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Alexandra DeRosa
Oct 16, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

If you think about cost-per-wear, buying a Halloween costume can feel like a waste of money. A smarter way to shop for the holiday is to lean on the brands you naturally gravitate towards and unearth your costume building blocks there. Not only will you make a stylish costume, but you will be able to wear the aforementioned pieces again and again. These three key items (above) do just that. The Zara patchwork dress? Perfect for a hippie look. The Topshop plaid miniskirt? Hello, nerd. The sexy Zimmermann LBD? Get ready to bewitch. Below, we accessorize these three designs for Halloween and beyond.

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The Costume: Nerd

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Even though this skirt (with the help of suspenders and eyeglasses) completes the nerdy look, the classic print and timeless silhouette makes it a wardrobe power player.

Get the Look: Topshop skirt, $60; topshop.com. Mango blouse, $60; mango.com. Claire's glasses, $11; claires.com. Tommy Hilfiger heels, $180; tommy.com. Merona sock set, $4; target.com. Express suspenders, $30; express.com

The Outfit

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Pair the skirt with a chunky turtleneck and ankle boots to take it out of costume territory.

Get the Look: Topshop skirt, $60; topshop.com. Zara sweater, $50; zara.com. ASOS ankle boots, $117; asos.com

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The Costume: Hippie

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'70s-inspired fashion is still going strong, so there's no better time to dress up as a hippie. Take the look one step further by adding a fringed jacket, round sunnies, and a peace sign necklace.

Get the Look:Zara dress, $70; zara.com. Glamorous jacket, $67; glamorous.com. Free People hair wrap, $20; freepeople.com. Belcho necklace, $60; bluefly.com. Steve Madden sunglasses, $38; nordstrom.com

The Outfit

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Give this dress a modern spin with sleek, black matte accessories.

Get the Look: Zara dress, $70; zara.com. American Eagle Outfitters belt, $22; ae.com. Alexander Wang heels, $495; shopbop.com

The Costume: Witch

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To make your witch costume stand out, wear a dress with a unique cut like this Zimmermann number, and accessorize with a twistedbroom and spider brooch.

Get the Look: Zimmermann dress, $530; zimmermann.com. Witch hat, $3; seasontrading.com. Saint Laurent crystal brooch, $1,075; net-a-porter.com. Witch broom, $30; costumeish.com. Akira boots, $60; shopakira.com

The Outfit

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Have a fall wedding on your calendar? Update your Halloween costume with chic, timeless accessories.

Get the Look: Zimmermann dress, $530; zimmermann.com. BaubleBar earrings, $36; baublebar.com. Versace heels, $785; shopbop.com

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Plus, check out our guide for all things Halloween (Costume ideas! Beauty tricks! Recipes!) here.

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