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.