Fall 2012’s Newest Theme Parties (& What to Wear to Them!)

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As many collegiettes know, nothing lasts forever: classes end, boy situations fizzle, and those really cute boots you bought last March are officially ruined from that terrible April rainstorm. Although the idea of theme parties will always be near and dear to our hearts, some themes are so last semester. Luckily, we’ve done our research and are here to let you know about some of the hottest theme parties happening this fall. What would you do without us?

The 2012 Presidential Campaign

With the election a few weeks away, now’s the perfect time for a campaign-themed party. Lucky for you, there are so many options for what to wear to one. You and your boyfriend can head to the bash as Barack and Michelle: he can wear a polished suit and you can rock a fitted sheath dress. Representing a “Democratic” or “Republic” state is as easy as sporting a blue or red ensemble. If you’re undecided, or just don’t want to publicize your political party, wear a pair of denim cutoffs with an American flag tee. At this party, don’t forget to show off your patriotism.

Denim on Denim

Regardless of your personal opinion, it’s no doubt that the Canadian tuxedo—you know, denim on denim—is all the rage lately. Not only has 2012 prompted the return of chambray, Karl Lagerfeld just showcased a bevy of denim pieces in Chanel’s Spring Ready-to-wear show. Translation? The trend is here to stay. In the event you don’t own enough jean clothes, take a trip to your closest secondhand shop. “The thrift store was a popular stop for this party,” says Bethany Christie, a junior at Lafayette College. “There were dresses, pantsuits, jean skirts, jackets, and more!” Maximize your denim by mixing and matching a ton of different pieces like jeans, chambray, and denim jackets.

The End of the World

Conspiracy theorists, beware: the “end of the world” is almost here. Regardless of the Mayan calendar’s accuracy, 2012 is all about celebrating the supposed “grand finale” with a theme party to end all theme parties. Since this party is all about the end of the world, don your tattered clothes for this occasion: we’re talking ripped tees, distressed jeans… the works! For a finishing touch, incorporate a smoky eye into your ensemble. And as our girl Britney once said, “Keep on dancing ‘till the world ends.”

The Hunger Games

Since we’re talking post-apocalyptic already, it’d be a shame to not touch on one of the hottest pop culture phenomenons of the year: The Hunger Games. Whether you’ve read the entire trilogy (guilty as charged) or you have celebrity crush on Josh Hutcherson (guilty as well), attending a Hunger Games bash this fall is a must. The obvious costume is wearing neutral colors, tying your hair into a braid, and emulating Katniss Everdeen. For this event, a bow and arrow are optional. Or get those creative juices flowing by dressing up as a citizen from The Capitol. Don’t worry; you don’t have to invest in a bizarre wig—this look can be accomplished with just dramatic makeup and bright clothes. With a stellar ensemble, the odds will ever be in your favor. Be sure to check out HC’s other Hunger Games costume ideas!


About The Author

Kelsey is a senior at Boston University, studying Magazine Journalism  in the College of Communication. As a magazine junkie and fashion fanatic, she loves being a part of the Her Campus team! At BU, Kelsey is president of Ed2010 at Boston University.  She has interned for Time Out New York, Lucky, Anthropologie, and Marie Claire. Kelsey also has a fashion blog, The Trendologist, where she covers the latest trends, fashion shows, and red carpet reports. When she isn't busy, Kelsey loves hanging out with her friends and family, shopping, reading style blogs, going for a nice jog, listening to music, creating baked goods in the kitchen, watching movies, and eating tons of frozen yogurt and sushi! After graduation, Kelsey hopes to work as an editor for a fashion magazine. Follow Kelsey on Twitter and Instagram at @kmulvs and don't  forget to check out her "Catwalk to Campus" blog posts!