5 HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEAS

Fairy

This costume is perfect because it can be done within big or small groups, or on your own. You can draw inspiration from the Rainbow Magic books, where each character is a fairy named after a color, or Winx Club and Pixie Hollow.

I would apply glitter makeup under my eyes, using the the NYX Professional Makeup Body Glitter.

Dress, wings, butterfly hair clips

Wednesday Addams

Wednesday Addams is an iconic character, so it’s inherently an iconic costume. You probably own a black dress or all-black outfit, plus black tights.

All that’s left is some sort of white collar to throw underneath with two three-strand braids and black boots or flats.

Dress, faux collar, tights

Little Red Riding Hood

This costume is easy because it only requires the red cape in addition to a white outfit that you can pick from your closet. Plus, the cape only retails for $10.

I’d pair this with knee-high socks and any red or white shoes.

Dress, cape, basket

Girl Scout

I think the Girl Scout costume is adorable, and although you may have less of these items already in your closet compared to other costumes, it’s worth it if you have the means to obtain them, IMO.

You can leave the sash plain, or go to your local craft store and pick out some iron-on patches for some DIY action. And it’s customizable that way!

Skirt, shirt, beret, sash

Angel(s) & Devil

Many times I’ve dressed up for Halloween with a headband as my sole accessory, and I have no shame in that. With this costume you can do an angel/devil duo or angel/fallen angel duo, as well as a trio with all three.

You can add matching wings or a devil’s tail for more pizazz, but it isn’t necessary. Pair these with a monochrome outfit according to your headband and you’re good to go.

White angel headband, fallen angel headband, devil headband

TRENDS I’M VIBING WITH

Monochromatic outfits

I see a lot of monochromatic loungewear sets and think they’re so cute and stylish. I’m also into nicer monochromatic outfits like the ones below; it’s so easy. I like it with similar shades, too. Would love for the navy with black and ivory with white stigma to end. It’s not a thing.

Mini bags

This Y2K style is so cute and I’m happy for its comeback. Plus, you don’t have to spend a lot of money because mini bags are everywhere. If you’re looking to invest, however, the Prada Re-Edition 2000 nylon mini bag is amazing and vintage.

JW PEI Eva Shoulder Bag
Pleated skirts

Pleated skirts look amazing paired with a crewneck sweatshirt or oversized t-shirt, but can be worn with nicer tops too. Overall a solid piece that I’m excited to start wearing.

American Apparel Gabardine Tennis Skirt
Collars with crewnecks

This is such a nice way to spice up a not-so-spicy crewneck look. Plus it’s amazing with a pleated skirt and these aren’t hard to find. I got one that was Brandy Melville from Depop, but thrift stores and department stores have these, too.

via Madison Beer on Instagram
Loose pants

I am done with skinny jeans. DONE. The big pants + little shirt combo is something the fashion industry desperately needed, and there are so many styles of loose pants you’re bound to find one that speaks to you: denim, pleated pants, lounge pants, corduroy– I prefer all these in loose styles.

Levi’s Loose Straight Women’s Jeans
Topshop Ted Corduroy Wide Leg Pants
Biker shorts

I didn’t like biker shorts for a long time, but when I found myself outgrowing the “giant tops that covers my shorts” look, I thought to try biker shorts and I am eternally grateful for it. They’re comfortable and cute, and make your outfit look more put together. There’s a ton of places to get biker shorts, but I like Aritzia’s Tna Equator Short 7″.

Princes Diana did. that.
Rectangle / Y2K style sunglasses

Y2K is one of my favorite styles and I draw a lot of fashion inspiration from it. Rectangle sunglasses give me that vibe, but also don’t scream “2000s” as much as a Juicy Couture sweatsuit does, for example.

Princess Polly Creeper Sunglasses
Mary Jane shoes

I have a hard time finding shoes I like beside sneakers LOL, but Mary Janes are unique and fun, have been around forever, and could go with seriously any outfit. In addition to the Mary Jane style, Doc Martens’ 1461 Smooth Leather Platform Shoes are cute and not your typical shoe. ~Diversification~

Doc Martens Polley Smooth Leather Mary Janes
Victorian / Renaissance inspired jewelry

This style + chunky chains are my favorites right now. Jewelry really has the ability to make an outfit or dress it up and give you confidence. The great thing about the nameplate necklace below is you can customize it however you like, and the Old English font is dope.

Princess Polly Excalibur Sword Earrings
Vibeszn Classic Old English Nameplate Necklace
Chunky hoops

We all know hoop earrings are the best, and the chunky style is included. I stick to small hoops because I can’t stand heavy earrings so I like the fact that you can do this trend in any size.

PAVOI 14k Yellow Gold Chunky Hoops from Amazon

GOING OUT OUTFITS (BASICS)

“Going out” isn’t something we’ll be able to do for a while, but that means there’s ample time to do some online shopping until then so that you’ll have fire fits when the time comes. I think all cities have the same going out vibe for the most part, but I’ve chosen pieces that I think can work for multiple situations.

A lot of online stores have a section labeled “going out tops” or something similar which is super helpful and has good options.

I’ve chosen to do basics for this post because in all seriousness basics is what your closet needs, way more than statement pieces. Statement pieces are great and fun, but they’re hard to rewear and don’t always get their money’s worth.

Basic Tops
Free People Fair and Square Neck Duo Bodysuit

I actually own this exact Free People bodysuit and it’s my most solid basic. It goes with everything, it’s flattering, and stylish. I love square necklines. If this style is too boring for you, look for something with puffy sleeves, ties, or ruching.

UO One-Shoulder Tie Tank Top

The one-shoulder style is an easy way to spice up a basic top, and this knot adds more. Urban Outfitters has this top in some statement piece colors like a dark pink and red that are cute! If you don’t care for the knot, UO has a one-shoulder ripped tank. I have it in forest green and it’s a go-to of mine.

Forever 21 Puff-Sleeve Crop Top

I’ve been on the puffy sleeves wave for a while and I’m so glad it’s finally having its moment. However, I only like a slight puff, like this Forever 21 top because I think too much looks silly. The ties, ruching, and buttons are so cute, but not too much; I think they compliment each other perfectly to make this top a good basic.

Jackets
Princess Polly Western Cord Jacket Black

I have this jacket in beige and it’s my favorite jacket I own. I always get compliments when I wear it, and it’s great because rather than buying a bunch of new cooler weather tops, I can throw it on with a tank or short sleeve underneath.

Princess Polly Puffer Jacket Beige

Puffer jackets are so cute in my opinion and perfect for a casual going out outfit. The length on this is perfect because it looks good paired with a cropped shirt or bodysuit and jeans/pants whereas a longer length wouldn’t be as trendy.

Basic Bottoms

I have some beef with shorts because beside denim shorts (which aren’t usually nice enough to go out in), there are very minimal options. This means you have to wear jeans or pants, which is totally fine, but not always convenient like when it’s hot outside. I like Levi’s 501 Original Shorts for denim shorts. Levi’s just has the best denim!

Levi’s 501 Original Fit Women’s Jeans

I’ve said it before– every girl and gay needs a pair of 501s. I’m very over skinny jeans, though they’ll probably never go completely out of style. I wear the 501 Skinny style because I have thin legs so this style fits me like the one above should. Levi’s also has a skinny jean style for those of you looking for one.

Zara Pleated Skort

This pleated style is super cute and a way to get by wearing shorts while looking like you’re wearing a skirt. I think the pleats are more in style than ruffle flounce shorts, too.

Princess Polly Lola Mini Skirt

I have this exact skirt and it’s a good staple. I definitely have more statement tops than I do bottoms, so whenever I want to wear a certain top I can count on this to go with it. Princess Polly also has it in black which is an equally wearable basic.

Shoes
Doc Martens 1460 Bex Smooth Leather Platform Boots

I absolutely love my Doc Martens. I have them in white and black and they’re my most worn shoe for going out. They’re comfortable (although that first wear will give you blisters) and a stylish, timeless look. I always get compliments when I wear mine and I promise they’re not as hard to pull off as you may think. Doc Marten also sells vegan leather styles!

Nike Air Force 1 ’07

Yes, everyone and their mother owns a pair of Air Forces. I’m embarrassed by how many of these shoes I’ve owned throughout the years, but it’s because I can wear them with a big tee and shorts or jeans and a cute top– they’re versatile. Plus there’s a thousand colors in this style of shoe so you’re bound to find one you like. And if you’d rather support an ethical brand, New Balance and Veja have super cute sneakers.

Doc Martens Blaire Hydro Leather Gladiator Sandal

I could probably count the number of times I’ve made eye contact with a pair of sandals and thought to myself “Those are cute.” I personally don’t care for sandals in general and have a difficult time finding a pair that work for me because of my narrow feet. I tried these on because I genuinely think they’re cute, but the straps were too big for my feet *cry*. However, if you don’t have this issue, these are amaze.

Target Women’s Kerrigan Slide Sandals – Universal Thread

I got these sandals as a last minute resort because I’m over my Steve Madden platforms and didn’t own any other “nice” sandals for an upcoming beach trip. They’re not the most interesting pair of shoes, but for $15 I can’t complain. They did their job and are cute enough in my opinion; another good basic to own.

Accessories

I think it’s important to have a good belt or two and basic, everyday jewelry. I don’t think outfits look completed without jewelry, but if you don’t want to spend a lot on your jewelry pieces, look for something in sterling silver (which takes longer to tarnish and can be polished) or gold filled (which lasts longer than gold plated).

Grommet Leather Belt from Amazon

I really like this belt style because it’s kind of grunge, but could be paired with any vibe of outfit. Plus it’d look super cute with a pair of Doc Martens.

Karen Lazar

I’ve been seeing Karen Lazar’s bracelets everywhere, and most commonly I see them stacked. This style is very in right now and I think a lot of products from this company make great everyday accessories. Her bracelets and rings come in yellow gold, rose gold, and sterling silver. Not to mention her bracelets also come in mixed metals! Going to plug my mixed metals post here.

MIXING METALS IN JEWELRY

I have been plagued by preferring gold jewelry over silver. I use this word due to the fact that the majority of my gold pieces are gold plated, not real gold, and eventually tarnish. I also have silver pieces which don’t tarnish and have to be replaced like gold plated. Because of this I’ve been introduced to “mixing metals.” When I received my first piece of nice, silver jewelry after only wearing gold, I immediately asked my mom if it was okay to wear with my gold jewelry since people usually stick with one color. She said yes and is definitely right.

I love how my gold and silver rings that I always wear look paired together. I also love individual jewelry pieces that have mixed metals, like this RegalRose necklace from ASOS and Honey Bee Ring from Etsy. The mixed metals of these items look so good and intentional– they blend well.

RegalRose Exclusive Hand of Glory Necklace
Honey Bee Ring

I think it’s important when mixing metals, and frankly with jewelry in general, to make sure they’re all the same vibe. Your look should be cohesive. Below are some chain bracelets from Free People. While they’re each a different style of chain and metal, they’re still chains, so there’s the cohesion. Any of these paired together would look super cute.

Free People Delicate Chain Bracelet

If you’re a little nervous to mix metals, it’s more lowkey to mix metals of the same style. Below are a set of five stacking rings by Madewell as well as Set & Stones rings both from Nordstrom. The concept of mixed metal stacked rings is way more common than wearing a gold necklace and a silver bracelet, for instance, so if you choose this route I promise no one will lose sleep over it.

Madewell Filament Set of 5 Stacking Rings
Set & Stones Nolan Ring

I hope to see more mixed metal in the future because it really is nonsensical to stick to one jewelry material forever. Whoever gave us the idea you had to was wrong, just like the person who told us you can’t wear white after Labor Day. Fashion has no rules. YOLO.

I DID THE REVERSE TIE DYE TREND

I love sweatpants, I do. And since being home during quarantine, I’ve seen multiple TikToks of people DIYing the reverse tie dye trend with sweatpants, sweatshirts, t-shirts, and more. Considering I have an abundance of free time, I decided to take a shot at it and really like how they turned out. Not to mention I’ve seen brands sell reverse tie dye sweatpants for $50, but this cost me under $20 so boom.

Step 1

I got my sweatpants from Amazon and the bathroom bleach + cleaner from Target, but any brand works. First, I got the pants wet in the shower and squeezed the water out. After this, with the help of my loving mother, folded the pants (accordion fold) all the way up, as shown in the gif. My mom and I (moreso my mom) are perfectionists so this step took us longer than it should’ve. I don’t think it’s necessary for the folds to be identical on each pant leg, but we tried to make it as even as possible.

Step 2

Next, I rubber banded the pants and sprayed them with the bathroom cleaner + bleach. I sprayed each “section” created by the rubber bands a few times to make sure it was covered with the bleach, then got the back side and gave the sides a few sprays.

When I got to this part I did accordion folds the whole upper width of the pant, since it’s not separate for each leg.
Step 3

After applying the bleach to the pants I let them sit in the shower for 25 min. Once my timer went off I removed the rubber bands and threw them in the washing machine with detergent for a normal wash. The last step is to put your pants through the dryer and you’re done!

Here are some photos of how mine turned out:

SUSTAINABLE FASHION BRANDS

I have a post from a while back about fast fashion– explaining what it is, its impact, the whole shabang. I listed a few popular retailers that fall under the wing of fast fashion, but wanted to save a separate blog post for their foil: sustainable brands. These brands work to create quality clothing pieces that will last and are working to make a difference. Unfortunately, no clothing is “good” for the environment– it all has some negative impact, but sustainable companies have a smaller negative impact. Key word: smaller. Below you can see sustainable brands I have or would shop at. There are obviously lots of other options, but these are my favorite style-wise. Let’s love our planet better.

Levi’s

You have no idea how happy I was to learn this company is sustainable. Levi 501s are a staple and I highly encourage every girl and gay to own a pair of these. BTdubs if you have thinner legs like I do, the 501 Skinny style fits like a regular 501 should. It takes over 2,000 gallons of water to make a single pair of jeans, but Levi’s removes water wherever it is possible. Considering this brand is known for their denim and has been for decades, what they’re doing makes a huge impact.

H&M Conscious

Every product from the H&M Conscious line has something about it that lessens its environmental impact. Plus, styles start at $10 which is great for people who struggle with big price tags. This line includes a large range of products with loungewear, intimates, jeans, tees, and nice dresses and tops.

Reformation

This brand is sooooo cute. They have trendy and simple pieces, tons of jean styles, and even wedding outfits like bridal dresses and bridesmaids dresses. As most sustainable brands, they’re really passionate about the topic and have a whole About page on it. This brand is dope and does a great job of being trendy and sustainable.

For Love & Lemons

This is another brand I’m absolutely obsessed with. For Love & Lemons’ clothes are trendy and feminine, but also unique. If I had to pick one store to shop at for the rest of my life, this would be it. It is a little pricier like Reformation, but their clothes will last you longer than a fast fashion brand, which is the whole point here! Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular.

New Balance

In addition to the environment experiencing the impacts of fast fashion are the people who make the clothes in very poor conditions and for a low, unfair wage. New Balance seeks to ensure their employees are treated with respect and given a fair wage. They own footwear manufacturers in the UK and US, which is significant because companies will outsource laborers and underpay them. Side note: I’ve been loving the 990 style recently. It definitely had a frat boy moment circa 2015, but I think we need to reclaim it. Love a good chunky sneaker.

Rent the Runway

I’m very much on the wave that is renting clothes, especially formal dresses. Do you know how hard it is to rewear a formal dress? Answer: it’s very hard. Because you look poppin’ in a formal dress you’ll take lots of pictures, share them to social media, and you don’t want to rewear it for second cousin twice removed Tammy’s wedding the next week! And formal dresses are good at breaking the bank. Rent the Runway has super cute formal dresses, but also regular pieces like tops and bottoms. Plus, you can get an extra try-on size for free which is clutch.

Patagonia

My Patagonia fleece jacket and is a go-to in the winter because it does the best at keeping me warm. In addition to creating sustainable, quality products, Patagonia is involved in climate change activism. The brand has a bunch of awesome stories on their Activism page that show the work they’re doing to make a difference and help the earth.

Athleta

Don’t worry, I would never leave you athleisure girls hanging. Athleta claims 60% of its products are made with sustainable fibers and 4% made with water-saving techniques. The brand is also an advocate for feminism and according to their website, 3,212 and counting women have been empowered through P.A.C.E. and Fair Trade. P.A.C.E. stands for Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement, a program that works to empower the women who make their product. And their stuff is cute!

TANGERINE: THE COLOR OF SUMMER 2020

I’m calling it, I think tangerine is going to be this summer’s color. I could be completely wrong, but this is what I’m thinking. If I am wrong, it’s a super cute color regardless and I’d like to see more of it! I used to really dislike the color orange in general because I thought it was just icky and bright, but there are certain hues and tones like tangerine that I think are fun and cute. I like peach too and think it’ll be a trend, which is a softer orange. So, here are some examples of this summer’s color. Manifesting it right there.

Free People Convertible Skirt
VG Rough Rider Top
Lovers + Friends Eden Top
Lovers + Friends Bayside Skort
Princess Polly Ream Midi Skirt

FAST FASHION EXPLAINED

What is Fast Fashion?

Fast fashion is a term used to describe cheap, trendy clothes that take ideas from celebrity culture or runways and turn them into garments in stores at rapid speed. Plus, it’s horrible for the environment. Horrible. However, things weren’t always like this. People didn’t used to constantly shop like we do now; it used to be an occasional event that happened as needed. Outgrew your winter coat? Time for a new one. Clothing isn’t made to last like it used to be. Then, about 20 years ago, the shopping culture we have now made it’s introduction.

Its Impact

One of the impacts of fast fashion is retailers using cheap, toxic textiles dyes. This is such a huge issue because fast fashion is one of the major polluting industries. Its distribution of crops, fibers, and garments contribute to environmental pollution as well as soil, air, and water pollution. The textile industry is the second greatest polluter of local freshwater in the entire world. Polyester, a material we all recognize from the tags in our clothes, is derived from fossil fuels. This contributes to global warming and can shed microfibers that can add to the increasing levels of plastic into our oceans when put into a wash. Cotton, another material we all know, requires loads of water and pesticides in developing countries.

Unsurprisingly, fast fashion is harmful to humans– the people who work to get these garments out so quickly. They work in dangerous environments and for low wages. Not only is it hurting the people who make the clothes, but also the farmers who may be working with toxic chemicals that can have long-lasting physical and mental effects. The water pollution affects ocean life, which is already facing a thousand other threats.

The Faces of Fast Fashion

Sadly, there are too many fast fashion brands to list, so here are some of the big names we all recognize: Victoria’s Secret, Urban Outfitters, Topshop, GUESS, Gap, Boohoo, Missguided, H&M, Zara, Adidas, ASOS, Shein, Nasty Gal, and many more.

What You can Do

I’ve very recently learned about fast fashion, and writing this post helped me fully understand its extensive impact on the planet. I was devastated to see so many stores I’ve shopped from on the list above, and while I understand I cannot singlehandedly end the plight that is fast fashion, there are steps I can take to help, and so can you.

Thrift! Shopping at thrift/second-hand stores is so fun to do with friends and it’s a great way to find cute, discounted clothes. As a college student myself, I’m always balling on a budget so I love going thrifting with my friends and a lot of my favorite pieces are from stores like Buffalo Exchange and Poshmark. Plus, if you’re going to buy animal product clothing, which is a whole other issue, thrifting is the only appropriate way to do it. It’s already been bought and sold, so this way you aren’t contributing to the killing of animals for clothing.

Buy better quality clothes. By doing this you don’t have to shop as much, and as a result you’re less supportive of fast fashion. Get a winter coat that will last longer than a single season and you won’t have to spend money on another one so soon. It’s a win-win situation!

Share clothes with friends. Sharing clothes with friends is so fun because it’s an intimate thing (I realize this sounds so weird, but to me it means you trust your friend enough to share something that’s your own with them and that’s senti). Plus, it’s like renting a new outfit! Speaking of renting, that’s something else you can do. Rent the Runway is an awesome company. I’ve used them before to rent a formal dress for an event and highly recommend. They have cute options and you won’t end up spending as much money in comparison to buying something.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, I am very new to the concept of fast fashion. I’m not claiming to be an expert on the topic and definitely not claiming to have avoided all fast fashion brands because I certainly have not- I have a post about my favorite trends from this month and mentioned a pair of shoes I just bought from Urban Outfitters so yeah… there’s proof. I will, however, be more mindful in the future and do my best to shop from brands that are not killing the earth. I love our planet and have made life choices in the past to support the environment, so this is just another one.

I hope this has taught you something about the dangers of fast fashion and the huge impact it has on the earth and us as humans. I learned a great deal more by researching for and writing this post.

I found a good amount of my information for this post from this site, https://goodonyou.eco/ which is a world-leading source of trusted brand ratings, articles and guides on ethical and sustainable fashion. It has a lot of useful information in addition to what I included in here and I recommend looking through their site to learn more about fast fashion and sustainability.

Take care of our earth!

M

TRENDS I’M VIBING WITH

MULTI-COLOR NAILS

The first time I saw this trend was an ad on Instagram for the “all things nails” company, Olive & June, with pastel colors. After some stalking I saw unexpected color combinations like this navy, nude, white, pink, and light blue and loved it even more. I would never think to put these colors together, but it totally works.

MINIMALIST NAILS

Olive & June also has some super cute pics of this style on their Instagram, but it could be just a little polish heart on each nail or in one post there’s cherries on two fingers while the rest are plain with a clear coat. It’s simple, but fun and creative.

BUCKET HATS

As we know, everything comes back. This 90s style definitely made a return last summer and I’m still here for it. I think bucket hats are best worn with a swimsuit/beach day outfit or something casual like a simple top and wide-leg jeans with sneakers. It’s a great addition to sass up any fit to let the people know you’re trendy and hawt.

Kaia Gerber in a bucket hat, need I say more?

REVERSE TIE DYE & TIE DYE

Who knew this was the word for bleach tie dye? Not me. Regardless, I think this is such a cute trend and a fun DIY project! I’ve been meaning to get some sweatpants from Walmart and make my own pair using one of the countless tutorials on YouTube. I also have been loving regular tie dye, but not so much “a unicorn regurgitated onto this hoodie” tie dye. These Urban Outfitters crewnecks are just what I’m talking about– there isn’t too much going on and they could be dressed up or down. Plus, we all love a good sweatshirt.

Urban Outfitters Tie-Dye Crewneck Sweatshirt

FISHERMAN HEEL

I think the fisherman heel is so cute. I got over the platform sandal trend about a month after it got big, so I’m super excited there’s finally an alternative. I just got this exact pair from Urban Outfitters (on sale!) and I seriously cannot wait to wear them this summer with skirts and casual dresses or trendy shorts.

UO Lia Fisherman Heeled Sandal

CHAINS

There is nothing more I love than a good chain necklace. Whether it’s a figaro chain or a chunky link chain, this has been my favorite accessory for a while. They make me feel cool, okay? Plus they’re cute and simple and look great layered with a longer necklace. Also love the padlock that’s on this link chain necklace from Brandy Melville.