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Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, and halloween fun, a necessity, due mostly to my mother. We always had decorations up in my house. Growing up, all my costumes were homemade, and I remember wearing white plastic skeleton earrings the day of class pictures, which happened to fall in mid October. While most girls prepped and primped for their bat-mitzvahs, I was busy making sure my braces were changed to black and orange colors. Yes. This really happened, although since most of the evidence of that look, and day have been…. lets just say misplaced, the vision remains just that. Yes, I was raised as a Halloween fun junkie of sorts, and though not everything stuck, I still have quite a soft spot for the holiday.
Looking back, I can remember almost every single one of my costumes throughout the years as a girl. Cyndi Lauper, mermaid, supergirl, and Marilyn Monroe with a home-made pink dress ring a fond bell. As I got older, something changed in me. As an adult, I still loved Halloween, but that joy of the costume had faded. I still dressed up, but the spirit of a little girl wearing her mom’s homemade costume; that is a childhood feeling that can never be replicated.
This year, I’m feeling back in the spirit. As I got more excited for the holiday approaching , I realized that no matter how old we are, or what type of costume we put together if any, that spirit is always with us. That little, innocent creative inside us all.
This became even more evident to me when I began toiling away for costume ideas this Halloween and realized that with the help of Duane Reade, and their eponymously named DR Leg wear brand I could create three costumes just by adding the items in my closet.
With a pair of Dr Legwear leggings, sheer hosiery with back stitching, and black chevron tights, I came up with three party worthy D.I.Y. costumes. A $35 visit to Duane Reade granted me the foundation for all these looks in 3 pairs of leg wear, plus a little extra in candy corn. Mom would be proud.
Which one is your favorite costume? Help me pick the one I wear! See Below….
And then get in the spirit yourself! Head over to Duane Reade’s Facebook page, and enter the Boo-tiful Legs #DRLegCandy Photo contest now through 11/3. Upload a picture of yourself wearing a costume with DR hosiery & Legwear and you could win a 2 night stay at the W hotel in Manhattan including spa treatments and dinner for 2. Other amazing prices include Ipad minis and 5s phones. This prizes are too good to miss out on, so get over to your closest DR, pick your leg wear, and then build a costume idea around it. (Or plan the outfit first, and then pick the legwear, whatever floats your boat!)
enter the contest and see full rules and requirements here.click to enter on facebook
Costume 1 ~ Holly GoLightly. I’ve been the Audrey Hepburn character a few times before for Halloween, though over a decade ago, so some things I had to improvise, but my new DR sheer tights worked perfectly as the backdrop for this outfit, and I happen to love them. I’m hoping the weather starts to chill up again, just so I can rock them. I love the black lines down the middle. Even though it’s a little too funky for Audrey, it’s perfect for me.DR Fashion Pantyhose sheer lined black tights, $8.99. Dress, H&M. Maryjane heels, Target. All jewelry, vintage.
Costume 2 ~ Catwoman. The most suitable outfit I could come up with, wearing the navy/black micro knit tights in a chevron print. Might not be Halle Berry, or Michelle Pfeiffer but it’s a lotta ME, and a little OWWW.DR navy/black micro fiber chevron tights, $9.99. Leather shorts, Zara. top, H&M.
Costume 3~ Margo Tenenbaum. My beloved character from one of my most favorite movies, the Royal Tenenbaums is one of Gwenyth’s best roles, and is a favorite, so I know I’m not coming up with anything new here. However, it was so fun and amazingly easy to put this one together by simply grabbing my favorite leopard coat, adding a striped dress, tights, and trademark eyeliner and barette.DR tights in dark brown/black, $8.99. Leopard jacket, Target. Striped dress, H&M.
For more pics of my Duane Reade Halloween shopping trip, check out google plus.
All photography by John Turck.