Look, I used to get so irritated by the omnipresence of sexy Halloween costumes for women. It seemed like once we (females) passed trick-or-treat age, the freedom to be creative, scary, fantastical, or over-the-top disappeared, and “shorten your skirt and show your tits” became mandatory. Ugh, like, don’t tell me what to do, Halloween Industrial Overlords. I may be over 18, but I reserve the right to dress like a cretinous hag for Halloween if I want to, GOSH. This year, though . . . I don’t know. Maybe it’s because I get away with looking at gorgeous lingerie “for the blog” every day, maybe it’s because I’ve been pole dancing and playing with costumes, maybe it’s because I’m more at peace and happy with my body, but this year I kind of DO want a sexy Halloween costume. Halloween costumes, just like our lingerie, give us the chance to express different, perhaps hidden, sides of our personalities, explore fantasies, and mine our creativity. I don’t want to be a polyester “sexy nurse”, or whatever, but I have been drawn to some really gorgeous lingerie-inspired costumes that do more than scream “look at my legs/boobs!” They suggest a story, mystery, danger, or even a suggestion of sweetness, and I think I’d like a Halloween like that.
[I'm barely scratching the surface here. There are so, so many pieces of lingerie out there that would make gorgeous costumes, so I'm going to touch on some of my favorite options that also happen to be either size-or-budget-friendly. I personally dig costumes that speak to a woman's beauty, power and mystery, so angels, witches, queens, and superheroes are more my style than, say, sexy Big Bird. You do you.]
For starters, Hips and Curves’ Halloween lookbook is completely awesome. They have done a FANTASTIC job of showing how you can take some “basic” pieces, or maybe some lingerie pieces that aren’t necessarily for every day but that also don’t scream “costume”, and mix and match them with a few accessories to create gorgeous and unique costumes. Browsing the lookbook really encouraged me to think more creatively about costumes. You could take any of the tutus and create your own Black Swan costume. You can take any of the corsets and create tons of historically or fairy-tale inspired costumes. The stunning blue corset below, for example, could be adapted for so many costumes: historical queens, Shapespearean heroines, fairy tale characters, even Wonder Woman! A gorgeous retro slip and some red lipstick, and you’re Elizabeth Taylor as Maggie the Cat in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” I’ve built a small wardrobe of sassy pieces for pole dancing, and I have a feeling many of them are going to come into play for Halloween this year.
I particularly liked the Snow White, the witches and fairies, the pirates, and the evil queens. Not only will you look mind-blowingly lovely, but you can guarantee that no one who went to a costume store will show up wearing the exact same thing as you. Hips and Curves also stocks a great selection of costume accessories like gloves, masks, hats, wings and halos, horns, capes, eyepatches, and even little stick-on jewels shaped like blood drops, for the vampirically-inclined.
Kiss Me Deadly’s new Fairy Tale collections, worn alone, are probably best reserved for the bedroom, but the individual pieces could make great costume components. The stunning product shots have pretty much already done your job for you– check out KMD’s gorgeous takes on Snow White (parenthetically, Snow White is EVERYWHERE this Halloween. I credit Charlize Theron), Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Cinderella.
No innocent maidens here, I think you’ll agree. And oh, the gorgeous Maleficent: terrifying and beautiful.
If you want a complete, knock-out, jaw-dropping costume, Trashy.Com’s selection of sexy costumes is stunning.
There are tons of options, both in terms of styles and prices. “Trashy Originals” costumes are incredibly detailed, complex (especially given how little, you know, actual fabric is covering your body), and made-to-order, but the cost, especially once you add in accessories, can skyrocket. For better deals, check out the other categories like “Trashy Knockoffs” and “Trashy Bargains.” Now, I’ll be honest, I don’t know that I’d feel comfortable wearing a lot of the costumes, but that’s a matter of personal style. However, I’m blown away by the accessories. Trashy’s collection of shoes, stockings, hats and headpieces, masks, gloves, wings, tutus, and more absolutely can’t be beat.
Maybe wearing out-and-out lingerie is just not for you. In some cases it would obviously be super inappropriate (family-friendly or office celebrations, for example), but maybe you’d like to find a costume that appeals to a personal fantasy and makes you feel sexy, but isn’t, you know, underwear. Consider looking to the past! Pin-Up Girl Clothing offers a huge range of sizes of dresses, shoes, foundation garments (including classic Rago shapewear pieces for a period-appropriate silhouette), and accessories that could help you build a fantastic Mad Men costume.
Not feeling old-fashioned? Pin-Up Girl has some great dresses that can also go darker and more contemporary. I love these two; they’d make great femme fatale costumes, particularly the black “Janelle” dress, which just screams “Pam from True Blood” to me. Add some fangs and you’re ready for the night.
Finally, many popular mass-market lingerie retailers offer bargain costumes in time for Halloween. Victoria’s Secret, Frederick’s of Hollywood, and Ricky’s are all chock-full of quick, easy, sexy options, and Ricky’s in particular has a diverse size range. I’ll also shout-out to Tic Tac Toe in NYC once again, especially since I saw some great dancers perform Saturday night, and we all discussed afterwards how much we love that store. It’s a very size-and-inclination-inclusive sex shop in the West Village, and the top floor is stuffed with sexy shoes, costumes, accessories.
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A quick parting note which I’m sure is redundant, because you’re all attractive and intelligent people, but it bears repeating: racism is never sexy. I really, really strongly urge you to avoid “Indian Princess”, “White Trash”, ”Geisha”, “Tribal” or similar “sexy” costumes that reduce, fetishize, and trivialize the history, culture, religions, or traditions of fellow human beings, and which are unfortunately widely available, even at some of the retailers I’ve linked to here. I have similar icky feelings about “maid” costumes, although I know some people may think I’m being overly sensitive. Have a little fun venturing into the realm of the spooky, the storybook, and the supernatural instead; after all, isn’t that the point of the holiday?