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While there are many Halloween costumes known for being updated with skimpy, skin-revealing details, there are also plenty of ways to add a dose of modesty to an iconic look. Most of the time, all this requires is a subtle styling trick, such as adding a pair of tights, layering on some basics, or adjusting hemlines until you’re comfortable.
Whether you’ve been inspired to pull off Marilyn Monroe’s “Seven Year Itch” halter dress, thanks to all the hype surrounding Netflix’s “Blonde,” or you’d like to transform into another famous movie character such as Mary Poppins, you can still work your pieces into a confidence-boosting, alluring outfit that turns heads without a single provocative detail.
If you’re still inspired by Beyoncé’s memorable Rosie the Riveter costume after all these years (the multi-hyphenate posted an Instagram of her take back in 2014), roll up the sleeves of your denim shirt and team it with a go-to pair of jeans or shorts that lifts your bum and makes you feel good. Then, complete the ensemble with color-popping pumps if you desire extra flair or height.
And, if you want to be a “cat” woman without a completely curve-hugging leather or latex catsuit, there are plenty of ways to spin the notion on its head — perhaps opting for a stylish animal-print blouse and leggings but amping up the drama with black makeup, ears, and drawn-on whiskers.
Ahead, find 11 different ideas for pulling off your classiest Halloween costume yet.
— Additional reporting by Tara Block