Below are just a few examples of my past outfits proving how I’m a sucker for socks, leg warmers, and tights. Fall is fast approaching, and I just CAN’T WAIT to sport some new looks with my favorite fall accessory. Sadly, I’ve been so “practical” with my clothing this year (being a fitness instructor-hippie) that I’ve barely worn layers or accessories. I am barefoot almost every single day, I kid you not! How I miss just putting together fun and offbeat outfits for the sake of artsy pursuits! <3 P.S. Clicking on each photo takes you to the original post.
Some of us don’t wait for Halloween to wear “costumes.” For us, wearing elaborate or theme-inspired clothing is a daily matter. You call it costumes, we call it a way of living! Last year, I wrote about escaping from “Sartorial Stereotypes” for Halloween with just a quick list of ideas. So, for most people who are just looking for cool and obscure references for their Halloween costumes, how about you take a hint from the lovely Lene Lovich?
Lene Lovich (born Lili-Marlene Premilovich) is an American singer-songwriter New Wave artist from the late 70s-early 80s (my favorite period!). Her most famous hit was “Lucky Number.” This lady, although born in Detroit came from an English mother and an Yugoslavian father. She also went back to her mother’s country for an extensive period to study art. In fact, her iconic hairstyle with scarves came from how she covered her hair to keep it away while sculpting!
Looking at her clothing and hair in plaits, you can’t help but think of traditional Yugoslavian attire, most likely influenced by her father’s side. Below are a couple of photos of the country’s costume for women:
We all know Japanese trends can be a bit too much for the rest of the world to comprehend let alone like, but that is exactly why a lot of us are drawn to them! There are these things called Kigurumi, Kigu for short, which is a Japanese word which roughly means “to wear a stuffed toy.” They are basically character onesies, usually an animal, for adults.
I’ve seen plenty of these worn as Halloween costumes for kids and even for animals. I’ve also seen Hello Kitty Beanie Babies at Hallmark wearing a bunny onesie, which is frankly rather bizarre and even MORBID. So, Kigus shouldn’t be that weird to the Western world, right?
Not until you see people wearing them on the streets on a regular day! That’s right, these are “streetworn.”
Below you’ll find a few products from English kigu retailer Kigurumi Onesies. A lot of these retailers I’ve noticed are actually from the UK. I don’t hear much about kigus around Northern America. If you are from the UK, have you heard of these costumes turned streetwear called kigus? Would you wear them?
Whether you call it “Halloween” or “Harvest Fest,” this is the time of year when kids dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood or the Big Bad Wolf set out on a mission to collect as much candy as possible before the curfew, and you go out with your coworkers to drink your beverage of choice—dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood or the Big Bad Wolf. Not much has changed, except that you can’t go house to house without people thinking you’re a creepy salesman.
Even if you don’t do New Year’s resolutions, do yourself a favor this Halloween and resolve not to be a sartorial stereotype. Every year, women in particular succumb to one of multiple Hallows’ Eve costume cliches: (1) an adult version of a childhood favorite featuring what looks more like a kid-sized dress, (2) a really bizarre infusion of estrogen into a masculine character or sexless object, (3) a cute bunny, or (4) some kind of feline (see The Office, season 2). These are major stereotypes that women from preteens to adult seem to be stuck in. And perhaps understandably so—it’s really hard to get away from it when that’s all they have for sale at Spirit Halloween.
For men (as well as women), all I can I say is that you should be absolutely mindful of the use of racial stereotypes as costumes—as well as others that might be perceived as offensive, obscene, or derogatory.
With that said, here are some creative ideas for costumes for both men and women alike:
The iconic David Bowie look consists of makeup, flashy clothing, and textured hairstyle. His spacey Ziggy Stardust costumes were mainly designed by Freddi Burretti. Bowie’s costume in the 1986 movie The Labyrinth takes a different path in the direction of the swashbuckling New Romantic scene (although, I do not recommend the guys’ donning anything similar to the Goblin King’s pants—ever). Other iconic personalities with similar styles include Adam Ant and Brian Eno.
Elizabeth Banks’ newest hit role, Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games, was widely celebrated by makeup junkies all over. If you’re feeling like buying makeup for Halloween that’s also suitable for all-year use but do not want to spend a ton of money on MAC Cosmetics, Coastal Scents and BH Cosmetics have similarly pigmented palettes (check out their Halloween contests). Comparable personalities to Effie Trinket include Björk and Karen O.
If you feel like dressing around a theme instead of a person, you can pick a decade or a genre, or a combination of both. If the theme you pick is the 1920s, you know that every other girl with that decade in mind will be dressed as a flapper, so why don’t you instead pick Coco Chanel or Charlie Chaplin (Pam Beesly was really dressed up as Hitler)? Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that paints an alternate 19th century Victorian universe with futuristic technology using steam as the main power source. In essence, steampunk combines retro and futuristic elements. It’s fun to play around with the idea of mixing time periods and/or genres to create something completely new.
After having said so many Office references, I leave you with this challenge: What will you create?