In Defense of the Sexy Halloween Costume

November 1, 2011 at 7:33 am | Posted in Fashion, Fitness and Beauty | Leave a comment
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When I was deciding on my Halloween costume this year, it didn’t take me long to zero in on what I wanted to be.  I was going to be a bride, but not just any bride, a zombie bride.  It seemed this year would be the only year this would be appropriately funny given my pending nuptials.  I was the only bride out that I saw (and I was in New York City) and with my fiancé dressed as Jack from the Nightmare Before Christmas, it looked as though I was his corpse bride to some, while another woman thought I was Madonna from the Like a Virgin days.  I didn’t care.  What mattered to me was the character I portrayed made sense to me.  I got to feel sexy, I got to practice being a bride in a way, and I got to be a little dark, which is not a side of myself I usually show.

Typically, I portray some specific fictional character that’s cute or powerful, either way I typically veer towards sexy, because I like being sexy.  So here’s what I have to say about girls in Halloween costumes.  It’s easy to judge and say that girls use Halloween as an excuse to dress like sluts; I’ve certainly made that judgment in the past.  But the truth is that Halloween is a time where we get to have a little fun, highlight characteristics we admire, get a reaction out of people that we want to get.  You connect with strangers who love the movie your character is from, or the sports figure you are portraying.  Maybe you are representing a political figure or a TV show, or going for a genie or a princess.  Whatever it is, it is your turn to be something that somehow connects with you.

So I’m officially done hating on the idea of sexy costumes.  I can’t say I’m done hating on girls who do abuse the privilege (I’m still a girl, so you know how we are), but I really get it now, and I look forward to many more years of expanding my portrayal repertoire and uncovering different sides of myself that may otherwise remain under the surface.  But at the end of the day, I’ll probably go the sexy route in one way or another.  Girls like to feel sexy, what can I say?

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