5 Great Costumes You Can Whip Up Tonight

Every year, we're resolved to get an early start and whip up an amazing Halloween guise well before the 31st. But, the reality is, it never happens. The weeks leading up to the big day tend to be crazy busy, so we end up with whatever we can cull from the remains of a ransacked CVS Halloween aisle.
But this year, that's going to change. We've dreamed up five super-cool costumes inspired by iconic celebs — which means you won't get that annoying "Who are you supposed to be?" query all night. The best part? You can assemble these getups from the pieces you already have on hand. From pop superstars to fashion heavy hitters to the coolest couple's costume ever, these ensembles require minimal effort (at most, a phone call to borrow a prop) for maximum impact. So, what are you waiting for? Seriously, there's no time to lose!
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Photo: BEImages/Matt Baron.
We can thank the gentleman of Daft Punk for giving us the greatest couples' costume of all time. All you need is a slim black suit, some sick booties, and a pair of gloves — oh, and a friend who'll let you borrow a full-face motorcycle helmet.
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Clockwise from top left: Speed & Strength SS2200 Modular Helmet, $169.99, available at Motosport; Mango Suit Trousers, $39.99, available at Mango; Mango Crepe Suit Blazer, $89.99, available at Mango; Morris Metallic Gloves, $10.45, available at Amazon; H&M Stretch Shirt, $19.95, available at H&M; River Island Studded Chelsea Ankle Boots, $88.99, available at ASOS; Calibrate Skinny Silk Tie, $49.50, available at Nordstrom.
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Photo: REX USA/Beretta/Sims/Rex.
Making a seasonal homage to Anna Wintour is so easy, you'll wonder why you don't dress like The Bobbed One every day. Got a silky slip dress (or a nightie)? Add a statement coat, open-toed heels, and the biggest sunglasses you can find. Bonus points if you can add some fur (real or faux) elements. A copy of the October issue probably wouldn't hurt, either.
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Clockwise from top left: Jocelyn Fingerless Fox Fur Mittens, $65, available at Neiman Marcus; Forever 21 Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $5.80, available at Forever 21; La Perla Maison Chemise, $700, available at Net-A-Porter; Wunderkind Plaid Alpaca Car Coat, $2,295, available at Avenue 32; Steve Madden REALOVE Heel, $79.95, available at Steve Madden.
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Kate Middleton really nails the head-to-toe pastel look in this snap from Prince George's christening. To whip up your own Duchess of Cambridge-inspired ensemble, reach for your light-colored spring coat and use a matching scarf to fake an embellished neckline. Top it off with a color-coordinated fascinator and heels, and voilà, a perfectly classy costume! Oh, and don't forget the baby.
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Clockwise from top left: Faliero Sarti Light Pink Scarf, $323.53, available at Farfetch; French Connection Glorious Wool Flared Coat, $348, available at French Connection; Adora Baby Doll, $29.99, available at Toys "R" Us; Boutique 9 Fiorensa High Heel, $112.50, available at Bloomingdales; Vivien Sheriff Pink Conch Beret Headpiece, $695, available at Avenue 32.
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Photo: BEImages/Gregory Pace.
We seriously love everything Solange wears, whether it's a head-to-toe wild print or something more low-key, like this muscle tee-and-mini combo. Add some racy lace-up heels and crazy-cool cat-eye sunnies, DIY your own microphone, and you're good to go.
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Clockwise from top left: Pyle-Pro PDMIC58 Handheld Microphone, $11.95, available at Amazon; Rika Iron Girl Wing-Print T-Shirt, $101, available at Matches; Pixie Market Houndstooth Sunglasses, $15, available at Pixie Market; Reiss Oakley Leather Mini Skirt, $330, available at Reiss; Schutz Slate Sandal, $195, available at Piperlime.
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Photo: Erich Schlegel.
Texas State Senator Wendy Davis has been the talk of the town since her June filibuster of an abortion bill. Her iconic Mizuno sneakers are the key component of a Davis-inspired costume. Pair them with an abstract-print dress and a matching car coat to finish the look. A back brace gets you extra cred: Davis was given a rules violation when a colleague helped her adjust her brace during the filibuster.
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Clockwise from top left: J.Crew Double-Cloth Sabrina Coat, $350, available at J.Crew; Saloni Iris-Print Grace Dress, $538, available at Matches; United Yoram International SG008 Hercules Back Brace, $36, available at Walmart; Mizuno Wave Rider 16 Sneaker, $103.49, available at Zappos.
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