Crisp, spooky fall is in the air, and everyone knows what that means: It's time for you and your 20 closest friends to start planning your Halloween costumes. As the countdown to her next album begins, what better source of inspiration could you possibly find than the Queen of Squads herself? This year, the
Taylor Swift "Look What You Made Me Do" costumes will be legion — remember the many, many Ballerina Swifts of 2015? — but a lack of originality doesn't mean you should dress up as some lesser pop star. Swift costumes will never go out of style.
Although it may feel like the massively popular
1989 came out just a short while ago, it has actually been three years since the release of Swift's last album. Needless to say, fans were delighted when she announced via Instagram in late August that her newest album will be released this fall. Reputation, stylized in the lowercase as reputation, is her sixth studio album, and if the popularity of 1989 is any indication, everyone in the Western hemisphere can expect to have it memorized by the end of November.
The album itself isn't scheduled for release until Nov. 10, but by the end of September, Swift released two singles: "...Ready For It?" and "Look What You Made Me Do." Anyone with the barest awareness of pop culture already knows that the latter song was accompanied by an instantly iconic music video featuring Swift throughout the ages. On the off chance that you haven't seen it yet, stop whatever else you're doing and watch it right now.
Swift goes through approximately one million wardrobe changes in the video, making it perfect material for a group Halloween costume. Here are 16 easy looks from the video for you and your squad to enjoy this year.
The video opens with an undead Swift clawing her way out of the grave where her reputation lies buried. (Subtle, right?) Of all the costumes, it's the most appropriate for Halloween, so it's perfect for horror aficionados. The most important part is the zombie makeup; there are plenty of
online tutorials to practice before Oct. 31. Aside from that, all you need is a dirty blue dress and a shovel. Be sure to use cocoa powder on your skin to make yourself look appropriately grimy. Heavenly Hues Light Blue Maxi Dress, $84, Lulus
Unless you keep four willing, able-bodied men on retainer for all your Halloween costume needs, the chances of you finding someone to carry you around in a bathtub filled with diamonds are slim. The next best thing is to outfit yourself with all the sparkly, rhinestone-encrusted clothing and accessories you can get your hands on. Top it off with red lipstick and pearl earrings, and voila! You're Diamond Taylor.
Xscape Rhinestone Soutache Fit-and-Flare Dress, $89, Lord and Taylor | Asana Choker, $88, | Child of Wild | Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid Matte Lipstick, $20, Amazon Rhinestone Bracelet, $19, Venus
Swift has never really gotten up to the kind of antics paparazzi thrive on... except in the "Look What You Made Me Do" video. Grab some appropriately giant sunglasses, sweep your hair into a ponytail, and act an entitled fool all night. Bonus points if you carry around a Grammy (or any trophy, if you don't have an actual Grammy lying around) all night.
| Diane von Furstenberg Cat Eye Sunglasses, $50, Nordstrom Rack | Cheetah Print Faux Fur Jacket, $50, Forever 21 High Neck Metallic Bodycon Dress, $32, Pilot
Back in 2009, when Swift received an award for Best Female Video at the Video Music Awards, Kanye West
climbed onstage to grab the mic... and the rest was history. Nearly a decade later, Swift referenced the moment in her video.
To dress up as VMA Swift, simply find a long, metallic dress and pin your hair to the side. If you have time, spray paint an astronaut figurine to represent the video music award itself, and carry around a microphone in your other hand.
| Draped Dress, $107, Amazon | NYX Red Haute Pin-Up Pout Lipstick, $6, Ulta Clear Two-Piece Lucite Heel Sandals, $25, Charlotte Russe
"Fearless" Guitar Taylor
Remember the days when Swift was a curly-haired country singer? Indulge in a throwback with the
Fearless-era Taylor costume. It's fairly easy; you'll just need an acoustic guitar, a short, glittery dress, and some knee-high boots. | Fringe Mesh Strappy Midi Bodycon Dress, $72, ASOS Electric Guitar Earrings, $36, | Earth Solutions On a Diagonal Pointy Zip-Up Boots, $29, Go Jane
Ah yes, the famous Ballerina Taylor from "Shake It Off." It's the perfect excuse to use your old ballet costumes if you have them. If not, just buy a white leotard and tutu. The headpiece is a little harder to find, but you can replicate it by pinning two large, white feathers in your hair or buying a feathery headband.
| Free People Stretch Cotton Leotard Bodysuit, $48, Nordstrom Star Tutu Short Cream, $98, | Marie Chantal Eugenia Kim Ulla Headband, $49, Banana Republic | Touch Ups Beth, $50, Shoes
"You Belong With Me" Taylor
A reference to the video for "You Belong With Me," which was released in 2008, this incarnation of Swift is super easy to replicate. Just don some '80s glasses, pull your hair back, and buy a plain white T-shirt from a craft store. Write "JUNIOR JEWELS" in the middle, then have your friends sign it. As for bottoms, most of the music video takes place in her bedroom, so go for some pajama shorts or pants.
Sorbet Pajama Shorts, $30, | Domino Popmap Large Retro Clear Lens Glasses, $14, | Popmap Scoopneck Tee , $22, GAP
You might not remember the pink Oscar de la Renta gown Swift wore to the 2014 Met Gala, but she does. In fact, it's the dress in which she was buried. This costume is perfect for the fashion-obsessed friend.
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So how are you supposed to mimic a one-of-a-kind designer gown? You... can't, really, but you can do your best to find a pastel pink ballgown. Remember to curl your hair and wear red lipstick.
| Lime Crime Red Velvet, $20, Amazon Pink A Line Scoop Neck Tulle Floor Length Prom Dress, $139, | Harry Dress Landen Heels, $90, Steve Madden
Swift ultra-fans may remember her ringleader costume from the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards. To recreate this look, you'll need a top hat, red jacket, black shorts, and a cane to twirl around as you lead your squad into Halloween shenanigans.
Freya Military Style Blazer , $46, | BooHoo Black Satin Top Hat , $8, | Amazon | Harley-Davidson Hope Boots, $180, Zappos Express Dressy Shorts, $11, ThredUp
Just as Swift released her inner goth for the dance sequence in the video, you can dress in a costume as dark as your soul this Halloween. Let your hair do its natural thing, and make sure your makeup is dark blues and plums. After that, you'll just need fishnets, black hot pants, and a long-sleeved crop top.
Cosabella Free Low Rise Hot Pants , $26, | Bare Necessities Cosabella Bisou Texture Black Flock Bodysuit, $130, | Orchard Mile Black Long Bell Sleeve Crop Top , $32, | River Island Fishnet Tights, $11, Torrid
Swift managed to work her love for cats into the video; the costume is perfect for her fellow feline enthusiasts. The important parts are the cat mask, baseball bat, cat hoodie, and red boots.
Cat Head & Paws Costume for Adults, $28, | Buy Costumes Black Cat Pattern Hoodie, $32, | With Chic Patent Leather Over the Knee Boots, $99, Water Every Sunday
Spiky Taylor's costume doubles as protection; those spikes will keep anyone out of your personal space. Dress up in all the studded, spiky clothes you can find.
| Embroidered & Studded Faux Leather Jacket, $25, Charlotte Russe Ripped Front Jeans, $30, | Outfit Made Silver Spike Cuff Bracelet , $6, | Hot Topic City Girl Leather Cap, $18, | 2020 Ave Tripp NYC PVC Lace Up Bustier, $45, ASOS
A possible throwback to her retro "Wildest Dreams" video, this costume is simple. Dress in an orange shirtdress and boots (or thigh high socks if you can't find affordable over-the-knee shoes), and do your hair in a '40s wave. Add some vintage jewelry and a snake tattoo on your thigh, and you're all set.
| Soda Fountain Dress, $65, ModCloth Ladies Over The Knee Thigh High Socks , $3, | Amazon | Dolce Vita Ethan Boots, $215, Zappos Vintage Style Satin Wrist Gloves, $14, Unique Vintage
Finally, the queen bee of your group — the one who's always making plans and taking charge — is predestined to be Reputation Taylor. It might be difficult to find a bodysuit emblazoned with "rep," but you can find a close approximation. As a final touch, start the night with your hair damp, like Swift's in the video.
| Faux Fur Jacket, $67, H&M Danskin Low Back Dance Leotard , $24, | Kohl's Platform Chunky Heel Combat Boots, $123, | Chiko Shoes Darling Waterfall Tassels, $34, Humble Chic
Even if you can't get all the Taylors at once, you can pair up in any combination: Zombie Taylor and Met Gala Taylor,
Fearless Taylor with Reputation Taylor, and so on. Happy Halloween!