It's one week into October, which means that Halloween is close enough to start pumpkin picking and costume-planning. For some, dressing up is a chore, but for others, a great costume is something worth a lot of time and effort. Whichever one of these people you are, a simple or elaborate costume wearer, there are a couple of costumes that are just way too overdone, and worth avoiding.
Here are my top five costumes to stay away from. Because you can get a little more creative than this.
1. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's
She's the ultimate original waif of a fashion girl, and I totally understand wanting to make that look your own. But if you want to wear a high-fashion costume, try one of these ideas, and quit trying to hold your cigarette holder in that exact way she does on the poster. Too many have tried and done it, and it's now the ultimate costume cliché.
2. Tom Cruise in Risky Business
It's true that everyone should own a great oversized white button-up, but haven't we all seen far too many facebook photos of groups of girls wearing only the button-up, sunglasses, and high socks? Nothing against avoiding pants for a great costume, and this was once a great idea, but too many have tried and tested it, and now this costume needs to be put to rest.
3. Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn is a classic, blah blah blah. But really we just want to compare ourselves to her and do that blowing-up dress trick. There's nothing wrong with trying to emulate this blondie on a day-to-day basis, but Halloween has seen far too many attempts at your average Marilyn costume.
If you ask me, the whole minion craze is also way overdone. But even if you love them, you don't have to dress up like them. I've seen every kind of sexy and silly minion incarnation, and think we've all seen enough. Find another reason to wear overalls, goggles, and find a new group costume.
5. Any kind of sexy animal
This should be self-explanatory. There's nothing wrong with wanting to show off your sexy side, but your basic skimpy animal costume? Beyond a cliché. Mean Girls commented on it years and years ago, but we still haven't quite gotten the picture and stopped wearing the boring combination of a little dress and ears. Let's try harder this year.