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Fashion School Tips For Creating a Stylish Halloween Costume

Halloween is that holiday where you get to show the world (or at least your friends) how creative you are. Whether you are a novice or have a degree in fashion design, here are three perfect costumes that will let you take your sewing machine center stage!

No ordinary costume will do. It must be something that shows artistry, thought, and most of all, style!

How about something from the world of Mad Men? Get schooled at the Betty Draper fashion college. Betty has the quintessential wardrobe of the 1960s. With her shift dresses, chiffon sashes, and three-quarter sweaters, her classic style transcends the decades.

Scour your local vintage store for a conservative dress with spaghetti straps, fitted bodice and full circle skirt to wear as the underlayer. Using the dress as a pattern, create a sheer outer dress with the same skirt silhouette, but with a button-up bodice, sweet cap sleeves, and a high neckline. Don’t forget to wear a diamond wedding ring to complete the look. This is the perfect costume for couples. What guy wouldn’t want to be Don Draper for a night?

If you have a love for nature and haven’t quite made it to fashion school yet, try a Sacagawea costume. Start with a plain tan linen dress. Cut off the hemlines and finished edges to create a raw, earthy style. The key to this look is fringes. Create a wide collar out of short layers of fringed fabrics in shades of olive green, brown, and cream. Just make sure you can cut fabric in a straight line! For added style, extend the collar at the sides so the fringes cascade over your shoulders and down your arms.

Wear your hair in two long braids secured with simple suede cord from a fabric store. This is one costume that could be brought this into your actual wardrobe, if worn the right way. Throw on some leggings and ankle boots, and wear the top off one shoulder and you’ve got a new outfit.

If you’ve already written your acceptance speech for Best Costume Design at the Academy Awards, then a Marie Antoinette Halloween costume is within your creative realm.

Sofia Coppola brought the fashions of Marie Antoinette alive in her 2006 movie. If you haven’t already seen it, be forewarned: the movie may leave you with strong cravings for butter cookies, sparkling drinks, and Siouxsie and the Banshees. The fashion world embraces this film for its gowns by Milena Canonero, saturated in pink satin, pearls, diamonds, exquisite ruffles, bows, lace, ultra femininity, sophistication, opulence, and extravagance.

Shop for a corset at a thrift store and build your costume around it. The key is a tightly fitting bodice with a full skirt exploding from your waist. Tip: make a mini-bubble skirt filled with crumpled newspaper to wear under the skirt. It will lift the skirt out and save you money on investing in yards and yards of fabric.

Sew on layers of ruffles, punctuated with satin bows. Accessorize with delicate pearl drop earrings and a single velvet ribbon tied around your neck. Keep the accessories to a modest level of abundance. If anyone has the nerve to ask who you are, simply respond with, “Let them eat cake.”