As 2019 is (finally) coming to a close, one holiday stands to remind us of all this year’s most shocking and hilarious headlines:
Halloween. But through the spooky muck of impeachment scandals and election clap backs this year also conjured some iconic, costume-worthy looks. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who recently emerged as one of the Democratic frontrunner candidates, teased us every week with a new primary-colored power blazer; Nancy Pelosi, who took control of Trump’s impeachment inquiry in a televised announcement that had the whole country on edge, cinched her look with bold statement necklaces; and finally, let’s not forget the infamously anonymous whistleblower, who quite literally blew the lid off this whole year. Heading into the scariest of holidays after a year of plentiful political WTFs, we’ve rounded up the best costume ideas for all your parties. Fake News
“Fake news” went from
Trump Twitter fodder
to millennial slang and back again about a dozen times this year. The term was originally used by Trump to mean any news he doesn’t like, but thankfully the masses took it back. Emulating fake news won’t be too hard this year, now that companies are coming out with, erm, provocative takes on fake news Halloween costumes.
Photo: Getty Images. More Yandy
Yandy Fake News Costume, $, available at
More Elizabeth Warren Elizabeth Warren is not-so-quietly making her way into the front seat of the Democratic primary race. And as her numbers grow, her look becomes more and more defined. You can just about always bet that Warren will show up to any rally, debate, or meet-and-greet wearing one of her primary-colored — or purple — power blazers and trademark thin-framed metal glasses. Warren’s got her look down at this rate, and it’s definitely one you can emulate this Halloween. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images. More Eloquii
Ali Shawl Collar Blazer, $, available at
Nordstrom More ICU Eyewear
ICU Eyewear San Jose Rimless Reading Glasses, $, available at
Target More McAfee from The Politician
Political costumes don’t necessarily need to be inspired by real-life politicians. McAfee Westbrook, played by Laura Dreyfuss, is the ultimate power player on
Netflix’s hit series The Politician
— right down to her suits. The fast-talking and completely-deadpan high school student who tries to help her friend get elected as student body president stands out for her
monochrome pant suits
and large, rose-colored glasses. This is the ultimate 2019 Halloween look for the politics-and-entertainment-savvy dresser.
Photo: Courtesy of Netflix. More English Factory
Peaked Lapel Jacket, $, available at
Nordstrom More ASOS
Jeepers Peepers pink tinted lens aviator sunglasses, $, available at
ASOS More The Whistleblower
years of attempts to impeach President Trump
, one anonymous person was able to blow the whole thing open. The term whistleblower, which was unfamiliar to many until recently, is now pretty much a part of American history. If you’re wondering how, exactly, one can dress as a whistleblower for Halloween, it’s a lot easier (and more clever) than you might think.
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Black Whistle Necklace, $, available at
Party City More Nancy Pelosi
This year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the subject of many a news headline (and photograph). Pelosi has had her share of iconic moments, like when she famously stared down Trump in a famous photo. But she also has a few staple
pieces in her wardrobe
, including statement necklaces. While she may have changed her wardrobe over the years, her statement necklaces are her signature look and a Pelosi Halloween must-have.
Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images. More Aldo
Statement necklace Lothoidia, $, available at
Ribbed Sateen Blazer, $, available at
Forever21 More Tracy Flick from Election By now, Tracy Flick is an iconic character. Played by Reese Witherspoon in 1999 cult-classic Election, Flick is an overachieving high school student who expects an easy victory when running for student body president. Her journey to office, replete with sweater vests, election pins, and a curled bob, echoes many of the makings of a real American politician. You can easily emulate her with preppy clothes and plenty of wide-eyed idealism. Photo: Moviestore Collection/Shutterstock. More FLORIA
Women's Solid Classic V-Neck Sleeveless Pullover Sweater Vest Top, $, available at
PICK FLICK Tracy Flick Election Pin, $, available at
Etsy More Selina Meyer from Veep Veep may have ended
its tenure this past May, but Selina Meyer’s legacy is stronger than ever. In a career-defining role, Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays the first female vice president and president (and portrays all of the chaos that goes along with politics). Meyer takes us into an easily imagined (and often all-too-real) struggle as a woman politician, and often does it wearing a trademark 50 shade of red. Whether in a red sheath dress or maroon power suit, her favorite color always underscores both her humor and frustration.
Photo: Courtesy of HBO. More Inclusive Collection
For All You Square Plus Ribbed Dress, $, available at
Nasty Gal More ASOS
ASOS DESIGN square glasses in black with clear lens, $, available at
ASOS More The Redacted Mueller Report The Mueller Report
's release last spring spurred a wave of controversy and internet backlash — partly for its political implications, and partly because it was comically redacted to include almost no words on some pages. This year, the ultimate political pundit costume has to be dressing as the blacked out Mueller Report, which isn't so hard to do. You can accomplish this look in an all-black outfit (preferably a turtleneck for full comical effect) with a tinge of white peaking out to represent the non-redacted words (might we suggest a white belt, or long white undershirt for this).
Photo: ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images. More H&M
Short Mock-turtleneck Top, $, available at
H&M More Forever21
Square-Buckle Skinny Hip Belt, $, available at
Forever21 More Michelle Obama
Everyone's favorite former first lady made headlines again this year with the release of
her new memoir, Becoming .
Michelle Obama's signature look is pretty much timeless at this point — you can almost always find her wearing a string of pearls around her neck and a bold sleeveless dress. Although we've seen her dazzle in a few
this year, Obama's iconic pearl and bold color combo is definitely her most recognizable look, especially for anyone looking to emulate her.
Photo: Dawn Villella/Bloomberg/Getty Images. More A New Day
Short Pearl Necklace - A New Day™ Silver, $, available at
Target More Lauren Ralph Lauren
Ruched Sleeveless Jersey Dress, Regular & Petite Sizes, $, available at
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