Old Costumes for Outfits

The themes for my school’s spirit week came out a few days ago and ever since, I’ve been searching my whole house for the perfect costume pieces! I’ve found so many great items for my themed looks, but I also discovered some cute pieces from Halloween costumes I had forgotten about, which could be incorporated into my real wardrobe.

Finding these long forgotten pieces from Halloween and theme parties made me want to create new outfits to show them off! So, this week’s style challenge involves a little hunting (and maybe some cleaning) in the basement or attic – we’re repurposing old costumes.

Check out the outfit sets below to get some inspiration for your own repurposed costume looks.



This look was inspired by a Flower Child headband. It’s so cute and you can hardly tell it goes with a costume. This would be a great look for a fun party this summer.

I paired the hippie headband with a blue crop top and a light kimono cardigan. On the bottom, we have gray shorts and trendy Converse. For the last accessory, I added a green beaded necklace.



Superhero tees are probably the easiest costume piece to repurpose! For this look, I used a Harley Quinn shirt (see another way to repurpose it in this article) since that was one of the most popular Halloween costumes last year.

I paired the “Daddy’s Little Monster” tee shirt with a denim skirt, brown sandals, and a gray beaded choker for a slightly ’90s vibe.



This Cat in the Hat bow tie is absolutely adorable! Instead of a whimsical Dr. Seuss outfit, I decided to go the other direction and create a sophisticated, put-together outfit.

This black and white shirtdress is to die for, and really makes the bow tie pop! For accessories, I added a black handbag and matching black flats.



This cowgirl vest looks perfect when worn for a music festival or as part of any boho outfit!

For this look, I paired the vest with an embroidered pink top, jeans, and brown leather booties. I love the feel of this outfit – it’s western without looking like another cowgirl costume.



These Roman Gladiator sandals are so pretty and glam, and I love the idea of gold shoes.

For this look for a fun night out, I paired the gold sandals with a fun and trendy black romper. For accessories, I added a gray clutch with gold accents and some dangly disc earrings.



This Flapper clutch is so over the top – sequins, tassels, and feathers- and it’s so fun! You definitely don’t need to reserve it only for 1920s parties.

I found this great Little Black Dress to go with the Gatsby clutch and paired the look with some chunky neutral heels. That way, the bag can really be the focus of this look!



I’m actually really sad poodle skirts aren’t still in style, but if you’ve ever dressed up as a ‘50s girl, you can totally rock that skirt as part of an outfit.

For this look, I paired this polka dot poodle skirt with a gray low-back tee. I layered a blue statement necklace on top to match the blue heels.

Wear a Denim Skirt

Back in the mid-2000s, denim skirts — especially those of the mini variety — were all the rage.

Back in those days, everyone, from celebrities to yours truly, was wearing them with leggings, plus some sick ballet flats (bonus points if your denim skirt featured a let-out hem or rhinestone-embellished back pockets!).

For a while after that, the denim skirt trend cooled down, but lately, retailers have been bringing them back in all sorts of lengths, colors, styles, and price points. And we’re kind of happy about it.

If worn correctly, the denim skirt oozes It-girl coolness (see the example below); however, if worn incorrectly, it can look frumpy, or worse, like you’re trying too hard.

So, with that in mind, here are a few tips for wearing a denim skirt in a modern way:

  • Think about the length: To avoid reliving your middle school days (and potentially having a wardrobe malfunction!), avoid micro-minis; instead, opt for a skirt that hits mid-thigh or lower.
  • Consider the silhouette: If you opt for a shorter skirt (i.e. one that hits from mid-thigh to a few inches above the knee), then it’s okay to go for a looser/fuller silhouette. If your skirt hits at the knee or lower, opt for a straight or pencil silhouette, as anything looser can look dated and dowdy. Of course, there are exceptions (like this one or this one), but if you’re not ready to take a fashion risk, stick with what’s safe.
  • Ditch the leggings-and-flats look: As I mentioned before, the denim skirt + leggings + flats combo was all the rage ten years ago. While it’s possible to pull off this look today, if you’re looking for a more current feel, opt for bare legs.

Now that we’ve covered some general guidelines for wearing denim skirts, keep scrolling for four looks that show how to wear denim skirts today:

Denim Skirt Outfit Ideas: #1


A white denim skirt is a welcome change from the blue washes we’re used to seeing, and is also a great way to provide contrast when wearing other blue or colored denim pieces.

Add a red circular bag and pale pink loafers for some pops of color, and finish off the look with some feminine jewelry, like these preppy knot studs, fun pearl cuff, and sweet key necklace.

Denim Skirt Outfit Ideas: #2


For a trendy look that’s on-point for this season, pair a pretty off-the-shoulder peplum sweatshirt with a cute button-front denim mini with a frayed hem.

To make the look your own, accessorize with a pair of unique cat-eye sunglasses, a classic hobo bag, and a fashion-forward bandana. (Wear the bandana either tied around your neck or around the bag’s strap.)

Dainty gold star earrings add subtle shine, while embroidered sneakers finish the ensemble in comfort and style.

Denim Skirt Outfit Ideas: #3

For a laid-back and summery look, why not try a denim wrap skirt? The simplicity of this one makes it easy to pair with a variety of different tops, but I especially love it with this cute faded red t-shirt.

Peacock-blue sunglasses and mismatched platform espadrilles add some quirkiness to the look, while a turquoise druzy necklace and colorful set of beaded bracelets up the fun factor.

There are just a few more extras to add: Some moonstone stud earrings lend a feminine touch to the look, while this pale blue tote is the perfect way to add even more color to the outfit.

Denim Skirt Outfit Ideas: #4

I decided to try something a little different for this last look: I paired an asymmetrical-hem denim pencil skirt with a cropped tropical-print top for an outfit that is as fashion-forward as it is unique.

For a trendy yet retro vibe, I added white heeled sandals, a woven box bag, and some aviator-style sunglasses.

Lastly, I thought that quirky jewelry, like purple fringe earrings, a bolo necklace, and a bold cuff bracelet would be the perfect way to complete the look

How to Rock a Vintage Tee

Ahhh, there is something so satisfying about walking into a thrift store, or the local Goodwill/Salvation Army, and seeing rows and rows of old clothes, begging to be worn again. Some of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe came from antique shops downtown, consignment stores, or even elder ladies’ garage sales.

Long skirts, frilly tops with ruffles, block heels your grandma wore — you name it! Vintage stores have all these goodies and more. But, some of the coolest finds you’ll see are vintage tees.

Do you listen to Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin, or Tupac? There are super cool tees out there for you. Or, maybe, you have favorite books or movies and you wanna show the world how much you love them (Harry Potter, anyone?). A little searching and you can find just the ones you’re looking for! They just need a lil’ love.

Now even though Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s vintage tee line didn’t work out (um, for good reason), we can still latch on to this awesome trend. Check out my favorite vintage tees below.

Note: Though these tees are from popular clothing websites, I’d encourage you to go out and rummage through thrift shops in your town and see what you find! You’d be surprised as to how many rockin’ pieces are out there.

Vintage Tee Find 1: Sporty Singer

For a casual, everyday look, sport this Aaliyah tee with Adidas joggers (comfy and cute!). To give this look a little something extra, pull on a black, long sleeve mesh top underneath your tee.

Throw on some super cute sneakers — I love these ones from Betsey Johnson. Finish off this look with simple hoop earrings and a silvernecklace, and pull your locks into a high ponytail, complete with a 80’s inspired velvet scrunchie! Aaliyah would be proud.

Vintage Tee Find 2: Reader Chic

The Little Prince is one of my personal fave books so I am beyond pumped that I found a tee for it! Pair this adorable shirt with striped shorts (or culottes if you’re bold!) and a cute bow-tie belt to really stand out.

To add even more color to your ensemble, add a pastel yellow cardigan for a soft, bookworm-chic vibe, along with some classy grey heeled oxfords.

To finish this look off, throw on your glasses if you need ’em and pile your hair into a messy bun. Get ready to turn some heads in the library!

Vintage Tee Find 3: Edgy Rocker

As you jam out to “Jump”, throw on a trusty Van Halen tee with some black distressed denim shorts. Take on the town with corresponding black high-top Converse sneakers.

To continue with the edgy rocker attitude, add some spike earrings and a sleek watch to accessorize. Finally, pop on some red lipstick, put your hair in braids, and sing your heart out!

Fashion For Fun in the Sun

I’m here to be the bearer of bad news: Your carefree beach days are limited.

Summer, after all, will soon come to a close (sob!), so now is the perfect time to grab your friends and head out to the beach or the nearest pool, if you’re not close to a shore.

While you’re at it, don’t neglect your personal style. We’ve put together some looks for you that are comfortable and can take you from the beach to a date or a family function with no problem.

Beach Day Outfit Idea: Eclectic Girl

Products: Bathing Suit – Groupon, Jean Jacket – Charlotte Russe, Sunglasses – Amazon, Sandals – Hollister

A little bit boho, a little bit trendy, a whole lot stylish, this look is meant for the stylish girl at the beach. (You could slip shorts over the bikini bottoms to make it appropriate for dinner after the beach). With the long jean jacket, this look is also perfect for a get-together with friends on a warm night, around a bonfire, after a day of swimming.

Beach Day Outfit Idea: Preppy & Classic

Products: Shirt – Aeropostale, Shorts – H&M, Bathing Suit – Unique Vintage, Sandals – Hollister

Maybe it’s just me, but this one-piece bathing suit gives me some serious Marilyn Monroe vibes. It’s one of those swimsuits that you could almost wear as a traditional bodysuit (after you dried off, of course).

This preppy and classic outfit has that double duty in mind, and with the shorts and shirt, it’s perfect for a date. Just throw the shorts on over the bathing suit, leave the shirt unbuttoned (because seriously, that suit is cute), and slip on your sandals. Ta-Da! You’re ready to make an impression, whether you’re coming or going.

Beach Day Outfit Idea: Romantic & Trendy

Products: Bathing Suit – Nordstrom Rack, Two-Piece Set – Zaful, Tote – Nordstrom, Sandals – Aeropostale

Surprise! That cute floral two-piece outfit is actually a cover up! With how simple and proper it looks, this is the perfect outfit for when you want to hang out with friends but have a family obligation afterward.

Yes, the bathing suit’s push-up silhouette may be a bit too daring for polite company like your grandma, so save that for splashing around the pool with your besties. When it’s time to go, slip on your sandals, stash your towel in your bag and throw on your cover-up. You’ll be ready for a family reunion or dinner with the grandparents in no time!

Some Fashion Rules You Should Break

Everyone has heard at least one old fashion rule. Have you ever been told not to wear white after labor day, or that your jewelry metals must match?

If you’re like me, you grew up hearing these from your mom or grandma whenever you wore something they didn’t like. You thought your outfit was fine, but one of the rules probably made you rethink it. Many of you may still believe one or two of them, because you’ve heard them so many times.

Believe it or not, most of those fashion rules are completely outdated and false!

As someone who loves fashion but doesn’t believe in old-fashioned rules, I say it’s time to put some of these style myths to rest once and for all. It’s the 21st century, and grandma’s fashion rules just don’t apply anymore.

Here’s the CF list of fashion rules you’re allowed (and encouraged) to break:

1. Never wear white after labor day.

This fashion rule is probably the most pervasive of them all. Everyone’s heard it, and surprisingly, lots of people still believe it’s true.

Newsflash: you can absolutely wear white after labor day! White clothing, coats, bags, and even shoes are 100% allowed during the winter months, and don’t let anyone tell you differently. Unless you have an extremely conservative workplace, you should embrace the idea of wearing a “winter white.” It’s a fresh, fun break from the dark shades we usually wear in winter.

InStyle magazine did a great feature on fashion rules the stars love to break. In it, Rachel Bilson sounded off on the white after labor day rule, saying “Forget the old rules. I love white all year round. It’s cooler to wear it when you aren’t supposed to.”

For another star example, check out the picture of Victoria Beckham above. She’s a world-renowned fashionista who’s known for her impeccable style! She doesn’t follow the white after labor day rule and neither should you.

2. Shoes and bags must always match.

Ugh, this rule is sooo 1950s. I’m honestly wondering if anyone out there still believes this one.

In case you did think this myth was true, let me reassure you.. it’s not! You don’t have to match your shoes to your bag – that’s so boring. You shoes and bag need to go with your outfit, but there’s no reason they need to match each other. So long as they work with your outfit, they can be any colors you want.

Let’s be realistic – can you imagine what a pain it would be to match all of your bags to all of your shoes? You’d probably have only one or two combos you could make, and even then, it probably wouldn’t all match perfectly. There are so many shades of each color!

Really, it’s all way too much of a hassle. Forget about matching and start thinking about what goes together and what goes with your outfit.

3. Never wear black with brown or navy.

This rule is one of the most pervasive old fashion rules out there, and it’s just not true at all!

Here’s the deal: black, brown, and navy are all neutrals. This means that you can wear them with pretty much anything, including each other!

I love the look of a navy blue dress with black shoes, or a black dress with light brown or nude shoes. Anything goes with these colors, and you should feel free to mix ’em however you want.

Recently, Rihanna made a public statement about this rule:

“The idea of not wearing brown and black together seems so dated. The other day I wore a black T-shirt, black Nobody jeans, a brown leopard-print belt by Dolce & Gabbana, and brown Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, and it looked awesome. And I also love to mix prints.”

For another example of a celebrity breaking this rule, see the photo of Rachel Bilson above, mixing navy, black, AND brown. Her outfit looks adorable and fashion-forward, proving that this rule is really just a dumb myth.

4. Never wear red if you’re a redhead.

This one might have some basis in reality, but it only applies to a few people in certain situations.

It’s true that some redheads don’t look their best in some shades of red, but it’s completely false that they can’t wear red at all. If you have red hair, you need to be extra careful to choose reds that work with your natural coloring. The wrong shade can look too intense, and can clash with your skin. It’s as simple as that. (By the way, this same thing could be said for EVERY hair color!)

At the end of the day, if you know the best colors for you, you can avoid shades of red that don’t work, and wear the ones that do. The idea that you can’t wear red at all is completely FALSE!

5. You can’t wear suede or leather in summer.

Another false one. Really, who comes up with this stuff?

I don’t know about you, but I would be LOST without my leather bag in the summer. Most of the world’s best shoes and purses are made out of leather, so it really makes no sense that we wouldn’t be able to wear them year round. Also, leather jackets are such a hot trend. It would be a shame to have to put them in the closet for 3 months!

If you’re really worried about this one, just pick lighter weight fabrics and go with lighter colors of suede & leather for the summer months. Then switch back to your regular stuff for winter.

But really… the next time someone tries to convince you this rule is true, just laugh and ask if you can borrow their most expensive designer bag for summer, since they won’t be using it. Then see what they have to say..

6. Never mix metals in your wardrobe.

This rule basically says that you should never wear gold and silver jewelry together, or god forbid, wear something that has both gold and silver on it! How boring.

Nowadays, it’s safe to forget all about it. With all the cute jewelry and metallic accessories out there, it would be a shame to only wear them with some pieces. Metallics are the new neutrals, and you can wear them with whatever you want. Don’t be afraid to layer gold, silver and bronze bangles together, or wear silver flats when you have gold earrings on. It’s totally up to you and not wrong at all!

Of course, some people have a preference for one type of jewelry over the other. For example, gold doesn’t look good on my cool-toned pale skin, so I only wear silver and white gold jewelry. It’s okay to have a preference, but don’t ever think that you can’t wear what you want because it’s not “allowed”.

7. Never wear tights with open-toed shoes.

Now that tights and peep-toe shoes are both in style, women everywhere are happily ignoring this rule.

That’s right, you can totally wear tights with open-toe shoes. Just tuck the seam of the tights under your toes, and make sure it doesn’t show. It’s a great way to get more mileage out of your wardrobe, because you can wear your peep-toe heels in winter!