Need a quick celebrity-inspired costume to throw together before Halloween this Thursday? Try these on for size and relevance:
1. Miley Cyrus
Let’s just get this out of the way: Miley is bound to be the most common costume of the year. “Just bein’ Miley for Halloween!!!” is bound to be the most common Instagram of the holiday that we'll read. But because it’s destined to be the Psy costume of 2013, here’s how you can do it:
Google “Miley Cyrus bear onesie,” click on something, and then be that. Coat your tongue in Fun Dip, preferably just the white chalk (or a color of your choice if you want to get extra “fancy.”) Stick your tongue out while screaming “Trick or treat” for the duration of the night.
2. Royal Family
A really easy, breezy couples’ costume.
For Kate: a blue polka dot dress, a pregnant belly, white pumps and an appointment for a blowout just a few hours before you and your “post-royal baby body” step out.
For Will: you’ll need a blue collared shirt and dark blue Dockers from your nearest Bloomingdale’s, matching brown belt and shoes, and definitely NOT a blowout.
Carry around a baby doll with a fake crown to really drive this costume home (to Buckingham Palace).
3. Lady Gaga Face Paint
Wear a collared shirt, blazer, fringe skirt, gothic booties - whatever - it just has to be an all-black ensemble. Wet your hair and slick it back or cover it in a tight head wrap (black, duh) as seen on the “Applause” single cover. Powder your face 10 times more than you ever usually would for a Thursday. Close your eyes, pick out five eye shadows from your makeup bag, then apply to your face - but don’t use a brush. You won’t need a mirror either to NAIL this makeup look. We’d actually advise against it.
4. Alien from Spring Breakers
Loud, bright Hawaiian shirt. Wife-beater. Douchey, oversized white-rimmed sunglasses. Cornrow your hair. Get a grill. Teardrop tattoo. Gaudy jewelry. Set Britney Spears’ “Everytime” as your ringtone. Do. Not. Bathe.
5. Kanye West and the Paparazzi
Another easy couples’ costume. One of you dress up as a paparazzo (Dodgers baseball cap, camera around your neck), while the other one dresses up as Kanye (for pants: leather joggers; on top: something all-black and from “ZAH-RAH”).
6. Kim Kardashian White Bikini Selfie
A revealing, all-white, one-piece bikini (keyword: “revealing”). Messy blonde hair. Hold your iPhone up and partially obscure your face while looking behind you with one leg slightly bent and pose.
7. Kim Kardashian at Met Gala
Skin a couch from Sears.
8. Beyoncé and Her Fans
For the love of God, somehow find a purple catsuit. Spray it with that "glitter in a can stuff." As a prop, bring a giant industrial fan that you pull around by your weave.
This one is totally up for interpretation. Silkscreen a shirt with sharks all over it. Or get 25 plush shark dolls and tie them all over your outfit. Then when someone asks what you are, just start spinning like a tornado.
10. The Cast of "Girls"
Walk into any vintage store - Goodwill, Out of the Closet, Crossroads, your grandmother's closet - with a photo of Elaine Benes from “Seinfeld” and choose the first five items that look most like that.
11. Tilda Swinton in the Box
Put on your best androgynous look and then lie in a glass box. A costume that doubles as performance art.
12. Taylor Swift
Bangs (CRUCIAL). Oxford flats. Very Red lipstick. Perch a cat doll on your shoulder. Carry around an antique teacup filled with artisanal peanut butter. Blast “22” on repeat from record player.