Costume or Clothing? The Adaptability Of Global Garb

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Believe it or not, when thrift and retail stores start rolling out their Halloween costumes this time of year, I find plenty of garments that were intended to be costume pieces…and turn them into regular clothes. Ostentatious fur coats, wacky plaid hats, 1950’s housewife dresses – add some modern (or otherwise contradictory) accessories and you’ve repurposed the “costume” into a proper contemporary outfit. Multicultural apparel makes this even easier. Let’s take a look at a few…

Costume or Clothing? The Adaptability Of Global Garb

Harem pants, like ‘em or not, got a high-fashion (and street style) reboot over the past couple years. Rich colors and dangling paillettes push this look more into ‘gypsy’ territory.

 Costume or Clothing? The Adaptability Of Global Garb

Do ninjas wear high heels? Answer: who cares?! This outfit rules! It looks just like a sexy pair of pajamas, only with more weapons! Score.

Costume or Clothing? The Adaptability Of Global Garb

Rompers were all the rage a couple summers ago, but the ‘adult onesie’ is better as these cute embroidered lederhosen – especially with white knee-socks.

Costume or Clothing? The Adaptability Of Global Garb

Scarves. Tie one in your hair, one around your waist, another around your neck… Add a flouncy skirt and a pair of pointy boots and you’ve got a funky statement.

 Costume or Clothing? The Adaptability Of Global Garb

A gilded maxidress is very on-point for 2014 trends. Not to mention the chunky armbands and accessories. And ‘color blocking’. I’m calling French Vogue!

 Costume or Clothing? The Adaptability Of Global Garb

I can see this look, in its entirety, being worn to the Daytime Emmy awards or some kind of cleavage-heavy red carpet event. I love the pops of sky blue.

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http://www.buycostumes.com

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