17 Plus Size Halloween Costumes That Aren't Just Watered Down Versions Of Their Straight Size Counterparts
By Marie Southard Ospina
Shopping for anything remotely niche in plus sizes is generally a surefire way to break out in a stress rash, and that includes plus size Halloween costumes. While the straight size market produces everything from sexy Edward Scissorhands ensembles to authentic-looking, 17th century-inspired gowns à la Outlander, the plus size scene is usually a heck of a lot more watered down than all of that.
We don't usually get to be sultry nurses in slinky minis. Instead, we are told to don full-length, shapeless, clinical-looking shifts. We don't get Wonder Woman's corseted bodysuit. Nah. We get an A-line, knee-length version of the iconic look. And forget a meticulously-crafted, hand-embellished witch's dress. Why not rock a saggy, pointed hat and black tarp instead?
As with a lot of plus size fashion (still, regardless of how popular the phrase "body positivity" may be in retail and mainstream media), there exists a myth in the world of curvy costumes. It's as though the designers assume that fat babes don't want to show some leg. That we don't want to adhere to conventional tropes of sexiness — not even on Halloween. That we want to be modest. That we want to hide our bodies in shame, including every roll that comes with them.
For a lot of us, this simply isn't true. Not even a little bit. The following plus size Halloween costumes will hopefully be refreshing gems in a sea of cringey, outdated tulle and taffeta. They don't feel like diluted incarnations of cooler straight size versions. They're just as cool themselves.