Turn Halloween into Glamoween by veering off the beaten costume path and dressing up as someone with a bit more intellect and a lot more pizzazz than the go-to witch, au currant zombie or trendy Khaleesi and her dragons (Drogo was so 2 years ago). Check out my list of the top 5 dynamic duos you hadn’t thought of dressing as.
Mick Jagger & Jerry Hall
Who: Leggy supermodel Jerry Hall and the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger.
Why: Because you can’t always get what you want but sometimes you get the costume you need. Sorry, couldn’t resist. But really, just because the couple’s tumultuous marriage has ended doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate their outrageous fashion and swinging lifestyle this October 31.
How: The couple started hitting the hay in the heyday of the 70s, committed to each other in a Hindu wedding ceremony in Bali in 1990, had four kids and then called it quits in 1999; in short, there’s a large span of time in which to place your Jerry and Mick costume. I recommend placing it in the early 80s. For Hall this mean flowing Halston-esque dresses, studio 54-worthy cleavage, lavish fur stoles, and–of course–her signature crimson lip and waist-skimming strawberry blonde locks. For him, think androgynous style with shaggy hair and tight bell bottom pants. A slim fitted blazer and barely buttoned button down–chest hair is a plus–and world class swagger. Throw in a handheld microphone and you’re ready to rock ‘n roll.
Alfred Hitchock & Tippi Hedren
F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald
Who: Literature’s most tumultuous real-life couple, Zelda (the original flapper and onetime ballerina) and her husband, author F.Scott Fitzergald (The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, A Diamond As Big As The Ritz, Tales of the Jazz Age)
Why: The Great Gatsby theme has been done to death this year, but the roaring 20s are just too much fun to ignore the Lost Generation for halloween.
How: With emotional and sartorial drama; jazzy 3-piece suits for him, strands of pearls for her and oodles of gin all around–remember this infamously intoxicated duo was for being the life of the party from the States to the Riviera.
Harper Lee & Truman Capote
Why: When better to celebrate eccentricity and genius than Halloween?
How: For Capote, think melodramatic WASP with tailored jackets, bow ties tortoise shell spectacles and cashmere sweaters tied nonchalantly over the shoulder. The most important accessory is Capote’s effeminate high pitched voice. Refuse to break character all night for full effect. For her, a onetime tomboy, keep it plain and simple with a shirt dress or collared button paired with a sweater and high waist 70’s slacks. Lee makes a great costume for the gal who doesn’t want to use Halloween as an excuse to dress like a prostitute..although I’m sure where there’s a will there’s a way to slut up even Harper Lee. A cigarette and unfussy hair are the perfect accoutrements. Consider carrying his and her most famous works: To Kill A Mockingbird and In Cold Blood, respectively.
Tom Brady & Gisele Bundchen
Why: Because they’re about as glam as contemporary duos get. And, I love Tom Brady. Go, Pats!
How: While all of Tom and Gisele’s Met Gala looks become instant classics, the one that most resonates in my memory is their spectacular 2008 debut. With cut out dresses all over stores these days, you can find something that recalls Gisele’s jaw dropping Versace number. Pair with perfect six pack abs, bouncing cleavage and flowing waves and you’ll be oozing with Gisele-level sex appeal. For Tom, a finely tailored tux and slicked back hair will do the trick, especially with a football held under one arm to give the less perceptive folks a hint. If you lack a tux, dress in Mr. Brady’s work attire: a #12 Patriot’s jersey and a handful of Superbowl rings.