Halloween snuck up on me so quickly this year that I didn’t have time to properly plan. Last weekend, I repurposed my Marie Antoinette costume into a pirate costume for Maxim‘s Halloween party. This week, I simply dug through my closet when my friend invited me to a Saved by the Bell party. I, of course, chose to channel my fave character.
So how do you make a Kelly Kapowski costume? You just need a few key pieces. Start with a crop top. Mine is actually a bathing suit that I wore a couple of years ago at Coachella. The florals and brights are very signature Kelly style. Next slip into high-waist skinny jeans. Luckily, high rise denim made such a comeback that you can find them anywhere if you don’t already own a pair. Don’t worry about doing the mom jeans. More modern styles get the point across just fine (and are way more flattering!).
Now comes the accessories. For jewelry think plastic, neon and oversize earrings. For a handbag, yup, you guessed it, neon! Growing up in Miami in the ’90s made me obsessed with anything and everything fluoro so I had plenty of bags to choose from. For shoes, the Saved by the Bell girls loved their sneakers. You can go with high tops or Ked-style slip ons. Or, if you want to add some height like me, slip into white pointy pumps, which is another nineties trend that is majorly back.
Kelly Kapowski makeup is even easier than the fashion. She kept it fresh and sun kissed. So just layer on the bronzer, a natural eye with lots of mascara or false eyelashes and a bright lip. Kelly wore a lot of corals and pinks. I did an orangey-red lipstick and peach lipgloss to get the look. I wish I had more time to do my hair but for a quick hairstyle that channels the ’90s icon, simply do a deep side part and flip your hair to one side.
If you didn’t catch it on Snapchat and Twitter (you can follow me on both at @sydnesummer) the party was a Palihouse, complete with a Bayside Tigers banner. My friend even brought notebooks with her as props! There were also such fun Svedka cocktails from the Belding Buzzkill to the Slater Seduction. I had the Bayside Mule, a festive version of the Moscow mule. I hope you guys liked my last minute Saved by the Bell costume! And stay tuned for one more Halloween costume, coming up soon!
Photos by Jodee Debes