Just two more weeks вЂtil Halloween is upon us and here I am, elbow deep in a sea of fabric, glitter and glue, constructing my costume piece by piece in preparation for the big day. For me itвЂ™s the same every year: search through my closet, find my most favorite, over-the-top, unique piece of clothing I own, and base my entire look for Halloween night around it. While it may not be the most practical method, it certainly has been the most creative, challenging, and affordable for the past few years.
For those who have less time on their hands (or an aversion to DIY) itвЂ™s much more convenient to purchase their costume вЂ“ the less hassle the better. But with all the generic, mass-produced, store-bought costumes out there, itвЂ™s hard to find something unique that will allow you to stand out from the crowd.
Before I decided on which costume to make, I spent weeks searching the Internet for inspiration. I found tons of innovative ideas and styles. But one place I repeatedly found myself returning to was the e-commerce sites selling rave wear. I havenвЂ™t personally attended any raves recently but I was struck by the wacky, fun, outrageous designs that these shops were offering. And while many of these embellished pieces might only be worn once, what better way to reincarnate them than as a specialty Halloween costume?
If you own some rave wear or are interested in purchasing some, may I suggest browsing through the endless offerings of bras online and finding one that speaks to you? All it takes is a casual skirt or pants and some accessories to transform it into a fully functioning (and sexy) Halloween costume this season. Ranging from sassy to ridiculous, here is a compilation of eight crazy bra looks out there and some suggestions on how to expand them into a full costume thatвЂ™ll be unforgettable.
1. Daisy And Flower Bra by Passe Designs
If youвЂ™re a flower child, or just appreciate the beauty of a good bouquet, then try this rave bra covered in yellow and white flowers. You can try pairing it with a tutu and some wings for a garden fairy look.
$45 at https://www.etsy.com/listing/187338378/daisy-and-sunflower-rave-bra-rave-outfit?ref=shop_home_active_10
2. Chocolate Sprinkle Donut Bra by Sceene Shoes
Maybe youвЂ™re feeling flirty and want to wear something a little tastier this year. How about this hand painted donut bra featuring two chocolate donuts complete with rainbow sprinkles? You can channel your inner Katy Perry and add to the look with colorful confectionary-inspired bottoms, or try an NBA jersey and carry around a basketball for a slam-dunk look that you can call Dunkin Donut.
$30 at https://www.etsy.com/listing/81868837/handpainted-chocolate-sprinkle-donut-bra?ref=shop_home_active_9
3. Hypnotize Animated Rave Bra by Neon Nancy
Safety is important, especially on Halloween night when everything is spookier. Make sure your costume is not only safety compliant but also super cool with a light up spiral bra. People will see you coming a mile away in this LED brassiere complete with rainbow colored swirls. Match it with some skin-tight, futuristic leggings or a bodysuit to give a nod to the movie Tron. Or add more trippy prints and patterns and call yourself a master hypnotist.
$39.95 at https://www.etsy.com/listing/129292091/rave-bra-light-up-bra-hypnotize-animated?ref=shop_home_active_8
4. Peppermint Candy Rave Bra by Eye Candy Fashions
Keep your cool in this peppermint candy bra made with actual wrapped peppermint candies. Pair it with a nurse outfit and red and white striped accessories and youвЂ™re an instant candy striper. Or try adding a skirt and shoes and call yourself Peppermint Patty for the night. Either way, be sure to keep your sweet tooth in check to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions.
$40 at https://www.etsy.com/listing/128092576/peppermint-candy-rave-bra?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_query=peppermint+candy+rave+bra&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery
5. Metal Bra 40.100 by Brookesbot75
Suit up in a bra of armor this year with a metal brassiere fit for a warrior princess. Project an image of a modern day Viking with fur, a shield and weapon of choice. Or channel your inner Princess Leia with a long flowing skirt and matching metallic belt.
$110 at https://www.etsy.com/listing/55238612/metal-bra-40100-a-dd-cups?ref=shop_home_active_4
6. Doll Head Bra by Defeat Wasicu
What can be creepier than severed doll heads detached from their bodies? How about when theyвЂ™ve been glued on to a bra and worn out in public? This handmade bra has numerous severed Barbie heads covering each cup and I canвЂ™t think of a single costume suggestion to pair with it. Maybe IвЂ™m just too weirded out and need to move on to something less disturbingвЂ¦.
$80 at https://www.etsy.com/listing/157192080/doll-head-bra?ref=shop_home_active_21
7. Light Up Fur Bra by Electric Styles
How about this candy-colored faux fur bra complete with color changing lights? Transform into your favorite Muppet character by accessorizing with similarly colored fuzzy trims and accessories. Or go a little more menacing and be a monster for the night with claws, horns and a tail.
$59.97 at https://www.etsy.com/listing/195598015/light-up-fur-bra-color-changing-burning?ref=shop_home_active_2
8. Pastel Princess Rave Bra by Lipgloss Wear
YouвЂ™ll be treated like royalty in this pastel bra with everything on it but the kitchen sink. Perfect for playing princess, pair it with a voluminous floor length skirt with opulent accessories and satin gloves for a Marie Antoinette look. Or conjure up Barbie by adding a matching miniskirt and long blonde wig for a flirtier feel.
$79.99 at https://www.etsy.com/listing/172021393/pastel-princess-rave-bra?ref=shop_home_active_1
Would you wear these bras for Halloween? Have you ever DIYed your own costume?