Making DIY dreams come true: five easy feminist costumes for you

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So, Halloween is on the horizon. You still don’t have a costume? Ugh, mediocre. Luckily, the spooky season does mean we can get creative.

There’s no need for you to panic about what to wear this weekend anymore: I have arrived with five powerful women for you to embody. I know, so generous.

Although, I guess we don’t have too much to worry about, with lockdown happening and all, but still; it’s fun to dress up. Sometimes we just need some inspiration, which is why I’ve made an early appearance.

And I have a couple of ideas to share.

So, you want a Halloween costume with some bite. However, you don’t want to spend a lot of coin since the clubs are likely to be dead. That’s okay. Because there are plenty of powerful women you can relate to this Halloween with minimal effort.


Because I think it’s about time we called time of death on sexy nurses. Besides, we’re in the generation that can make anything sexy and there needs to be a hard limit in place.

Not to mention I caught wind of sexy baby Yoda costumes and there are some lines we just can’t cross.

(To clarify: that is one of them.)

So, I am here to beat you to your imagination. Whether you’re dressing up with your flatmates or snapping a photo for Insta, these are some women who will make you feel alive. All of them equally iconic in their own right, and a whole lot of “the future is female” vibes are happening here.

Let us begin the masterclass in DIY costumes. Be prepared, people; because we’re bringing back some classics too.

1. Miranda Priestley


Need I say more? She is the literal Devil in Prada and there are so many creative ways to make this a costume. I’m thinking devil horns are for sure on the agenda. You don’t need a boujee fur coat to pull off Miranda. You could get away with wearing flared black trousers, a white shirt and a red belt. If you’re feeling it, even throw on a blazer for brownie points.

2. Jessica Jones


As if you don’t want to be one of Marvel’s most kick-ass women. Not only that, but she’s a survivor. Even I want to adopt her careless attitude and dark humour. Luckily, all you need to make this costume a reality is a leather jacket, those black boots we all have, and maybe a grey scarf. Honestly, the fingerless gloves are optional because we all know the signature eye-roll comes free.

3. Buffy Summers


Don’t you dare lie, this one is from the golden age. There was time where everyone wanted to be a Slayer. Bring it back! Please, I want to see at least one Buffy on social media. You don’t even need to wear the red leather trousers; you can wear black! All you need is a cheap looking wooden stake and maybe a spritz of fake blood. Nineties fashion is so in right now: no matter what Buffy outfit you wear, you’ll be a hit!

4. Atomic Blonde


Come on, be the kickass spy who makes you gasp. Atomic Blonde is a literal badass in every sense of the word. Not only is she a fierce fighter and unafraid of confrontation, but her outfits are chic as hell. All you’d need is a black trench coat, black sunglasses, and a black dress. It doesn’t get easier than that, trust me.

5. Elle Woods

Leaving the most relatable to last. All you need is pink. I’m telling you right now that Elle Woods is a majorly achievable costume! Deep inside, we all want to embody her confidence and determination. Also, hello? A university student killing it to prove a point? Yeah, let’s not pretend that’s all of us. Wear the pinkest of the pink clothes you have and become this Legally Blonde icon. What, like it’s hard?

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Deputy Editor of Brig Newspaper. Fourth year journalism and English student at the University of Stirling. Lover of covering social issues and creator of 'The Talk' column for everyone who needs to hear it.

Deputy Editor of Brig Newspaper. Fourth year journalism and English student at the University of Stirling. Lover of covering social issues and creator of 'The Talk' column for everyone who needs to hear it.

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