According to Mean Girls, “In girl world, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”
Some girls on campus take this way too literally. We’ve all seen “that girl” whose costume consists of nothing more than a strip of fabric, and you wonder why she even bothered putting that on at all. Sure she gets a lot of attention, but not necessarily for the right reasons. Halloween is one of the biggest social events on campuses around the country and there is a way to do it right.
The first way to keep it classy on Halloween is to make sure you’re covered up. I don’t mean that you need to be in a turtleneck kaftan covered from head-to-toe, but please, make sure you’re not inappropriately exposed. A good rule of thumb is that if your grandmother saw you and was horrified, then you probably don’t look too classy.
Remember, Halloween is a big deal, and plenty of Facebook pictures will be taken. Do you think your future employer would be happy to find pictures of you on the Internet as a near-naked little-bo-peep? Didn’t think so.
Next, make sure you’re actually wearing a costume. Coming up with creative ideas every year is hard, but that’s no excuse to go out in lingerie with animal ears on and say you’re a cat. Because you’re not a cat; you’re a trashy girl with ears on. A cute, creative costume will make you stand out much more than something bought at Victoria’s Secret.
Also, creativity shows that not only do you look fantastic, but you actually have a brain. And really, what’s sexier than a classy girl with smarts?
Another way to keep it classy on Halloween is to be comfortable. And no, that doesn’t give you the excuse to wear sweatpants and call yourself a couch potato. Those six inch stilettos may seem like a great idea at the time, but when you have a hole ripped in your fishnets from tripping or you end the night barefoot carrying your shoes, you definitely do not look classy. Also, if your costume is so tight or short that you can’t bend over in it, I’d say it’s not a good idea. I know girls think that “fashion is pain,” but you really can look cute and classy while being comfortable.
Lastly, don’t get sloppy. Halloween is not a good excuse to get obscenely drunk. Seriously, nobody wants to see a bumblebee puking on the side of the road or an overly emotional Cleopatra with makeup running down her face. Halloween should be about having fun, but it is also just as important to stay safe. And, need I remind you that excessive drinking lowers your inhibitions. “That guy dressed as Hugh Hefner seemed really cute at the time.” Right. Remember, you don’t want to be “that girl” at the party. Keep it classy.
College students are usually on a budget. Making your own costume is the best way to look cute without spending a fortune. Some classic easy creations are: Audrey Hepburn via “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” a masked masquerade attendee, Miss America, Daisy Buchanan from the Great Gatsby, Jackie O., Kate Hudson from Almost Famous, and Madonna from the 80s. To save money, it’s a good idea to use clothes you already have and to buy the accessories. Most importantly, be creative, be confident and have fun. And remember, stay classy this Halloween!
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