Still need a Halloween costume?
Here are six ideas based on pop culture icons from 2016.
Dressing up for Halloween never gets old. But the manufactured sexy costumes do. So instead of shelling out $50 for that sexy version of a Ghostbuster, we’re fans of deep dives into our own closets, and purchasing a handful of items we’ll wear again from the places we already shop. Here are six ideas picked from the realm of pop culture in 2016, which can be party-ready as soon as you can click “add to cart.”
1. Eleven from Stranger Things
This summer’s unexpected TV hit has given us a lot of throwback moments as well as one of the best costumes of the season.
What you’ll need: Pink babydoll dress, like this one from Melonhopper ($98) Blond wig, like this one from Ricky’s NYC ($39.99) White sneakers Tube socks Eggos Fake blood for dramatic effect
Michael Phelps became an insta-meme during the Olympics in Rio for his terrifying game face that made some worried for rival Chad Le Clos’ safety. But all is well and sports and non-sports fans alike have a look to channel when the pressure is on.
What you’ll need: Athletic jacket and shorts or leggings, like this windbreaker and capri leggings by New Balance for J. Crew collection ($120, $70) Patriotic socks, like these from Sock Club ($14) Headphones Future’s Stick Talk
3. Jackie O.
Natalie Portman is already garnering Oscar buzz for her portrayal of the late first lady in Jackie, out Dec. 2. And the previews are making us want to dress just like her all the time, not only on Halloween.
What you’ll need: Pro tip: To get Jackie’s voluminous hair, use a texturizing spray like Oribe’s.
No, we can’t actually be Beyonce. But we can get in Formation and dress like her anyway.
What you’ll need: A black dress with off-the-shoulder detailing, like this Tibi dress from Rent the Runway ($65 for a 4-day rental, $365 retail) Wide rimmed black hat, like this one from H&M ($17.99) Black sandals, similar to the Kingsleeheels from JustFab ($59.95) Assorted silver jewelry, stacked #SlayAllDay attitude and hot sauce in your bag.
5. Iris Apfel
The beloved fashion icon is really hitting her stride with fashion lines and high-profile appearance, in her 90s. What you’ll need: Pro tip: Use a spray-on hair color in white to really get the Iris look, or a little baby powder and white dry shampoo like Not You Mother’s Clean Freak. Joanne the Scammer Joanne the Scammer (Photo: Jasper Colt, USAT) She’s messy, but the internet loves her.
What you’ll need: Black slip dress, like this one by MICHAEL Michael Kors (now $44) White faux fur coat or vest, like the MICHAEL Michael Kors shearling vest ($695) Blond wig or short, choppy bob, like this one from Ricky’s NYC ($29.99) Black sandals, similar to the Kingslee heels from JustFab ($59.95) Champagne flute Stubble, can be drawn on with an eyebrow pencil Pro tip: Vintage fur and faux fur coats often turn up at Goodwill or antique stores, and can be much cheaper than newer pieces.