With so many Halloween costume ideas floating around on the internet these days, sometimes it’s nice to step back and look to the past for inspiration—especially if you’re seeking a hard-to-achieve ounce of originality on what has become a major holiday. And, in honor of the recent resurgence of ’90s trends and style, what better than a roundup of ideas from what is arguably one of the coolest decades? That’s right, today we’re bringing you 14 of our favorite ’90s-inspired costume ideas that will make you the coolest girl on Halloween (with the least effort). From Romy and Michelle to Britney circa Hit Me Baby One More Time to the original emo chick, Daria, at the very least these will have you taking a trip down memory lane.
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It’s hard to choose just one outstanding Britney moment, but the singer’s look in “…Baby One More Time” is at the top of our list. To steal her look, all you need is a cardigan, a button-down shirt, miniskirt, socks, and—if you’re daring enough—an exposed midriff. As a bonus, you probably own all or most of those items already!
This costume is particularly ideal if you can find four willing friends to accompany you, but the Spice Girls have such distinct and recognizable personas that no matter who you choose, any ’90s kid will instantly appreciate the idea (though we have to admit, our pick would be an LBD-clad Posh).
To re-create Melissa Joan Hart’s look in Clarissa Explains It All, mix and layer every print in your closet, whether it’s polka dots, paisley, stripes, and plaid. Finish off your outfit with a side ponytail and Doc Martens!
Who could forget Josie’s cringe-worthy feathery white outfit in Never Been Kissed? While the costume version doesn’t require you walking around with a lunch tray, for maximum impact, we do suggest imitating her hairstyle as closely as possible. It goes without saying that finding a blouse with feathery sleeves and a collar—or just accessorizing with a boa—is non-negotiable!
While this is one of the most iconic looks from Pretty Woman, if you prefer to have the larger portion of your waist concealed, we’d go with the polka-dot outfit that Julia Roberts’s character wears to the polo match. However, if you’re bold enough to rock a figure-hugging cutout dress, don’t forget to accessorize with thigh-high boots and oversize hoop earrings!