How to Avoid Crossing the Halloween Costume Line

In the great American classic Mean Girls, they made the bold claim that "Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total s**t and no other girls can say anything about it."  Well, Mean Girls, you're wrong. If you look like a s**t, someones going to say something. Halloween in high school and college is notorious for "allowing" girls to dress up- or dress down more so- in skimpy, non-existent "costumes" and passing it off as socially acceptable. I'm not sure how or when this happened because I'm almost positive our parents weren't dressing as s***ty bunnies back in the day. Regardless of the past- I'm determined to make a happy medium for our generation. Girls want to be sexy and confident, I get it. But there's a line between sexy and too sexy. I think we need a few guidelines.

First things first, let's think of the golden rule. If you wouldn't want it on the front page of the newspaper don't do it, wear it, or say it. Do you know who reads newspapers?! YOUR PARENTS. YOUR GRANDPARENTS. YOUR FUTURE BOSSES. Think about that before you put on that "super sexy" outfit. I'm just gonna go out on a limb and assume your grandmother wouldn't be too pleased. Facebook is making the golden rule all too real these days, your bosses are stalking you and your grandmother is showing you off to her friends. Save her the shame at the neighborhood tea party and keep it classy. Another hint: if you can see more skin than clothing, you're doing something wrong. Bras aren't Halloween costumes. Yes, that includes bedazzled bras. Swimsuits also aren't Halloween costumes. Unless, of course, you're going with a modest one-piece portraying Wendy Peppercorn, in that case you're in the clear. Hint number three: you are what you wear [on Halloween]. If you're going with a "one night stand" costume, I'm just going to go ahead and assume that's something you do. If you dress as a Playboy bunny... need I say more? My final hint is more of a personal suggestion but I hope some of you can agree with me. Please don't sex-ify any of my childhood favorites. If the costume contains both the keywords "naughty" and "princess," you've gone too far. I do not want to run into a "pinup Minnie" nor do I want to even want think about seeing a "Sexy Olaf."

Before anyone gets on me for body-shaming, that is not my intention whatsoever. There are times to show off your body, and there are times to keep it covered up. Spring break? Summer? Show off that bikini bod. October? Not so much.

Halloween's about having fun. So have fun with your costume. The best costumes are the ones that no one else thought of. Creativity is key. I think my favorite part about Halloween is seeing everyone's creativity. I'm not talking about sewing up an entire Cinderella costume, but don't just go to your local Party City and grab the first thing you see. That's boring. Also, very expensive. Try something new, try something eccentric, I don't care. For those that can pull it off (I'm talking you you Miss. Class-Clown-In-High-School), go with something funny. You will get attention, in a good way, and you'll be memorable. What's better than that? I've compiled a few out-of-the-box costume options for those of you that don't sift through Pinterest as much as I do. Or you can just check out my growing board here. You're welcome.

Hope everyone has such a fun and safe Halloween! I can't wait to see what everyone ends up going as! Remember, stay classy!

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