Halloween is just a few weeks away, and there is still time to plan a costume that isn’t Harley Quinn or one of the kids from Stranger Things!
My favorite Halloween costumes tend to be pop culture inspired, typically through pop cultural iconography that has withstood the test of time, instead of whatever hot button ‘topical’ costume that might end up being embarrassing a few years down the road. I feel this way about ones inspired by viral videos and memes. Remember when everyone was Psy a few years back?
Halloween is also a time to transform yourself and to explore a new facet of your personality and personal style through costume. I admire the artistry of people with intricate costumes, and the wit of people with clever last-minute costumes. I enjoy silly costumes, as well as the macabre or the glamorous. Because whatever mood you are channeling is a reflection of your inner self and what you want people to see of you on the one night where you can become anything or anyone you want to.
And you know who I really want to be? Madonna. I absolutely love Madonna.
In the early 90s, Madonna’s Blond Ambition tour terrified the pope, shocked audiences, and help shape the pop music concert into the extravagant spectacle that we know it to be today. With every new sound Madonna tries, we get a look that perfectly captures the essence of that era. Stylistically, Blond Ambition is my favorite era, and the one that I feel best encapsulates what makes Madonna so special and so enduring. With costumes designed by Jean Paul Gaultier seamlessly blending androgynous tailored pieces with lingerie in pale registers, we see Madonna as feminine and light, but entirely in control of her own empire. And absolutely classic in every sense of the word.
There are several dupes for Madge’s iconic pink bustier bodysuit available, but they are all designer pieces costing several hundred dollars. A simple crop top/bralette is a more budget friendly alternative. This velvet bralette from Boohoo has similar vibes, although a silk or satin piece might be a little closer to the original look.
I’m digging these black trousers from Miss Selfridge. High waisted with a flared leg, there is a splitseam inside to show a little bit of leg.Something about this subtle reveal is a little reminiscent of the peek-a-boo black suit jacket that Madonna wore when emerging onto the stage to perform Express Yourself.
The shoes that she wears while performing onstage seem to be more brogue-like in style, but these suedette boots from New Look achieve a similar aesthetic, and are a good pair of fall shoes that can be used continually well after Halloween without any cause for alarm.
One perk of this costume is that you have a built-in excuse for outerwear if the autumn evening gets too chilly. A simple black blazer will easily compliment the look.
Makeup for this look is classic and simple. A bright red lip, black eyeliner, champagne-colored eyelids, and filled-in eyebrows. If you have medium-to-long hair, this tutorial by albinwonderland to duplicate Ariana Grande’s ponytail might be a good substitute if you can’t duplicate the I Dream Of Jeannie look. Remember that Madonna’s hair was actually fairly short at the time, and that she had to ditch the heavy wig about halfway through the tour, so short curled hair is encouraged as well!
Remember that even as you get older, dressing up for Halloween will always be en vogue. So open your heart this October 31st by donning something that will truly allow you to express yourself, and you will end up causing a commotion wherever you go.