Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, you will most likely be invited to a dress up party. When you find yourself in that situation in the last minute and on a budget, where do you turn to?
You’ve already done Princess Jasmine in second grade, a witch regrettably sometime in middle school, an obscure anime character in high school, and a general steam punk chic sometime in college. Yet this year even with all the constraints of real life, you still want to look cool. You’re trying to stay away from attracting real life demons but still have fun. You still want to keep your private parts private. You still want to preserve your dignity while showing off your awesome creativity…
Here are some quick and random ideas that might not cost you much at all to put together but will make you look stellar! Let me know what you think.
1. Rachel from Blade Runner
How rare is it to find an iconic female sci-fi character who isn’t showing much skin? Although Rachel slips into something else in a deleted scene, it’s not hard to recognize that this hair paired with that suit is Rachel from the movie Blade Runner! You can find Youtube videos with hair tutorials on how to do victory rolls to fit her look. Also, check out this article for her makeup. You’re extra cool if you can quote lines the entire night.
2. Famous iconic detectives: Carmen Sandiego or a female Dick Tracy
A trip to the thrift store for a used red coat (if you don’t already have one) and to the dollar store for a spray painted red hat will automatically create Carmen Sandiego! You can always be a female Dick Tracy, Inspector Gadget, or Sherlock Holmes if it’s too hard to find a red coat. Cheap, chic, and conservative. Besides, don’t you want to stay in character even when you’re outside in the cold and bundled up? Brr…
3. Comic book face
If you’re a wizard of makeup magic, you can transform yourself into a vintage comic book character. There are many Youtube tutorials you can find that show you how to do this. Although more positive and less sinister compared to zombie or doll faces that are meant to be scary on purpose, comic book faces can still be equally creepy!
4. Iconic classic characters with easy to replicate puffy dresses
Although it’s nice to put your own spin into existing characters at times, it gets pretty darn annoying and uncreative when all of the classic female characters get way shorter hemlines. I think it’s so demeaning to women to sell this to us and a total bastardization of classic literature and culture. It’s not wrong to shorten hemlines a bit, but it is total brainwashing and controlling when they don’t sell you adequate skirt lengths on costumes at stores.
The easiest thing to do is to make your own costume. If you’re not very crafty or are pressed for time, go to your local thrift store and buy a puffy vintage dress. If it’s pink, you can dress up like Princess Peach from Mario; if it’s yellow, Belle from Beauty and the Beast; blue? Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Want to do separates? Mary Poppins. Just add in an umbrella! Look below with costumes from Keiko Lynn.
5. Cultural- Your own or someone else’s (THE TITULAR POINT of the Politically Incorrect!)
I’m just going to throw this out there, but I think it’s so ridiculous that it has become “politically incorrect” to dress up as a different nationality. Other kids have been sent to the principals’ office for wearing a sombrero at a costume party or even having the American flag! A yoga studio recently was forced to cancel their Indian themed party because of this same reason as well. When has it become insulting to share someone else’s culture or to show love for your own? We share food, language, ideas, and even family with different cultures. Why has it become a sensitive issue to partake in cultural clothing? Just like how people love Chinese, Indian, Greek, and Middle Eastern foods… we like their clothing as well. Halloween, dress up parties, or what have you are an outlet for expression and creativity. It’s not always meant to insult or show hate. It’s on the person if it is, but it’s not often the case.
Because I’m stressing the importance of ignoring what is politically correct, at least in this regard, I am inclined to show you more photos of international wear from my roots! The photo below on the left is traditional Filipiniana, and the right is a modern take. If you search photos of Filipiniana on Pinterest or Google, you should find so much variety! It’s also very easy to replicate and looks a lot like Spanish attire. You can use a shawl to create the puffy wrap around if you don’t have the unique puffy sleeves and carry around a fan.
Traditional Filipiniana / Modern Filipiniana source
You know what? I’m not going to stop rubbing it in. Below is a video of Erasure with a white geisha. I don’t care. They obviously love the culture and want to incorporate it enough in their video beautifully. This song takes me back to my first memory of a choreographed dance in first grade:
BUYING ONLINE TIP: If you’re buying Halloween makeup, masks, or costumes online, it can sometimes be cheaper than going to retail stores. I find exactly the pattern I want for tights at the right price without having to spend all day at the mall. Just be aware of the shipping times if the store is overseas! It’s not so bad to get costumes online, because you know they don’t have to be quality made. I mean, they’re costumes! You will only use them maybe once or twice. That’s the beauty of buying online for such things!
Shoes however may be a different case. You will need good shoes for standing and walking at your party. I can’t stress this enough, because you don’t want to be limping and in agony because of poorly designed online bought shoes. I found a good shoe size conversion webpage that you can refer to anytime you want to purchase shoes online.
5. Be yourself.
You’re exciting and interesting as you are! I know for a fact that not everyone who likes horror movies is into dressing up (same goes for anime lovers and cosplay), so hit the hay ride or put in a scary or suspenseful movie! I personally like watching scary movies not because I’m into the occult of course, but I honestly like that people are being reminded of real spiritual forces, the battle between good and evil, through fiction. And, I also simply like the thrill of a good scare. I leave you with past outfits of mine that weren’t intended as a costume or for Halloween… I was simply being well, myself.
YOU: Are you into wearing costumes? What will you be for Halloween this year?