The Biggest, Most Iconic Halloween Costumes Of 2021

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There’s no time of year better than Halloween to show off your iconic style. I mean, it’s essentially a normal person’s Met Gala: Everyone is given the chance to channel their inner diva and dress like whatever persona best represents them. It seems like the Halloween costume trends this year are so much more fashion-forward than what we’re used to. I mean, we’ve got the resurgence of Gossip Girl, the first season of Bridgerton, and every single Nicole Kidman look from The Undoing to use as inspo.

Typically, popular Halloween costumes are classics—like a witch, a skeleton, or a cat—but instead of keeping to tradition, we’re looking to what’s trending within pop culture. So, in addition to looking to your favorite subscription service, pay close attention to what you see as you scroll through Instagram and TikTok this month. By taking note of what everyone’s talking about this year, you can easily come up with a fun costume that’s bound to get plenty of compliments. Creativity + Pop Culture Relevancy = Halloween Costume Gold, baby! 

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(If you’re worried about how to actually recreate some of these looks, we got you. We’ve included plenty of tips on how to DIY these costumes wherever possible, so you don’t have to frantically Google your favorite character and brainstorm in the fabric aisle at Hobby Lobby.)

Below, you’ll find a bevy of culturally relevant and incredibly fashion-forward Halloween costume ideas to give you major inspiration. have several Halloween outings lined up, because you’ll be hard-pressed to choose just one of these Halloween costume trends.

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Image: Courtesy of Netflix.
Image: Courtesy of Netflix.

Squid Games Players

It goes without saying that Netflix’s biggest show ever is going to be an equally as popular Halloween costume this year. According to Variety, searches for white Vans (aka, the shoes each of the players wear) have risen by 7,800% since the show aired. So, if you’re on the hunt for a ‘Squid Games’ costume—like this $25 from Amazon—you’ll want to snag it ASAP.

Image: BBC.
Image: BBC.

Peaky Blinders

Channel your best ’20s gang wive with a flapper girl-esque ensemble that’ll have you inspired to move and grove all night.

Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala

Why yes, there is a sexy Kim Kardashian Met Gala costume available to buy. And yes, it is as show-stopping as you’d think.

The Queen’s Gambit

It doesn’t take a Chess wiz to figure out how to dress up like Beth Harmon this Halloween. All you need is a collared black dress, a retro-looking red wig, and perhaps a chess piece or two to complete the look.

Courtesy of Atlantic Records.
Courtesy of Atlantic Records.

Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion From The “WAP” Music Video

Let out your inner freak this Halloween and channel Cardi B and Ms. Megan Thee Stallion. Pick up a sexy cut-out bodysuit and add on some fishnet tights for the full effect. Bonus points if you can get a few friends to dress up as the celeb cameos. Dibs on Normani’s look!

Harry Styles At The GRAMMYs

You know the deal here: head-to-toe leather and a furry feather boa! If you’ve got a friend who is just as obsessed with Mr. Styles as you are, have them dress up as his other plaid look from the evening.

Niko Tavernise/HBO.
Niko Tavernise/HBO.

Nicole Kidman in The Undoing

Throughout her decade’s-long career, Nicole Kidman has taught us so many lessons through the characters she’s played. Among the best? That every coat should be a statement coat. Like, her iconic outerwear throughout The Undoing series nearly distracted us from the major twist at the end. To channel your inner Grace Fraser, go as bold as possible. This green faux-fur number is exactly what we have in mind.

The Trio From The Sex and The City Reboot

If you have two BFFs and love all things fashion, figure out who is more of a Carrie, a Miranda or a Charlotte and dress to the nines in this fun group costume. Bonus points if a fourth friend comes as Samantha and you stage a faux-fight.

The Mega Agency.
The Mega Agency.

The New Gossip Girl Cast

I didn’t think the fashion on the new reboot of Gossip Girl could ever outdo the ‘fits on the original, but I stand corrected. This new batch of Upper East Siders really knows how to dress. The looks are still preppy but in a modern way. Think oversized button-downs layered over micro-mini skirts with white knee-high boots.

Wanda + Vision From Wandavision

There are tons of options for this theme! You can try one of their retro outfits from the earlier episodes (I personally love ‘70s-era pregnant Wanda) or even go meta and try out their fun Halloween costumes from the show.

Courtesy of Geffen Records.
Courtesy of Geffen Records.

Olivia Rodrigo From The “good 4 u” Music Video

The outfits in this music video were seriously second to none. You have the baby blue cheerleading uniform—with the latex gloves—of course, but you could also totally rock her messy-haired-plaid-skirt look, too!

Ariana Grande’s Wedding Dress

Your costume may not be custom Vera Wang, but it can still be fabulous! Other key elements of this look are the super high ponytail (obviously), platform white shoes and stunning ‘90s-inspired matte makeup. Oh, and a fiancé.

Image: Liam Daniel / ©Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection.
Image: Liam Daniel / ©Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection.

Daphne From Bridgerton

Or, honestly, any member of the cast. A pastel corset top is a must, but you can change it up a little when it comes to your skirt. I would go for something made out of tulle for a light-as-air feel that will leave you looking like the Diamond of the Season.

The Cast Of Succession

Are you a Kendall, a Shiv or a Roman? Suit up and find out. If you’re going for a more Cousin Greg-inspired look, wear Crocs and socks with your suit. Oh—and carry a water bottle (or two) because of IYKYK. Season three is afoot! Lastly, don’t forget your Waystar Royco merch.

Courtesy of SME; Columbia.
Courtesy of SME; Columbia.

Harry Styles + Phoebe Waller-Bridge from the “Treat People With Kindness” Music Video

The iconic music video features Styles and Waller-Bridge in head-to-toe white suits with sparkly tops, so that’s the direction you need to head in! If suits feel a little over-the-top, try going for a pair of white jeans with a shiny blouse.

Image: iamKevinWong.com / MEGA.
Image: iamKevinWong.com / MEGA.

Machine Gun Kelly & Megan Fox

Hollywood’s hottest It Couple doubles as a pretty amazing Halloween costume for 2021. If you’ve got a partner who’s down to play MGK, they’ll need tons of fake tattoos, and baggy tees. For the Megan Fox side of things, consider sexy bandage-style dresses, corsets and sky-high heels. Bonus points if your couple BFFs go as Kourtney and Travis.

The Olympic Gymnastics Team

Channel some gold-medal energy this year. You can either all buy the same leotard (sites like Amazon have tons), or go for an athlete-off-duty look by wearing matching USA-themed tracksuits. Slicked-back hair and tons of shiny eyeshadow are a must!

Paris Hilton & Nicole Richie from The Simple Life

I know that this show debuted like, 20 years ago, but it’s still a winner! Plus, fashion from the early aughts is seriously blowing up on TikTok right now, so this costume still feels fresh. It’s great if you’re in need of a last-minute look because you probably own a bunch of the pieces! Think cowboy boots, denim mini skirts and baby tees.

Courtesy of Geffen Records.
Courtesy of Geffen Records.

Olivia Rodrigo + Talia Ryder from the “deja vu” Music Video

Yes, this is another Olivia idea! Dress up as the music video that inspired a whole TikTok trend in 2021. This costume is all about the silk headscarves and square-framed glasses. Strawberry ice cream is not necessary but will definitely earn you some bonus points.

Taylor Swift Through The Ages

Have each one of your friends dress up as a Taylor Swift album. You can wear cowboy boots and a pretty dress for Fearless, all-red (plus red lipstick!) for Red, serve retro vintage vibe for 1989 or go edgy with black-on-black for Reputation….You get the picture.

Bennifer

TBH, you could be Jennifer Lopez and ANY of her men for Halloween and it would be amazing. Have someone else be ARod to really complete the costume.

MEGA.
MEGA.

Meghan & Harry

A very funny and smart costume if you can make it work. You just need your Harry in a gray suit, a dress that resembles Meghan’s, a faux baby bump (or the real deal, if you’re expecting), oh—and an Oprah, of course!

Sydney Sweeney & Brittany O’Grady From White Lotus

Put on your best uninterested glare for the night and channel your inner Paula with your bestie, Olivia. Just don’t forget to bring your fav J.D. Salinger book as your accessory. These horrifying college gals had a book club like no other.

 

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