While some women have their Halloween costumes picked out by the second week of September, I have never been the sort to plan far ahead. I’m a leave it to the last minute person and let me just say that Amazon prime has been very helpful. I have never been a sexy cat kind of girl or sexy corn, sexy lobster or sexy carrot for that matter. If you want to dress up and enjoy the festivities but don’t want to have to resort to wearing a dress with a bite taken out of it, these last-minute costumes ideas are for you. They’re all bad-ass women whose outfits can be complied from your own wardrobe or a few simple purchases.
1. Wednesday Addams
Wednesday is the only daughter of Gomez and Morticia Addams from the much loved fictional Addams Family that has appeared in cartoons, TV, film and even a Broadway musical. Morose and never smiling, Wednesday Addams is queen of resting bitch face. Wear a white button up shirt under a black dress (or black sweater and skirt), black tights, and black shoes. Put your hair in two braids, don’t smile all night, and you’re a perfect Wednesday Addams.
2. Rosie the Riveter
Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon that represents the American women that went to work in factories during WWII. To complete this outfit all you need is a pair of jeans, a blue or denim button up shirt and a red bandana. Tie the bandana around your head with the knot sitting on your hairline. Roll up the sleeves of your shirt, flex your arm and walk around looking tough as nails.
3. Annie Hall
One trip to the thrift store and you could probably find all of the necessities to re-create Diane Keaton’s look as Annie Hall in Woody Allen’s 1977 classic film. Baggy high-waisted khakis, white button up shirt, blue tie, black vest, black felt hat, oxfords and a straw tote are all you need. Considering many of these item are still on trendy, almost forty years later, I’d say Annie Hall is a timeless fashion icon.
4. Audrey Hepburn
Channel this classic beauty in her iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s character, Holly Golightly. Pull out your handy LBD you’ve worn oh so many times and be thankful for the millionth time that you happened to stumble upon this perfect garment. Stop by a costume shop to pick up some black satin gloves, small tiara and a cigarette holder. Put your hair in an up-do and accessorize with wayfarer glasses and a string of pearls. To complete the look, be sure to tote around a to-go cup of coffee and bag with a croissant in it.
5. Bad Sandy
1978 classic film with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta left America singing summer lovin’ and dressing up like bad sandy for decades to come. All you need is a pair of extra tight black pants or leggings, an off the shoulder tight black top and a pair or red heels. Top the outfit off with a leather jacket, hoop earrings and extra big hair.
6. Janelle Monáe
You don’t have to be a fabulous singer, songwriter, composer and producer to rock Janelle Monae’s signature look. Whip out a black suit, white shirt and black tie to dress up as this talented lady who’s music has been nominated for six Grammys. A pair of killer heels and earrings along with her signature pompadour with complete the look.
Although it has been over ten years since TV cartoon Daria ran on the air, Daria’s smart and misanthropic attitude is still relevant. Aren’t we all secretly hating the world too? Orange t-shirt, black skirt, combat boots, green jacket, black glasses and a smug look will have you looking like Daria in no time.
8. Cat Woman
Ok yes, this is technically a sexy cat but Catwoman is at least a complete character that is awesome because she does whatever she wants. All you need is a pair of black leggings, a black top and cat ears which can be purchased at almost any drugstore. If you’re looking to elaborate, add a mask, gloves and boots. Top off the look with a pop of red lipstick.
9. Dr. Mindy Lahiri
If you didn’t already love Mindy Kaling from her role as Kelly in The Office, and her hilarious book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), then her awesome show, The Mindy Show will surely make you Mindy obsessed. Mindy plays OBGYN Dr. Lahiri who juggled her personal and professional lives while wearing the most amazing colorful outfits. Wear the brightest office attire you can find. I’m talking neons, patterns, chunky jewelry, bold purses, and top it off with a white lab coat.
10. Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo is one of the most famous Mexican painters who’s surrealist paintings and self-portraits are not only a huge part of Mexican art history but have also become popular images today, recreated on bags, postcards, posters and other items. Frida wore traditional and ornate Mexican clothing which might be hard to come by. Her look can be re-created by simply wearing a long skirt, colorful shawl, flowers in pinned up braids and a heavily penciled in brow.