The Fitting Room: Halloween Edition

I am a very, very last-minute Halloween shopper. I’m talking lots and lots of costumes bought sans a dressing room. And this year was no different, of course. I scrounged up a costume a literal hour before Saturday night’s Halloweekend celebrations.

So for those of you with costumed events still left on the horizon, take note. Here’s what I’ve learned during my years of last-minute prep:


Know your sizing before you shop. 
Women’s sizes run large. Teen sizes? Not so much. (Surprised? I didn’t think so.)  So make sure you look – hard – at the sizing. If you’re a women’s medium regularly, choose a small or medium women’s, or a medium or large teen. If you’re ordering online (yes, there’s still time!), don’t order without referencing the size chart first.

Still unsure? Go a size up. There is literally nothing worse than trying on a costume at home, only to realize that the mere two inches of bum coverage are perhaps better suited to your first college frat party.

Or skip the store completely. My honest opinion? Boxed costumes are on their way out. Thinking outside the box is far more fun – and cheaper, to boot. Rely on what you have at home, and a quick DIY project or two. Some ideas:

Katniss Everdeen: All black + lace-up boots + side braid. Grab some white duct tape and fashion a “12” on the back of your shirt or jacket, then get creative and make a bow and arrow. I love this arrow DIY.

Mail-order bride: White dress + FedEx shipping labels + DIY veil.

Morticia Addams: Long black dress + white makeup + red lipstick = Addams family matriarch, in a flash.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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October 29, 2012