How to Make a Sexy Costume Out of Your Own Clothes

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How to Make a Sexy Costume Out of Your Own Clothes
Browse "Sex and the City" images for ideas. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Looking sexy for Halloween or costume parties does not mean that you have to spend a fortune at the costume store and squeeze yourself into too-tight outfits. Instead, look around your closet to see what you can come up with using your own clothes and altering them as desired. "Twilight" vampires and "Sex and the City" characters are easy yet sexy looks to create. The best part is that there is no real wrong way to do these costumes. Go for lots of black and glitter make-up for a vampire look, and mix and match crazy-patterned yet skin-baring clothes for "Sex and the City."

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Things you need

  • White button-down shirt
  • Black fitted vest
  • Black skirt
  • Black ribbon
  • Black tights or fishnet tights
  • Black boots
  • Glitter body make-up
  • Pale foundation
  • Red lipstick and lip pencil
  • Black mascara
  • Black eyeliner
  • Eye shadow
  • Black strapless dress
  • Colourful shawl
  • Blow dryer with diffuser
  • Volumizing hair product
  • Charcoal and grey eye pencil and shadow
  • Nude lip liner
  • Lip gloss
  • Black high heels

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    Put on a white button-down shirt. The more frills the shirt has, the better. Leave as many buttons unbuttoned as you desire. Place a black fitted vest over the shirt. Pair with a clingy black skirt in leather or fabric. Trim the skirt and hem it to make it shorter if needed.

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    Tie a black ribbon around your neck à la Alice Cullen from "Twilight." Wear fishnets or sheer black tights with long black boots.

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    Dust body glitter on all exposed skin. Wear paler than your normal shade foundation, skip the blush and pile on the black mascara. Rim your eyes with black eye pencil and add a dark-coloured eye shadow, such as dark red or deep purple. Line and fill in your lips with red lip pencil and lipstick.

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    Put on a strapless black dress from your closet. The dress should come down to just past your knees. You could also pick anything sexy with a designer label.

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    Throw a colourful shawl around your shoulders and wear a pair of black high heels. The higher the heels, the better.

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    Style your hair in tousled waves if desired using a volumizing spray, a blow dryer with a diffuser and lots of finger combing. Use a large round-barrel curling iron for extra waves and texture. Apply charcoal and grey eye make-up with black mascara to create a sultry evening look, wear a peachy or pinky blush, depending on skin colour and line the lips with a neutral lip pencil. Fill in with clear lip gloss.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not have any black dresses available for your "Sex and the City" look, go for a short colourful dress featuring bold patterns that mimic Carrie Bradshaw's style. Pairing a vertically striped pencil skirt with a horizontally stripped strapless top is another option.

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