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3 '90s Costumes You Can Keep Wearing Even After Halloween's Over

From Clueless to Daria.

Looking for '90s costume ideas? Here are 3 '90s Halloween costumes to try, from 'Clueless' to Daria....
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Halloween is almost here — can you believe it? And before the eventful weekend rolls around, you want to get a head start on planning the perfect costume for the event, Zoom party, trick-or-treat babysitting job, on your calendar. First on your agenda? Coming up with an idea. If you’re stumped on what to be this year, and a ‘Squid Games’ character is not an option, why not draw inspiration from your own wardrobe? Everyone is currently emulating ’90s fashion for everyday wear, and the decade has plenty of inspiration for costumes as well.

Whether you pull from a TV series, a cartoon, or a pop star, there are some great costumes from that bygone era: Dionne from Clueless, Daria, and Aaliyah, to be specific.

The best part? Each costume can be expertly crafted with either items you already own, or pieces you can wear on the regular long after All Hallow’s Eve has passed. A plaid skirt suit? Daria’s iconic pleated mini? Aaliyah’s red sweatsuit? Yes, yes, and yes.

Ahead, find the best ‘90s Halloween costumes you need to try for 2021. And with October 31 falling on a Sunday this year, there’s sure to be a whole weekend full of spooky festivities, so you might even want to try them all.

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Clueless Costume

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Channel your favorite ’90s best friend, Dionne from Clueless, in a plaid skirt set you can wear again and again. With her white and black hat, red top, and old school phone, you’ll be instantly recognizable. Even better? Find a Cher and make it a fun group costume.

Clueless Costume

Nail Dionne’s black-and-white printed look with a coat instead of a blazer. The textured collar here adds a fun, playful detail.

Clueless Costume

Finish the look with a zippered skirt that will look chic worn with the costume or by itself with a black turtleneck.

Clueless Costume

Copy Dionne’s iconic pop of red with a sweater in the bright hue. Wear the coat open or draped over your shoulders to give the full effect.

Clueless Costume

Dionne’s hat was iconic, from the black and white colors to the red flower. Try a more wearable version with this fedora and add a red flower to the mix for extra flair.

Clueless Costume

If you want to go all out, splurge on a wide-brimmed black and white hat that will ensure all eyes are on you at the party and wherever else you choose to wear it.

Daria Costume

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Embrace suburban high school style at its best in the ’90s, via the classic MTV character Daria. Whether you watched the show religiously at the time or not, the jaded cynic of Daria is a definite must when it comes to Halloween costumes from the 1990s.

Daria Costume

Have fun with your pleated skirt by going asymmetric with this playful wrap mini.

Daria Costume

No need to get fancy with your top, just look for that pop of bright orange color.

Daria Costume

Make sure to layer a deep green blazer on top and this fun option will look just as stylish with denim once Halloween is over.

Daria Costume

Who can forget Daria’s signature combat boots? Go for a black pair that will go with everything in your wardrobe, from dresses to denim to Daria’s mini skirt.

Aaliyah Costume

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Though there are plenty of imitators, Aaliyah’s signature style is still one-of-a-kind. She paired flirty going-out tops with oversize menswear for a contrast that is still emulated across the globe. Add her iconic swoop hairstyle and your costume will be an immediate hit.

Aaliyah Costume

Start with the bikini tops Aaliyah adored, choosing a red version you can mix and match with other bottoms once summer hits.

Aaliyah Costume

Throw on a windbreaker but be sure to open it so your bikini top is on full display and remember: the baggier, the better.

Aaliyah Costume

Finish off the look with red joggers worn low around the waist. Bonus points if you add some black logo boxers underneath.

Aaliyah Costume

Aaliyah was well-known for having an air of mystery, so wear these oval sunglasses over your swoop bang to really nail her incognito style.