Style guide: couple suits so you don’t have to default to a decade-inspired look

While decade-inspired looks are a favorite last-minute costume idea, with Halloween a few weeks away, it’s not too late to do more than that. There are so many couples’ costumes cuter than the basic hippie look—Associate Art Editor Ari Lessard drops her favorite ideas in this Halloween-inspired style guide.


Dressing up has always been my favorite part of Halloween. With my boyfriend, I’ve unlocked a whole new realm of costume possibilities, but navigating the options can be daunting. Here are some of my favorite pop culture inspired couples costumes.

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, DC Comics

I’m so tired of seeing Harley Quinn and Joker costumes considering their relationship is anything but ambitious. This is especially true because of how cute Harley and Ivy are as a couple and how iconic their costumes are (not that a Joker costume isn’t iconic). These suits are everything.

Princess Bubblegum and Marceline, “Adventure Time”

A pink fit and flare dress and a purple sash with a little crown would make a perfect Princess Bubblegum costume. For Marceline: black hair, black lipstick, gray tank top, white pants and red shoes.

Raven and Starfire, “Teen Titans”

For Raven: a purple cape, black shirt, black pants, black boots, purple bob wig, red jewelry, and a red diamond in the middle of her forehead that could be painted with several different makeup strategies. For Starfire: a red wig, purple crop top, purple miniskirt or shorts, green jewelry, and silver accessories.

Needy and Jennifer, “Jennifer’s Body”

“Jennifer’s Body” is an iconic film with memorable costumes and fun photo opportunities. My favorite Jennifer costume for both price and memorability is her mini cropped pink heart sweatshirt, heart pendant, heart earrings, dark pink tank top, low rise jeans and pink tie sandals. For Needy, all you need to do is dress like a Y2K nerd: glasses, low-rise jeans, long-sleeved shirt under a random short-sleeved shirt with hair half up and half down. Low-rise jeans are the cornerstone of these outfits.

Ed and Stede, “Our Flag Means Death”

This pairing is more or less two typical pirate costumes, but Stede would wear bright colors while Ed would wear dark colors.

Bert and Ernie, “Sesame Street”

Go check out some Sesame Street for inspiration – plus a casual Halloween look.

Rocky and Dr. Frank-n-Furter, “Rocky Horror Picture Show”

A classic combo; there are a plethora of directions to take these costumes. For Rocky, a golden speedo is all you need. For Dr. Frank-n-Furter: a shimmering black corset, assless leggings, black leather gloves and a pearl necklace. For makeup: red lipstick, white concealer and a spectacular smoky eye.

Lil Nas X and Satan

This costume based on the controversial Lil Nas X music video “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” has been all over the internet.

Jim and Pam or Dwight and Angela, “The Office”

There’s a reason you can walk around campus any day of the week and see someone with Dunder-Mifflin accessories. “The Office” was a cultural phenomenon, which means the likelihood of it resonating with your partner is higher.

Han Solo and Princess Leia, “Star Wars”

It was a bit out of my boyfriend and I’s price range. However, “Star Wars” is another monument of pop culture. With enough money, it would be iconic.

Shrek and Fiona, “Shrek”

Gen Z seems to love Shrek. A Fiona costume is also a great way to dress up as a princess without your boyfriend having to follow the same theme.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Another pop culture staple – my boyfriend and I love this as a concept. However, this costume can only be a crowd favorite if done with respect.

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson

For Ariana Grande: a tight ponytail, slicked back hair, hair sequins, an oversized sweatshirt, boots and little black cat ears. For Pete Davidson: a white t-shirt, oversized jeans, tattooed sleeves and styling gel.

Danny and Sandy, “Grease”

Another classic couples costume, this one would be hard to convince my boyfriend. He doesn’t want to use grease. Still, this one could be fun.