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

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ThredUp Round Up

After publishing an exposé on my personal shopping habits earlier this week I had so many of you message me on social media to tell me about ThredUp! I’ll be honest, y’all; I had never heard of ThredUp till last week and I can’t thank you enough for encouraging me to check it out! I’ve already placed my first order and am anxiously awaiting its arrival! I scored an all-designer-label outfit for $154, which retailed for almost $950. Beyond the great deals though something that I really love about ThredUp is that you’re not going to see these outfits duplicated. You can buy an entire, head-to-toe look and know you’re wearing items that were at one time lovingly chosen by another woman… many other women, in fact! Getting to create an entire, matching ensemble pulled from a dozen women’s closets is fascinating and exciting! You’re giving these pieces a new lease on life and a chance to be loved all over again in a new way!

Thread Up Round Up

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DIY Lace Embellished Sweater | Beginner Level Sewing Video Tutorial

I’ve had this incredibly soft (and now very worn-in!) sweater for about 5 years and every Fall, when I pull it out of storage, it somehow feels even cozier than the year before! So many fond memories of playing in the snow in Germany, sipping hot cocoa by a bonfire at a friend’s farm and curling up with a good book during a Winter storm is attached to this sweater for me.

This October I started thinking about how I could give it a little update without compromising the comfy factor! (i.e. nothing that would make the sweater unwearable for entire Winter weekends spent cuddling on the couch!)DIY Easy Eyelash Lace Embellished Sweater Sewing Tutorial >Beginner/Easy< #RKCSouthern

My first thought was to add some delicate eyelash lace to the neckline. I found the perfect lace in a pretty, dark gray on Etsy about 2 weeks ago HERE.

DIY Easy Eyelash Lace Embellished Sweater Sewing Tutorial >Beginner/Easy< #RKCSouthern

I cut two pieces to the size of the neckline…

DIY Easy Eyelash Lace Embellished Sweater Sewing Tutorial >Beginner/Easy< #RKCSouthern

DIY Easy Eyelash Lace Embellished Sweater Sewing Tutorial >Beginner/Easy< #RKCSouthern

…And pinned it every couple of inches to the inside edge of the sweater…

DIY Easy Eyelash Lace Embellished Sweater Sewing Tutorial >Beginner/Easy< #RKCSouthern

DIY Easy Eyelash Lace Embellished Sweater Sewing Tutorial >Beginner/Easy< #RKCSouthern

…then I sewed it down with a simple hand stitch. The whole process took maybe 30 minutes.

DIY Easy Eyelash Lace Embellished Sweater Sewing Tutorial >Beginner/Easy< #RKCSouthern

See the entire video tutorial below!

Do you like to embellish old pieces of clothing or do you prefer to buy something new to make fresh memories in when your favorites wear out?

Show me your wardrobe updates and favorite DIY projects by tagging me @southern.in.the.city!

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