesome! and what is it with all these DDR documentaries on? German Unity… sure, but these are just awesome. can’t get enough.

trendalacreme… some people call sailor’s squids.

Fair shopping…ohh I would, and maybe i can, i do have an animal print jumpsuit…

Mothra October 22, 2008 at 8:13 pm

We’ll save that photo for your’ commitment hearing.

niki October 23, 2008 at 12:03 am

let’s see the circus ringleader!

jennine October 23, 2008 at 1:37 am

thanks mothra… i appreciate the support.

niki… i want to do the ringleader too!!!

Imelda Matt October 23, 2008 at 1:50 am

I’m requesting Dawn Davenport from Female Troubles. I’ll let you decide which Dawn.

jennine October 23, 2008 at 1:57 am

oh dear… with dawn, there’s so much material…

Cecile October 23, 2008 at 2:23 am

Your clothes options are great! Please let us know what are you going to wear :)

I´m waiting for new costumes photos!

Kisses from Spain of an Argentinian girl.

mette October 23, 2008 at 5:14 am

Hiya, I like the eerie stuff and would love to see your interpretation of an evil babydoll :-)

Jordana October 23, 2008 at 7:25 am

Too funny! I did a similar dress up game yesterday where I converted an everyday outfit to a Paul Bunyan inspired costume (from my closet) with one of my chihuahuas as Babe the big blue ox.

Love all your ideas and your sailor is TDF! :) I want to see you do the Mad Plaider and Beetle Juice!!!

Prêt à Porter P October 23, 2008 at 11:27 am

so cute!

jennine October 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm

@jordana… now i want to be paul bunyan.

@thanks pret!

Margot October 29, 2008 at 5:15 am

oh do the superhero next! i’m trying to figure one way to dress superhero but it’s a pain in the ass. i’m so uninspired at the moment!


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