Halloween Costume Ideas

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October has finally arrived and the most exciting part about this month-Halloween- is approaching!

You’re most likely spending these first few days of the month trying to decide on the perfect costume. It can be difficult to decide on a costume that is fun, looks good, and will catch people’s attention. Here are some tips to finding a Halloween costume that is perfect for you!

Looking Good

One of the worst traps to fall into during this time of year is to pick a costume simply because it looks “sexy.” Most of the time these “sexy” costumes come with the least amount of fabric for the most expensive price. Not to mention October is the month that the weather begins to get chilly and freezing your butt off just to look good is not worth it.

I’m definitely not saying that you shouldn’t try to find a costume that makes you look good! There are definitely a lot of flattering costumes out there with a little more material to them. Some nice ones I’ve seen are Roman goddesses and some of the superhero costumes.

Saving Money

Halloween costumes can be extremely costly. It seems kind of unfair that costume stores charge $50 for an outfit that you’re only going to wear once. The best thing to do when you want to save money is to make your own costume!

Some suggestions I can make include:
1. Flapper- If you have a black dress and black heels, all you really need to do is by one of those flapper headbands with the attached feather and maybe a pair of long gloves. You can find these items in a Halloween store for $5-$10 each!

2. Hippie- The boho style is in right now, so most people have a few hippie-like accessories already in their wardrobe. Bootcut jeans or boho loose-fitting pants would be good to wear if you have them. Also wear a headband or ribbon across your forehead. A cropped tank top or a shirt with a peace sign or flower will also pair nicely with sandals.

3. Cowgirl- You can wear a plaid shirt with the ends tied in a knot with cowboy boots. If you have these items, all you need to do is head over to a costume store to buy a cowgirl hat for around $10.
Can’t Decide?

Picking a costume can be challenging when there are so many options out there. You also don’t want to fall into the trap of picking the same costume that everyone else is wearing.

A good place to start to spark some costume ideas is to write down a list of your favorite movies or TV shows. Many will have costume options that you can find at either a costume store or online, or else you can make your own! Some unique entertainment-based costumes I’ve seen are the female version of Edward Scissorhands, minions (from Despicable Me) , and Lucy (from I Love Lucy.)

Group Costumes

Group costumes can be a lot of fun to do with a close group of friends! If you and your friends are up for it, I suggest the gang from Scooby Doo, the characters from The Wizard of Oz/Wicked, or The Avengers. This could also make it easier to find friends if you’re separated at at party.

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(Photo taken from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Cmglee?rdfrom=commons:User:Cmglee)

A Little Overdone

The one request I make of you is to not chose a costume that has been worn year after year by everyone.

 

– Princess costumes are cute, but seen a little too often. To mix it up, maybe try being a Disney villain, such as Ursula or Malificent.

– Almost every female has been a school-girl or nerd at least once in their life. This is hardly even a costume, since many girls just use parts of their actual school uniform for the costume. Let’s leave the plaid skirt for the classroom.

-Ladybugs and bees are also an overdone costume. The appeal in these costumes is a little odd if you think about it, since most people are disgusted by bugs.

-Animals are also very popular, but usually have very little effort put into them. Most animal costumes remind me of the costume party scene from Mean Girls. 

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(Gif taken from:http://vegetarianbaker.com)

 

The most important thing to keep in mind when picking a Halloween costume is to be comfortable. You only get to dress up once a year, so have fun with it!

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Does What We Wear Say Something About Who We Are?

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There are over seven billion people in the world, each with their own unique personality and, though we don’t think of it as often, style. Every day we walk down the streets and see hundreds of different people with a variety of looks. You’d probably be lying if you said that you didn’t judge or assume something about at least one person you passed by in the past week. Regardless of whether your thought about the person was good or bad, you were putting a label on someone that you have never even spoken to.

Is there any validation in these actions? What can we really tell about a person from what they wear?

 

It Matters 

“When people don’t put effort into the way they look, they’re sending the message that they don’t care what people think of them,” Gabrielle Wasserstein, 19, of Hofstra University stated.

The way we dress asks for a certain level of attention. Not many people dress up for a night out in the hopes that they will go unseen. And on the other side of it, you wouldn’t wear sweatpants to a party, unless you were suggesting that the event does not matter to you. Dressing a certain way can act almost as a public service announcement: “Where I’m going right now matters to me” or “I don’t really care about how people perceive me right now.”

That, of course, is not to say that wearing sweatpants is always unacceptable. Hanging out with a group of friends for a movie night is the perfect occasion to dress super casually. Just don’t wear sweatpants for a job interview.

Clothes can also be worn to attract specific attention. A band T-shirt could be worn so that a person may find others with interests in the same kind of music. On the other hand, going to a sports event and wearing the T-shirt of the opposing team will attract the wrong kind of attention.

“People who dress practically are usually practical people,” Victoria Rotondi, 19, of Rutgers University stated.

Clothing can also express what matters most to a person. When going on a camping trip, it can be pretty easy to tell by the way someone is dressed whether they know what they know and are prepared for the trip or if they instead care more about the way they look.

Clothing can say a lot about a person.

 

It Doesn’t Matter 

“Certain people are attracted to certain colors and styles because of what they like. There’s no other explanation,” Amanda Bahn, 20, of Hofstra University stated.

Just because someone dresses a certain way doesn’t mean that they’re completed defined by their style. I can attest to this, as my friends often joke that I always a wear bright colors and floral clothes, yet I love dark movies that involve psychopaths and murder. You would never be able to guess my interest based on the clothes I wear.

Assuming something about a person based on what they’re wearing is judging a book by it’s cover. This is a bad habit to fall into. I, myself, have inferred that a person was tough and menacing just because he wore dark clothing and had many piercings. It turned out that he was really nice guy. Just because a person is fond of a particular style, doesn’t mean they’re personality matches it.

Making false conjectures about people just divides us all. We may never give people a chance if we automatically assume we are different than them, without ever speaking to them.

 

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Do It Like a Dancer

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Ballerina buns, harem pants, tutus, and leg warmers: these fashion trends, which are seen all over the world today, have been worn by dancers for ages. Although these types of clothing are sold in retail stores for style purposes, dancers wear these looks for their accessibility when dancing at the studio or when performing on stage. Hofstra Dance Majors, Amber Bennett, Sierra Sharratt, and Nora Steinkamp, shared that some of these pieces, such as leggings, leotards, and tights, are even required for some of their dance classes.

“It’s a little weird,” stated Bennett when asked what she thought of dance attire being worn for fashion purposes. “Sometimes I see people wearing these things, and I assume that they’re dancers because they’re wearing our clothes,” agreed Steinkamp. Their reactions are understandable, as these outfits are to them a type of uniform, which express who they are with pride.

But, as the old saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. “I’ve always thought that it was cool that our art affects society,” stated Sharratt. “It’s kind of nice to know that our style affects society, as well.”

We may not be able to move like these dancers, but emulating their style almost makes us feel like we can. Mimicking styles is simply what society does best. It makes one wonder what the military thinks about army jackets and boots coming into style.

(Originally posted for the Hofstra Chronicle)