Don’t have a Halloween costume this year yet? Low on budget? Here’s my Halloween costume, and it cost less than $10! (I meant to wear black shorts, but mine mysteriously disappeared!)
Tank top: MNG Basics, sz XS
Shorts: Talula Babaton, sz 2
Fishnet stockings: Unsure of brand, should be one size fits all
Heels: Gucci, sz 6.5
Overall Straps: Old pair tights
My friends and I wanted to do a group costume, and after looking through various websites, we decided on forming a SWAT team. Here was our inspiration.
[source: Vie Couture]
According to Vie Couture, this costume costs $40, which is the typical price for a costume from a costume store. Here is the DIY version we came up with.
1. Purchase racer back tank tops. After shopping around, we found the best deal at Mango, 2 tank tops for $15. Next, we printed “SWAT”, with font type “Stencil”, on t-shirt transfer sheets. They’re available from Staples, but cheapest from Wal-mart approximately 3 sheets for $5. For this costume you’ll only need 1 transfer sheet. Follow transfer sheet manufacturer’s instructions.
2. One of the other members of our SWAT team came up with this clever idea. She purchased pantyhose from the dollar store, and the pantyhose became the overall straps. Refer to the marked-up photograph below. Cut along the dashed lines. Basically the legs become loops.
We didn’t waste time on cutting straight.
3. The leg loops go around the shoulder.
Adjust by safety pinning as necessary.
4. If you don’t have super high-waisted skirt or shorts, you can use the top portion of the pantyhose and wear over your stomach to mimic the look. (Really wish I could have located my black shorts!!)
I already had transfer sheets, fishnet stockings, and the gloves were from an old Halloween costume, hence the extremely low cost of this costume. If I had a bit more time, I would have purchased hand cuffs and guns to complete the outfit. I hope this inspires those of you who still don’t have a costume yet.
Happy Halloween everyone!