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Hollywood-inspired Halloween costumes to flatter every body type

“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.” While this line from Lindsay Lohan’s character in the movie Mean Girls is so absurd that it’s laughable, this attitude is surprisingly common among many women when October rolls around.

Instead of shimmying into a skintight leather cat suit or squeezing into a Playboy bunny costume, why not tackle the hunt for the perfect costume in the same manner that you would search for a date night ensemble? There are countless fashion-conscious costume ideas out there that can flatter your body type and show off your best features, all the while utilizing classic staples that are likely already stashed in your closet.

Costumes Depicting Real Women

Several of Hollywood’s most classic characters also serve as fashion role models for every body type, as well as wonderful inspirations for some of the best Halloween costumes. Here are some chic ideas that have been inspired by some of Hollywood’s most stylish leading ladies:

For girls with a rather boyish frame, why not channel Audrey Hepburn and dress in a sleek, sleeveless black dress paired with low  heels? You can complete the look with elbow-length black gloves, a clustered pearl necklace, and black cat-eye sunglasses, just like Hepburn did when she played Holly Golightly in the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s back in 1961. If you’re feeling especially creative, walk around with a breakfast pastry like the one that Hepburn munched on throughout the film, or carry around a tiny Tiffany’s bag throughout the evening.


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The ivory cocktail-length halter dress that Marilyn Monroe donned in the 1955 romantic comedy The Seven Year Itch has become an iconic classic for good reason. With a daringly low neckline, bare back, and clingy fabric that hugged her in all the right places, this dress was a perfect fit for a curvy body like Monroe’s. With the perfect pair of stiletto sandals and large button earrings, you can master her look. Just watch out for those pesky city grates that might blow your dress up and attract a little too much attention. ;)

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If you prefer a costume with a tomboy touch, why not model your costume after Katniss Everdeen’s outfits in The Hunger Games? While her main focus seemed to be to return home victorious, Katniss also must have put some thought into her ensembles because she was rocking several of this fall’s hottest trends that positively accentuate virtually any body type. By styling a pair of slim-fitting twill pants with a classic black tee and a brown leather jacket, you’ll be looking like Katniss in no time. The finishing touches are a pair of knee-length chocolate-hued leather boots and an arrow case slung over your shoulder.

Whatever you decide on this Halloween, remember that there is no such thing as the “right” costume. Think outside the box and keep your body type in mind as you come up with a classic idea that can utilize items that you may be interested in buying for the fall season or that may already be in your closet.

How are you incorporating your personal sense of style into your Halloween costume this year? 

Casey Lindberg-Coghill