The Classy Girl’s Guide To Sexy Halloween Costumes

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.

Empowering Halloween Costumes

Empowering Halloween Costumes

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Hillary Clinton

Blazer In Red Grain De Poudre Wool, Givenchy, $2425

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.

Cropped Straight-Leg Pants In Red Grain De Poudre Wool, Givenchy, $995

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.

I’m With Her Button, Hillary Clinton, $5

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.

Small Glass Pearl Post Earrings, Kenneth Jay Lane, $14

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, Sam Edelman, $120

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.

Cleopatra

Strada Necklace, GAS Bijoux, $360

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.

Cape Bodycon Dress, River Island, $90

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.

Couture Kajal 3-in-1 Khol Eyeliner, Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, $35

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.

Single Eye Shadow in Tropic, NARS, $25

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, Ancient Greek Sandals, $350

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.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Dress with Lace Collar, The Kooples, $279

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.

Rigel Mocha Specs, COVRY, $105

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.

Judge Gavel, Costume Discounters, $5

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, Nine West, $89

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.