The Costume: Undercover Hit-Girl (Chloë Moretz) from 'Kick-Ass.'
What You'll Need: We understand that the schoolgirl costume has been totally overdone. However, for the budget-minded, this is an amazing way to repurpose a skirt that's been collecting dust for three years. Even if you don't already have the plaid skirt, this is a quick way to make a clever costume that is sexy but not slutty.
Bonus: Guys will even ignore the women dressed as slutty cats and French maids to talk 'Kick-Ass' with you.
First, you can pick up a Catholic schoolgirl costume at most costume and theme-lingerie shops, and hundreds pop up when searched for sale online. Hit-Girl wears a green plaid skirt, which is a little less common than red. The sewing savvy lady can easily find the material at a fabric store and make one at home (most costumes include a shorter skirt than she wears anyway).
Next, you'll need a white button-down shirt with three-quarter sleeves -- readily available at any T.J. Maxx or Ross, if you don't already have one. The costumes usually include a tie-off belly shirt. If you've bought the costume, chances are it includes the white knee socks. If not, you can buy those at the same place you get the shirt.
The final key clothing items are the black church shoes and skinny red-and-black striped necktie. If you have a Carrie Bradshaw-like shoe collection, you probably have shoes that will suffice. If not, they're available at most Payless Shoe Sources and other discount shoe stores. The tie can be found at most men's clothing stores or online sites such as SolidColorNeckties.com for $6 to $10.
Accessories: Obviously, the item that makes this costume Hit-Girl and not just a schoolgirl is the handgun with a silencer. Black toy guns are available at most Halloween and toy stores. Make a silencer with a black plastic tube from a hardware store. Important: Just don't cover up markings that allow police to see it's fake. In addition, you'll need hair ties for the pigtails. If you want to go all out, get a red rolling suitcase. For the final fight scene, she stashes her gear in that until passing the guards. If you want to earn serious nerd points, you can keep your purse in there along with some fake swords.