For a few years in the 1990s her face was on the cover of every supermarket tabloid across the country, and she would eventually crossover into even the most reputable of magazines and television new programs. Monica Lewinsky played an integral role in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and now she can inspire you to new heights of 90’s costume awesomeness.
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As partner and voice of reason to Fox Mulder on the iconic 90’s sci-fi drama The X-Files, Dana Scully wore an outfit that was professional and to the point in almost every episode. She has also become somewhat of a cult fashion figure amongst fans of the program, and her simple style makes her a prime target for a 1990s Halloween costume.
Fans of the world’s toughest Valley Girl have a choice to make when it comes to deciding which Buffy they want to be – the original film’s blonde and buxom Kirsty Swanson, or the hit TV show’s Sarah Michelle Gellar. The first look skews more towards the California airhead cliché – cheerleader skirt, school sweater and a pony tail – while the television program’s style was a little more nuanced and offers a few different possibilities. The WB’s Buffy ran the gamut from halter tops and brown or red leather pants to soft colored jackets and platform shoes. There’s even a popular version of the Buffy costume that has her wearing her white prom dress instead of her everyday vampire slaying duds.
Saved By The Bell‘s most memorable character definitely has to be Screech. The geeky, poorly dressed and awkwardly spoken teen was the comic relief of the program, and the ultra-loud colors of his clothing are seared into the minds of anyone who ever caught an episode. We all knew someone a little like Screech in high school – it may even be possible that you were more like Screech than you would care to admit.
It’s time to break out your southern drawl and folksy wisdom this Halloween (or for your 90s-inspired party) and dress up as one of the 1990s most celebrated simpletons, Forrest Gump. If Tom Hanks could pull it off, so can you. Forrest Gump was lovable thanks to his aw-shucks attitude, but the movie poster and bookend scenes of the film show Gump wearing the off-white sport coat and pants that have become indelibly associated with the character.
In addition to spouting an entire legion of catchphrases (Yeah Baby!), Austin Powers as played by SNL funnyman Mike Meyers is one of the ultimate fun 90’s Halloween costumes. What other character combines bad teeth and questionable 60’s fashion sense so well? Austin’s flamboyant wardrobe is probably nothing like anything you have lying around at home, but with a little creativity you too can look like a British 60’s raver.
Disaffected teens unite and pull those plaid shirts out of the closet – it’s time to recreate the look of one of the most iconic anti-heroines of 1990s television drama, Angela Chase. As the queen of angst, actress Claire Danes was frequently clothed in the mish-mash alternative rock style of the early part of the decade, which for you means either digging through your pile of castoffs or heading down to the local thrift shop to land some of the components you will need to make your Angela Chase look authentic.
The world’s most famous cartoon mom – well, probably the most famous television mom period – might seem like a difficult Halloween costume to pull off thanks to the program’s reality-bending details (yellow skin, blue beehive, etc). The truth is, Marge’s never-changing outfit actually makes it really easy to produce an authentic Simpsons costume on the barest of budgets.
Alternative rock’s most famous female mess makes for a trashy but perfect costume choice. Courtney Love’s bizarre and varied wardrobe means that there are a few different ways to capture her zoned-out heroin chic on Halloween, depending upon how far you want to go.
Probably one of the easiest musical figures to imitate in terms of costume, Kurt Cobain lets your raid your closet for those flannel shirts and ripped jeans that have been rotting there for the last 10 years or so. Kurt was also partial to wearing shirts with big horizontal stripes underneath his flannel, so make sure to include that as part of your overall look.