Elizabeth Victoria Picking a Halloween Costume

As we all know, it’s that time of year again: we've been procrastinating, and now we have less than a week to choose our Halloween costumes. While I have friends who plan their costumes all year in advance, I prefer to wait until something inspires me (which is really just a fancy way of saying I’m lazy and prefer to wait till the day of). If you’re like me, let me save you the hassle of scrambling at the last minute, and provide you with some guidelines.

No lazy costuming

Every year, there is someone at the party who “came as themselves” or put a stethoscope around their neck and called themselves a “doctor off duty”. You may think you look nonchalant and cool, but to everyone else, you look like a total tool - the guy who doesn’t have the self-confidence to actually try and put himself out there. It’s been done a thousand times, and not one of those times has it been funny.

That’s not to say that an easy costume is a bad one.

A fitted suit, skinny tie and a bit of Brill cream? You’re Don Draper. Blue jeans, Persol sunglasses and a worn in leather jacket? Steve McQueen. Simple can be good – and sexy.

You Do Have the Option to Wear Clothing

Ladies, just because it’s Halloween does not mean that you are obligated to seize the opportunity to wear not much more than lingerie. That being said, I’m not one to slut shame, and if you’ve got the body for it, why not go for it on the one night a year that no one is allowed to judge you? Just, please, bring a sweater or something for the walk home after the party? Trust me, I have BEEN that girl in the Alice in Wonderland costume, freezing my butt off and crying on the front porch while waiting for my roommate with the house key to come home. It’s not chic.

Keep It Current

If you’re referencing a political figure, reality tv star or a current trend, the most important thing is to make sure the figure you’re picking is not passé. Honey Boo Boo, Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan, Kim Kardashian and Kanye are all fair game this year, but by next year they’ll no longer be relevant (fingers crossed at least!) and dressing like them will make you look lame. Just keep this in mind when you’re wondering if you can dress like Heath Ledger as The Joker for the third year in a row.

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