A girl I’ve been seeing is hosting a Halloween party with her flatmates. So of course this means fancy dress, right? The problem is I think Halloween is rubbish and I hate costumes. But I don’t want to be uptight about it. What should I wear that will impress the girl (and especially all her friends, whom I will be meeting for the first time) but won’t make me feel like a complete twat?
Girls have it a bit easier with Halloween, as they can just slap on a load of dark makeup and a low cut dress and go as a Sexy Witch/Lady Devil/Evil Nurse, etc. Not very original, but we don’t hear many men complaining. For guys, though, if you’re trying to seduce a lady, don’t go overboard with the scary-sexy look. It's creepy. Despite what you may have seen on Buffy, most girls don’t dig vampires in that way. If you’re costume-phobic, you need an outfit that is quick to put together, low-maintenance, and, especially, something that you won’t mind still having on when you ride the tube home the next day (with any luck). It doesn’t need to be much, just enough to show that you take the party -and thus the girl- seriously enough to make a little effort.
Don Johnson in Miami Vice, a Chav, a Leftover White Box from Embankment. Humour is a good angle. We know a guy who announced to everyone that he would be coming to a Halloween party dressed as a frog, only to find the costume he had planned to buy was suddenly sold out. So instead he settled for a striped shirt, a beret, and pack of Gauloises.
A cowboy is a really good, masculine choice, and everyone already has 75% of the accessories in their wardrobe. Other simple choices: Early Elvis, Andy Warhol, Loud American Tourist. Or a Movie characters: Scarface, the priest from the Exorcist, Marty McFly. Also easy, but maybe a little cliché by now: James Bond, or certain characters from The Matrix, Reservoir Dogs, and Star Wars . But certainly go for it if you’re fit and can pull off an immaculate Han Solo. Girls like Han. (Remember he carries a blaster, not a saber.)
Our last tips are: If you’re a straight man and want to be considered cool, don’t dress as a woman, ever. And don’t wear any makeup, unless you’re positive you don’t want to make out that night. Good luck!
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