No, Halloween is not the one time of the year when you can appropriate any culture you want, thanks for asking! However, you can channel celebrities, athletes, and pop-culture icons in an outfit that—surprise—doesn't blow your monthly shopping budget. Because, really, who wants to spend money on something you're only going to wear one day out of the year? Pick from these fun, not-super-expensive options, below.
Tell them you're wearing Princess Diana's '94 "revenge dress," and they'll know exactly what you're talking about (if they're over the age of 20). Instead of accessorizing with a diamond necklace that belongs to the royal family, a choker will do.
Speechless dress, $59
Forever 21 choker, $10
While everybody is pretending to be Cher in her yellow plaid skirt (no, not the Cher mentioned above, Cher Horowitz, pictured at right), it's time to give Dionne's style the credit it deserves. Wear a statement hat, matching plaid blazer and skirt, and stockings to replicate the look. Dionne's exact hat is a tricky find, but this patent leather beret is bold and can be worn all fall.
Costume Culture blazer and skirt, $56
No Nonsense stockings, $8
Leith beret, $29
Because we're all winners here, take notes from Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and the rest of the fierce five by wearing a leotard and a medal around your neck. If you're not too thrilled with the current state of the country and don't want to spend the money on a patriotic leotard, a plain bodysuit will do the trick.
Gap leotard, $9
Gold medal, $2
Let world-renowned tennis players like Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova inspire your costume this year, then sign up for those tennis lessons you put on your resolutions list...nine months ago.
Vineyard Vines tennis dress, $44