DIY Costuming: 8 Last Minute Lingerie Halloween Costume Ideas

What Katie Did

It’s a common scenario each October: Halloween is suddenly around the corner and you’re looking forward to partaking in some spirited festivities. However you haven’t given much thought to what costume you’ll be wearing and time is running out! Sound familiar?

You can always scavenge the local Halloween shops for an overpriced, sexed up costume that you’ll only wear once, or you can resort to fishing out last year’s ensemble & hope that no one will remember it. But wouldn’t you rather whip up something easy & unique? Sometimes the most economical solution is lying in your wardrobe right now just begging to be discovered.

A little imagination & a bit of creativity is all you need to create your own do-it-yourself Halloween costume when timing is tight. Since many of you are lingerie addicts such as myself, I imagine you have a plethora of unmentionables just begging to see the light of day. And while incorporating lingerie into a costume sounds risqué or salacious, there are many ways to tone down the sex appeal so the focus is on your originality rather then the intimate apparel.

Below are a few ideas that may help inspire you to look beyond the conventional costumes of the past. Dig out your bras, undies, pajamas & slips and start getting creative!

1) Like a Virgin circa 1984
Channel your inner 80’s diva with a sexy bridal look a la Madonna.

Start with: White corset, bustier or cami.
Try adding: White skirt, white gloves, white tights, and multiple strands of silver chains or pearl necklaces.
Finishing touches: White hair bow or veil, belt with silver buckle, faux beauty mark.
Get in character: Wear with bold, unabashed confidence! Be ready to party, dance and cause a scene with overt flirting & 80’s dance moves.
Sexy rating: HOT

2) Billionaire Playgirl
Live in the lap of luxury with a comfy androgynous look inspired my Mr. Playboy himself.

Start with: Silk or satin men’s pajama set.
Try adding: Satin robe, a smoking pipe & sailors cap.
Finishing touches: A cocktail & sexy bunny arm candy.
Get in character: Adopt an air of sophistication & a devilish grin. Relax & casually rotate the use of all your props in a slow & deliberate manor.
Sexy rating: MEDIUM

3) Femme-bot
Mix equal parts Stepford wife & 60’s secret agent for a getup that Mr. Powers can’t resist.

Start with: Marabou trimmed babydoll.
Try adding: Satin hair bow, satin gloves & big, teased hair.
Finishing touches: Marabou slippers & inconspicuous gun barrels.
Get in character: Maintain a stoic appearance, head held high with straight posture. Avoid big movements or showing emotion.
Sexy rating: HOT

4) Grouchy Grandma
Keep warm & comfy with this granny inspired look that is low maintenance & is the antithesis of super sexy!

Start with: Shapeless nightgown, preferably in a floral or flannel fabric.
Try adding: Hair curlers, glasses & cozy slippers.
Finishing touches: A long-wear cream facial mask & baby powder to give hair a greyish tint.
Get in character: Nitpick & nag those around you. Walk with a slight hunch and complain about non-existent aches & pains. Have some young whippersnappers get you drinks & massage your feet.
Sexy rating: NOT

5) Captain Underpants
Provide some comic relief in this kooky costume while enjoying the perks of super hero-dom.

Start with: Men’s cotton tighty whities.
Try adding: A nude colored shirt for modesty & a red cape.
Finishing touches: A toilet plunger & a toothy smile.
Get in character: Believe that you are strong, brave & can take on anything or anyone. All while simultaneously playing up astonishing averageness.
Sexy rating: MEDIUM

6) Freudian Slip
Show the literal side of this psychoanalysis term with a tongue-in-cheek homage to the founding father himself.

Must have: Any slip dress will do.
Try adding: “My name is Freud” sticker & a book on psychology (i.e.: The Interpretation of Dreams by Freud or anything written by Nietzsche).
Finishing touches: A pair of spectacles & appreciation for irony.
Get in character: Appear contemplative & deep in thought. Analyze everything & act skeptical at all time.
Sexy rating: MEDIUM-HOT

7) Hollywood Starlet
Pay respect to old-time 1930’s glamour with an outfit inspired by Greta, Bette, Grace & Jean.

Must have: Slinky floor length slip dress.
Try adding: Smoking jacket, feather boa & cigarette holder.
Finishing touches: Sparkling jewelry, pin curls & red lips.
Get in character: Smile & call everyone darling! Move gracefully throughout the room & let your eyes do the flirting for you.
Sexy rating: MEDIUM-HOT

8) Bond Girl
Heat up the party in this simple yet uber sexy get up, long famous for symbolizing a sex icon since the 1960’s.

Must have: A white, tan or orange bikini.
Try adding: A wide white belt, knife holster with rubber knife prop.
Finishing touches: Conch or other large seashell(s) & slick wet-look hair.
Get in character: To be honest no one is going to be paying attention to anything but your gorgeous body so just be yourself!
Sexy rating: SUPER HOT

The possibilities are endless when it comes to DIY costumes & hopefully these suggestions have inspired you to create your own this year. And remember, when in doubt, adding pale skin & lots of fake blood can zombie-fy any outfit into a frightful yet innovative look – embodying the true spirit of Halloween!


Lingerie designer and founder of WonderLust Lingerie. I specialize in fashion and trend pertaining to lingerie, sleepwear, hosiery and everything in between. I believe that the right kind of underwear can change your entire outlook for the day so finding a balance between fashion and function is key.

8 Comments on this post

  1. Frank says:

    OK, I don’t know what it says about me, but I like the Freudian Slip.

    A little different than the Naughty Nurses that ruled our college town only a few years back – both female and male in practically open ‘dresses’ and bras and panties. Which are now being outnumbered by the non-lingerie costume of Flo from Progressive – both female and male

    I like your list better.

  2. I would like to adjust the rating on Billionaire Playgirl to “super hot”! But then, my taste might be different than most. I love these ideas, Kristina, they’re both cute and not too overdone. Great post!

  3. Terrific article! Clever approach to Lingerie Dressing at Halloween. I wonder how many of the readers know how big this holiday is for the Lingerie Industry, some say bigger than Valentine’s Day! You hit the nail on the head

  4. These are really cute and creative ideas, Kristina! Love this post!

  5. Lingerie says:

    I love the Freudian slip idea. Very clever. The Hollywood starlet look is also unique and gorgeous. Thanks for the ideas!

  6. Annmarie says:

    Just wonder if #5, Captain Underpants, is meant to be worn by a man or a woman… maybe both?

  7. The Like a Virgin circa 1984 is a classic but I still love it. The Femme-bot is a “Super Hot” rating for me but I wonder is there’s someone who could do the challenge of wearing it. :)

  8. laura says:

    this is super fun and cute. And as it turns out I have most of these things already because I hoard lingerie and sleepwear and random accessories. Thanks for the inspiration.

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