To quote one of the most legendary movies of our generation, as Lindsey Lohan famously said in Mean Girls,
“Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”
Women are encouraged to take their standard outfit and make it sexy. Forgo your cop outfit to be a sexy cop! Don’t just be a convict, be a hot prisoner. Knock it out of the ring as a seductive boxer! So what’s wrong with the idea of women (or people of any gender) wearing a minimalistic outfit that toes the line between “sexy” and “inappropriate”?
Long story short… there’s nothing wrong with it! It is important to celebrate and embrace your body, and to wear a costume that you are both excited to wear, and one that makes you feel comfortable. Tall, short, thin, fat, white, black, and everything and in between… you should feel empowered to wear a costume that you love. However, looking at the costume offerings on popular Halloween websites, it becomes clear that they are marketing to a very specific demographic- women who are tall, lean, and white. After looking at the costume offerings on four popular websites, the most diversity that I saw was a single redhead, dressed up as a certain Disney Princess mermaid.
The message that these websites are sending is that it is only acceptable to dress up in a costume that shows your stomach and your legs if they are toned and you have less than 15% body fat. While that may be what many women struggle to look like as they view it as ideal, the reality is that most people in the United States do not look like that. From the type of hair you have to the size of your feet, you’re a completely unique individual. There are many distinct characteristics that make you “you”, and as a result of this, there are many different body types. All of them are beautiful, and all of them are completely capable of wearing and looking awesome in a “sexy” costume.
So this Halloween, ignore what websites or stores advertise as the necessary body to wear certain costumes. Whether it is funny, goofy, or sexy (or some combination of these things!), find a costume that you love, and rock it!
By Julia Greenspan