If you’re tired of tacky store-bought, “plus-size” Halloween costumes, you’re not alone. Honestly, DIY costumes look better on everyone, so why not ditch the traditional, generic looks this year and whip up something flattering, comfortable and totally awesome?
We’ve found 20 perfect Halloween costumes that are trendy and fun without requiring you to reveal tons of flesh or hide your curves. We’ve scavenged the internet for the best DIY ensembles made special by curvy fashion bloggers and makeup artists who know how to accentuate and flatter any body type!
1. Dia de Los Muertos. Celebrate two holidays in one! The festive Day of the Dead look is stunning, spooky and fun. To achieve this look, find your favorite face design and pick up inexpensive face paint and sequins at Target, Walmart or even your local grocery store. You may need to supplement some of the paler hues using eyeliner, lipstick, cream blush and other products you already have in your beauty arsenal. To really step it up, fashion your hair into a Spanish updo (or part up, part down) and adorn your head with a crown of flowers made from dollar or craft store silk flowers.
2. Minnie Mouse. Minnie Mouse is a classic costume which you can easily customize based on what you already own! A flirty dress with a full skirt works just as well as jeans and a white button-up, as long as you have Minnie’s polka-dot ears. These ears can be purchased online for $6 to $15 (and beyond), or you can craft them yourself using a black headband, felt circles and a red-and-white bow. Glam up your face and adorn your pout with the brightest red lipstick you can find! We love Chenai David’s polka-dot hack: check it out here!
3. Mermaid. Few costumes highlight curves better than the mermaid, so if that’s your aim this Halloween, get it girl! We love Lauren Conrad’s DIY mermaid skirt made from shimmery green fabric and several layers of ocean-hued tulle, though the top made from real sea shells is definitely a commitment! You can lazy-girl the top by purchasing a cheap white or nude-colored tee or tank and drawing on a seashell bra top with fabric markers. Or, simply use a bikini top or corset!
4. The Sanderson Sisters. We can’t think of a sassier witch trio than Winnie, Sarah and Mary Sanderson from Hocus Pocus. This year, the film is celebrating 25 years of tradition, so why not get in the spirit and go as the beloved Sanderson sisters? You can DIY this one if you really want, but if you want to cheat and buy the look, visit Spirit Halloween.
5. Velma from Scooby Doo. Smart, stylish and adorable, Velma’s look is as easy as putting on a red skirt, orange sweater and her classic red Mary Janes with orange socks. Find a wig for those trademark red bangs and a pair of black-rimmed eyeglass frames, and you won’t have a problem being recognized! Get the squad together to dress up as the other characters for a truly memorable group ensemble.
6. Scarecrow. Seriously, how cute is this? And what better way to use those chic overalls you kinda-sorta impulse bought last year? If you don’t own a flannel button-up, grab one on the cheap from your local thrift shop. The floppy hat is totally on trend for fall and likely something you already own (because you’re fabulous, obvi). We love Tiffany’s makeup and you can easily copy her look with black eyeliner, peachy eye shadow and pink-orange cream blush or lipstick. Stuff some straw in your pockets for the final punch.
7. Carmen Sandiego. This is a definite throwback but such an easy costume to put together. Plus, who doesn’t want to don a stylish hat and trench coat on what could be a chilly Halloween? Check the thrift stores for a colorful trench coat (preferably some shade of red), then choose a hat that flatters you most. A stylish bag and a small globe completes the look for this chic world traveler!
8. Sorceress. Witch, please. Why be a lowly broomstick rider when you can be a sorceress? To nail this look, go heavy on the eyeliner and mascara and find a hooded, floor-length cape (or make one yourself with this free pattern and tutorial) for serious drama. What you wear underneath is up to you, but we like Ravings by Rae’s corset-and-lace combo for a hint of vintage magic.
9. Rosie the Riveter. An easy, classic look with a powerful message that still rings true today, Rosie the Riveter is a fantastic costume for Halloween this year. Roll up the sleeves on your favorite chambray button-up and tuck it into your best pair of high-waisted jeans. Style your hair into a retro updo and top it with a red bandana. Done and done!
10. A Doe, a Deer, a Female Deer. One of the cutest and easiest looks this Halloween calls for a camel-colored sweater, antlers of any style and super-fun woodland makeup. While a basic pair of antlers will suffice, we like more elaborate, feminine additions of flowers and leaves which you can harvest from your garden or simply buy in faux form from the dollar store. The makeup is where it’s at, so carve out some time to get your “deer-in-headlights” look just right.
11. Mary Poppins. A spoonful of sugar and a few closet basics are all you’ll need for a convincing Mary Poppins costume. Pair a white button-up with a black skirt, black tights and booties, plus a black hat which you can choose to accessorize with flowers or keep it simple. A red bow-tie is a must, so pick one up at the dollar store or fashion one out of wide red ribbon. Complete your costume with a black umbrella and get your vocal chords ready to serenade children with medical advice.
12. Pirate. "Arg" you ready for this great idea? Everyone thinks pirates are cool, and lady pirates are even better! You can shop for a pirate costume, or create your own with simple dress-and-corset combinations. Pick up an inexpensive pirate hat from a local costume store, or shop online. Added bonus: get a plush parrot to adhere to your shoulder and an eyepatch to complete the ensemble!
13. Flapper Girl. 20s chic looks flattering on everybody, and the look can be achieved with a simple dress, long gloves, a feather boa and a headband. String on some long-hanging beads and fishnet tights, and add a cigarette holder for that jazzy look. If you really want to commit, learn how to Charleston and dance the night away!
14. Wonder Woman. Since the movie came out, Wonder Woman is sure to be a top costume this year. Pick up a plain, fitted blue skirt and red long-sleeved shirt from Forever 21, Walmart, or your local thrift shop. Cut a star shape out from a blue sponge and apply white fabric paint using the sponge to the blue skirt. Next, draw the double W on the red shirt with a black Sharpie and fill in the logo with gold glitter paint. Finally, pick up an elastic metallic gold band from the fabric store to fashion as your belt, and don’t forget sparkly cuffs and a crown to finish off the look.
15. Old Hollywood Glam. It may seem like Hollywood beauty standards have always favored thin women. False. Take Marilyn Monroe, who was the epitome of glam back in the day. This superstar had curves, and knew how to work them. Channel her iconic image with a white dress, “diamond” necklace and earrings, and a platinum blonde wig. Draw on the famous beauty mark, curl your lashes and pucker up with bright red lipstick. Your outfit is as easy as finding a stylish white dress, or opt for red. It’s impossible to not turn heads when you go with this classy, glamourous favorite.
16. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Perfect for those who favor the spooky side of Halloween. Find yourself a deep V-cut black dress, a black wig with bangs, and learn how to put on her trademark eyeliner, two-tone eyeshadow and dark lipstick. Don’t forget the beauty mark just below your right eye, and finish off with some plain black high heels or platforms. Scary never looked so good!
17. Ursula the Sea Witch. Ursula may be the villain in The Little Mermaid, but everybody knows she’s fierce and glamorous. This look is pretty easy to achieve even without the full body paint, though it certainly makes a statement! Stand your hair up with gel and hairspray, or find a tall blonde or silver wig. Use makeup to draw on the shell necklace, wavy eyebrows and beauty mark. For the outfit, embellish a glamorous black dress or opt for a strapless black tube top and black leggings. You can easily make “tentacles” out of layered strips of long black fabric or bubble wrap atop a purple tutu.
18. Comic Book Beauty. The comic book trend is here to stay, and ever since Snapchat’s filter, this is expected to be a hot trend this year. Luckily, that 2-D comic book look is easy with simple costume makeup. Since the primary part of the costume is the face, you really can wear anything with it, though we like the idea of adding a vintage-style dress or suit. If the comic book filter isn’t your fave, check out these other easy Snapchat-inspired costumes!
19. POM Wonderful. We LOVE this idea from catcancraft on Instagram! What better way to accentuate curves and be creative? This costume is something you can easily make yourself with a maroon dress, black tights and some fabric paint for lettering. Construct a POM logo sign out of cardboard, then make a paper mache “lid” hat! (Don’t forget a bottle of POM for added effect and hydration purposes!)
20. Little Red Riding Hood. Whether you’re a fan of the fairy tale or Once Upon a Time, you can never go wrong with a stylish red cape. We like Loey Lane’s take on this classic. Look for Victorian-style capes and lace, and adorn with a corset. Whether you choose to keep your hair down or up, you’ll look great and stay warm with a red hood. For an adorable addition, carry around a plush wolf in a basket.