Just like Lindsay Lohan said on Mean Girls, Halloween is an excuse to dress up like a total slut every year, and no one can say anything to you, even if you’re wearing next to nothing on a Monday night. Some costumes were drop dead sexy, whereas others were just scary –and not in the “zombie eating your brains” way. Here’s a list of the notable costumes from 2011.
I saw a bunch of girls put on a short, black dress and a pair of animal ears and call it a costume. Don’t get me wrong, I love Mean Girls, but it’s not 2004. The movie was released seven years ago, and for every Halloween since, girls have been calling that a costume. You don’t have to buy a ridiculously expensive costume, but at least get creative with it.
I love it when people get creative with their costumes, while still being sexy. I saw a girl dressed as the Chiquita Banana girl. She must have been six feet tall, so the long dress glided with every move she made, and I couldn’t take my eyes off the bright colors in the outfit. The Chiquita Banana was a way to be sexy, while still having fun with a costume.
If I had a dollar for every Jersey Shore character I saw, I would never have to work again. I don’t understand the appeal in dressing up as one of the seven bright orange train-wrecks…Does anyone even watch the show anymore? Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice that dressing as one of them gets rid of the awkward question, “Wait, what are you?” but come on. It’s so overdone.
I saw a girl dressed as a sexy race car driver, and I really didn’t understand the point of the costume. Obviously Halloween is about trying to show off your body or try on someone else’s shoes for a day, but a sexy race car driver? Last time I checked, you aren’t driving formula one cars, and you’re not carrying racing flags, so what about the costume makes sense?
The box of Franzia costume that I saw over the weekend was hands down the best costume of the week. Being a broke college student, Franzia is my wine of choice after a long day because it’s cheap and doesn’t (usually) taste terrible. Halloween is the one time a year you can be anything you want, so why not pay tribute to the world’s most popular wine.
Halloween isn’t just about dressing less conservative than a stripper, its about being someone completely different from yourself for a day. Normally I have a very preppy style, so I dressed as a “Lax-Bro.” I donned the mid calf socks, that I despise with a passion, and a pair of Nike 6.0 sneakers. I topped off the outfit with a pair of “stunna shades” and a mesh pinnie. I have written countless times about how much I hate “broture,” and after walking a mile (or three) in their shoes, I still don’t understand why it’s a trend around college campuses. Even though I don’t understand why someone would wear that everyday, it was fun to experience someone else’s style, and the perks that come along with it. While I was enjoying Halloween festivities, some other partygoers encouraged me to do a keg stand. Normally, I can’t do them to save my life, but that night, I held the record for the longest keg stand at the party. I’m not saying it was the costume, but having everyone cheer me on because I dressed the part of a keg stand champion definitely helped my record. Try to walk around as someone completely opposite from you, and you’ll be surprised at what you find about yourself and how others perceive you.
We here at PW Style have been preparing for this night for a couple of weeks now.
So now it only seems right that the PW Style bloggers reveal what clever costumes they’ve come up with this year (not a single “slutty nurse” in the bunch!)…
Mark: A Bro (see left)
“Basically I wore the tank top, a pair of matching sunglasses, basketball shorts, mid-calf socks and a pair of Nike 6.0s. I looked like a stereotypical lax-bro.” On Friday, Mark went out as a UPenn Occupy Wall Street protester.
Kat: Wednesday Addams (right)
Fajr: Nothing. Tricks are for kids.
Me: Depending how tonight goes, I’ll be donning the same costume I have the last two years: 50s housewife. Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo to share. But here’s what the costume consists of: vintage housedress, baby doll, pack of cigs, black-eye.
From all of us here at PW Style, we wish you a very merry, chocolate-covered and beer-soaked Halloween!
If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s a barren wall.
So much in fact, that I’ve gone to the extreme of covering literally every inch of free wall space in my bedroom, which I’m pretty sure an interior designer wouldn’t recommend.
Anyway, my friend Ashley got the idea from her friend Ali to start a collage of “As” on her wall and while I’m no design expert, I’d say it’s a really nice and easy way to add some visual interest in your room.
Basically, the possibilities are endless: you can do either the first letter of your name or your initials, cover an entire wall or just a portion or incorporate photos/artwork in the collage.
My friend opted to go the fun route, mixing letters of all different sizes, fonts, colors, patterns and textures (see right). But if you were looking to make it a tad more chic, you could stick to a certain color scheme. I imagine black and white or silver and gold could look really snazzy.
Whichever way you choose to do it, you’ll probably want to start out with four letters then continue to build. Most craft stores like Michael’s have a variety of wooden letters that you can buy and design however you please—paint, bedazzle or cover in fabric.
You can also find letter décor online and at a surprising numbers of stores. For example…
Anthropologie ($14.00, $18.00)
BoConcept (top: $16.00, bottom: $19.00)
Urban Outfitters (top: $12.00, $10.00; bottom: $10.00, $8.00)
Ok, so most of you are probably still scrambling to figure out what Halloween parties are going on this weekend and what you’re costume is going to be. Unfortunately, I can’t really help you out with that. I’m still trying to make plans myself.
I can however assure that there’s plenty of stuff to do this weekend before you go out and get shit-faced. Here’s a few…
If you’re on the prowl for some discounted fall/winter duds, today is probably going to be the best day for you to head over to Urban Outfitters’ University City store and peruse their massive sidewalk sale. Can’t make it tonight? Don’t worry—they’ll be offering a additional 30 percent off all sale items the entire weekend.
Stop by The Rosenbach Museum from 3-8 p.m and have local Steampunk artists get you in the Halloween spirit with some Dracula-inspired arts and crafts. You can also borrow a costume and hop into their scenic photo booth for a sinister snapshot.
Local cyclists rejoice: now in its second year, the Philly Bike Expo is returning to the 23rd Street Armory for two days of non-stop workshops, lectures, demonstrations and activities celebrating all aspects of bicycle culture. In addition to an array of vendors selling the latest bicycle gear and apparel, students and faculty of Philadelphia University’s Fashion Merchandising Department will be producing the 2011 Bicycle Fashion Showcase.
Confession: I never stopped wearing overalls. I became obsessed when I was about 12 or 13 and was completely enthralled with the movie My Girl. I always thought Vada Sultenfuss looked so cool in her overalls and I wanted to be just like her, but man, were they hard to find.
I think my mother finally found a pair for me in the little boys section of Walmart. Years later, I would revive them in high school when I found a perfect-fitting pair at the Army-Navy store. I still wear this pair to this day, often, to glares, and fashion-winces from my friends. But, I’d like to make a case for the grown-up overalls. Ralph Lauren, Jean Paul Gaultier and Cavalli are just a few of the designers that have incorporated bibs into their collections, proving they can be sleek, quirky , and, yeah I’ll say it, sexy. Here, a few of my favorite interpretations:
Last night, folks packed into LAGOS’ quaint flagship store at 18th and Walnut to celebrate it’s grand reopening with wine and snacks. Taking inspiration from their ‘Interlude’ and ‘Unlaced’ Fall collections, the space was modernized with high-definition video walls, state-of-the-art lighting and a gold.
While I lack the means to even fathom buying one of their beautiful pieces of jewelry for myself, I still very much enjoyed oogling at them from behind the glass. Should a day ever come that I can afford to accessorize myself with real karats, I will most definitely return. I was really impressed by how elegant, yet simple their pieces are.
It’s rare to find expensive jewelry that you could actually wear day to day, not just for fancy occasions.
Founded right here in Philly in 1977, LAGOS is best known for their signature two-tone, 18-karat gold and sterling silver jewelry. The store’s redesign is all a part of the company’s new re-branding strategy which includes a revamp of their Web site and the opening of their first ever shop-in-shop in the Bloomingdale’s at the King of Prussia Mall.
Last winter, I was lucky enough to travel to Florence and Rome, Italy for several weeks. While wandering through one of the many winding, cobblestone alleyways making up the maze that is Florence, I happened upon a bridal store, Atelier Aimée, one of Italy’s leading bridal gown production companies. Though marriage is nowhere near my future as of yet, I still profess a love for bridal wear, especially the black wedding dress. I saw my first one ever at Atelier, and I’ve been hooked since:
So imagine my surprise when I, reading through NYTimes.com, I happened upon an article by Bee-Shyuan Chang, “All Dressed in Black,” which profiled Vera Wang’s latest bridal collection, rife with black gowns. Wang debuted her 16-piece collection – without a shred of white in sight – at New York’s Bridal Fashion Week last week.
To keep the femininity alive, Wang designed the dark dresses with layers of tulle, lingerie-inspired corsets and black lace layered over champagne.
Wang’s new line is truly intended for the unconventional, yet show-stopping bride, who seeks to push the envelope much like Wang. Though some critics claim the line is too goth, too dark, effeminate or just ugly, I have to disagree. The black bridal gown has the capacity to make quite the romantic statement. And this is especially true with Wang’s 2012 line; she manages to capture the softness of the female body through layers of fabrics, yet juxtaposes it against the unconventional color.
To see Wang’s full Fall 2012 collection, click here.