- Words Darcy Culverhouse
Spooky season is upon us once again, offering a fresh opportunity to dream up a costume that captures the year’s most meme-worthy moments.
Tired of going to your mate’s Halloween party and finding yourself in the same costume as everyone else? We understand that fed-up feeling. Clashing costumes usually stem from opting for something overly ‘basic’ to wear, such as hastily donning a green wig and dubbing yourself The Joker, while your partner grabs a baseball bat to become Harley Quinn. It’s about time we break away from the usual and infuse some creativity into our costumes. And what better inspiration for our attire than the most iconic pop culture moments of the year?
Although 2023 has passed in the blink of an eye, a lot has happened this year. Kylie Jenner and Timothée Chalamet’s hard launch of their PDA-filled relationship, Barbenheimer, Taylor Swift crashing Ticketmaster with her Eras Tour, Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter and rebranding it ‘X’, Ted Lasso—we could go on forever.
With all this in mind, we’ve scoured the web and handpicked seven standout duo costumes for you and your best friend, sister or significant other to rock. Whether you’re channeling bed bugs and their exterminators or paying homage to Will Ferrell and his beloved DJ Decks, duos donning these outfits are sure to stand out.
Posh Spice and David Beckham
Following their return to the zeitgeist—courtesy of David’s Netflix doc—the dynamite couple have been the talk of the town since. We recommend looking to the 00s for their best fashionista moments, where you’ll find overtly low-waisted jeans, tighter-than-tight corsets and even matching leather boiler suits.
Ken and Allan
Forget Barbie and Ken, what about Ken and Allan? In a world teeming with Kens, some turn out to be Allan. Created to be Ken’s best bud—all of Ken’s clothes perfectly fit him—Allan is now basking in the spotlight he deserves in Greta Gerwig’s film. Even though designed to be Ken’s sidekick, their contrasting traits quickly come to light. But, as they say, opposites attract. So, shelve that cliché Barbie ensemble and throw some clashing patterns and colours together to channel the Allan vibe. Pair up with your charming Ken and become the duo everyone truly craves.
Will Ferrell and his DJ decks
No, this is not a dream. Will Ferrell did indeed crash his son’s frat party and showcases his inner DJ. What the…? Ferrell has unquestionably earned his ‘Cool Dad’ status, taking charge of the decks at the Sigma Alpha Mu house at the University of Southern California, delivering an unforgettable performance that will be talked about for years to come. Whether this is a newfound hobby or a hidden talent, we’re absolutely here for it.
Sophie Turner and Taylor Swift
Stepping out arm in arm on the streets of NYC for a girl’s night after Turner’s split from Joe Jonas (who once broke up with Swift on a 25-second phone call), the pair looked thick as thieves. They’ve gushed about each other in interviews, worn each other’s friendship bracelets and now exchange cryptic messages through Instagram posts. So, grab your bestie and stand united against your exes.
Hailey and Justin Bieber
Taking the internet by storm, the picture of Hailey and Justin in drastically conflicting outfits at her Rhode lip treatment launch event set social media abuzz. But as they say, one couple’s fashion mismatch is another couple’s ideal Halloween ensemble: Justin’s casual grey sweats and Hailey’s chic red dress serve as the perfect inspiration for couples where one is all about Halloween spirit, while the other prefers to keep things laid-back.
Jennifer Coolidge and a yacht
Halloween marks the anniversary of The White Lotus season 2, and our beloved cult icon Jennifer Coolidge still takes home character of the year reprising her role as the utterly bizarre, extremely iconic Tanya McQuoid (RIP). So do the right thing and pay tribute to our queen’s affinity for yachts—despite her comically clumsy demise, it’s what she would’ve wanted.
Bed bugs and their exterminators
We never thought we’d see the day where bed bugs would make headline news until now. After plaguing Paris earlier this month, these blood-feeding pests have now invaded London, with reported sightings on the underground. Hooray! Not. But hey, in every cloud, there is a silver lining. Despite most shaking in their boots at the infestation, you and your pal can don a costume based on actual events— pretty scary we say.