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

Screen Style Stills: Princess Bubblegum & Marceline the Vampire Queen Forever

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Let’s face it–Pbubs and Marcy are one of the best TV couples of all time (especially since they are both kind of immortal).

This is a little style tribute to them–what would they wear IRL? Here are our bets.

 

 

PRINCESS BUBBLEGUM

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Above: Whit Spring 2016

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Above: Rebecca Taylor Resort 2017

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Above: Cynthia Rowley Resort 2017

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Above: Rachel Antonoff Spring 2016

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Above: Orla Kiely Pre-Fall 2016

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Above: Kate Spade New York Spring 2016

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Above: Isa Arfen Spring 2016

MARCELINE THE VAMPIRE QUEEN

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Above: Chloe Resort 2016

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Above: Karen Walker Spring 2016

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Above: 6397 Spring 2016

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Above: Dondup Pre-Fall 2016

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Above: Zadig & Voltaire Spring 2016
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Above: Sacai Resort 2016

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Above: Jenni Kayne Resort 2016

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More Adventure Time-inspired posts on The Closet Feminist:

Fall Fashion Icon: Princess Bubblegum of Adventure Time

Princess Bubblegum x Fall 2015 Runways: Best Pink Outfits

TV Icons, Spring 2015 Shows: Mashups Part 3 (Marceline)

TV Icons, Spring 2015 Shows: Mashups Part 1 (Princess Bubblegum)

Fantasy Vacation Outfit: Adventuring in the Land of Ooo

Even MORE Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

 

All runway/lookbook images from Vogue Runway.

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.

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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.

Did the SP 16 Comme des Garçons collection remind you of Howl’s Moving Castle, Too?

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Above and throughout: All runway images Comme des Garçons Spring 2016 found here.

Lately I have been busy pinning the Spring 2016 Paris fashion shows. When I saw Rei Kawakubo’s Spring collection for Comme des Garçons, I was TOTALLY reminded of Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle, based on the eponymous YA novel by Diana Wynne Jones.

Perhaps it was the power of suggestion–over at Vogue.com, Sarah Mower reviewed the Comme des Garçons show and noted,

Once more this season, she again blocked the expectation that she would offer anything recognizable as clothes. Instead she mounted a monumental sculptural meditation on “Blue Witches,” a coda further explained by her husband Adrian Joffe as “Powerful women who are misunderstood, but do good in the world.

– Sarah Mower here

 

The looks Kawakubo designed reminded me both of Howl in his monster form, and the Witch of the Waste in her various evolutions throughout the film.

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Both Howl in his monster form and the Witch of the Waste are featured with navy/indigo/dark-as-the-night sky blue and purple as their main colours. Feathers, luxurious fabrics are represented on both characters, and both cut pretty imposing figures at different points in their transformations. Blue witches, indeed!

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