Easy Last-Minute Celebrity Costumes Right In Time For Halloween

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Not to freak you out or anything, but we have a week to go until Halloween. It's game time, people. If you're Heidi Klum, you probably started gathering your team of Halloween costume technicians on November 1 of last year. You've been hard at work creating elaborate costumes, prosthetic body parts, and intense make-up looks. You're ready to show up to Halloween parties this weekend utterly transformed.
But most of us aren't like Heidi Klum. If you're anything like me, you rely on what's in your closet to throw together a passable Halloween costume. With the simple ingredients of black jeans, a black shirt, and sunglasses, you can actually form quite a few celebrity costumes.
These easy celebrity-inspired costumes can be put together in a matter of days, without much DIY skill required.
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Lady Gaga as Ally in A Star is Born

You can go shopping in your closet for this one. Gaga's character in A Star is Born begins the movie wearing perhaps the most casual clothes possible. She sings in a white t-shirt and black pants. Walk around like you have talent budding inside you and threatening to emerge in a very memorable "ah-ah-haaaa-ahah-ha-ah-ah," as heard in the trailer.
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Tom Cruise as Joel Goodsen in Risky Business

This costume's so simple you'll wonder how you haven't thought of it already. Wear an oversized, button-up white shirt. Then, wear long white socks with white sneakers. Finish the costume off with sunglasses. You are done, and you are unmistakably that guy from Risky Business.
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Miley Cyrus in Malibu

Usually, when people think of a Miley Cyrus Halloween costume, they think of a tight, nude-colored outfit, and an oversized hand. That's easy, but so 2013. Celebrate her new, calm, Mailbu-ed out persona by wearing a flowing white dress, or a white shirt and white shorts. Then split your hair into two pigtails, and weave flowers in your hair.
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It's hard to get overalls in red, green, and yellow. It's much easier to get T-shirts, boxers, white sneakers, and pants like these girls did.
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Kylie Jenner

We have a whole guide devoted to this (potentially) very elaborate topic. But for an easy option, be Kylie at her most casual, decked out in athleisure. First, put some Kardashian locks on your head. Wear black leggings, a sleeveless black crop top, and sneakers. The costume wouldn't be complete without a hoodie around your waist.
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Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones

Have some Greek goddess costume left over in your closet? Or a flowing prom dress? Or anything vaguely Daenerys Targaryen? All you need to convince people that you're Dany, the Mother of Dragons, is long blond hair and a glamorous dress in a neutral color. You can add an extra touch by tying a scarf into the right places. A pet dragon wouldn't hurt.
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Victoria Beckham

If you already have short brown hair, then Beckham's just a black dress and sunglasses away. Tie your hair back into a bun, and let a few strands hang out.
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Anna Wintour

The editor of Vogue hasn't changed her look much in the past few decades — and why would you? An Anna Wintour costume is in the same nesting doll as a Victoria Beckham one. All you need is a sleek, short dress, and sunglasses. Only the hair should change. Get a wig to achieve the signature Wintour bob.
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Holly Golightly 🐱

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Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's

Has it been done before? Yes. Should it be done again? Yes. Wear a black dress, a string of pearls, and red lipstick. Look coy, because you are Holly Golightly, and your life is worthy of a novel. You are living in a New York brownstone and are socializing with the intelligentsia.
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Last nights costume

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John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Jamie Chung showed how easy a John and Yoko costume is, so long as you have the Lennon hair and the defiant, '60s attitude. John should wear circular glasses and a New York City T-shirt. Yoko just needs something drapey, flowey, and carefree. Top it off with a big hat.
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Olivia Newton John as Sandy in Grease

If you haven't figured it out already, the common denominator of all of these simple celebrity costumes is that they involve lots of black clothes. Here's another costume you can make using items in your closet. Wear black jeans, and cut an off-the-shoulder shirt if you don't have one already. Sling a leather jacket over your shoulder. Wear red lips, and red heels to match.
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John Travolta and Olivia Newton John as Danny and Sandy in Grease

If you're doing a couples costume, then have the other person dress up as Danny from Grease by wearing black jeans, a white shirt, a leather jacket, and Danny hair.
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Taylor Swift in 1989

This costume is overwhelmingly clever. Wear anything that resembles Taylor Swift — an outfit like this, consisting of a striped shirt and jeans, will work. Then, wear circular sunglasses, red lipstick, and, if necessary, a blond wig. The only DIY you'll need is a large polaroid cut-out. Write "T.S. 1989" in Swift's handwriting on the bottom.
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Rachel McAdams as Regina George in Mean Girls

Wear two camis: One colorful below, and a white one on top. Cut two circular holes around where your bra would be. You have achieved peak Regina George! Now go make fetch happen.
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Lady Gaga as Jo Calderone

So many of Gaga's outfits would make good Halloween costumes. Jo Calderone, her male alter ego, makes for the most undeniably simple one. Jo wears a dirty white shirt, a suit jacket, and black pants. You can get a Danny Zuko wig to complete the look.
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channeling the spirits 🌙

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Calling all curly girls! No wig required for this costume. Wear a long, dark coat, with a long, dark dress. Coat your lips in a layer of dark burgundy or black lipstick. Then, wear combat boots. Walk around dancing to the song in your head.
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