Halloween Costumes You Can Wear for Your Work Zoom Calls

Julia Marzovilla, Marina Liao
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From Marie Claire

Ah, Halloween, the only chance to truly break away from your office-appropriate attire and dress up in vintage getups and face makeup—if you're into that. Just remember: The same rules don't apply as they did during your anything-goes college party days. (Nobody wants to get sent to HR here.) But that doesn't mean you shouldn't go all out this year, even if your work costume contest has gone virtual for 2020.

Below, inspiration for Halloween looks that don't involve the term "sexy," colored contacts, or spoonfuls of fake blood. Instead, when it comes to the office, think pop-culture icons, along with easy people or things to imitate.

Leslie From 'Parks and Recreation'

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Photo credit: Shutterstock

H&M fitted blazer, $35 shop it

Fleur du Mal top, $195 shop it

H&M suit pants, $30 shop it

Little Women

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Photo credit: Wilson Webb

Women's dress, $60 SHOP IT

DeELF straw hat, $21 SHOP IT

Damien From 'Mean Girls'

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Photo credit: Paramount

Nike hoodie, $65 shop it

Livho sunglasses, $15 shop it

A SoulCycle Instructor

Soul by SoulCycle tank, $52 SHOP IT

Sunzel workout leggings, $23 SHOP IT

Kris Jenner

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Photo credit: Kevin Winter - Getty Images

Uniqlo button-down, $30 SHOP IT

H&M black blazer, $35 SHOP IT

'Breakfast at Tiffany's'

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Halogen classic trench, $149 shop it

ASOS Design black dress, $45 shop it

ASOS Design black pumps, $40 shop it

Queen Elizabeth and Her Corgis

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Photo credit: Julian Parker - Getty Images

J.Crew silk scarf, $50 SHOP IT

Amazon corgi plush, $14 SHOP IT

Tessa Thompson in Men in Black: International

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Photo credit: Sony Pictures

Agent M costume, $45 SHOP IT

Princess Mononoke

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Photo credit: Moviestore/Shutterstock

Boohoo shaggy coat, $33 SHOP IT

Etsy ear and eye mask, $25 SHOP IT

Etsy necklace and earrings, $10 SHOP IT

Ariana Grande

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Photo credit: Nicholas Hunt - Getty Images

Amazon ponytail wig, $12 SHOP IT

Oversize pullover, $16 SHOP IT

Amazon microphone, $11 SHOP IT

Dream Paris black boots, $36 SHOP IT

Your Favorite Tennis Player

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Photo credit: Al Bello - Getty Images

Nike tennis dress, $120 SHOP IT

Nike tennis skirt, $70 SHOP IT

Wilson tennis racket, $29 SHOP IT

Marie Kondo

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Photo credit: Netflix

H&M white cardigan, $13 SHOP IT

Reformation floral skirt, $98 SHOP IT

Does it spark joy mug, $15 SHOP IT

Your Favorite Sex and the City Character

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Photo credit: James Devaney - Getty Images

Topshop blazer, $140 SHOP IT

Gap cami, $14 SHOP IT

Chicwish skirt, $40 SHOP IT

Kamal Harris

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Photo credit: Alexander Tamargo - Getty Images

ASOS suit blazer, $56 SHOP IT

ASOS suit pants, $29 SHOP IT

Biden/Harris tee, $30 SHOP IT

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

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Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

Peserico trench dress, $162 SHOP IT

Sam Edelman gray suede pumps, $48 SHOP IT

A Ballerina

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Photo credit: Laurie Sparham/Walt Disney/Kobal/Shutterstock - Shutterstock

Capezio top, $18 SHOP IT

Amazon tutu, $14 SHOP IT

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ann Taylor blazer, $110 SHOP IT

Ann Taylor skirt, $50 SHOP IT

Stila lipstick in beso, $22 SHOP IT

Kate Middleton and Prince William

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Photo credit: Ferdaus Shamim - Getty Images

Etsy polka dot dress, $65 SHOP IT

Marc Fisher pumps, $50 SHOP IT

Fake baby doll, $60 SHOP IT

Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl

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Photo credit: James Devaney - Getty Images

Loeffler Randall headband, $25 SHOP IT

Green trench coat, $130 SHOP IT

Louise et Cie Talila, $96 SHOP IT

Boo from Monsters Inc

ASOS t-shirt, $35 SHOP IT

Aerie leggings, $30 SHOP IT

Veja sneakers, $120 SHOP IT

Princess Margaret/Margaret from The Crown

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Photo credit: Bettmann - Getty Images

Even better, you can take your pick from the outfits worn by young season 1-2 Margaret (Vanessa Kirby) and the slightly less young season 3 Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter).

Target fake pearls, $15 SHOP IT

Amazon white gloves, $8 SHOP IT

Amazon white pillbox hat, $13 SHOP IT

The Hocus Pocus Witches

Technically, SJP's original costume could be deemed "sexy," but it's easy to make it a little less boob-y.

Amazon blonde wig, $16 SHOP IT

Amazon black velvet cloak, $26 SHOP IT

Veronica from Anchorman


Or, alternatively, any anchorwoman—literally just a colorful suitdress, a microphone, and some stiletto heels, and you're in business.

Microphone prop, $6 SHOP IT

Ann Taylor blouse, $90 SHOP IT

Blue Ivy on Vacation

J.Crew swimsuit, $110 SHOP IT

Banana Republic sunglasses, $78 SHOP IT

Mary Poppins

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Photo credit: Shutterstock

Julie Andrews was the best Mary Poppins, hands down.

Etsy Mary Poppins coat, $98 SHOP IT

Amazon scarf, $21 SHOP IT

Amazon umbrella, $15 SHOP IT

Eleven from Stranger Things

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Back off, mouthbreather. #StrangerThings #Netflix

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Etsy dress, $60 SHOP IT

ASOS jacket, $71 SHOP IT

Regina George from Mean Girls

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Photo credit: Paramount

J.Crew cardigan, $64SHOP IT

Etsy dramatic tank, $27 SHOP IT

Romwe pink skirt, $11 SHOP IT

The Notorious RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg)

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NOTORIOUS

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Judge costume, $25 SHOP IT

Elaine Benes from Seinfeld

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GET OUT!!

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Matteau maxi dress, $146SHOP IT

Uniqlo socks, $13 SHOP IT

Everlane loafers, $92 SHOP IT

Chill Pill

Athleta top, $69 SHOP IT

Black felt letters, $11 SHOP IT

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman jacket, $44 SHOP IT

A Chanel Fangirl

J.Crew tweed jacket, $128 SHOP IT

Rebecca Taylor tweed skirt, $140 SHOP IT

Black beret, $7 SHOP IT

A Snapchat Filter

Deer antlers, $5 SHOP IT

Face paint, $20 SHOP IT

Rosie the Riveter

J.Crew denim shirt, $78 SHOP IT

Amazon red polka dot headband, $6 SHOP IT

Chanel lipstick, $38 SHOP IT

Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family

Amazon dress, $29 SHOP IT

Striped tights, $11 SHOP IT

Sandy from Grease

Amazon black boatneck top, $18 SHOP IT

Amazon faux leather leggings, $18 SHOP IT

DSW red pumps, $70 SHOP IT

Missy Elliott at the 2003 Grammys

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Photo credit: Jim Spellman - Getty Images

Pink tracksuit, $51 SHOP IT

Topshop pink fuzzy hat, $18 SHOP IT

TLC in the "Creep" Video

Amazon silk pajama set, $26 SHOP IT

Elle Woods from Legally Blonde

Pink furry coat, $38SHOP IT

Nasty Gal sequin tank, $24 SHOP IT

Uniqlo pink pants, $20 SHOP IT

Margot Tenenbaum from The Royal Tenenbaums

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Photo credit: Touchstone Pictures

PrettyLittleThing brown coat, $52 SHOP IT

Cashmere gloves, $175 shop it

Dasein satchel bag, $38 shop it

Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction

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Photo credit: Miramax

Amazon bangs wig, $19 SHOP IT

Uniqlo black t-shirt dress, $15 SHOP IT

A Scoops Ahoy Employee from Stranger Things

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Anyone need a babysitter? I might have one for you.

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Amazon sailor costume, $26 SHOP IT

Penny Lane from Almost Famous

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Photo credit: The Kobal Collection

Etsy Penny Lane coat, $125 shop it

Free People top, $60 shop it

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