A few years ago, I drove to work early on a Saturday morning. The evening before had been Halloween, and my drive to work (in Minneapolis, at the time) went right down frat row at the University of Minnesota. There, I saw a woman walking what can only be described as the “walk of shame” (it was 7amish) in a “sexy bumblebee” costume. I literally slapped my hand to my forehead and said out loud, “Oh, no, honey….”
It’s not that I’m saying you shouldn’t be a sexy bee or a sexy kitten or a sexy zombie. Go for it. If you want to be sexy, be sexy. But plenty of women are being invited to Halloween shindigs and would, frankly, rather look (for lack of a better word) smarter than that. So I’ve scoured the intertubes and found a few ideas for smart Halloween costumes for professional women who certainly don’t need sexy cop photos floating around on the internet.
- Channel a TV show with awesome female characters. My favorite idea?Mad Men! Grab a great 40s style dress, heels, red lips, a fake cigarette, and you’re all set.
- Go Back to Another Decade. Don’t just go as the “80′s girl.” Instead, grab an old character like Jem from Jem and the Holograms.
- Here’s a fun feminist twist – how about Rosie the Riveter or Susan B. Anthony?
So whether you go sexy, traditional, scary or boring, we support your Halloween costume choice! Just keep it professional, ladies. Don’t wear something you couldn’t show your boss!
Marcy Twete is the Founder and CEO of Career Girl Network and the author of the book “You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works.” At Career Girl Network, Marcy provides women with information, resources, and networking to empower them in their careers and to advance the work of women in business as a whole. Prior to launching Career Girl Network, Marcy worked in numerous nonprofit organizations and as a consultant in the field of nonprofit fundraising, marketing, and community relations. Marcy is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, and a native of rural North Dakota. She is the Vice Chair of the Chicago Board of Directors for Step Up Women’s Network in Chicago and a member of the Advisory Board for Girls on the Run Twin Cities, and is dedicated to advancing the work of organizations that move the needle for women and girls worldwide.