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Halloween Costume Ideas With a Little Black Dress

23 Ideas For Building a Halloween Costume Around Your Black Dress

Halloween Costume Ideas With a Little Black Dress
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Your little black dress is the easiest answer to a Halloween costume, especially since you have probably worn it before and already feel so comfortable in it. And while a breezy white dress connotes summertime, LBDs help us usher in autumn, so there's no better reason to construct your entire low-effort Halloween costume around a black dress.

All of the costume ideas ahead start with a black dress, even if they do require some extra layering, involve face makeup, a wig, or additional accessories. Though some beg for a specific style (think a crisp white collar à la Beth Harmon in "The Queen's Gambit" or a full, flutter-sleeved design to achieve a bat), plenty of these creatures and characters can be pulled off with the simplest of sheaths, whether yours is formfitting or loose, long or short.

Ahead, see how Instagram users and content creators worked a lace-trimmed mini into Karen from "Mean Girls," a fringed silhouette into a '20s flapper with elbow-length gloves and a knotted strand of ivory pearls, a floor-sweeping maxi into a dead bride, and a velvet, off-the-shoulder skater dress into a cat.

Keep scrolling for Halloween costumes you can build around an LBD.

Additional reporting by Stephanie Steiner-Otoos and Samantha Sutton

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