We think that dressing up for Halloween as New Girl‘s Jessica Day (played by, of course, our beloved Zooey Deschanel) is a superb idea. Like, come on. You get to go vintage dress shopping. And buy a cute purse. And get some rad new glasses frames. Miss Jessica Day has the BEST fashion sense, and it’s one of the many reasons why we love her character so much. Since we love all things New Girl and Jess Day, we’ve laid out a step-by-step guide to ~*becoming*~ Jess Day this Halloween. You can thank us later.
Ready? Here we go!
Step 1: Find the perfect vintage-inspired dress.
Vice Principal Jessica Day is almost always in an incredible dress (unless she’s wearing a two-piece pajama outfit, but that’s a story for another day). So a vintage-style dress is the first thing you’ll need to find on your road to Halloween costume perfection.
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Step 2: Get yourself a pair of plastic-frame eyeglasses.
Jess’ glasses not only improve her vision, they’re also a key part of her #adorkable look. While you probably shouldn’t buy prescription glasses if you don’t need ’em (actually you really shouldn’t do this!) you can totally wear square frames with clear glass as part of your New Girl Halloween costume.
We love these Jess-style frames from Warby Parker.
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Step 3: Step into the most stylish, comfortable flat shoes you can find.
Jess Day loves her flat shoes. And why shouldn’t she? Paired with those famous vintage dresses, they tie together her signature look.
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Step 4: Get yourself a cute cross-body bag.
Jess is often seen rocking a colorful cross-body bag (there’s even a whole episode of the show dedicated to Cece and Jess fighting over a yellow purse!) so you’ll definitely need this accessory to round out your Halloween look.
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Step 5: Curl your hair and get ready to rock straight bangs.
Jess’ signature hairstyle is fairly simple: loose curls and full bangs. To recreate her look, all you’ll need is a 1/2 to 1-inch curling iron, some light hairspray and a wide-tooth comb.
Start by separating your hair into four sections, then take a 1-inch piece of your hair, wrap it around the barrel of your curling iron and hold for a few seconds. Release the curl and spritz it with hairspray; Zooey’s on-screen stylist recommends Oribe Superfine Hairspray.
Once you’ve curled all four sections, brush out your hair with a wide-tooth comb for Jess’ loose, tousled look. Then spritz once more and you’re done!
Step 6: Doll up!
Last but not least, you’ll need to nail Jess’ red lips and full lashes to pull off this Halloween costume.
New Girl makeup artist Jorjee Douglass recommends MAC’s Retro Matte Lipstick in “Ruby Woo” for that signature pout.
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Or, if you want to replicate Jess’ look on a more subtle beauty day, try Illuminaré All-Day Lip Color in “Joy.”
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As for Jess’ big, beautiful eyes and lightly blushed cheeks, watch the video below for tips and tricks on how to recreate her look.
Jess often wears a coppery shadow, a thick, dark upper-lid liner and bold mascara (plus false lashes!) — a fairly classic look that suits her vintage style and brings out her blue eyes.
And that’s it! Are you Jess-ified? Tag us in your Instagram pics!