22 Celebrity Outfits That Actually Make the Best Halloween Costumes
Halloween may look a little different during the pandemic, but whether you're having a Zoom party, an intimate backyard hang, or quickly snapping a photo for Instagram, one this is certain: you'll need something fun to wear. So, why find inspiration from your favorite celebrity when putting together your costume?
Considering we already obsess over outfits worn by actresses, actors, singers, and politicians, nailing celebrity style on Halloween is pretty easy. Just like us, these icons tend have their go-to pair of jeans, signature colors, and know the value of comfy loungewear. And, while we may not have an Oscar-worthy gown hanging in our closet, it's possible that the makings of our favorite A-lister's off-duty looks reside in our wardrobe, simply waiting for this opportunity.
From the tailored styles of the royal family, to the hot pink sweatsuits made famous by Hollywood’s heiress, Paris Hilton, we’ve rounded up some of the best celebrity Halloween costumes you can easily piece together for your socially distant celebrations this year.
J.Lo has served up some iconic looks over the years, but since you’ll most likely be celebrating Halloween 2020 via Zoom, pass on the heels and sexy slits for the performer’s quarantine and chill aesthetic, consisting of a sweatsuit and that iconic bedazzled Starbucks cup (because of course it does). Finish off the look with a messy bun or ponytail, and a pair of matching sneakers.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker’s personal style is sophisticated-fun with a splash of comfort. If you have a midi skirt in your wardrobe, or even grey jeans that you can comfortably cuff, your costume is nearly complete. Add a loose-fitting top and fancy footwear (she loves a statement heel or a babydoll shoe).
Pants or no pants? That is the question when channeling Queen Bey for Halloween in quarantine. Grab a cropped yellow hoodie and high waisted jean shorts to pose as Coachella Bey, or forgo bottoms altogether and rock a bodysuit or briefs with a cropped “Kale” sweatshirt to channel the singer’s OOO look.
Some Savage x Fenty lingerie would work just fine, or you can press “replay” on early-2000s Rihanna with low-rise, hip-hugging denim and a super cropped top *plus a shrug, if you have one). Accessorize with gold hoops or chandelier earrings and a stack of chunky bangles.
The Duchess of Sussex has already inspired a few of our favorite purchases and relies heavily on wardrobe staples, so recreating the royal's look on Halloween won't be too difficult. Reach for timeless pieces with tailored cuts and classic silhouettes, including shift dresses, slim-fit cigarette pants, and a blazer or camel colored coat.
On top of her love of wrap dresses and skirt suits, the Duchess of Cambridge keeps nautical designs in rotation, including basic striped shirts and sailor pants. Put together your costume with these items in mind, then work in a pair of white sneakers, basic flats, or wedges to finish it off.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
To honor the late Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, layer a black robe over a crisp, white-collared button down. Wear your hair in a slicked back, low bun and accessorize with large, round, wire-framed glasses and statement stud earrings. With a gavel in your hand, you can object to any boring conversations.
If your big plans for Halloween include hanging around at home, eating dinner, and watching scary movies, you might want to channel the actress' casual fall style. She keeps it fairly simple day to day, styling white tee and sheer blouses with bootcut jeans and Birkenstocks. But if you want to really make statement, play around with a cardigan and match it to your bra.
Melissa McCarthy doesn’t joke about fashion, and the comedian turned clothing designer’s latest collab with Clare V is as fun and bright as she is. You can channel her bubbly nature by styling any of the four pieces — which include a salmon jaguar-print sweatshirt, navy and red necktie, marigold trucker’s hat, and messenger bag — with your own wardrobe favorites.
Ariana Grande has been dubbed the queen of lampshading, aka pairing of thigh-high boots with an oversized shirt or sweatshirt. Complete the leggy look with a slicked back, high ponytail and winged eyeliner. And if you're looking for something more casual, the “Stuck With You” singer’s all about sporty footwear, so feel free to swap heels for sneakers.
Jennifer Aniston has worn black dresses in every length on the red carpet, so to dress up as formal Jen is to grab your favorite little or long BD and heels. If you really want to throw it back to Aniston circa Friends, opt for a spaghetti strap and style your hair in an elegant updo. You could also carry around a scarf and a bottle of Aveeno for further clarification.
Lizzo looks good as hell (see what we did there?) in her stage uniform made up of only bodysuit and boots, and you will too. Make sure you’re tossing your hair and checking your nails periodically throughout the night, really bringing the sassy singer’s persona home.
We'll never forget King's Schiaperelli Couture Emmys 2020 dress — mostly because, on top of being glam, it reminded us of comfy pillows. Why not fashion a similar design out of stuffed pillowcases and bed sheets? A few random stickers or safety pins can act as the jewels, and if you doze off early? Well, at least you'll be comfy.
Throw on your sexiest bodycon dress or a bodysuit with leather bottoms. Kim is a minimalist when it comes to accessories, so a pair of heels and sunglasses will do the trick. Oh, and don’t forget to have your cell handy at all times. You never know when a photo opp (and by that we mean selfie opp) will arise.
Paris Hilton recently showed fans what it’s really like to be the heiress behind the hot pink curtain in her new documentary, “This Is Paris,”, and unsurprisingly, it's not all it’s cracked up to be. Still, we continue to obsess over the socialite and businesswoman's style, particularly her signature look circa 2000: a Juicy Couture tracksuit complete with oversized sunglasses, a logomaina bag, and a tiny Chihuahua.
Bring back classic '60 style and wear hip-hugging capris with a black turtleneck. Marilyn Monroe was recognized for her makeup almost as much as she was known for her curves, so make sure to swipe on a red lip, black eyeliner, and throw on a permed, platinum bob wig.
25 years after Selena Quintanilla’s death, the Latina icon is still a popular Halloween costume choice. To pay homage to the "Dreaming of You” singer, you can either pair high-waisted pants with a bedazzled bustier, or light, form-fitting denim with a plain black bra popping from underneath an oversized white button down.
Billie Eilish was the most popular Halloween costume of 2019. Not only were fans posing as the pop hitmaker, but other celebrities, like Nina Dobrev, Anne-Marie, and Jameela Jamil dressed up as Hollywood’s self-proclaimed “Bad Guy.” To dress like Eilish you’ll need a baggy tee and pants, chunky chain necklaces, long, pointed fingernails, and a ton of lime green (bonus points for coloring your hair).
If Halloween feels a bit overshadowed by the 2020 presidential election, combine the two worlds and dress like Kamala Harris. While she tends to keep her outfits simple with either a structured suit or jeans and a jacket, her iconic footwear choices are key. Two styles she's worn as of late? Timberland boots and a trusty pair of Convert.
When she’s not slaying on the red carpet or the cover of your favorite magazine, Mrs. Bieber is all about jeans and a T-shirt, or head-to-toe athleisure. Her signature isn’t one specific piece, but rather that she always adds a baggy element to her look, so make sure to incorporate some kind of oversized sweatshirt, crop top, or a puffy jacket in your costume.
You can go full pop star with white pants, a pink top, and a microphone, or channel the singer's iconic sexy-meets-preppy-private-school look with a white button down (knotted below the bust), gray cardigan, black mini skirt, knee-high socks, and chunky black shoes (think Dr. Martens or platform Mary Janes). The addition of her signature choker necklace is also welcome.
What's just as cozy as PJs but elegant at the same time? Jolie's famous caftans and maxi dresses, which she's been known to pair with a shawls on occasion. Pull out the longest, breeziest skirt you can find, pull your hair into a claw clip, slip on a pair of slides, and wrap a blanket around your shoulders. A glass of lemonade might also help your costume to feel more current.