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Easy DIY Nancy Drew Halloween Costume Ideas

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These easy, DIY Nancy Drew Halloween costume ideas will inspire your bookish Halloween. Nancy Drew makes for the perfect literary Halloween costume for classy women because you can pull from your own closet and/or re-use the component pieces you purchase.

Nancy Drew's style is classic, vintage, preppy, feminine and Americana -- all elements I love to incorporate in my own style. I pulled everything featured in this costume from my closet. It's an outfit I would actually wear in real life, and it reminds me of my classic Fall capsule wardrobe. If you are one preppy lady with an inquisitive nature, this may be the Halloween costume for you!

Easy DIY Nancy Drew Halloween Costume Ideas

Below are my recommended component pieces for easy DIY Nancy Drew Halloween costume ideas:

Nancy Drew Books

First things first! If you are going to dress as Nancy Drew for Halloween, you should carry a Nancy Drew book! Below are a few options if you don't have any at home.

And last but not least, Nancy Drew's Guide to Life! It includes tips of survival, dating, sleuthing, etiquette, being a lady, observation and accouterments. I think this book deserves a forever place in my home library.

Magnifying Glass / Flashlight

Another important component to nailing that Nancy Drew investigative vibe in your Halloween costume is to carry a magnifying glass or flashlight, which you likely already have at home. If not, here are a few options.

Wool Skirt and Sweater

This wool skirt from my personal closet is one of my favorite classic prints and styles from J.Crew Factory. The houndstooth print is relevant every fall. I love the style of this skirt so much that I have it in several colors! The elastic waistband makes it comfortable and versatile.

The sweater I pulled from my closet for this easy, DIY costume is another classic staple -- a Ralph Lauren cable knit sweater. This is one sweater you will have in your closet forever.


Top off your costume with comfortable, classic loafers. Mine are by Sperry, and I honestly think they are the most comfortable shoes I own. Tons of padding inside and they really mold to your foot. (They run true to size.)


My pearls from the photo at the top of this post are from one of my favorite New England retailers, Kiel James Patrick, but I found another pearl necklace idea for you:

Satchel Purse

Lastly, finish off your costume with a satchel purse, perfect for carrying your investigative gear! I purchased mine from the leather market in Florence, Italy on my honeymoon, but here is a great option:

There you have it -- some easy, DIY Nancy Drew Halloween costume ideas that you can pull Halloween from your own closet or purchase now and re-wear again after the holiday.

If you need another look at the options altogether, below is a shoppable collage:

And if you are searching for more Halloween costume ideas, check out the following posts for women:

Lastly, pin this post to Pinterest because you can refer back to it when you are planning your Halloween costume!

Happy Halloween!

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