Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What to Wear: Classy Costumes

As Oct.31st draws near in just a few short days, many will be rushing around to find the perfect details for their costume. Others are still trying to figure out what character they want to emulate for a night. I don't know about you, but I'm SO over the regular-character-turned-trashy costumes that a lot of women wear. I've often felt that this one day is an excuse for some women to dress overly sexy and reveal more than anyone cares to see in an attempt to be what they believe is 'every man's fantasy' and a chance to strut their stuff. I'm sure their rebuttal would be that it's 'just a costume' but how you dress says a lot about your character-whether it's a day in the life of a character or a day a the office.

Let me begin by saying that I do not personally celebrate, decorate for or promote this 'holiday' in any way (which is why I have chosen not to even call it by its name) as the main underlying demonic theme and dark spirit it represents is the opposite of what I value in my personal Christian faith. I like to lead and live by example in all areas of my life and this is one area that I will not compromise in, not to mention I haven't missed it one bit. Although it's not my thing, I don't judge others who participate in the fun of dressing up and eating sweet treats. I wanted to write a post for those ladies who do enjoy costume parties in an effort to offer some classy and non-wicked costume alternatives.

Classy women don't dress like strippers-for costume parties or ever. They don't feel the need to wear an ultra push up bra to put their 'goods' on display or wear super short mini skirts that reveal far too much. We've seen this time and time again with the sexy nurse, maid or sailor costume, but it's taken a turn for the worst as women try to sexify every costume now. You can see this in everything from bumblebees to Little Red Riding Hood.

For those that are still struggling to come up with a great costume that lets you be yourself and allows your creative mind to shine,  instead of your womanly assets, here are a few that I think you might like.


1. Princess at a Masquerade Ball-Intriguing, mysterious but still feminine and modest.

2. Jackie O. -Always classy and elegant, you can't go wrong with this costume.

3. Dorothy and Toto (Wizard of Oz)-Here's a chance to include your pup.

4. Miss America (complete with sash)-For every woman that's ever dreamed of that coveted title

5. Audrey Hepburn-Another classic, Audrey was not only beautiful but fun.

6. Ballerina-Elegant, graceful and great for those that want to show off their hard-earned muscles.

7. Hippy-Have fun reliving a time in your youth or experience it for the first time.

8. Cleopatra- All around great option for any age.

9.  1930's Flapper Girl-You can still be playful with this costume but refined.

10. Princess Leia (Star Wars)-A great option for going solo, as a couple or as a family with other characters.

A friend recently told me that someone she knows is going out as the house (complete with tied balloons)  from the Disney Pixar movie "UP". How cute and unique is that?!


These can be a lot of fun at parties. There are so many great ideas for couples.

If you wanted a laugh or to push the envelope a little bit amongst adults, this outlet & plug costume does have some sexual innuendo(although I admittedly didn't realize it at first when I saw it and selected it ) but doesn't require you to reveal any skin at all.

Similarly you could arrive as salt & pepper shaker, bacon & eggs or fork and spoon. You get the idea.
There are an endless amount of couples you could portray in terms of characters. Here are a few classics:

1. Fred & Wilma Flintstone
2. Popeye & Olive Oyle
3. Bonnie & Clyde
4. Batman & Batgirl
5. Lois & Clark of Superman
6. Romeo & Juliet
7. Beauty & The Beast

Of course, by creating a homemade costume vs. purchasing a ready made version from a store you can also better control the overall look, customization and cost, and it will appear more original also. There is nothing wrong with being say a nurse or cop for at a costume party, as long as modesty is considered.

What is the best costume idea you've ever come up with for yourself or your children during any time of the year? What are your thoughts on how provocatively women dress when in costume?


  1. Wonderful post .... I love this time of the year for autumn and harvest .. in Canada Thanksgiving (Oct) `` I have not been a big celebrator (??) of Halloween ... but like to decorate with a harvest theme. Maybe its because we have no children , yet. As for dressing up if I'm attending a Charity Gala - I will otherwise no. xo HHL

  2. Oh finally! I dont celebrate it either for the same reasons you state here and I have to say...you're the first blogger I follow who believes the same way I do! (And I follow a TON of blogs!)
    I agree with you that "to each his own" but Im really relieved someone out there believes what I do!
    Thanks for being brave enough to share

  3. My husband and I were invited to a costume party last year and I was horrified by the costumes available. There was very little fabric and the costumes were outrageously expensive. I'm not a prude, but I don't want to wear a mini dress with a plunging neckline either.

  4. Great list! I will have to save this. And I agree, a classy woman doesn't use Halloween as an excuse to expose herself.

  5. While I agree that costumes don't need to be skimpy to be fun, I'd just like to point out that classy women also don't judge other women for what they may deem to be inappropriate. I believe it's okay to think that you would not feel comfortable in a certain outfit, but ultimately, I think class is best defined as making others feel welcome and comfortable around you. I'm thinking of when Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde was tricked into going to the "costume" party. The classiest response would have been to ease her embarrassment as much as possible.

  6. Thanks Ladies! I enjoyed reading your comments.

    @Sarah, I'm so glad to meet another blogger that shares the same values in the big blogosphere. :)

    @Katie-It sounds as though my post may have struck a nerve with you. I definitely welcome opposing views and feedback. This post was meant to offer some suggestions on classy costumes in a modern day when for many, morals and strength in character have been tossed aside.

    It's true, I do happen to feel strongly about the way a woman dresses, as there is a direct correlation with it and how they are treated. How men treat them and how young girls (maybe even their own daughters) may choose to emulate them and perpetuate the lack of class our society as a whole is currently experiencing, is a growing concern that affects other areas.

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. :)


  7. Great post Karla. Unfortunately (or fortunately) Halloween is not really celebrated very much in Europe. The 1 Nov (the day after) is a religious holiday here in Spain; so the Spanish also feel that the theme of Halloween goes against the Catholic faith. I'm British (not Spanish), but can really see where they are coming from. Nonetheless, I love your costume suggestions, especially the "eggs and bacon!"

  8. These are great ideas, and going as the house from Up is pure genius.
    I should say at this point, I've never dressed up for Halloween, but I can tell you, Beloved Husband would be totally thrilled if I did, and the tartier, the better. He'd probably settle for Princess Leia, though :)

  9. Thanks for your help! I am a teen girl, but hate that all costumes for my age group are so sexual and revealing. I will definately use some of these ideas! (I am thinking of being Audrey...)

  10. Hello! Thank you for your Halloween costume ideas. I am searching for something feminine and modest and your suggestions are perfect.

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