11 Costumes for a #GirlPower Halloween

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If you’re a planner like me, you’ve already started perusing Etsy to see where you can find that one obscure item you need for your Halloween costume. (No one else? Just me?) But in case you haven’t figured out exactly what you want to dress up as this year, here are 11 costumes that will help spread some #GirlPower vibes all night long.

1. Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift

If you and your BFF are looking for the perfect duo costume, repping the Karlie/Taylor combo is a great way to go. Just grab some blonde wigs (if you’re not already blonde), and then the sky’s the limit. Go old-school T. Swift with some cowboy boots and a sparkly dress, or channel Karlie’s new student status with an NYU T-shirt. Bonus points if you carry their joint Vogue cover around with you.

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2. Literally anyone from the "Bad Blood" music video

This is a great option if you have a bunch of girlfriends, or if you just want an excuse to dress like a badass ninja warrior. Throw on some black and leather (but maybe skip the stilettos), and give yourself a fun nickname. Personally, I think I’d go with Mad Hatter.

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3. Hillary Clinton

One word: pantsuit. Grab one in your favorite color, give yourself a great blow-out, and then read up. You want to be ready for an impromptu debate at any point in the evening.

4. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

If dressing up as the Notorious R.B.G. doesn’t make you feel like you can take on the world, I’m not sure what will. For this costume, wear an all-black dress, create a white lace collar, and make sure you wear those glasses. Pull your hair back, and you’ll be ready to rule any courtroom. Well, at least any Halloween party room.

5. Carli Lloyd

This U.S. Women’s National Team player clinched the Women’s World Cup this summer, and as a bonus, her costume isn’t that complicated to create. If you can get your hands on a Lloyd jersey, you’re golden. If not, any soccer jersey will do, as long as you pair it with some high soccer socks and a thin headband.

6. Misty Copeland

She embodies athleticism and grace, and how fun would it be to dress up as a ballerina? You can either put on a leotard and tutu or go for an all-purple ensemble, like her Under Armour campaign outfit. Either way, put on baby-pink flats and tie ribbons around your ankles to give the illusion of pointe shoes.

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7. Serena Williams

Grab your tennis racket, a neon tank, and tennis skirt to embody this powerhouse athlete. Also feel free to gather around a ton of trophies and to flex your muscles as often as possible.

8. Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones

She’s the Mother of Dragons, she commands respect, she continuously shows bravery, and she becomes the ruler of a tribe she isn’t originally from. One of the easiest ways to look like Daenerys is to wear a long, loose blue dress and a wavy, blonde wig. Oh, and if you can get a dragon, that’d be top-notch.

9. Kimmy Schmidt from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

She’s not only curious and courageous, but she’s also proven herself to be a super-independent power woman. Copy the outfit she wears during the insanely catchy opening song (floral shirt, yellow cardigan, pink pants) to look most like Klassic Kimmy. Just don’t forget her purple Jansport!

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10. Beyoncé

What’s the best part about dressing up as Bey? All. The. Options. Do you want to go the more ambiguous route and wear a bee costume with a crown? Or do you want to wear a “Kale” sweatshirt à la the "7/11" music video? Whatever you choose, make sure you have a megawatt smile and tons of confidence to go with it.

11. Equal Pay

You can definitely use all your creative powers for this one, but dressing up as “equal pay” is a unique take on a normal Halloween costume. Try attaching equal amounts of blue and pink Monopoly money to a shirt, but make sure to take a pen and turn all those pink $5s into $50s in order to match the blue bills. Then get excited for all the awesome conversations your costume will strike up with everyone you see.


Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video)

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.


"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."