October is here and that means there’s one question top of mind: What do you go as for Halloween?
While you’ve probably already started scouring Pinterest or hitting up party stores to find that perfect costume, we’re here to redirect your attention to the newest costume shopping destination: the gym.
You heard that right. Why spend Halloween evening walking around in uncomfortable heels or an awkward cardboard-box-style DIY costume when leggings and sneakers – much more comfortable pieces – could create just as epic of a costume?
Here are 10 of our favorite Halloween costumes made completely of workout gear.
Get the look: Let’s face it: The cat costume has been a Halloween staple for ages and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. This year, put a twist on the traditional (and have an excuse to skip the knee-high boots) by dressing as cat woman instead. Pair this season’s hottest trend, high-waisted leggings, with a crop top and cat ears.
Get the look: With many of the world’s most influential international models now choosing boxing as their workout of choice, we’re seeing a resurgence in boxing gyms, and with that, traditional boxing apparel is suddenly finding itself at the center of street style trends. The sleeveless hoodie is every boxer’s go-to piece so pair that with training shorts and battle braids and you’ve got a Fashion Week-inspired Halloween costume that just may motivate you to hit the gym come Monday morning.
Pokemon Go Trainer
Get the look: Rumor has it that the Pokémon GO Trainers are already topping the list as 2016’s most popular Halloween costume.
The best part: These fictional trainers dress just like the trainers you see at the gym. Yes, we’re talking sweatshirts, baseball caps, and sneakers. Buy Poké Balls at your local party store to complete the look and you’ll be ready to ‘catch’em all.’
Get the look: There’s only one ‘Notorious’ – the whole point of the nickname is that there will never be another – but Halloween’s your chance to step into UFC fighter & pop culture icon Conor “the Notorious MMA” McGregor’s shoes for just one evening.
Pair these fashion-forward kicks with a pair of black shorts and invest in a McGregor jersey to complete the look. We have a feeling he won’t be retiring (again) anytime in the near future so, trust us, the jersey is a smart investment. Finish off the look by throwing on shades and waving around the Irish flag.
Get the look: As a Hollywood starlet, cover girl and all around badass, you can dress like UFC superstar Ronda Rousey a lot of different ways, but we recommend sticking to her fiercest look: The UFC Fight Kit. There’s nothing scarier than when Rousey steps into the Octagon, which makes this look the perfect pop culture Halloween costume. Just don’t forget to dodge the paparazzi heading into your Halloween party!
Get the look: Remember that tennis racket you bought for summer camp as a kid? Time to break it out because you’ll be needing it for this costume.
Wear a white collared shirt with navy or white gym shorts and a pair of retro tennis sneakers for this laid-back look. No tennis player is complete without a signature sweatband; throw yours on and you’ll be Wimbledon-ready just in time for October 31.
Get the look: Put a modern, more comfortable twist on this defining look from the ‘70s and ‘80s. The Disco Queen was the center of attention at every dance hall, and wearing this disco-ball inspired sports bra and leggings combo is sure to leave you the center of attention at your next Halloween party as well.
Bonus: Remove the crown and this set doubles as the perfect outfit for yoga and Pilates.
Get the look: He’s the villain we love to hate. And he just happens to have a defining look as well, leaving the Joker as one of the most popular Halloween costumes year after year.
If you’ve been hitting the gym hard, now’s the time to show that off because dressing as the Joker gives you an excuse to go shirtless (don’t act like you aren’t excited about it). Throw on black joggers and black sneakers and dye your hair green for the final touch.
Get the look: It’s a go-to Halloween throwback for all ‘90s babies. Yeah, yeah, all the Spice Girls had defining style and unquestionable flair but only Sporty Spice was able to still look trendy while still rocking workout gear.
Dressing as her for Halloween gives you the luxury of doing the same. Pair retro, color-blocked leggings with a sports bra or fitted crop top, and pull that hair into a sleek, slick-backed high ponytail.
Comic Book Character
Get the look: Makeup can play just as central of a role in the Halloween costume process. The problem? Even if you go all out with the lipstick and eyeliner, a character is never fully conveyed unless you have apparel to match.
We’ve found a solution to make that easier than ever.
Comic book character makeup is intricate and Pinterest-worthy, but after you spend an hour in front of the mirror getting that makeup down just right, throw on this comic-book-inspired sweater and a pair of loud, printed leggings.