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A neon pink mini costume. A butterfly bralette. An orange morphsuit. A fur coat. A huge pair of cow-print overalls. These items may well seem like they belong only as part of Halloween ensembles, but with a very little creativity, love for the atmosphere and out-of-the-box thinking, they can be reworked into each day staples.

Learners are known to don numerous Halloween costumes each and every calendar year, a person for every single of the quite a few evenings that make up the so-named “Halloweekend.” The clothes pile up, and just after the festivities stop, quite a few of these outfits conclusion up thrown in the back of the closet — or worse, the bin.

Repurposing Halloween costumes is one thing every person must endeavor due to the fact outfits squander is a huge problem. In the U.S. by itself, about 85% of all textiles thrown away every single yr end up possibly in the landfill or burned.

Several students order pieces for Halloween off of Amazon, exactly where they are low-priced to acquire and cheaply made, built only to very last a evening. The labor-intense and time-consuming system of recycling previous clothing not often yields new clothes, as only 1% of recycled textiles really get repurposed this way.


In theory, recycling outfits is a good plan, the far more sustainable choice is to essentially reuse your outfits.

Trend style and design professor Charquetta “ChaCha” N. Hudson reported she encourages anyone to upcycle outfits for mates or as items. Hudson listed multiple ways to upcycle costumes, like turning denim denims into purses, shirts into masks and additional cloth into bell-bottoms jeans.

“There are countless prospects for generating new and magnificent pieces for on your own and your loved ones,” Hudson mentioned.

If you dressed up as a movie character, it is probably that these costume pieces can be divided from their legendary ensemble and reworn. To remodel an merchandise that you affiliate with a character, I propose layering it with other cohesive outfits already in your closet. If you dressed up as Velma from Scooby-Doo or Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction, probabilities are you seriously like the characters. Why not hold the nod to them in your every day wardrobe?


But say you dressed for Halloween as a vivid and bold area cowperson, and you are not into sporting this glance to class. A person way to renovate the wild colour palette into some thing additional tame is normal cloth dye. You can come across this very easily online or at craft retailers, even at Goal. Some black or darkly coloured dye will perform its magic and make that neon bodysuit match your slide palette.

Ava Lahijani, an SU sophomore and style design important, mentioned she thinks in acquiring a customized wardrobe, and she can take this angle into her pre- and put up-Halloween fashion options.

The sophomore reworks Halloween costume items into her working day-to-working day outfits, reimagining them as “one of a kind” equipment, she claimed.

“It’s definitely practical to use bits and parts from your costumes and integrate them into compact areas of your outfits that you make every single working day to amp it up and to reuse those people pieces,” Lahijani claimed.

She also proposed contemplating about squander when preparing for Halloween: Stay away from buying anything you will only dress in for “Halloweekend,” and obtain distinctive clothing parts that would spruce up not only your current wardrobe but also your costumes for the a lot of Halloweens to appear.

If your costumes are just way too wild, Hudson even now has a alternative: a costume trade.

“That is an exceptional way to lower waste but also make a social function of it,” Hudson stated. “Use Google or Pinterest to occur up with thoughts. There is no have to have to reinvent the wheel. Attract inspiration from what other folks are carrying out to lower waste, upcycle and repurpose.”

Lahijani reported she encourages all garments wearers to prioritize sustainability and individuality. When you don a piece that was when a Halloween costume, you stand out much more.

“You won’t be like every single other man or woman going for walks on the street,” Lahijani stated.

By Amalia