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The Styled Side: Out of Halloween costume ideas? D.I.Y.!




Consumers prepare for Halloween.
Consumers prepare for Halloween.
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There are only a few days left before Halloween, but you still don't have a costume, don't be frightened.

Turn that R.I.P. into D.I.Y.

On The Styled Side, Fashion Trends Daily's Michelle Dalton Tyree has advice on how create your costume and where to get your supplies.

What if I'm nervous about my creative skills?

Don't worry just about only sewing your costume together. You can get creative by mixing in some great signature pieces you already have, like costume jewelry or maybe old suits, and then add in things you find at the costume shop.

If you do nothing else, go for great hair and makeup, and that's advice for both men and women. Make-up and wigs are your friend. Once you have that, everything falls into place.

And if you're worried about that, too, you can book makeup stores and counters such as MAC cosmetics to do amazing Halloween makeup for you.

What are the best places in LA to find the right materials, jewelry, masks and more?

There are ways to do this right, kids. So for this, I went straight to the source: Rita D'Albert, co-founder of Lucha VaVoom, LA's long-running, wildly colorful burlesque show that combines burlesque acts with Mexican wrestling.

D'Albert has been a costume collector since she was young and used to go to the Rose Bowl Flea Market with her parents, and she spilled some of her favorite Halloween shopping haunts.

What if I still think DIY'ing a costume is not right from me?

I got some fabulous advice from drag performer Violet Chachki, winner of RuPaul's Drag Race season 7 and one of the headline performers at this week's Lucha VaVoom Halloween performance.

She's not a fan of store-bought costumes, and told me, "If you're going to get dressed up for Halloween then you should really commit."

Her advice is to commission someone else to make a costume for you. Obviously, that's better advice for next year since it will be difficult to get someone to make a costume with just a few days' time.

But Chachki said she loves getting stuff made, and that there are a lot of drag artists as well as art design students that would be happy to make costumes.

She also recommends buying a store-bought costume and customizing it, yourself, with weird trims, appliqués and plenty of rhinestones.

Click the blue audio player above to hear the full interview.