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. So in honor of the recent resurgence of ’90s trends and style, what better way to get there than with a roundup of ideas from (arguably) one of the coolest decades? That’s right—today we’re bringing you 17 of our favorite ’90s-inspired costume ideas that will make you the coolest-dressed person on Halloween (with the least effort). From Romy and Michele to Britney Spears circa “…Baby One More Time” to the original emo chick Daria, at the very least these will have you taking a trip down memory lane. Scroll down to check out these easy-to-copy ’90s costumes.
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While Iggy Azalea’s spot-on rendition will be hard to live up to, we still think a Clueless costume is the perfect easy ’90s throwback. Whether you copy Cher or Dionne or dress up with a friend to channel both, just make sure you have a plaid blazer and plaid skirt on.
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Late singer Selena left an indelible mark on music, the '90s, and the Latinx community. Channel this iconic onstage looks of hers this Halloween with a disco-inspired shimmery jumpsuit and her signature hoop earrings.
This costume is 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.
Grab your best friend and channel the dynamic duo of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. What you’ll need: a sparkly choker necklace; shiny, statement-making minidresses (DIY, anyone?); and matching heeled mule sandals.
To look like Angela Chase or any member of her crew from My So-Called Life, we suggest going heavy on all ’90s trends. There’s no specific costume to follow; just load up on plaid, floral-print, high-waisted Levi’s, and other grungy-cool pieces. Extra points if you can score a crochet vest à la Claire Danes.
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Okay, so technically this J.Lo look was from the year 2000 (at the MTV VMAs, to be specific), but we think it shows off her epic '90s hip-hop style perfectly. The key elements include a white bandana, hoop earrings, and a cropped tank top.
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, or plaid. Finish off your outfit with a side ponytail and Dr. Martens.
Beloved cartoon character Daria conveniently wore the same thing every day, so this costume’s a no-brainer. Shop for round glasses, a green jacket or blazer, a pleated black skirt, and combat boots to make sure you’re instantly recognizable.
Who could forget Josie’s 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 nonnegotiable.
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 want to go for the figure-hugging cutout dress, don’t forget to accessorize with thigh-high boots and oversize hoop earrings.
To channel the memorable Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction, all you need is a crisp white button-down and flared black trousers. If your hair doesn’t already happen to look like Uma Thurman’s in the film, we definitely suggest a cropped black wig with bangs.