If you're in the mood to be sexy, fierce, and even a little retro this Halloween, you can't do much better than a Rihanna at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards Halloween costume. If this reference means very little to you, this will do it: Remember that floor-length, totally transparent Adam Selman gown dripping in 216,000 Swarovski crystals that she accessorized with gloves and an embellished headscarf? That's the one! It was the singer's Josephine Baker moment, as well as the moment the world got to see how far she was willing to push the envelope, and how she could make near-nudity look as elegant as if she Audrey Hepburn wearing Yves Saint Laurent.
The problem with trying to rock this at your Halloween party or, heaven forbid, wearing it while taking your niece trick-or-treating (maybe not ideal) is pretty obvious, isn't it? You want to look Rihanna-hot, but not at the expense of spending a night in jail for indecent exposure. Here are a few ideas for how you can pull off this look on Halloween without having to hire a seamstress to sew in a gazillion dollars worth of crystals (hey, unless you're in a place to do so, then by all means) and, more importantly, without freezing your tatas off.
Here's the look you're going for — or as close to it as possible:
Deep breath. Ready?
1. Buy A Lingerie Gown
This one is from Frederick's of Hollywood and, while it isn't ideal — it would be even better if you could locate a nude, plain fishnet gown — the important thing is that you aren't running out and dropping serious money on a glittery, floor-length prom dress. The idea is to make it plainly obvious that you're wearing a costume and not trying to actually be Rihanna.
2. Breathe — You Get To Wear Undergarments Under The Gown
This nude slip from Target will preserve your modesty when worn under the lingerie gown and is worth the purchase because you can wear it over and over again. If you're truly brave, ditch the slip and wear nude boyshorts and a bra or sports bra.
3. Get Your Glitter On
This DIY video shows you how dead simple it is to glue silver glitter over every inch of your lingerie gown, creating a costume version of Rihanna's designer dress. All you need is adhesive spray, silver glitter and enough space to be able to make a gigantic mess.
4. Don't Forget Gloves & A Hat
Don't go crazy looking for the perfect 1920s sequin headscarf — simply grab some old nude panty hose, cut them up, give them the glitter treatment, and wrap around your head. Long, fingerless fishnet gloves dripping in glitter are easy to find and the perfect final touch.
5. Copy Her Exact Makeup Look
If there's one aspect of Rihanna's costume you can mimic to a T, it's her flawless makeup. Makeup artist Mylah Morales told Harper's Bazaar the singer's eyes were the focus that evening and that she emphasized them with RiRi Hearts MAC Eyeshadow Palette, MAC Lashes in #35, MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder, and MAC Studio Finish SPF 35. Her gorgeous light lipstick was a combination of two shades — Mehr and Myth and her lips were lined with MAC Lip Liner in Spice. Obviously, if you have makeup already, you can mix and match without buying all of Rihanna's exact products, but hey, if you need some new stuff anyway, why not?
MAC Lashes in #35, $14, Nordstrom | MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder, $15, Nordstrom | MAC Studio Finish SPF 35, $18, Nordstrom | MAC Lipstick in Mehr, $17.50, Ulta | MAC Lipstick in Myth, $17.50, Nordstrom | MAC Lip Pencil in Spice, $15, Nordstrom
Don't leave home without your boa — the chintzier looking, the better — and, of course, your trophy. You can buy a fake one here at Party City, but it's all the better if yours is the one you got when you were 6 after your first dance recital.
Images: Fredericks of Hollywood; Target