Have a Ghoulishly Great (and Guilt-Free!) Halloween

Halloween is almost here! And with the holiday taking place on a Friday this year, there are guaranteed to be some all-out fabulous, over-the-top parties in every part of the city.

I absolutely love Halloween, but the one thing I don’t love about this fiendishly fun holiday is the cost of it – adult costumes (even the cheaply made ones) usually run upwards of $50, especially if you’re adding accessories or special costume makeup to your look. And of course, you’re probably never going to wear any of it again – who wants to repeat the same costume year after year? Luckily, your favorite local thrift is actually the perfect place to shop for fantastic costumes on the cheap, and this year, I’m going to show you how to shop smart for a standout accessory or two, add to clothes you’ve already got in your wardrobe, and pull together one frightfully good Halloween look!

This week’s find is pretty unbelievable – a stunningly authentic-looking Chanel handbag! The beautiful black quilted leather purse is slightly damaged underneath, but gold chain and leather straps, iconic front logo clasp and interior are all in perfect shape, so at $5, this was still an absolutely crazy steal.

authentic-looking Chanel handbagThis pretty purse, will, believe me, become part of a costume, but it’s also a darling bag to carry around town any day of the week. A win-win!

Use a newfound accessory to create a character. The moment I saw this bag, with Halloween on my mind, of course, my mind immediately went to one of my all-time favorite characters in cinema history – Miss Holly Golightly. Audrey Hepburn’s portrayal of her in the classic film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, is one I never get tired of watching, and with a beautiful, ladylike bag like this week’s Goodwill find, there really isn’t much else you need to pull Holly’s memorable look together. To the purse, I added an item every lady should have in her wardrobe already – a knee-length black cocktail dress, which is reminiscent of the dress Holly wears in many scenes when she’s about town or heading to the prison to visit her friend, Sally Tomato. If you’re feeling extra lucky, keep shopping around your local Goodwill for a large, wide-brimmed black hat – no one will mistake who you’re meant to be with that on. After that, all this look needs to be completely polished and complete is a swipe of deep red lipstick – and maybe a pair of alligator shoes, darling.

all black outfitPull a festive, totally fun Halloween ensemble together with pieces you already have in your closet – and a few choice accessories, of course.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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