Saturday, October 28, 2006

'Tis the Season to play Dress Up


cos*tume  /n. Pronunciation[n. kos-toom, -tyoom; v. ko-stoom, -styoom] Pronunciation Key -
–noun
1.a style of dress, including accessories and hairdos, esp. that peculiar to a nation, region, group, or historical period.
2.dress or garb characteristic of another period, place, person, etc., as worn on the stage or at balls.
3.fashion of dress appropriate to a particular occasion or season: dancing costume; winter costume.
4.a set of garments, esp. women's garments, selected for wear at a single time; outfit; ensemble.

Halloween is just around the corner, and this is the weekend where all of Chicago celebrates our Mayor's favorite holiday! Halloween in Chicago is a big deal, there are tons of parties, parades, and festivals to attend, and more than ever, the focus is on what you wear!

Dressing up for Halloween gives us a chance to tap into our alter-egos; you can be whatever character you want that night and it doesn't matter the next day. Liberation through clothing! As you can imagine, I take this opportunity wherever I can find it!

With the barrage of events that call for a costume in our fair city, there are multiple routes you can take with your garb. You can choose one costume to last the whole holiday, or dress up in a new costume every night, the choice is yours and I've provided a little list to get you started on your search for the perfect outfit on this spirited holiday!

The Clever Costume:

These are always my favorites, the costumes that make you think! My friend Jesse dressed one year as a "Freudian Slip," wearing just a slip and letting people write their favorite Freudian Slips on the dress in red ink. One of my own favorite costumes was "Devil with a Blue Dress On." You get the picture.

The Tramp:

Yes, a lot of girls like to tramp it up on All Hallow's Eve. Slutty cop, nurse, schoolgirl, sailor, etc. Put the word "slutty" in front of an occupation and you'll find a girl rocking the look. Hey, better to get the trashy out all at once rather than spread the wealth over the course of a year.

The Stitch:

Costumes that bring a little humor to the party are always fun, the Drunk 1950's housewife, the Banana, The Dude. These are the costumes that bring out the true characters on Halloween.

The Spook:

Dead people, ghosts, witches, skeletons. Anything creepy keeps up the true spirit of this ghoulish night.

So now you have some ideas; go forth, dress up, and have a safe and stylish Halloween!

Tags: Chicago Fashion ; Halloween ; Costumes

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