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If you’re anything like me, you follow the lazy girl’s guide to finding a Halloween costume. In other words, you’d like a costume to basically materialize out of thin air, but you’d also like said costume to be incredibly clever. That’s not asking too much, is it? Luckily, denim is the answer to our easy-but-cute costume conundrum. There are tons of Halloween costume ideas using blue jeans you can try out this year without anyone knowing you totally half-assed it.
As much as I’m all about throwing on a white sheet with some cut-out eye holes and calling it a day, the denim-incorporated ideas below are definitely better. Not only do they allow you to look cute, but they help give off the illusion that you made a ton of effort, even if you’re just coming across this list on October 30 and need something super last-minute.
Of course, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are the most iconic head-to-toe denim costume of all time, but what about Cindy Crawford’s iconic Pepsi ad? Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA album cover? If you want to be really current, you can throw on some skinny jeans, grab a Starbucks tumbler and go as a cheugy millennial.
See what I mean? So long as you’ve got some denim lying around, you’ve got options. Below, a handful of ways to make those jeans into a legit costume come October 31.
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Cindy Crawford From Her 1991 Pepsi Spot
It doesn’t get more iconic than Cindy Crawford’s Pepsi commercial! A white tank and a pair of classic cut-off shorts complete the simple ‘fit. Amp up your hair’s volume like crazy, draw on a mole, add some hoop earrings, and walk around with a can of Pepsi all night. Easy!
Jessica Simpson’s Infamous Laker Jersey Look
Who can forget when Jessica Simpson styled a one-shouldered Lakers Jersey look with a pair of low-rise jeans way back in the day? Not me, that’s who! To get her look at home, style your favorite basketball jersey with a pair of similar super-low rise jeans. Bonus points if it’s a Los Angeles Lakers jersey! If you weren’t a J-Simps fan, using low-rise denim to channel any early ’00s celeb is an option.
The Beverly Hills, 90210 Cast
Looking for an easy group Halloween costume? Grab your posse and make sure everyone is wearing light-wash mom jeans like the kids from Beverly Hills. Tell everyone to wear T-shirts that come in different solid colors—and rolled-up sleeves are a must. Mix up who wears white sneaks and who wears Doc Martens and you’ll be good to go.
Justin + Britney’s Denim-on-Demin Look
Oh, did you think I forgot about the time Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears wore matching denim-on-denim looks on the red carpet? Well, I didn’t! From Spears’ denim corset dress to Justin Timberlake’s oversized denim suit jacket, this costume is super easy to emulate IRL. Even the denim cowboy hat is easy to find right now! While the hat is (probably) not already in your closet, it’s well worth picking up if you want to master this look.
Bruce Springsteen, Circa “Born in the USA”
Grab your favorite faded jeans and pair ’em with a white Hanes T-shirt with rolled-up sleeves to master this classic all-American look. Find an embellished belt in your closet or a thrift store, then tuck a red baseball cap into your back pocket. To drive the point home, add a red or American flag-printed bandana around your head.
Waldo From Where’s Waldo?
If there’s one thing I remember from my childhood, it’s the vivid image of Waldo’s striped red-and-white jumper—and how dang long it took to find it in the book. Turns out, channeling Waldo’s look may just make for the easiest costume idea, ever. A pair of blue skinny jeans and a red and white striped sweater complete the look. Don’t forget round glasses and a hat!
A TikTok Star
If you’re browsing TikTok for fashion inspo this year, jeans are 100 percent going to pop up. And not just any jeans—baggy dad jeans are number one! Pair ‘em with your tiniest crop tops for the ultimate Gen Z effect. I mean, who wouldn’t want to go as a TikTok megastar for Halloween this year?
A Classic Lil Kim ‘Fit
If you were a kid in the ’90s and early aughts, then you have to remember Lil Kim’s bikini-top-and-denim combo. This look is as skimpy as it gets—you only need a string bikini top and a pair of low-rise flare jeans to pull it off! You’ll make every sexy nurse, slutty kitten, and hot bumblebee look like the Pope.
A Cheugy Millennial
A version of this article previously appeared in October 2015.