It’s maybe kind of sad that it’s possible for a random summer concertgoer to be a Halloween costume. Whatever. Dry your tears on your crochet tank, pull on your absurdly frayed and sun-bleached denim shorts, spend 30 minutes buckling your complicated and uncomfortable gladiator sandals, and prepare your best “I’ve got sunstroke but I don’t care because I’m high on Molly” impression, we’re going to Coachella for Halloween! Oh, and you know Coco Chanel’s rule about removing one item before you leave the house? DO THE OPPOSITE. Always add more. Preferably of the fringed, beaded and tasseled variety. When in doubt, ask yourself, “What would Vanessa Hudgens do?” and you’ll be set. Click on for the details on the costume above! Keep reading »
If you really want your Macklemore costume to be authentic, you would purchase all of the elements from your local thrift shop. All you need is a faux fur coat, either a pro-gay marriage T-shirt (a reference to his song “Same Love”) or a sports Jersey (the Bulls or Sonics or Celtics), gold chains, high top kicks, black jeans and cool shades. Cheat the hair — no need to shave the sides — by pulling the sides of your hair back really tight, pompadour-ing the middle section, and tying it back into a bun. BOOM. America’s hottest white rapper right now. Get the deets on the non-thrifted pieces above after the jump!
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The key to selecting a successful pop culture-inspired Halloween costume is choosing someone who has an iconic or distinctive look — be it their hair, makeup, accessories or clothing. Nail that specific element of the costume that makes the inspiration immediately recognizable and you’re golden. With her signature pompadour, skinny suits, black-and-white details and bow-ties, singer Janelle Monae is one such example. (And let me use this as an opportunity to emphasize that if you’re a white or otherwise lighter-skinned human, you do not need nor should you use blackface as part of your Janelle Monae costume. It’s not necessary [proof!] and it’s wrong.) Best of all, you can probably either find many of the elements for this costume in your own closet — and if not, you can reuse whatever you buy in every day life! Score! Get the details on the costume elements above and find out how to do Janelle’s pompadour for yourself here. Keep reading »
The best part about dressing up as Taylor Swift in the music video for “22″? It’s made up entirely of pieces you’ll wear again and again. Well, maybe not the heart sunglasses. You can give those to your niece or raver friend or save them for next year’s “Lolita” costume. Whatever. To make sure everyone understands you’re dressed up as Taylor Swift, bring along a guitar and an ex-boyfriend voodoo doll. Feeling 22? I should hope so. Details after the jump! Keep reading »
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HBO’s Showtime’s “Masters Of Sex” — which is about sex researchers Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson — but any show that would inspire a Halloween costume that involves carrying around a giant dildo vibrator is fine by me! Get the deets on how to dress up as Lizzy Caplan’s character after the jump! Keep reading »
The Hunger Games is sooooooo last year, you guys. This year’s dystopian young adult series that older folks are late to the party on is Divergent by Veronica Roth. The books — there are two out, with a third hitting shelves in a few weeks — are being made into a movie series starring Shailene Woodley as Tris, the teenager born into the Abnegation faction (known for their selflessness) who decides to transfer to Dauntless (known for their bravery). Dressing up as Tris for Halloween simply requires a tough-meets-sexy all black wardrobe (a nice change from Abnegation’s dull grey style), comfy shoes (for jumping from trains, natch), and a few key fake tattoos — the three ravens on the collar bone representing Tris’ mother, father and brother, as well as the symbols for Abnegation and Dauntless on the shoulder blades. Get the details on the costume above, after the jump! Keep reading »