Legally Blonde is definitely one of our favorite romantic comedies—it's empowering, it's quotable, and it's insanely fashionable. The lovable lead character played by Reese Witherspoon, Elle Woods, had us at “What, like it’s hard?” in reference to getting into Harvard Law School. Because her sentiment—and, of course, her signature wardrobe—never goes out of style, DIY Legally Blonde costumes for Halloween have become classics. The real beauty of how to dress like Elle Woods is that it mostly involves layering a lot of pink shades (ok, practically all pink!) and other fun accessories. And you can't forget about her faithful canine companion, Bruiser Woods. Lucky for us, there are plenty of stuffed Chihuahuas available to purchase (unless you have a real dog at home who needs a pet Halloween costume!).
Whether you're going to a Legally Blonde costume party solo or if you're looking to pull together a DIY group Halloween costume idea or best friend Halloween costume, there are just so many iconic Elle Woods outfits in this movie to choose from. Go big, and have each person in your group dress up in a different look from the movie. Halloween will be "just like senior year, except for funner!"
Looking for other DIY Halloween costumes for couples? Elle and Emmett make a cute pair—or Paulette and her hunky package delivery guy. Whichever Legally Blonde-inspired outfits you choose, we are here to show you how easy it actually is to put together—and budget-friendly too. Get inspired, and get "comfortable using legal jargon in everyday life" for that super extra touch.
Elle Woods Costume with Furry Coat
We've toned down this iconic look to fit the fall season, swapping in a sparkly tank top for the sequined bikini top. A bouncy, high ponytail completes this more casual look (well, casual for Elle, that is!).
Elle Woods Costume with Jacket
No one does the serious, studious look better than Elle Woods, proving that you can be fashion-savvy and win a major court case. The keys to this costume are a collared shirt and tie, which are also the easiest pieces to find. The sweater will keep you warm if you’re out and about in this costume.
Elle Woods Costume with Dress
When Elle made her mark in the courtroom, she needed a statement-making dress to match. While we’re pretty sure her dress in the film is custom made, you can get the look with a similar cut. Just make it all pink on pink and people will totally get it. Long blonde locks don't hurt either.
Paulette Bonafonté Costume
Paulette's outfit takes a bit of imagination, but when all else fails, just add in a "bend and snap." Pull out all the stops with makeup for this look—channel the '80s with heavy eye shadow, frosted lips, and don't forget those long nails! For a playful couple's costume, have your partner dress up like the hot package delivery guy.
Emmett Richmond Costume
Sweet and unassuming, Emmett's business-casual wardrobe totally fits his easygoing vibe. Plus, you probably already have all of the items you need right in your own closet. Perfect for a couple’s costume, these professional clothes might not make sense without an Elle Woods by his side.
Vivian Kensington Costume
From frigid you-know-what to BFF by the end of the movie, the only person we’re not true fans of is Warner Huntington III. But let’s take a minute to truly appreciate Vivian’s perfectly preppy style.
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