Obscure Feminist Halloween Costumes: So Necessary, So Much Fun

Are you looking for a under-the-radar Halloween costume? C’mon, everyone and their baby is going as Eleven this year.

Maybe you just want to try a new look this Halloween.

Maybe you really want to make minimal effort–add a wig (but no complicated makeup, please)

Maybe you want to wear a slightly-different pair of pants that you wouldn’t normally buy but need an excuse (and Halloween is that excuse).

Never fear, The Closet Feminist has got your back.

GROUP IDEA COSTUME

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One of the girl gangs (Electro Phi Betas, anyone?) from this list of Girl Gang music videos.

Better yet, Clone Club it up with our Orphan Black style guide (Part 1 & Part 2)

WHAT WOULD PRINCESS BUBBLEGUM OR MARCELINE WEAR IRL?

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Add a pink or long black wig to any of these looks and casually mention you’re either Marcy or PB “off duty“.

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Above: Rebecca Taylor Resort 2017

Check out our ultimate style homage to your fave cartoon couple here.

SOPHISTICATED ROCK STAR

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Ditch the cliche leather and bed-head, instead why don’t you emulate one of Santi White‘s polished looks in her “Chasing Shadows” video instead.

MIYAZAKI ANTI-HERO

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Above: Comme des Garcons Spring 2016 

No Face? The Witch of the Waste? Think about it–a lot of the costumes based on Miyazaki characters are actually easy to pull off or at least do an abstract interpretation of.

SOMEWHAT-OBSCURE LITERARY REFERENCE

A lot of books have descriptions of what the characters are wearing, it’s what our Bibliostyle column is all about. Mashup your bookworm tendencies with your amazing wardrobe and dress up as one of your lesser-known literary heroines like:

Miri from White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

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Above: Alexander McQueen Resort 2016

Emma from An Unofficial Rose by Iris Murdoch

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Above: Veronique Branquinho Fall 2015

Offred from The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Above: Dice Kayek Couture Spring 2016

Straight-Off-the-Catwalk Halloween Costumes

Check out these straight-off-the-catwalk looks that are as Halloween costume-y as they are haute couture. Bonus–all of these looks are by women!

CHEERLEADER

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Above: colourful, collegiate fun much? Straight from Anna Sui’s Spring 2017 collection.

1920S SOCIALITE

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Above: Good for Myrtle Wilson or Jordan Baker perhaps. Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Spring 2016 Couture.

CLUSTER OF RED BLOOD CELLS

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Above: For those of you who favour something more conceptual, why not this Fall 2016 Comme des Garçons look?

AMBASSADOR FROM THE FUTURE

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Above: for you spacey, forward-thinking types there is this beautiful look from the Zimmermann Fall 2016 show

BEETLEJUICE

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Above: All you need is this Alice + Olivia Spring 2016 suit–let your hair and makeup do the rest

FOLKTALE HEROINE

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Above: Not sure which heroine exactly, but its a vague-enough costume name to wear this beautiful Reem Acra Spring 2016 dress.

THOROUGHLY MODERN WITCH

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Above: Nobody does witchy like Wendy Nichol. This dress is from her Spring 2016 collection, but pretty much anything from any collection will do.

BOTH GARDEN & GARDENER

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Above: Another more conceptional costume. You’ll definitely turn heads in this wild Vivenne Westwood Spring 2016 ensemble–just look at the beekeeper hat!

RAVER PROM QUEEN

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Above:…or whatever name you can think of that will suit this wild, fun ensemble from Betsey Johnson Spring 2016 that is too fun to pass up.

ICE QUEEN

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Above: You’re cool, you’re regal, you’re wearing Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Fall 2015 Couture for Halloween.

Oh Look It’s My Obscure 2015 Halloween Costume

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Per my usual bad habits, I threw together an obscure, not recognizable-at-all costume for Halloween. For 2015 (as promised) I was Ava, Mia Wasikowska’s character from Only Lovers Left Alive.

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I have silver shoes like what she wears in the  movie, but I didn’t want to wear them so our party guests didn’t think they could wear their shoes inside our house, so I wore little jazz shoes.

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She has a visible slip under her dress, which you can see I’m sporting above. This costume is kind of a mashup of a couple outfits she wears in the show. I had two people guess I was Cruella DeVille and I was like UM EXCUSE SHE LIKED DALMATIANS, NOT LEOPARD, AND SHE DIDN’T EAT THE DAMN DALMATIANS, WHEREAS I CLEARLY HAVE BLOOD AROUND MY MOUTH. The pains of having a costume that barely qualifies as a costume, folks.

All the Halloween Costumes You Need in the New Grimes Video

So if I had been a more aware or present person, I would have noticed that a new Grimes video came out on Oct 26th:

Flesh without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream

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And oh. em. gee. Watch it right now.

As usual, the video and the music are amazing because Grimes is a boss.

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Also, the costumes are amazing, here are some screen stills for you. I would have tried to wear at least one of these get-ups if I had not just discovered the video today (Halloween).

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A creepy murderous archangel? A technicolour Marie Antoinette? Zoot suit? Gaming? It’s almost too amazing.

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Grimes recently started her own music label, and unsurprisingly, she is using her boss lady status to help other women in the music industry–just read Nicole Dollanganger‘s glowing praise of her here.

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I know riiiiiiiight?

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2015 Halloween Costume Wish List

By: Emily Y.

If you’ve been reading the site for a while now, you’ll know that despite being someone who is really into clothes, style, and fashion, I’m absolute garbage at Halloween. I’m lazy, uninspired, but I still love dressing up.

In keeping with my traditions, here is a list of all the Halloween costumes I’d like to be able to pull off this year, but alas, couldn’t get my act together. Also, I’m aware that nearly all these characters are white, and I am not. Too bad I didn’t have more instantly-recognizable mixed-race characters I could dress up as for Halloween…

PHYRNE FISHER 

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I effing love Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix, starring Essie Davis as the incomparable lady detective Phyrne (pronounced Fry-knee, not Fern as I originally thought) Fisher. Please read this on The Toast to know what I mean. I am not a badass white woman in the ‘autumn of my beauty’ (as fantasy writers say), but I really wish I had a black bob and could therefore be Phyrne for Halloween.

AVA from ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

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Look, I know I’m not cool enough to be Tilda Swinton’s character Eve in Only Lovers Left Alive. I can play second fiddle to her as her bratty ‘zombie’-killing sister Ava, played by Mia Wasikowska though. In all seriousness, this is who I’m dressing up as this year–basically my wardrobe 3-4 years ago.

ONE OF THE WOMEN FROM MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

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….but not Imperator Furiosa. She is immortal. That short hair is everything and I got my long locks. It would be easy to be one of the ladies Furiosa helps to escape–like Toast the Knowing (Zoë Kravitz), The Splendid Angharad (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), or The Dag (Abbey Lee Kershaw).

MABEL from GRAVITY FALLS

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Mabel 4ever. That is all. Wendy would also be a great costume, and a very obvious one for me given my love of red hair.

SASHA from BUNHEADS

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Sasha (played by Julia Goldani Telles) from Bunheads is the monster bitch I wish I could have been in highschool. Let me clarify–this is not a bad thing. Sure, I was a bit of a high-strung meanie, I just wish I had been smart like Sasha. Plus, this would be such an easy costume.

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