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Diana Prince, Wonder Woman

What you’ll need: A blue gown and a plastic warrior sword.

A DIY Wonder Woman costume can be time-consuming and quite costly.  If you don’t have the resources to put together Gal Gadot’s awesome costume from Patty Jenkins’ film, I have an alternate suggestion for you. In one of the film’s integral scenes, Diana goes undercover at a fancy gala to confront the villainous Ludendorff (Danny Huston). During this scene, Gadot keeps her superhero persona under wraps by wearing an elegant blue gown, with a sword hiding just underneath the fabric, strapped to her back. That’s all you need, really, to represent Wonder Woman. Of course, if you want to step things up a bit, you can throw on a tiara if you’re concerned people won’t recognize the costume right away.


Luke Cage, The Defenders

What you’ll need: A black hoodie riddled with bullet holes and a stylish goatee.

Look, I know that Daredevil, Jessica Jones and even Iron Fist are all aching to be represented during Halloween and I assure you they will be. But this list, for the most part, is dedicated to costumes that are fairly easy to put together. Enter Luke Cage. Now, this costume idea obviously works best for muscular men of a bigger stature, although the concept of a mini Luke Cage sounds quite amusing. For this costume to work, all you really need is a black hoodie that is riddled with holes. If you want to go the extra mile, sew some gold lining on the inside of the hood.


Dougie Jones, Twin Peaks

What you’ll need: An oversized lime green blazer, an oversized pair of khakis, an oversized white dress shirt, a green striped tie, a simple belt, some brown dress shoes and, of course, Dougie’s signature coffee mug.

Like most of you, I waited impatiently for Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle McLaughlan) to come out of his comatose state throughout Showtime’s Twin Peaks: The Return. But, in the process, I fell in love with the Cooper copy known as Dougie Jones. His childlike wonder, mixed with that dreamlike zombie state, brought some much-needed levity to the series. All the ingredients to bring Dougie Jones to life are listed above. Bonus points for wearing the tie on your head.


Zoya the Destoya, GLOW

What you’ll need: A metallic blue leotard and red arm-warmers, an epic amount of teased up hair, some dark blue lipstick and matching eyeshadow.

When Netflix announced they were developing a TV series inspired by G.L.O.W.: The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, I really didn’t know what to expect. But with Jenjie Cohan running the show, and Alison Brie and Marc Maron on board, I was pretty confident the program would do the ’80s wrestling series justice. An interesting component to the first season’s story was watching Ruth (Brie) come to terms with some awful life choices while finding a new sense of female empowerment in the ring. Once she got a grip of her in-ring character, Zoya the Destroya, the show really found its groove. Her character – and this costume – was inspired by real-life G.L.O.W. wrestler Ninotchka. All you really need, aside from the items listed above, is an imposing personality and an accompanying Russian accent. The worse the accent, the better.

Baby Driver - Baby (Ansel Elgort) with map

Baby, Baby Driver

What you’ll need: A varsity jacket, white cotton t-shirt, some white earbuds, black sneakers and a pair of Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses (or a cheap knockoff).

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver was a fun change of pace in the often formulaic action movie genre. I may have a soft spot for the Fast and Furious franchise, but even I needed a palette cleanser after the Fate of the Furious hit theaters. Ansel Elgort’s Baby was a hero worth rooting for and the character’s style simply begs for a costume homage. The costume requires earbuds in your ears at all times. An iPod bumping those classic jams, of course, is optional.


Dolores, Westworld

What you’ll need:light blue long sleeved striped shirt, some high-waisted gray pants, a pair of brown cowboy boots and a (fake) gun with matching holster.

Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) wore two outfits – a traditional blue farm dress and rugged traveler ensemble – throughout season 1 of HBO’s high-concept science fiction series. Inspired by Michael Crichton’s cult classic, Westworld took the original story from the film and opened up a bigger world. The layered tale explored the dynamic between the park’s wealthy visitors and the high-functioning robot hosts that inhabited the vast landscape. Being the oldest host in the park, Dolores came with some complicated baggage. Once she began learning her true identity, and that her narrative was all a lie, the future of Westworld became quite the precarious thing. With that said, I find it way more intriguing to devote a costume to the weaponized woke version of Dolores that we’ll be seeing more of once the series returns to HBO in 2018. But if you decide to go the farm dress route, remember to add a house fly or two on your face, for good measure.

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