by Stormie Laine Knott
Hey, Honeys! Halloween is right around the corner, but there’s still time to get your costume! We at West Coast Honeys love putting together costumes ourselves based off of women we admire, fictional and otherwise. We know the process of creating a unique costume can be time consuming, so let us help you out by sharing our top 8 costume picks for woke honeys. And get this: every costume can be bought last minute from Amazon.com while you curl up on your couch watching Friends re-runs. Praise!
If you want to channel some serious confidence, killer vocals, and supermom vibes, you need to be Beyonce this Halloween. Even if you don’t have infant twins to complete this costume like our own honey Bella does, you can pay homage to Queen Bey with this stellar look. Pick up a light blue veil, two baby dolls, and this dress, and start running the world.
Honeys, Kesha is having a moment. She’s been through the ringer these past few years, and despite experiencing assault and a vicious legal battle with Dr. Luke, Kesha maintains strength and dignity with her triumphant single, “Praying.” Not only is her “Praying” music video an extremely moving means of closure for Kesha following this ordeal, the outfits are to die for! Show your support for Kesha’s bravery and amazing wardrobe by dressing up as her for Halloween. My favorite look from her video is shown above, and can be replicated simply with a blonde wig, fake nose ring, glitter, a body suit, and face paint crayons. To add a cool ribbon necklace to the mix, put on a few of these chokers, then weave some colorful ribbon through them.
If you haven’t watched or read The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s time you did. This chilling, dystopian tale is set in the near-future, and involves the sexual enslavement of fertile women as a means of repopulating the world. These fertile women, called “handmaids,” fight their oppression by seeking individualism and independence. Dress up like a handmaid with a long red dress like this one or this one, and a white bonnet, and join the quiet resistance.
We’re sad to see The Mindy Project come to an end, but super stoked to dress up as one of our favorite characters of all time: Mindy Lahiri. Why dress up as Mindy? She’s (usually) the only female, Indian doctor in her practice, so she’s already shattering glass ceilings. Mindy empowers young women by providing fertility options that allow them to get pregnant later in life, freeing them to chase their goals in the present. Plus, she’s the kind of girl I’d actually want to be friends with. Mindy Lahiri eats what she wants, wears what she wants, says what she wants, and chases whatever tail she wants(pretty successfully); giving you an excuse to do so all night as well. To be Mindy, we suggest this lab coat, this stethoscope, and this dress with these heels. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to carry around a bear claw (or seven) in your lab coat pocket, to munch on as the day goes by. Mindy would do it!
There is nothing more moving or motivating than watching three women of color break the glass ceiling with grace and brilliance. And since this movie and book are based on true events that occurred in the 1960’s, these fierce female mathematicians have amazing costumes. To dress as one of the main characters, Katherine Johnson, wear this lipstick, and this dress with these glasses. Add some gorgeous pin-curls and a little chalkboard covered with equations to complete the look. Now you’re making history!
If pop stars, handmaids, doctors, and mathematicians aren’t your style, then consider channeling some Goth science vibes instead as Abby Scuito. Abby is another example of a woman who not only is brilliant, but has a unique sense of style all her own. Do your hair up in two pigtails, dress in all black, and complete your look with this choker and this lab coat. Now, get to the lab and solve some murders, honey!