The Sue Sylvester Chop
This seventies-housewife wig could anchor a classic Brady Bunch–era Florence Henderson look, but pair it with a red tracksuit and you could only be Glee’s Sue Sylvester. If you want to go all out (and Sue would want you to), try accessorizing with a pricey-but-awesome megaphone from Sports Authority, or just make one out of rolled-up paperboard.
Adidas track top and pants, $65 and $55 at the Adidas Originals Store; seventies-housewife wig, $19.99 at Ricky’s.
The Snooki Pouf
In years past, this wig could have worked with a fifties-sock-hop costume, but this year, add a few cans of hairspray and a pack of Bumpits and you’re Snooki all the way. Show off your gams in a gold lamé minidress, or go vintage in leopard (right) to up the Jerseyliciousness.
Shiny tank pencil dress, $45 at American Apparel; pack of three Bumpits, $9.99 at Ricky’s; leopard minidress, $110 at Screaming Mimi’s; Snooki wig and costume, $19.99 and $29.99 at Ricky’s.
The Katy Perry Color Shock
You could double as a psychedelic Smurfette, but Ricky’s Candy Girl costume (right) looks straight out of the “California Gurls” video. For an upgrade: Screaming Mimi’s has a variety of vibrant bustier tops that are very Katy when paired with a candy-colored miniskirt; best to also invest in a good push-up bra.
Candy Girl costume, $49.99 at Ricky’s; blue glamour wig, $19.99 at Ricky’s; purple bustier top, $75 at Screaming Mimi’s; rainbow miniskirt, $45 at Screaming Mimi’s.
The Christine O’Donnell
Last year’s Sarah Palin outfit gets an easy, tea-party-chic update with a classic witch hat. If you’re looking to invest in some real-deal red office separates, check out Talbots.
Red blazer, $35 at Screaming Mimi’s; Sarah Palin wig, $19.99 at Ricky’s; witch hat and broom, $4.99 and $3.99 at Ricky’s.
The Bieber Swoop
Pair this wig with some skinny British suiting and you could always be a Beatle, but this year, the pull of the Bieber will be hard to resist. Any old hoodie will do the trick, but hit up the Ecko selection at Empire Apparel for one of the Bieb’s authentic looks.
Justin Bieber wig, $30 at Frank Bee Costume; purple flex-fleece zip hoodie, $46 at American Apparel; dark wash jeans, $39.90 at Uniqlo.