Plus Size Halloween Outfits Using Clothes You Already Own

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Even if you spend a fortune buying or renting a costume for Halloween, it's not going to look as good as something you threw together yourself. And tracking down a ready made plus size Halloween costume takes too much effort anyway. But you don't need lots of time or sewing skills to come up with a fabulous Halloween costume. Let's dive into your closet and see what you can come up with.

An added bonus of making a costume from your regular wardrobe is that you can wear most of your outfit to work and then add to it when it's time to hand out candy. You probably won't already own every last thing you need for a costume, but I'm not going to suggest anything that's hard to find.

wine burgundy plus size clothing Supreme Court Justice

All you need for this one is a Black Maxi Tank Dress, Black Kimono Jacket, and a white lace collar of some kind. Maybe you have a blouse with a collar that works. A white scarf will also do. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a pop phenomenon, which means that you can find her signature lacy collars in t-shirt and necklace form.

Depending on your hairstyle, you can be RBG, Elena Kagan, or Sonia Sotomayor.

Miss Patty from the Gilmore Girls

We've discussed this unapologetically frisky dance teacher before. Most of our Sheer Toppers and Novelty Jackets would be right up her alley. To fully get into character, carry a long cigarette holder and flirt while periodically stopping to herd costumed children. If you (or your friends) are unfamiliar with Gilmore Girls, just call your costume Sassy Broad.

plus size kimono inspired jacket Vampire

Vampires may not be as trendy as they used to be, but they're still a classic. And they don't all dress like Bela Lugosi. Wear whatever you want to, though Black and Wine are especially vampiric. (Though if your version of a vampire wears a kicky print, I'm so there for that.) A little makeup will make you appropriately pale and if you don't already own red lipstick, you need that anyway. Add plastic vampire fangs and threaten to bite any Trick or Treaters who get out of line.


You know you've always wanted to dress as a flapper. A Topper in an Asian-inspired print is a must. Fringe is a plus. Wear it over a dress (or pants and a top) in a complementary color. You don't need to recreate the classic dropped waist flapper dress. They wore other things too. Just stay in the spirit. You can find online tutorials showing how to get your hair into the classic Flapper styles - or just buy a wig. A long strand of beads completes the look.


Bounding is a type of cosplay. When Disney banned adults from wearing costumes in their parks, clever fans invented bounding. It's when you wear regular clothes that suggest a costume. Light blue and white for Alice in Wonderland, a paler blue for Cinderella, and so on. Bounding has spilled over to other fandoms so have fun. Emerald Classics would be appropriate for Poison Ivy from the Batman Comics or Ariel the Little Mermaid. Honey Classics are just right for Winnie the Pooh.

I know you have a closet full of Vikki Vi Classics, so just open the closet and find something in a color that reminds you of a certain character. Just add accessories and you're done.

Get in the Spirit

You could wear just whatever to greet Trick or Treaters or go to a Halloween party. But everything is more fun in costume. If you go for it, post pix on Instagram and Facebook and tag us.

Check out our other posts about plus size party outfits.

1 Comment

Thanks for the Halloween idea of starting with one’s own clothes. Channeling my inner Pooh Bear, I started with Honey Classics in pants and a 3/4 sleeve top. I added a red vest, bear ears on a headband, and carried stuffed versions of Eeyore (have no idea of how to spell his name) and Piglet. Winnie the Pooh lives!

—Patricia crapo,

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