8 Easy Halloween Costumes for 2021 (That Use Your Quarantine Wardrobe!)

Look, I get it. We’re all dressing for comfort right now. But if you’re vaxxed and looking to actually go out for Halloween this year (!!!) then please look no further than your own closet for a costume. Suggestions below:

Drew Barrymore (Casey) in Scream

Now, if you already have a blonde bob then you’re 25% done with this costume. If however, you need to purchase a wig, you may do so at Forever 21 for $7.99. I don’t usually encourage fast fashion, so please do try to wear this wig more than once — preferably several times over the course of many years. You’ll also need an off-white (or, hell, who cares you can use white too) cable knit sweater. This is great going into the cold weather months. You’re going to want to wear this again and again. If you don’t already have one, you can grab one at Stitch Fix for $58. Next, get some loose fitting light-wash jeans. If you buy them from Madewell, you can send them back to be recycled and the company will give you a credit on future jeans. The white cordless phone is, evidently, now a collectors item for something like $200 on ebay. But this shit is so boxy, I suggest you get your craft on and make one out of a white paper box.

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Sigourney Weaver (Dana) in Ghostbusters

Now technically this dress should be crewneck, but as long as you’re wearing a gray sweater dress of some sort, I think we can be flexible with the neckline. You’ll also need a purple plaid scarf and a black belt (not in karate but if that is all you have in your closet then definitely just tie that around the dress and call it a day). Now I have scoured the internet and I cannot find Dana’s exact scarf, so use your best approximation. The belt and the dress are both from Gap and I’m sure there’s some kind of discount code you can apply to make them a little easier on your wallet.

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Patrick Swayze (Sam) in Ghost

Toss on that red shirt you’re no longer wearing to the office and pair it with some black jeans. Now you’re Patrick Swayze! Wear black shoes if you have them, but it doesn’t really matter. No one is going to be looking at your feet.

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Penny Marshall (The Devil’s Wife) in Hocus Pocus

This requires jammies, a robe, and some of those hair curlers that kind of look like snakes. The robe below is from LL Bean so look at is as an investment item, or just wear any old robe because to be fair the one below doesn’t match the pattern in the movie anyway. You can get mint green PJs on sale at Madewell for $34.99. Finally, fill up a glass with whisky or tea and put on a real grouchy face like your husband is flirting with a bunch of strange women who are way too old to be trick-or-treating and keep calling him “master.” Oh and the hair rollers are $14.99 at Target.

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Multiple Options Using Athleisure

I’ve seen a lot of Squid Game costume suggestions floating around here on the internet, which is great. But maybe you don’t own a green tracksuit. Maybe your tracksuit is black, pink or red. Here are a few options for you. It’s also okay to pair a red sweatshirt and yellow shorts and pretend it’s 2008 and you’re dressed as Paulie Bleeker. It’s okay in 2021. It’s all okay.

A lot of these will depend on whether or not you’re dressing up as a group. For example, if you all have green tracksuits, then you should probably go as Squid Game players. But if you’re dressing up solo, then you should opt for Old Biff Tannen from Back to the Future. Margarita Glasses are optional for the Cool Mom from Mean Girls. The red tracksuits from Royal Tennenbaums also work for a group. But a plain black tracksuit (with or without gold medallion) will work best as Christopher from The Sopranos.

Literally anyone from the 80s or early 90s

Scrunchies are back. LEAN INTO IT. You don’t want to stop wearing leggings? PUT THEM ON. Got a giant ass sweatshirt that is way too big for you? Congratulations, you’re on your way to Jazzercise. Ditch the scrunchie and put on a pair of heels if you want to be Jennifer Beals in Flashdance.

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Mare of Easttown

There are so many good options here. You really just need some thick sweaters, blue or brown outerwear, and a low ponytail. Gauze/Ace bandage on your arm are optional. Please don’t vape. Thank you.

Baby-Sitters Club Member

This one is super flexible in terms of costume. You can dress up as a group or you can dress up solo as your favorite club member. You can style it old school or you can be the more modern reboot version. But here’s where the magic comes in. Worried about your mid-late (idk what phase we’re in) pandemic social anxiety is getting the best of you? Don’t worry about it. You’re packing a Kid Kit. And Everyone loves a coloring book. Now you’re the life of the party. You’re welcome.

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The Rugrats Reboot Is Terrifying (These Shoes Are Cute Tho)…

In yet another reboot we never asked for, Paramount+ gives us scary CGI Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, and ANGELICA. She’s even scarier now if that were even possible! I won’t post photos here because I’m not looking to traumatize anyone.

In better news, Puma is releasing a Rugrats collab next week and it actually looks pretty cute. You can preview the collection here (and in the shot below).

PHOTO: PUMA and Nickelodeon team up to celebrate "Rugrats" 30th anniversary with new collection.

Clarissa Darling: A Style Guide

No 90’s kid was a fashionable as Clarissa Darling, the title character from Nickelodeon’s iconic Clarissa Explains it All.
Clarissa was all about bold accent colors with a little black mixed in.Clarissa Darling: A Style Guide Part III

Civil beach shirt

Pleated pants

Sophia Webster high heel sandals
$585 – net-a-porter.com

Or adding a pop of color to an otherwise black and white outfit. Extra points, for successfully mixing prints.
Clarissa Darling: A Style Guide Part II
Perhaps, most importantly she knew how to be comfortable and relaxed without looking bland or boring. She’s basically the anti-“normcore.”Clarissa Darling: A Style Guide Part I

Rainbow shirt
$23 – mingalondon.com

$655 – harrods.com

Top That: Teen Witch and Fashion

If you haven’t see the 1989 classic Teen Witch then you need to get on that stat. If you have a Netflix membership and aren’t spending your next free 93 minutes watching this ridiculousness, then you are seriously depriving yourself.

Actually, I’m fairly certain watching this movie will be good for your mental health. So there you go. The Doctor is in and she says watch tune in, turn on (the love interest is hot), and geek out (you’re not gonna feel cool at all while watching this but that’s a good thing).

For those of you without cable television or a penchant for sappy rom-coms with a mediocre 80’s budget, Teen Witch is the heartwarming tale of mousey Louise who discovers she’s a witch on her sixteenth birthday. Louise (played by that girl from Karate Kid Part III, also known as Blake Lively’s much older sister, Robin Lively) uses her new found powers to become super cool and date the hottest guy in school. There’s also a lot of musical numbers. Like this really random one:

You see, Louise lives in a world that is both enchanting and awful. Everyone spontaneously breaks out into perfectly choreographed happy dances. But no one shows up to her sixteenth birthday except for her friend Polly. Like literally everyone else was SUCH an asshole that not even one person attended out of guilt.

This surreal universe also seems to create a world of  bizarre yet celebrated fashion choices. But you don’t have to take my word for it!

And in the end, Louise decides to give up her magical powers because that’s the only way she can know for sure that people like her for who she truly is–even though most people treated her like shit. Being yourself even if you’re treated like shit is just about as very special as it get.

Beauty School Drop Out

I spent most of elementary school obsessed with Grease. I failed to understand like 75% of the dialogue, but I stilled loved it. In fact, I’m probably stilled obsessed but now I avoid Grease. Why do I avoid something I so clearly love? Because I. CANNOT. HANDLE. IT. I want to be in that movie so badly that like I get overly excited/jealous/sing-a-long crazy to the point that I am running around like a Jack Russell Terrier puppy and I just don’t have it in my hear to put myself through that again. I hear it’s streaming on Netflix, but I haven’t worked up the courage to press play. On another note, I love that pastel temporary hair colors are in style. Frenchie totally did that first. Beauty School Drop Out

Moschino jacket

Circle skirt
$60 – lavishalice.com


Baldinini zip boots


Moisturizing lipstick
$6.31 – newlook.com


American Kitsch

It’s day three of NaBloPoMo, and I’m going to use one of their prompts for inspiration! This prompt came from the BlogHer NaBloPoMo prompt page: Write about an amazing imaginary brand or organization you’d love to work with. What would their pitch to you look like? What would your post say?

olaThis is not about a very special episode, but it’s tangentially related. This post is about music videos and fashion. When I was nineteen, I gave myself a scavenger hunt (that I totally failed at). This scavenger hunt stemmed from a random idea that I had where it would be cool to have quintessential classic music video looks in a non-costume-y way. And then I was like, “this sounds like a store that would exist in a movie.” I imagined that someone like Annie Potts in Pretty in Pink would run the sort of store and that it would be named “American Kitsch.” In my fantasy world, I could peruse the racks while the disgruntled teenagers who worked there (and felt too cool for the clothes) would hand me blue leopard print pants like Ola Ray’s in the Michael Jackson’s Thriller in my size and have “serious talks” about their “serious issues” like the cast of Empire Records.

paula lbdIn all actuality, this is probably a terrible idea for a business and I might be the only person who would want to shop at this store. But I do wish that it existed because I would love to walk into a store and get Paula Abdul’s dress from Opposites Attract. That’s just a classic L.B.D. if I ever saw one. Frankly, I don’t understand why the waited until the music video to make it clear that MC Skat Cat was a literal cat. I did not realize how opposite the two singers were until I saw the music video. I mean, who cares if one of them likes the movies and the other likes TV. All, they had to do was tell me that one of them was a cat. I would have required literally no other information to understand that they were not at all similar. Anyway, in my mind the store was called “American Kitsch” and unfortunately, I cannot tell you any of the other ideas for fashion looks because that list died with my old computer. However, the internet is a magical place and someone has made it a lot easier to find these looks for yourself (in case you don’t have time to stop into the brick and mortar American Kitsch…which wait doesn’t actually exist outside of my imagination, whoops…). Someone has even compiled a well-curated list of items to help you dress like Paula OR MC Skat Cat!

Denise Huxtable Fashion Icon

So it has come to my attention that it’s #tbt on Polyvore (and every other place on the Internet), but the cool part is that today’s theme is fashion inspired by The Cosby Show. While my first instinct was to go with Theo in the yellow shirt, I felt that Denise had the more modern-options. Denise

Kiss The Sky pink shirt
$40 – nelly.com


Brown pants
$16 – wearall.com

Ankle boots