Some of the things Americans hold dearest come courtesy of the fifty-first state: Michael J. Fox, the garbage bag, Trivial Pursuit, the X-Files and now, Carly Rae Jepsen. Now famous for her song, “Call Me Maybe,” Jepsen was previous known as the third place winner on the fifth season of Canadian Idol. This honor is much like receiving “Most Improved” in the local church bake-off, but the prize money is lower. Nonetheless, Jepsen has moved forward and, not withstanding the elided comma in her song title, become well-known.
To consider dressing as Carly Rae Jepsen this Halloween, take this true or false test to determine your suitability:
1) You are always carded buying alcohol.
2) You look good in bangs.
3) The last time something slimy got in your hair, it was Noxzema.
4) You can claim with a straight face to be inspired by your own journal.
If you answered true to every question, please continue and plan your Carly Rae Jepsen costume!
To simulate her “Call Me Maybe” outfit, try a silver sequined dress like the one she wore onstage with Justin Bieber at The Summertime Ball 2012. Pair it with black feather earrings like these from Claire’s and a belt like this. If you don’t have straight, long brown hair with eyebrow length bangs, consider wearing a wig. The single most important accessory, though, is a telephone receiver.
Despite not having used a rotary phone in more than 20 years, we are still deeply involved with the mystique of the handset. Standing around in a sequined dress with your Nokia signals to fellow Halloween party attendees that you’re desperately trying to get your friends to show up; standing around in a sequined dress with a retro rotary handset says, “Call me maybe!” Don’t confuse the two. The perfect compromise may be this. Now, throw a wish in the well, and we’ll never tell how you got this costume idea.