I remember the day I first heard about Savers. They had just moved into an old space that used to be a grocery store and I knew absolutely nothing about Savers, although a quick google search revealed it was a thrift store. A few weeks later, I saw a picture posted on Facebook of a friend in a silly costume with a caption that read something to the effect of “Trying on costumes with my best friend and being silly at Savers!” The photo was of her and her friend, in matching costumes. I mean, the same costume, times two. Two of the same item in a thrift store?! Was Savers the store I thought it was? Yes, yes it was. With a bonus. Along with used costumes and decor, Savers stocks their stores with new, unused Halloween costumes and decor; I stopped by Savers this week to add to my stockpile of easy halloween costumes for busy moms (like me!) this week and score! all Halloween decor (new and used) was 50% off. Sure, I’m a little bit late with my decorating but better late than never right?
What are easy costumes and how are they perfect for busy moms like you and I? Well, I love costumes, I love dressing up, but honestly? I don’t have room for full-length princess gowns and to-the-floor wigs that are useless after being stuffed in a tote and stored in the basement for the past year. I’m a mom, a room parent, busy, and I need costumes that are simple, low-maintenance and easy to store. I can’t run a classroom party wearing a ball gown and tiara (but I wish I could!) I’m always picking up costume accessories that will go with clothing from my closet. I’ve got a black cat’s tail with ears, a set of white and pink bunny ears complete with a cute little fuzzball tail, a sequin flapper headband with a feather, and a pair of angel wings. They don’t even take up an entire drawer’s worth of space. This year I picked up a set of Egyptian princess accessories, and I’m still trying to decide if I should pair it with a black maxi dress or a white one (I’ve got both hanging in my closet!) I did splurge and pick up a wig – a black bob with bangs that’s perfect for a Cleopatra costume – while I was in the store this week. Be looking for it on Snapchat (you can follow me @prttyplshdprfct) in the next few days as I hop from party to party (seriously, there are more Halloween parties than any other holiday!) I’m going to leave with you a few of my favorite stylist tips for creating your own easy Halloween costumes, using items from your own closet.
5 Tips for Easy Costumes for Busy Moms
- Look through your closet before brainstorming costume ideas. If you don’t have black pants, black flats and a black t-shirt in your closet, you should! Do you have a dress that could be believable as a roaring twenties costume with the simple addition of a strand of super-long (and knotted!) pearls and a sequin headband?
- Costume makeup is great, but for this easy black cat costume I used a $1 bottle of black eyeliner to paint on my whiskers (but Savers had an impressive stockpile of varying makeups and temporary hair color sprays!)
- Look outside of the costume department for costume accessories. I found a gold, circle-chain belt for $3.99 in the belt section at Savers – it’s perfect for my Cleopatra costume (and could double as a 60s hippie costume or a 70s era disco queen costume accessory.)
- Don’t want to wear a wig? It’s pretty impressive what you can do with your hair these days. One year I had my stylist show me how to create a faux bob with a low, loose ponytail tucked and pinned underneath! Go for a bun instead of a long wig of blonde curls if you’re going to be a princess.
- Look for the inexpensive costume accessories – they will always fit (even during pregnancy!) as long as you’ve got the basics (see #1) in your closet. They take up little to no space in storage and they are fast and easy to put together when you’re also toting around an hour’s worth of party activities and multiple children’s costumes for class parties.
What are your easy costume ideas? I’d love to hear your ideas and see your pictures!
A special thank you to the sponsor of this post, Savers (find a store near you at Savers.com.) While this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.