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Still looking for a Halloween costume? Get style inspo with outfits from iconic K-pop music videos

By Hannah Mallorca Published Oct 26, 2021 4:14 pm

There’s nothing wrong with being an outfit (or costume) repeater during the Halloween season, but it doesn’t hurt to switch up your spooky looks.

After all, Halloween is an occasion to transform into a ghost, sexy animal, e-boy or e-girl, or goth. What if the spooky season is the time where you can channel your inner K-pop star?

In K-pop, the costume inspirations are endless. Many idols have shown off their many charms where they dressed up as cheerleaders, fairytale characters, or even a literal fish.

Take a look at some of the outfits we’ve picked up from iconic K-pop music videos for a dose of Halloween costume inspiration.

Girls’ Generation’s sailor-inspired outfits in Genie

In 2009, Girls’ Generation broke the internet with their stunning sailor-inspired costumes in Genie. The outfits are also tailored to fit the members’ respective charms, adding a hint of their own personalities.

To cop the look, we found a store with an oversized white blazer that looks similar. Finish off your look with figure-hugging shorts and high-heeled pumps, and you’re ready to grant someone’s wish.

Orange Caramel’s fish costumes in Catallena

Is it sashimi? Is it sushi? Is it a literal fish ready for selling? We may never know. But Orange Caramel’s fish costumes in Catallena is an example of camp done right. Just look for a shiny mermaid costume, you’re good to go.

Red Velvet’s maid costumes in Dumb Dumb

Red Velvet’s maid costumes in Dumb Dumb might’ve earned mixed reactions from fans, but they’re probably some of the most iconic outfits they’ve worn. They’re playful, campy, and fun—showing off the group’s ability to suit various concepts.

Channel your inner Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, Joy, or Yeri by getting this costume in Lazada. However, make sure you’re comfortable enough to pull this outfit off.

X-EXO in Obsession

EXO shocked fans as they introduced their evil (and hauntingly sexy) clones X-EXO in Obsession. The music video features the boy group’s members fighting their evil doppelgangers as they take over the universe.

You don’t need to spend money to cop X-EXO’s look. Just look for body-hugging pieces in your closet like Kai’s crop top or Baekhyun’s shiny blazer.

Aespa’s aes

Aespa is probably one of the K-pop groups with the most interesting concepts right now. Each member has their own avatar counterpart, namely, ae-Karina, ae-Winter, ae-Giselle, and ae-Ningning, which was introduced in their debut teasers.

Instead of Aespa, how about dressing up as their avatar counterparts instead? Just wear a shiny outfit with abstract patterns, put on doll-like makeup, and you’re ready to fight the Black Mamba.

Crayon Pop’s helmets in Bar Bar Bar

Crayon Pop’s Bar Bar Bar might’ve been one of the wackiest music videos in K-pop, but it will always be a classic. Plus, the costume is very easy to pull off: don a monochromatic outfit and a helmet.

TWICE’s cheerleader outfits in Cheer Up

Many K-pop groups have attempted the cheerleader trend in their music videos but TWICE pulls it off so well in Cheer Up. The members look cute and fresh, like they’re almost ready to boost your spirit in a sports event.

Don’t worry, TWICE’s cheerleader costumes are easy to pull off. Pair your favorite varsity jacket with black shorts or a skater skirt. Finish off the look with sneakers and you’re good to go.

Produce series’ uniforms

It may be challenging to be as physically beautiful as Jeon Somi, Kang Daniel, Jang Wonyoung, or Kim Yohan in the Produce series, but their adorable uniforms are easy to replicate. We found a store in Shopee that sells a uniform that’s close to the original.

Even if the costume actually comes from the anime My Hero Academia, just show off your best Pick Me cover. Voilà!

Vixx’s tattered outfits in Voodoo Doll

If you’re looking for a creepy K-pop-inspired Halloween costume, Vixx’s tattered outfits in Voodoo Doll is the best option. Search your closet for old outfits and cut them up. Don’t forget to finish off your look with a voodoo doll and dark makeup.