October 21, 2012

My Goodwill Halloween Costume

It's that time of year again! 

Who doesn't love the fall? Pumpkin farms, corn mazes, haunted hayrides, trick-or-treating and of course, dressing up in costumes!

Fall is seriously my favorite time of year for all of these reasons and much, much more. I always have a hard time figuring out what I want to be for Halloween. I've always felt I was much, much better at choosing regular outfits and making them look unique and special than dressing up in something completely crazy, but when Goodwill NYNJ sent me out on a $30 or less Halloween challenge, of course I couldn't resist! 

Last year I helped produced a piece for Cleveland's NewsNet5 on how simple it is to shop Goodwill for your Halloween costume. If you haven't seen that video yet, I encourage you to check it out here. (I consider it my "15 minutes of fame!") I also wrote a blog post this month for Goodwill Industries International on exactly how to shop a Goodwill store for your costume, (and I included some costume ideas as well!) So if you want to read that, then click this link.

My friend and I went to the brand new Binghamton, NY Goodwill store last week to see what we could find. This store literally just opened a few weeks ago, so I wasn't sure what the selection would be like. I found a few things in the dress section when I walked in, but they turned out to be way over budget. (This particular store had a lot of new items in stock.)

I immediately missed my Cleveland and Akron Goodwill stores, but I had to give Binghamton a fair shot. 

This was a crazy ensemble that we tried, but ultimately it was a serious misstep.

I found a really neat trench / rain coat that I thought could turn into something safari, but it just didn't work with this dress. Another no. 

I found these great boots and these two patterned pieces, and knew immediately I wanted to put them together. The problem was, it looked more like something I would wear in real life than for Halloween. But we were running out of time...

I decided I could make it a little more costume-y with these bright pink 80's pumps and bright pink bag. I added in the fake pink hair for extra effect. (I had to stay true to my fashion roots!) At first I was sure it was a 1980's Barbie look, but then a friend suggested it looked like a Harajaku girl. 

At a Halloween party, I got asked if I was going as Adele. After I posted pictures, another friend suggested I looked like Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. In any case, I had fun with it and I liked my indiscriminate costume. (It kept everyone guessing!)

My friends also had some creative costume ideas that could be reproduced with stuff found at Goodwill. Colin (middle) went as a zombie DJ, and Kathryn (right) went as Raggedy Ann. 


Angela Marie said...

Nonetheless it is awesome! You could definitely use those pieces separately for every day wear. THey are awesome! Gotta love the 80s :)

Angela @ The Lovely Cup

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

I actually like to for real life! What does that say?

Marie @
Lemondrop ViNtAge

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