Halloween 2012: Gotye ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ Video Costume Ideas!

A still from Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” music video featuring Kimbra.
Photo: Eleven

Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” was one of the biggest runaway musical successes of the year. Not only was the heart-wrenching ballad a colossal radio hit, the music video for the track featuring Kimbra was awesomely iconic to the point where it earned its own SNL Digital Short starring the singer himself. Given all of the above, we think getting a group of three (yes, THREE) together to be this video for Halloween is a guaranteed costume winner. Given all of that, we’ve hacked a way for you to do it yourself. Roll up your sleeves, warm up your credit card, and LEGGO!


Dress up as Gotye for Halloween.
Photo: Courtesy of Capezio/Walmart/Hardware and Tools/KMart/Target/Business-Supply.com/Facepaint.com

The “Somebody That I Used To Know” costume is definitely not for the faint of heart. While it doesn’t demand you IDENTICALLY replicate the abstract geometric designs of the original video, you should be sure that all of the lines and colors match and meet appropriately. Cop yourself a nude unitard and a grip of paints (fabric for the onesie and face for, well, your face), and get to work with some foam brushes! You’ll need black eyeliner to define the lines on your face and neck and a laundry marker to draw lines on the unitard (and don’t forget a ruler!).

+ Unitard: Capezio Adult Long Sleeve Unitard ($34.00)
+ Eyeliner: Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Black ($5.64)
+ Fabric Marker: Sanford Rub-A-Dub Laundry Marker ($0.94)
+ Paint: Tulip Soft Fabric Paint, Neutral 5 Pack
+ Face Paint: Wolfe Face Paints in Skinz Fair ($3), Wolfe Face Paints in Skinz Rich Ivory ($3), Snazaroo Face Paints in Rust Brown ($2.50), and Snazaroo Face Paints in Light Grey ($2.50)
+ Brushes: Linzer 8501-S Foam Brush Set ($1.19)
+ Ruler: Westcott Non-Shatter Ruler ($1.02)


Dress up as Kimbra for Halloween.
Photo: Courtesy of Walmart/Spirit Halloween

To hack Kimbra’s look from the video, you’ll need everything from the Gotye costume above and a little bit more. Add panels of green to your unitard and face with their respective paints and a healthy glow of blush. Slap on a short black bob wig (and praise the Halloween deities for letting Mia Wallace and Cleopatra be go-to costumes for so many years) and you’re good to go!

+ Fabric Paint: Tulip Slick Dimensional Fabric Paint in Leaf Green
+ Face Paint: Snazaroo Face Paint in Grass Green ($2.50) and Mehron StarBlend Face Paint in Natural Beige Blush ($8.75)
+ Wig: Short Black Bob Wig ($14.99)


Dress up as Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” video for Halloween.
Photo: Courtesy of Linens N Things/Target

I meant it when I said three people. You just can’t have a “Somebody That I Used To Know” costume without SOMEONE being the WALL. It would just be two painted people running around like lunatics. It’s like a PB&J without any bread, y’all. It just doesn’t work. Find the two biggest pieces of foam board you can lay your hands on and paint them up with the iconic peach + grey + yellow + green design. Take a pair of suspenders – the cheaper the better – and separate them into two straps. Fasten these to the foam boards and tighten accordingly to transform them into a wearable sandwich board andddd voilĂ ! Your group costume is complete!

+ Foam Board: 32″ x 40″ Extra Large Foam Board ($24.92)
+ Suspenders: Dickies Men’s J-clip Suspenders ($11.99)

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