How To DIY Will & Grace Halloween Costumes For Every Character

October 13, 2017 by Lisa Fogarty
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When Will & Grace premiered in the late ‘90s, it proved to be a groundbreaking show — one that was funny, provocative, and singular in the way it portrayed gay, lesbian, and bisexual characters. The show is back — and this time it’s ready to tackle modern issues with that same humorous, but sensitive, tone. In other words, it’s the ideal year to gather up a group of friends and whip together fun DIY Will & Grace Halloween costumes.

After assigning roles to four friends — you’ll need a creative, neurotic Grace, successful lawyer Will, socialite party girl Karen, and free-spirited Jack — it’s time to shop. Fortunately, Will & Grace costumes won’t put you in debt and aren’t difficult to find. Here’s what you need to get started.

Grace Adler

Red Wig

red wig

Is it possible for anyone other than Debra Messings to possess such an incredible mane of red hair? Probably not, but you’ve got to at least try if you’re going to dress as Grace this Halloween.

Amazon Wig ($16)

Red Slacks

red pants

Grace has the most creative flair of all four characters when it comes to her wardrobe. She isn’t afraid to take chances or experiment with colors and patterns — but there’s no doubt red is her signature shade. A pair of red slacks like these are classic Grace.

Amazon Red Hanger Dress Pants ($27)

White Ruffled Shirt

white ruffled shirt

There’s an iconic episode in the original Will & Grace when sassy Karen takes one look at Grace’s overly ruffled white blouse and tells her it looks just like whipped cream. Pay homage to older seasons by incorporating this blouse in your costume.

Amazon Y&Z Ruffled Shirt ($18)

Will Truman

A Blue Suit

blue suit

We never saw Will looking anything less than perfect and professional. Of course, you needn’t spend thousands on a 3-piece Gucci suit, but this affordable navy suit, cut close to the body and in the perfect shade, is a must if you’re dressing up as the corporate attorney

Amazon Fly Hawk Suit ($40)

A Repp Tie

repp tie

Oh, Will, with his perfect repp ties. The preppy accessory is one of Will’s trademarks and goes perfectly with a sharp suit and crisp Oxford shirt. Finish off with a pair of plastic black glasses and make sure you don’t have a hair out of place.

Amazon Nick Graham Repp Tie ($14)

Karen Walker

Brown Updo Wig

brunette wig

Without a doubt, Karen’s favorite way to style her gorgeous brunette mane is in a refined updo. Feel free to sweep these bangs to the side and hold them in place with a bobby pin.

Amazon SiYi Brown Updo Wig ($21)

Animal Print Blouse

animal print blouse

Karen is a super fun character to portray because, while she’s mostly sophisticated, she isn’t afraid of adding a wild detail or two that complements her personality. And this animal print blouse offers just that: a taste of Karen’s fierceness, but always subdued enough to be worn in a professional setting.

Amazon Cinyifan Leopard Blouse ($12)

Black Slacks

black pants

A staple in Karen’s work wardrobe (and she works a lot), these black slacks are neutral enough to showcase animal print and accessories.

Amazon Velucci Dress Pants ($30)

Chandelier Earrings

chandelier earrings

Karen has no qualms about pairing cocktail party accessories with daytime pieces. Dangling chandelier earrings are just her style and perfect with a classic Karen updo.

Amazon JoyJuly Chandelier Earrings ($8)

A Fake Wine Glass

fake wine glass

Does this prop require any explanation at all? Karen is an expert in spirits and cocktails — and a fake glass of red wine will immediately tip off fans to the character you’re representing.

Amazon Red Wine Glass Fake Drink ($19)

Jack McFarland

A Sweater Vest

sweater vest

One of the greatest costuming decisions made on Will & Grace was the choice to dress Jack in subdued, almost geeky, sweater sets so that his explosively fun personality could stand out on its own.

Amazon Tri-Mountain V-Neck Shell Vest ($21)

Beige Slacks

beige slacks

What goes well with a sweater vest? A neutral pair of beige slacks, of course — never too baggy and always cut close to the body so that they still look stylish and hip.

Amazon Haggar Pants ($28)


Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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