Well, it’s Halloween weekend; if you haven’t picked your costume out yet, chances are you are in trouble. Not that it matters if you are a woman, though; if you don’t want to be a “sexy kitten” you were out of luck to begin with.
Why do men get all the fun stuff? They can be super heroes, bloody monsters, awesome villains, the Halloween world is at their feet. What do all of their costumes have in common? They are all warm and cozy.
Meanwhile, let’s take a look at female costumes. “Sexy” firefighter. “Sexy” vampire. “Sexy” witch. Hey, newsflash, costume makers; we don’t want to be sexy, we want to be warm! Why do we need to have our legs bare (or covered in thin leggings) and half our chest hanging out on a chilly fall night? These costumes just aren’t as sexy with a parka, are they?
If women want to be warm, we might as well make our own costumes. Goodness knows, we have enough ideas at our fingertips.
- Mom at the School Bus Stop: Fuzzy bathrobe, fuzzy slippers, flannel pajamas, tangled hair streaked with traces of pancake mix from an ill-fated attempt to give the kids a “real” breakfast. Accessories: coffee mug – preferably filled, half-eaten pancake in hand, and hair curlers.
- Walmart Shopper: Sweatpants, stained sweatshirt, mismatched socks. Accessories: optional hair curlers, oversized purse, smoldering credit card.
- Mom’s Night on the Town: High-waisted jeans, loose fitting sweater. Accessories: Boots, always boots. Cell phone with babysitter on speed dial. Added touch for authenticity: paper clip holding jeans zipper closed.
- Mom’s Dream Night: This is an easy one. Flannel pajamas. Accessories: wine bottle (if it’s empty, don’t judge), favorite blanket, remote control, empty house. No, seriously, go away so that I can enjoy the quiet in an empty house.
- Yoga Master: Yoga pants, expensive top. Accessories: body double to properly wear yoga pants. Squeaky clean white sneakers. Perky pony tail. Unused gym membership.
- Car Pool Mom: Fleece comfy pants, untucked mismatched flannel shirt, hair mussed, wide-eyed look as if in a constant state of panic. Accessories: Wet wipes, travel mug, oversized sunglasses, massive schedule planner in hand, snacks.
- Work at Home Executive: Fleece or sweatpants and comfortable slippers, stylish business jacket and professional blouse for video meetings via webcam. Accessories: Laptop, coffee mug (again, preferably filled), professional hair style and make up.
- Small Business Owner, Retail Version: Jeans, sweater, sneakers. Accessories: Mussed hair, cell phone set to nonstop ring, yellow legal pad full of numbers, IV full of coffee.
- Small Business Owner, Professional Version: Pants suit, low-heeled shoes. Accessories: Mussed hair, cell phone set to nonstop ring, yellow legal pad full of numbers, IV full of coffee.
- New Mom Outfit: Puke stained sweatshirt, sweatpants with holes, mismatched socks, tangled hair, perfectly dressed baby. Accessories: Dark makeup under eyes, trashcan full of coffee, diaper bag stuffed with six weeks’ worth of diapers, stroller bigger than most cars.
I wish I knew why “store-bought” Halloween costumes for women cost so much when there is so damn little fabric included. Even worse, if you are over the age of forty, no one wants to see us in “sexy” vampire, witch, or maid outfits; that reality is a little too much for most party-goers.
Meanwhile, I see men’s costumes that cost a fraction of what women’s do and are way cooler. Michael Myers? Freddie Krueger? Deadpool, Superman, the Incredible Hulk? I live for a Halloween when men are “sexy Freddie,” “sexy Michael,” and “sexy Hulk.” Picture it; low cut costumes and skimpy bottoms…
On second thought, maybe not.