The Classy Girl’s Guide To Sexy Halloween Costumes

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We’re all for embracing the body and showing a little skin when the occasion calls for it, but we have to confess our frustration with the notion of female costumes come October. The ubiquitous offering of (ahem) skimpy ensembles that involve animal ears, low-cut tops and barely there bottoms limits us. We don’t mean to chastise those who plan to be sexy kittens this year, but we suggest switching it up by opting for a getup that assumes a more memorable, powerful presence. Dressing as exemplary women of our time can make you feel much more confident (and equally alluring) without showing off all your assets. From the most recognized American feminist symbol to arguably our generation’s best performer and all-around showstopper, here are eight outstanding ladies to channel this Halloween.

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Empowering Halloween Costumes

Beyoncé dressed as Frida Kahlo in New York City in 2014.

Amelia Earhart

She's the badass who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Embody her aviator style with a flight jacket, leather leggings and heeled lace-up booties. Throw on some retro goggles and a white scarf to complete the look.

Aviator Goggles

$13

Spirit Halloween

Classic Tasseled Solid Scarf

$13

Forever 21

Teisha Lace-Up Zip Bootie

$159

Vince Camuto

Imitation Leather Leggings

$20

H&M

Khaki Bomber Jacket

$85

Miss Selfridge

Beyoncé

2016 was her year with the release of her highly acclaimed and fan-obsessed feminist visual album Lemonade. Emulate the now iconic Louisville Slugger moment from the song "Hold Up" with a billowy floor-grazing yellow frock, platform sandals and of course a baseball bat. Boys, don't mess.

Double Hoop Earrings

$10

Glamorous

Rivers Platform Sandal

$100

Steve Madden

Melina Gown

$795

Rachel Zoe

Youth M9 Maple Baseball Bat

$29

Louisville Slugger

Frida Kahlo

Get inspired by the internationally celebrated Mexican painter with a floral-printed maxi, vibrant beaded jewelry and a beautiful multicolored flower crown.

Ishigaki Drops

$34

BaubleBar

Floral Velvet Rena Dress

$625

Tanya Taylor

Frida Kahlo Flower Crown

$52

Bloom Design Studio

Hillary Clinton

Whatever your political preference may be, you can't deny Hillary has shattered the glass ceiling as the first female presidential nominee. Celebrate this historic moment with a red pantsuit, pointed-toe pumps, pearl earrings and an "I'm With Her" button.

Hazel Pointy Toe Pump

$120

Sam Edelman

Small Glass Pearl Post Earrings

$14

Kenneth Jay Lane

Cropped Straight-Leg Pants In Red Grain De Poudre Wool

$995

Givenchy

Blazer In Red Grain De Poudre Wool

$2,425

Givenchy

I’m With Her Button

$5

Hillary Clinton

Rosie the Riveter

Possibly the most recognizable cultural symbol for feminism circa WWII, Rosie the Riveter champions working women and their economic power to this day. Break out into her "We Can Do It" pose in a denim boilersuit, combat boots and red bandanna.

Basic Bandana

$6

Urban Outfitters

Pietralta Combat Boots

$150

Aldo

Stacy Denim Boiler Suit

$54

Boohoo

Cleopatra

She was not only one of the most beautiful women in history, but also one of the most influential females to reign. Channel the Egyptian queen with a flowy cape mini, stone-encrusted collar necklace and lace-up gladiator shoes. Don't forget the blue eye shadow, bold cat eye and blunt-bang wig.

Thebes Metallic Leather Tall Gladiator Wedge Sandals

$350

Ancient Greek Sandals

Couture Kajal 3-in-1 Khol Eyeliner

$35

Yves Saint Laurent Beauty

Single Eye Shadow in Tropic

$25

NARS

Strada Necklace

$360

GAS Bijoux

Cape Bodycon Dress

$90

River Island

Patti Smith

The punk rock legend made huge waves in the '70s with her fusion of music and poetry. Emulate her famous Horses album cover with black skinny pants and a white button-down. Throw a blazer over your shoulders and sling a skinny scarf around your neck.

Pointed Toe Flat Shoes

$60

Mango

Slim-Fit Shirt

$69

COS

One Button Blazer

$141

Warehouse

70s Long Skinny Scarf

$10

ASOS

High Waisted Jeggings

$36

Zara

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

We don't think there's anything sexier than an incredibly cerebral woman, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is goals. As the second-ever female on the court, her recognizable getup of black robe, lace jabot and glasses has become a popular feminist costume of choice. Try it out with a black lace-collared dress, stacked-heel pumps, wire specs and a mallet for good measure.

Andrea Ankle Wrap Suede Pumps

$89

Nine West

Dress with Lace Collar

$279

The Kooples

Rigel Mocha Specs

$105

COVRY

Judge Gavel

$5

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