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If you know me then you know I LOVE dressing up for Halloween. I love going to Halloween parties, I loved going to the parades in New York and LA. I love guessing other people's costumes. I love the candy. Did I mention I LOVE the parties?
Even though people in London and Italy don't take Halloween as seriously as we do in the States, my love for (most) things Halloween has never dwindled. The only time I get a little wary about Halloween is when people dress in Black Face or participate in Cultural Appropriation and try to act like we should be flattered by that. Other than that nonsense I truly enjoy Halloween.
Anyway, we've decided to have a Halloween party in the new place. It will be kind of a housewarming party since we haven't officially had that yet - though we have hosted a few apertivos.
I'm asking (strongly suggesting) that our guests wear costumes. I don't know if anyone will actually heed my (very strong) suggestion but I hope they'll be good sports and join in the Halloween fun. I certainly intend to!
I love to see other people dress up in elaborate costumes. There have been some great costumes over the years but for me it's more about the creativity and working with what you have. I don't enjoy breaking the bank for a Halloween costume and I'm not all that great at DIY. So I have to use my imagination and simplify.
Here are 3 Easy but somewhat obscure costume ideas that won't cost much time or money to created.
Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Your choice. You can either dress as Natalie Portman as the Black Swan or you can dress as Natalie Portman in Black Swan.
Natalie Portman as the Black Swan consists of white make-up, black eye shadow/eyeliner and a black corset/leotard/tutu combination. You can add black feathers to make it more like the costume in the movie and if you're so inclined, wear nude or pink tights and grab some ballet slippers.
I love this idea because it's sexy without being obvious and everyone looks great in tights.
Plus you don't have to wear heels, score!
Natalie Portman in Black Swan is a very simple ensemble. It's basically Natalie Portman's character's go-to outfits throughout the film. My favourite outfit is from one of the scenes where she's wearing a grey sweatshirt, pink scarf, pink sweatpants and cozy boots. I think she's also wearing a pink bodysuit so if you want a bit more colour feel free to add the bodysuit!
This costume is perfect if you don't feel like wearing a bunch of make-up to a Halloween party. Just throw on this outfit and let your friends marvel at your ingenuity.
2. Olivia Pope - Scandal
If you watch the Shonda Rhimes created TV series starring Kerry Washington then you probably already know where I'm going with this.
Yup. Giant wine glass.
See if you can find the most ridiculously giant wine glass, feel free to actually use it to drink your red wine (or beverage of your choice) at the Halloween party.
Combine it with a giant, cozy blanket OR simply wear a comfortable yet stylish sweater. Make sure your hair and make-up are on point and boom, your costume is Olivia Pope at home watching TV on her awesome couch.
You could also be Olivia Pope at work if you feel inclined to rock a powersuit and heels. Dress like a gladiator, again make sure your hair and make-up are on point. Don't forget your matching giant handbag and white hat.
At the party, only speak to the other party guests in long, passionate monologues, remembering to repeat many of the same sentences until you drive home the point that "You have half a life" and "It's handled." Then tell them to call you "Sweet Baby." This costume could actually win prizes!
3. Apollonia / Raspberry Beret
You guys know Apollonia? Apollonia 6? Purple Rain? Prince? OK I think we're on the same page now.
I was listening to "Raspberry Beret" recently and I thought, "I should dress as the woman he's talking about int this song." So I watched the music video (for the first time) and sadly learned that the images of the woman were animated and probably wouldn't be a recognizeable costume anyway.
I'm cool with obscurity but that was a bit much. I'd spend most of the night first explaining my costume then explaining why I'd chosen such a random costume and then finally explaining where I'd purchased the raspberry beret. Depending on the party, I might even have to explain who Prince was and play the damn song on my Spotify all night. Too much work.
But I wasn't quite ready to give up on the idea. I researched the song a bit and discovered that it's believed to be based on Apollonia or at least inspired by her or in some way referencing the sex scene between The Kid and Apollonia in "Purple Rain." This isn't conclusive but was enough to keep me inspired.
I looked up some images of Apollonia and thought why not combine the two? Just get yourself a raspberry colored beret. So easy.
And to get that Apolonia vibe get yourself a black bodysuit. It can be sexy or modest. Personally, as I'm a grown woman I think I'll lean toward a sexier look. But you do you, boo.
Depending on the weather and the style of bodysuit you may need to add a black cape or a feather boa - do what makes you feel good!
Complete the look with dramatic eye make up, big feathered hair (wigs might be the way to go). Throw on some fishnets and your choice of black boots and boom, you're Apollonia wearing a raspberry beret.
Your friends will seriously worship the ground you walk on.
Which of these costume ideas do you like? How many Halloween party invites have you gotten so far? Can you think of any other obscure costume ideas? Or movie/music video references that might make good costumes? I haven't quite decided what I want to be but I'll definitely post pics to my Instagram when I get my costume together.
Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a very happy and safe Halloween.
Ciao for now,