How To Buy Your Halloween Costume At H&M, Zara & More

A strong Halloween costume is only as good as its execution. You could have the most brilliant concept in the world, but if you let it sit in the back of your mind for months, odds are you'll be scrambling to piece something together at the very last second that doesn't do it justice. October 31 is quickly creeping up — do you have an outfit at the ready? Look no further than your regularly-scheduled Saturday shopping trip: You can surprisingly put together a solid look from your favorite fast-fashion retailer, no trip to an actual Halloween store required.

While many of our retail go-tos, like Topshop and H&M, have dedicated Halloween sections, you shouldn't let these box you in. With a little imagination, clever item pairings can make for some easily recognizable costumes. Yellow dress? Hello, La La Land. A suit moment? Suddenly, you're Princess Di.

Admit it: You're perusing these sites on your lunch break anyway. So, you might as well add a costume to your haul while you're at it (and before it's too late). Click on for some super-easy Halloween looks you can shop right now — and most likely wear again all season long.

Store: Zara
Costume: Streetwear Princess Diana
In case you missed it, Off-White debuted a collection inspired by Princess Diana at Paris Fashion Week — with a streetwear twist. Do your own take on this look with a pale blue suit, glitzy sneakers, and some vintage-looking earrings. Yaaas.
Zara Crepe Frock Coat, $89.90 Buy
Zara Wide-Cut Trousers, $49.90 Buy
Zara Large Faux Pearl Earrings, $19.89 Buy
Zara Beaded Sneakers, $65.90 Buy
Store: Mango
Costume: Mia in La La Land
Fashion-y costumes don't get any easier than this — just scoop up a yellow dress, and boom, you're the star of La La Land. Complete the look with loafers you can dance in and a tote bag that mirrors the one she carries in the film. Now you just have to call up RyGos and see if he's free on Halloween.
Mango Ruffle Wrap Dress, $79.98 Buy
Mango Pearl Heel Shoes, $119.99 Buy
Mango Leather Shopper Bag, $69.98 Buy
Store: H&M
Costume: A Garden in Full Bloom
One word: Florals. They're everywhere in fast-fashion right now, and H&M has enough for you to pile 'em on and go as a garden. We highly recommend carrying a watering can as your purse to seal the deal.
H&M Viscose Dress , $69.98 Buy
H&M Tailored Pants, $14.99 Buy
H&M Mesh Skirt, $49.99 Buy
H&M Jacquard Patterned Shoes , $39.99 Buy
Store: The Frankie Shop
Costume: Sunday Scaries
We know them all too well. The Sunday Scaries creep up every time a new week is about to begin. Start with a shirt that proclaims the day of the week, then finish it off with your Sunday uniform in a bold red hue (sneakers and a dad hat, of course) and some super scary makeup.
The Frankie Shop Sunday Embroidered T-Shirt, $73.00 Buy
The Frankie Shop Red Baseball Cap, $65.00 Buy
Zespa Leather Sneakers , $299.00 Buy
The Frankie Shop Bright Red Pleated Front Pants, $175.00 Buy
Store: ASOS
Costume: Lady Gaga on the Joanne Album Cover
Few album covers have been more iconic in recent years than Lady Gaga in her pink hat on the cover of Joanne. Start by scooping up the exact topper from her website, then complete your 2017-Gaga look with her signature black cut-off shorts, a white lace top, and some simple hoop earrings.
Lady Gaga Joanne Cover Hat, $45.00 Buy
ASOS Top In Lace With Button Front And Peplum Hem, $45.00 Buy
ASOS Gold Plated Sterling Silver 20mm Hoop Earrings, $13.00 Buy
ASOS Denim Shorts With Shredded Rips in Washed Black, $31.50 Buy
talent by Sarah Halliday.
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