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Halloween Costume Ideas

There is a scene in Mean Girls in which the Lindsay Lohan character goes to a Halloween party dressed like an old witch — crooked teeth, pointy hat, warts and all — and is so frightening that her crush, literally, runs away. Meanwhile, her friends come dressed as sexy bunnies and kitty cats, wearing fuzzy ears and tails and little else. Of course, one of her friends gets the guy.

The moral of the story? You gotta look good on Halloween. However, treading that fine line of “sexy” is tricky business. Most women want costumes that are more playful and revealing than they would normally wear, while still maintaining some level of class and creativity. So we’ve combed the runways for fun Halloween costume ideas that you can cobble together from your local lingerie store and favorite thrift shop. Happy trick-or-treating! —Annie Shepard


Jean Paul Gaultier: Ziggy Stardust (among a parade of other 70s-80s pop stars)
Items: Star-studded unitard, spiky orange wig, blue eyeshadow and a steady hand


Betsey Johnson: Hula Dancer
Items: Tropical-print sarong, “fiesta” bra, crimped hair and cartwheels optional


Balmain: 80s Businesswoman
Items: Power suit, extra shoulder pads, bandeau bra, hoop earrings (the bigger, the better)


Alexander McQueen: Sexy Beekeeper
Items: Corset, hot pants, thigh-high stockings, wide-brimmed hat, lots of fishnet


Gerlan Jeans: Boxer (or a Fly Girl)
Items: Sports bra, dolphin shorts, hooded robe, boxing gloves, sunglasses and swag

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