Halloween Costume Ideas for the Modern, Independent Slut

If you ask me, the key to a great Halloween costume is looking hot without looking like a desperate skank–it’s a fine line. A trick I’ve picked up over the years is: if you dress like a straight-up slut–i.e. like a sexy cat, a sexy nun, or Malibu Barbie–you just come across like a trashy basic-bitch. However, if you dress like a slut from a movie, you seem cultured and self-aware, while also “accidentally” looking totally fuckable. Success! Below is a list of some of my favorite film hotties, whose wardrobes make both provocative and functional Halloween wear.

Patricia Arquette in True Romance:

Trailer trash has never looked as good, or as fun, as on Patricia Arquette in her role as a call girl in one of my favorite movies of all time, True Romance.

Laura Dern in Wild at Heart:

The perfect excuse to wear skimpy body-con, a bright red lip and giant 80s hair.


It’s hard to pull of frilly, off-the-shoulder two-pieces and baby braids in real life, so you might as well seize the opportunity.

Eva Green in The Dreamers as Venus de Milo:

For the more adventurous party goer… 

Pam Grier in Jackie Brown:

A gun is the prefect accessory for a stewardess uniform.

Nastassja Kinski in Paris, Texas:

The most beautiful stripper in the most beautiful sweater.


One of the Heathers, from Heathers

Sexy, sophisticated and evil…

Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver:

The most iconic hooker look of all time.

Regina George in Mean Girls

A potentially obvious, yet classically good option.

Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour:

No prostitute has never looked as classy or as chic as Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour, in her wardrobe designed by YSL. Fuck Halloween–if I could look like this every day, I would.



7 Replies to “Halloween Costume Ideas for the Modern, Independent Slut”

  1. Lolita isn’t a slut in any of the possible meanings of that word. She’s a kid who has a sexual fantasy projected into her and is subsequently kidnapped and sexually abused by her step-father over a period of months.

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