You’ve picked an obscure character from your favorite TV show as your inspiration for Halloween, painstakingly put together the costume, and arrived at the party expecting gasps of awe – only to be greeted with, “Who are you supposed to be?” We’ve all been there.
Although October 31st offers us the chance to be anyone we want to be, you’ll spend the whole night explaining your costume if you pick someone that few people know. That’s why we’re suggesting going more glam than gory this Halloween – especially if you have a willing partner – by channelling 2018’s most popular celebrity couples. Not only are they iconic and instantly recognizable, but the corresponding costumes will actually be easy to put together with what’s already in your closet. Win-win.
Amal and George Clooney
In a canary-yellow dress and hat, Amal Clooney was so eye-catching that she practically upstaged the bride at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
What you’ll need: a posh dress and hat in a matching shade.
What he’ll need: a suit, a matching tie and pocket square, and plenty of swagger.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
The most iconic music video of the year produced some of pop culture’s most memorable looks. If you’re in search of power-couple status, try contrasting suits and lots of bling, courtesy of Beyoncé and Jay-Z in “Apesh*t”.
What you’ll need: a pink power suit and diamond choker.
What he’ll need: a seafoam-green suit and gold chain.
Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson
Who knew that a global popstar and a relatively unknown comedian would come to dominate the entertainment news cycle in 2018? As one of the year’s most unlikely couples, Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson started dating, got engaged, bought a pig together, and broke up at breakneck speed. While they might not be together anymore, you’re still guaranteed to get a huge reaction if you dress up like them for Halloween – talk about a conversation starter.
What you’ll need: a high ponytail, an oversized hoodie, thigh-high boots, and a lollipop.
What he’ll need: a flannel shirt, track pants, sneakers, and a lollipop.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Between their highly watched wedding in May and the recent pregnancy announcement, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are perhaps the most iconic couple of 2018. What this translates to: plenty of inspiration for playing dress-up. You could either channel their casual-outing style in jeans and sneakers or opt for a more polished appearance based on what they wore during their recent visit to Australia.
What you’ll need: a classy off-shoulder dress, a head fascinator, and a messy bun.
What he’ll need: a British military-inspired jacket or a handsome suit.
Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber
While they have been friends since they were teens and dating on and off for years, we never expected Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber to rush to the altar this summer. Together, the couple has pioneered a look that the media has dubbed “dirtbag chic” or “sleazebag fashion”, which basically means you wear whatever you rolled out of bed in. Baldwin’s approach is a little more stylish, with a strong preference for athleisure. Dress accordingly.
What you’ll need: a sports bra, bike shorts, and sneakers.
What he’ll need: unwashed hair, a baseball cap, and a hoodie.
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas
Although they are a decade apart in age, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are here to remind us all that age ain’t nothin’ but a number. Rumor has it that this super-infatuated, super-famous couple had been secretly seeing each other for some time, but only recently announced their dating status and then engagement in quick succession.
What you’ll need: a fabulous trench with a popped collar, glamorous jewelry, and a topknot.
What he’ll need: a patterned suit and a bow tie.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are always dressed to kill on the red carpet. He prefers classics with a subtle twist (like the velvet suit below), while she always channels Old Hollywood in beautiful gowns with thigh-high slits and feminine details.
What you’ll need: a glamorous gown, a chic clutch, and a funny clapback at the ready.
What he’ll need: a classic suit with a twist.