That's precisely why I'm a fan of the DIY/use-your-own-clothing costume phenomenon. If I made it myself, then it was probably way cheap and therefore okay if I donate it immediately. And if I use my own clothes, or buy something that I know I'll wear again, it makes even more sense.
So today I was perusing Target.com while I ate pizza for breakfast, and I came across this Olive Oyl costume:
It's only $25.50, which isn't bad for an adult costume, but I feel like you could find actual clothing to wear instead of the paper-thin polyester that might fall apart by the end of the night. Let's start with a shirt:
No, it doesn't look exactly like the costume, but remember, we're going for things you'd wear again. So it's okay if it deviates a little if it means you'll get more use out of it. This particular top will only set you back $3.80. And that's regular price! (Yes, it's from Forever 21. How did you guess?!)
Now for the skirt we can do a couple of things. Some gals like to be scantily clad on Halloween, so if that's you, Forever 21 also has a skirt that would work for Sexy Olive:
(Please don't wear it with those ugly shoes. Barf.) The damage? $9.50.
And for those who want to be a little more covered up:
From Overstock, this one is a tad pricier at $17.99 but I think it's a little more wearable (and generally more flattering) than a micro mini.
So if you go for the hot-to-trot look, you're spending $13.30, and if you're going for a more traditional Olive, you're looking at $21.79. Either way, it's less than $25.50 for clothing you'll wear again. (Note: the Target costume does include a wig, but you could just put your hair in a low bun and probably be a lot more comfortable.)
Have you picked your costume yet? Are you shopping your closet or doing the pre-packaged thing? Are you kicking yourself like I am because Olive Oyl would be SO EASY and you're stuck sewing layers of ruffles? Do tell.