One of the inadvertently awesome things about the success of Latinas in the entertainment industry is how their iconography allows so much creative opportunity. This is particularly true when it comes to style and costumes. From recreating one of Selena Quintanilla’s most iconic looks to going bringing back a classic but retro Latina look, there are quite a few looks to copy/ paste this year for Halloween when the theme of the 90s and early aughts are gonna be strong.
Whether you want to look like Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera or Shakira, we have the guide that you must try. These 10 Halloween costumes inspired by your favorite 2000s princesas del pop are going to absolutely be the talk of the party.
The best part is that you probably have most of the things you need already in your closet or makeup drawer so, for the rest of the look, go shopping — and get ready to wow!
1. Adrienne Bailon in 3LW’s “Playas Gonna Play” (2000)
You might not totally remember 3LW’s reign as a girl group, but they were fantastic — especially in their music video for “Playas Gonna Play.” This Halloween, you can get your best girlfriends together to dress up like the group or simply go as Adrienne Bailon herself. The main thing you’ll need is a red skirt and a red and white top, just like she has. However, the key here is to let your curls hang wild, just like her. Oh, and definitely go light on the makeup since she’s going for a really subtle look in this video.
2. Shakira in “Whenever, Wherever” (2001)
Shakira’s iconic look in this music video, the one that set her on a back to superstardom in the U.S. and around the world (even though she was already pretty darn famous), is one that you must try this Halloween. Hunt vintage stores and cowboy shops for just the right look: This touseled skirt, big belt, and a crop top that leaves very little to the imagination. Make sure you also duplicate her rosy cheeks and pink lips — and then spend the rest of your pre-Halloween prep on practicing those hip moves.
3. Las Ketchup in “Asereje” (2002)
CREDIT: Las Ketchup/YouTube
The ladies of Las Ketchup are another great girl group for you to copy this Halloween season. All you need is your two best girlfriends and don’t forget to break out the LBDs and hoops. Whether you wear an off-the-shoulder number or a spaghetti strap, it doesn’t matter. Put your hair up or wear it down, that’s okay too. Just don’t forget to practice those badass arm moves to fully get into the “Asereje” of it all.
4. Fergie in The Black Eyed Peas’ “Where Is The Love?” (2003)
CREDIT: The Black Eyed Peas/YouTube
Before she hit it big as a solo artist and married the ever-adorable Josh Duhamel, Fergie was the female lead of The Black Eyed Peas. Although they had many songs, “Where is the Love?” is one of their best and you can easily duplicate this look for Halloween. Bring out your smoky eye and pink glossy lip for this one, and then adorn yourself with your favorite hoops. Finally, make sure you’re wearing your favorite jeans and a white tank top to duplicate Fergie. Finally, put on plenty of ring bling and you’re good to go.
5. Christina Milian in “Dip It Low” (2004)
CREDIT: Christina Milian/YouTube
There’s a few amazing looks in Christina Milian’s “Dip It Low” music video, but this one is by far my favorite. You might need to venture into your nearest Chinatown or look online for a blue kimono-style robe. Then style your curls all the way down your back and, most importantly, make sure that you have those high heels set. They’re hot pink to match the color of the robe’s sash, but you can try whatever else you have in the closet.
6. Jennifer Lopez in “Get Right” (2005)
I mean, is there anything more iconic than the dancing JLo accomplishes in “Get Right”? Although she’s still dancing up a storm over a decade later, that Jenny from the Block swagger is in full swing in this music video. You can totally duplicate her look, whether you’re going for the fuzzy coat she wears earlier on or this awesome outfit. It might take you a while to find all the elements but if you’re struggling to find something in your closet, consider a quick search at your local thrift shop (or, Amazon) for shiny pants (Amazon, anyone?). From your closet, wear your favorite high-heeled boots, a tan shirt that you can cut into a crop top and a simple white hat. If you can get your hands on a cane, well, consider your outfit complete.
7. Christina Aguilera in “Ain’t No Other Man” (2006)
CREDIT: Christina Aguilera/YouTube
You might want to dress up like Xtina in one of her earlier videos, like “Genie in a Bottle” or “Dirrrty”, but I highly recommend that you instead go for her sexy look in “Ain’t No Other Man.” Here’s what you need: A sparkly silver dress that hugs all of your curves. Accessorize with sparkly jewelry, like a huge fake diamond ring and a big bracelet (just as Xtina wears). Finally, you’ll want to find an old-school microphone to carry around with you so that you can belt out this tune. Oh wait, and did I forget to mention: You’ll want your best smoky eye look coupled with a bright red lipstick to finish off this outfit.
8. Kat DeLuna in “Whine Up” (2007)
CREDIT: Kat DeLuna/YouTube
Remember Kat DeLuna? Her music video for “Whine Up” had me dancing all summer long and I still can’t help but shake my hips whenever I hear this song. If you want to dress up like her in this video (and why wouldn’t you?), then you’ll need quite a few things: For one, you want a frosty white lip gloss for your lips and to create a very cool cat eye. Then you’ll need your best hoop earrings and to put your hair up in a ponytail… But, of course, the signature piece here is that green hoodie. You’ll have to scour the internet to find something similar, but don’t be afraid to cut and trim what you need to in order to make it look just right.
9. Mariah Carey in “Touch My Body” (2008)
CREDIT: Mariah Carey/YouTube
Mariah has a lot of iconic looks but this one in “Touch My Body” is one of her favorites. The best way to do this outfit is to convince your unsuspecting sweetie to do a couples costume and have him dress up like the Mariah-loving nerd in the video. He may not love this idea but YOU will look absolutely amazing if you copy this outfit just so. Nail the look with a white button-down shirt to tie up into a crop top and get your hands on a navy colored (preferablly plaid) mini. Most of all, though, you need to get that “M” necklace in order to show off to the rest of the world just who you are exactly. That’s right, Mariah, rock it.