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Styling your Halloween costume around a wardrobe essential like a white dress is always a good idea. It’s a particularly safe bet when you already have a white dress in your closet that has become a trusted go-to, whether it’s because of fit and feel or warmth. If you’re going to be heading out in the evening, you’ll probably want to opt for a cozier fabric, rather than a thin slip dress or bodysuit, unless your costume requires extra layers.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 18 different costumes that incorporate a white dress. You can go for the corpse bride costume, which you can pull off with a lacy, A-line silhouette. Or consider Madonna’s iconic “Like a Virgin” outfit, which calls for a corseted skater minidress with sheer panels. Another option is to channel a ghost in a satin bustier look with a thin, gauzy veil falling over your face that blurs the lines of your figure to passersby. No matter which costume you choose, all you need are a few accessories to top off your look.
Remember, there are costume options for a wide range of white-dress styles. Strapless numbers or simple sheaths can be easily transformed into a DIY Starbucks cup or an angel, a collared shirtdress can help you achieve a scientist or beauty aesthetician, and floor-length gowns work for regal characters like Daenerys Targaryen or Princess Leia.
Ahead, scroll through Instagrams for inspiration, then shop a number of affordable white dresses that will extend well beyond Halloween.