Thrift Store Halloween Costume Ideas

If you know me even a little it’s probably surprising to hear that I have never been any version of Holly Golightly for Halloween! One of those reasons for this is because I can never find a costume that feels authentic. It occurred to me recently that Holly is too real a person to me to be condensed into a big-box-store costume. The best way to duplicate someone as fabulous as Holly is to comprise a costume using real clothes. Surprisingly, you can create an authentic looking Holly outfit for far less at a thrift store than you can picking one up from Target or Amazon.

I’ve rounded up items from my favorite online thrift store, ThredUp, to show you how easy and simple it is to create a Holly costume on the cheap!

1960s Socialite Halloween Costume

  1. “Singing Moon River on Your Windowsill”
    • Head scarf, dark-wash fitted, ankle-length jeans, simple black flats, comfy gray sweatshirt
      • Props: ukulele
  2. “On Your Way to the Airport to Catch a Flight to Brazil!”
    • Tan trench coat, long-sleeve tan turtle neck sweater, skinny black pants, black flats, black bag with gold chain handle
      • Props: stuffed orange tabby cat toy (ask a friend with a kid if they have one or search second hand stores or eBay!)
  3. “Stealing From the 5 & Dime”
    • Orange pea coat, gray dress, gray or black flats or kitten heel shoes, black bag with gold chain handle
      • Props: Cat mask (I purchased THIS printable one from Etsy)

Iconic Movie Halloween Costume

  1. “Don’t Take Me Home Until I’m Drunk”
    • Short sleeve, black crew-neck tee, black pencil skirt, tan trench coat, black flats, big sunglasses, black bag with gold chain handles
      • Props: Martini glass or a bundle of keys on a chain. (Either of these items can easily be found at a thrift store or probably in your grandmother’s storage closet/basement!)
  2. “What Does This Telegram Say?”
    • Pink, sleeveless, a-line, knee length party dress, embellished knee-length pink coat, matching pink flats
      • Props: Pink sparkly tiara, Pinata Stick (Again, I’d ask a friend who has a little girl if they have a pink tiara you can borrow, otherwise look for a cheap tiara you can spray paint or look down the Doll isle at Target or Walmart. They usually have “princess” tiaras for $3-$4 that will work. Glue shredded, multi-color tissue paper to a yardstick to DIY Holly’s party prop that she used to pick up the telegram in that iconic scene in the hallway.)

Can you believe every single one of these clothing items were pulled from an online thrift store?! I’m so excited to start putting together my look, now I just have to choose which version of Holly I want to be this year!

Who are you going to be for Halloween this year?



  1. September 1, 2017 / 22:52

    omg, these are such great ideas!! never even thought it could be so ‘easy’ to do halloween dress up xD

  2. September 2, 2017 / 06:45

    It’s really NEVER too soon to start getting your halloween costume together!

  3. Southern & Style
    September 2, 2017 / 17:10

    Love it! The best costumes are the ones from real clothes anyway because they look more authentic 🙂

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  4. September 2, 2017 / 22:36

    These would be so fun! I am trying to figure out what sort of Halloween costumes Patrick, the floof and I can wear!

    xoxo, Paige

  5. September 3, 2017 / 04:12

    The best costumes are totally the ones from real clothes

  6. September 3, 2017 / 08:01

    Wow, such cute ideas! Getting thrifty for Halloween costumes is so smart. Why spend tons of money on a night’s outfit when you could spend little for something much more original?

  7. September 3, 2017 / 20:04

    Love these ideas! I’m not a big Halloween person but these are right up my alley!

  8. September 5, 2017 / 04:44

    These pieces are super cute (I would wear a lot of them in real life not just for a costume) but oh my gosh how I love Halloween. It’s so much fun to dress up!

  9. September 5, 2017 / 05:17

    Love this idea! I always love making my own Halloween costumes!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  10. September 5, 2017 / 17:04

    I used to do this a bunch in college because I was so poor! Great idea!

  11. September 5, 2017 / 18:33

    Wow this is so unique! I love DIY costumes!

  12. Michelle Paige
    September 5, 2017 / 20:05

    These ideas are super cute!! I haven’t even started thinking about Halloween costumes yet lol oops I always figure it out like 2 nights before.

  13. September 6, 2017 / 01:34

    I always try and find costume stuff at a thrift store haha! If I only wear it once, I would rather find it for as cheap as possible!

  14. September 6, 2017 / 19:38

    So many cute ideas! I love how these costumes are from real clothes you can use after the fact!

  15. September 15, 2017 / 14:42

    ahhh I love these!! such a cute idea to do a breakfast at tiffanys theme x