Here's How To Make Your Halloween Costume Steamier

This year, people across the United States will spend $3.3 billion on Halloween costumes, according to the National Retail Federation. They will then don these outfits while trick-or-treating, watching scary movies, attending parties, visiting pumpkin patches, and even going to work.

Whatever your reasoning for dressing up and no matter how you're celebrating, some of you may still be struggling to come up with the perfect look. In particular, you may be trying to brainstorm a steamy costume — one that will turn heads, increase self-confidence, and look oh-so-good both on social media and in real life. 

Well, there's no need to worry, because we've got you covered. Down below, you'll find all tips and tricks necessary for putting together a steamy ensemble. And the best news is, all of these suggestions can be created in a simple, quick, and affordable way, all the while making you look super hot on Halloween!

Get inspired by pop culture

When thinking of hot Halloween looks, a specific outfit from a movie, show, music video, or red carpet event may come to mind. Fortunately, many of these iconic ensembles can be created with clothing items that are either already in your closet or can be easily obtained.

For instance, POPSUGAR suggests that with a white crop top, blue mini skirt, and black knee-high boots, you can be Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward in "Pretty Woman." Alternatively, with a quarter-sleeve top, red shorts, fishnets, and a bat, you can go as Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn.

For some real-life examples, there are Jennifer Lopez or Britney Spears, who are just two of the stars who have worn some amazing and memorable outfits over the years. A bandanna, cropped tank, and jeans — all in white — can replicate a vintage J-Lo, while a schoolgirl uniform is great for those who want to channel the Princess of Pop, as pointed out by POPSUGAR.

Base your costume around one really sexy item

As mentioned, your wardrobe probably already includes some of the clothes needed for creating steamy Halloween ensembles, but if not, it's a good excuse for a shopping spree.

Think of a piece that's sexy all on its own, and build a costume around that. One example from Cosmopolitan is to wear a sleek and slim-fitting jumpsuit and say that you're a disco queen. If you have a corset, you could transform that into an angel in white or a vampire in black. If you have a pretty bra and/or skirt full of sparkles, consider going as a mermaid. 

A white shirt is good for fans of Tom Cruise in "Risky Business," while black leggings or leather pants can turn you into Sandy from "Grease" (Via Cosmopolitan). Plus, if you own anything in an animal print, you can take a cue from "Mean Girls" and be some sort of sexy animal.

Don't underestimate the power of the fishnets and the corset

On Reddit, a user asked what your "dream girl" would wear on Halloween, and some of the top answers for steamy costumes included Elvira, Eve, a saloon girl, Lara Croft, Black Widow, a pirate, and Princess Leia in "Return of the Jedi."

One Redditor summed up the idea of a sexy costume perfectly, saying, "anything involving fishnets and a corset." Several of the above ideas incorporated these two accessories, and their popularity is undeniable. As pointed out by i-D, fishnet tights stretch over bodies and show off curves in a beautiful way, making them associated with sexuality since they came about in the 19th century. On a similar note, corsets help shape the body, accentuating tiny waists and pushed-up breasts, as they have done since the 1700s (via Elle). 

Therefore, any look involving one or both of these tools is sure to lead to one hot costume. But no matter what costume you go with this spooky season, be sure to wear it with confidence.