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Sexy Pizza Rat. Sexy Poop Emoji. Sexy Handmaid’s Tale.
Every Halloween, we are once again reminded that anything — animals, ideograms, symbols of oppression, an-y-thing! — can be eroticized when it comes to women’s costumes. (This is not an endorsement, mind you, merely a statement of fact.)
But have you ever stopped to think, which men’s costumes do women find sexy?
We spoke with 16 ladies to find out. Below, some of their thoughts on what exactly constitutes a “sexy” costume for men, as well as the number-one thing you should never, under any circumstances, festoon yourself in.
While you may not go home with first place in the costume contest, you might just hit it off with Sexy Poop Emoji.
What’s the ultimate “sexy” Halloween costume for a guy?
“I think the ultimate ‘sexy’ guy costume needs to have some skin. Basically all sexy women costumes are just normal occupations with less clothing, so why shouldn’t men have to do the same?” — Maggie, Editor
“Recently I saw a guy dressed as The Rock fanny-pack meme and thought that was freaking hilarious. But traditionally speaking, if you’re a dude and going for a sexy costume, you can basically choose any Tom Cruise movie ever, be it Top Gun or Risky Business, and you’ll be all set.” — Alexis W., PR
“One of the cutest low-key costumes I saw was Dexter. Every guy looks cute in a henley. Add a slight edge of danger with the latex gloves and saran wrap? Low effort, still clever. A+.” — Margaret, Art Director
“Last year, my boyfriend draped himself in blue velvet from head to toe in a homemade Sesame Street Yip Yip costume, and I thought he was the sexiest man in the room. Goofballs are babes. Also seen the ‘single dad’ equipped with Baby Bjorn and beard costume which was pretty sexy. Piers Morgan had it all wrong.” — Lynnea, Production Designer
“I guess traditionally would be blue collar-type costumes (cop, firefighter). But I prefer more pop culturally relevant costumes — e.g., Jon Snow. That said, it’s important to play up best assets. Who needs a shirt when you have a six pack?” — Alexis, PR
What’s a costume that a guy thought was sexy, but was off-putting?
“I think the most misguided ‘sexy’ costume may have been a guy I knew dressing as Humbert Humbert with another friend as Lolita. He had told me that he thought that book was ‘the most beautiful love story of our time.’ I’m pretty sure he missed the point.” — Maggie, Editor
“Some guys throw on a red robe, call themselves Hugh Hefner and think they’ve knocked the sexy look out of the park. Let’s be more creative dudes!” — Alexis W., PR
“Guy who dressed as a flasher (long trench coat, very little underneath and he just walked around opening it at women, occasionally with something shoved in his boxers). Sexual misconduct is never funny. It’s wrong, disgusting and probably triggering for someone at that party.” — Helen, Writer
“Last Halloween I met a guy dressed as a vampire and three minutes into the conversation he told me he wanted to take me to Italy for ride on his Vespa. The fangs were creepy enough, and the forwardness was very offputting. I spent the rest of the night avoiding him. I don’t think I’ll ever look at another vampire the same way again.” — Erika, Marketing
“One of those all-green outfits that are way too revealing.” — Melissa, Store Manager