People often ask me what to wear on a first date. I give a few pieces of advice on this topic:
– Wear clothes to match the venue.
– Make sure everything is neatly ironed and tucked in, as appropriate.
– Shoe choice matters.
While the first date outfit is obviously important, there are other times when you also have to ask yourself the question, “What do I wear??”
We all know what holiday is coming up this Saturday (where does the time go?), and the costume you wear can tell a lot about you, believe it or not.
I used to wear this ridiculous (lame?) homemade “costume” made from a box of Honey Bunches of Oats (my fave) and an aluminum foil “knife” pierced through it. Can you guess what I was supposed to be? A cereal killer. In other years, I gave into the peer pressure to become the sexy version of a costume, so I was a “sexy bee.” (I actually wore this costume three years in a row since I was spending Halloween with different people. I knew it was time to retire it when a guy walked into the party wearing the exact same one!) Through both of those costumes, you’d get a very different impression of who I am, so I want to talk about what your Halloween costume might say about you?
1. The pun
Like my ridiculous cereal costume, a punny costume shows that you probably enjoy wordplay. I personally like these types of costumes because, just like in an online dating username that takes a clever take on a word, a clever costume is a fairly decent proxy for intelligence. Some ideas: Sand-witch (that’s mine this year!), a deviled egg, Kevin Bacon.
2. The “In” joke
Like the pun costume, this person is in the know with the news. If the whole “dress” fiasco had occurred on Halloween, you better believe we would have seen a lot of white/gold and blue/black action going on. Now, on the other hand, if someone shows up in an outdated news story costume (bird flu, anyone?), he or she is likely to get a few eye rolls for being so far removed from the present day. I personally can’t wait to see all of the bad toupees this year that are supposed to look like Donald Trump. Just go around saying, “You’re fired,” and you’re golden.
- The “sexy” _______
Just about any costume anything can be turned into the sexy version of itself. Sexy doctor, sexy librarian, sexy basketball player… it really doesn’t matter. By dressing as the sexy version of something, it says that you either want to show off when it’s deemed socially acceptable or, more likely, that you’re looking for attention. If you leave nothing to the imagination, people are going to look at you, for better or for worse.
4. The last-minute makeshift costume
You throw on a pair of sunglasses and say you’re Bono. You decide to wear a red hat and say you’re a fire fighter. You put a “Hello my name is Posh” nametag on and say you’re one of the Spice Girls. We can all see through these costumes (not literally like in #3, thank goodness), and the only thing most people think is, “Lazy!”
5. The mask or gory number
I hate these costumes. Most come with a mask so you can’t even see the person’s face. This screams (no pun intended) that this person doesn’t really want to engage with people. The mask creates a barrier so that it’s really easy to be anti-social.
6. The box
We’ve all seen those costumes where someone is wearing a big cardboard box—a Martian, a dinosaur, a phone booth. I don’t care what it is—you’re in my way. Wearing a huge box is the kiss of death. You can’t get close to people, and you get in everyone’s way, especially at a crowded party. .
So there you have it. What are you going as for Halloween this year? Feel free to leave a comment or Tweet your costume to @ALittleNudge.