Every year I leave it far too late, or don’t have enough money to put together the costume I really want, so generally 99% of any costume I wear is put together from stuff already in my wardrobe. I just jazz it up with a plastic gun, or a pair of cat ears or something else stupidly cheap from the supermarket, or eBay if I planned ahead far enough.
So today I thought I’d have a go at putting together some costumes made up completely of things from my wardrobe, with no extras at all.
Now, you’ll have to excuse the quality of the photos, I took them in my living room with a remote and the light was pretty bad, either too strong with the curtains open or a bit grainy with them shut, but you get the idea!
I did all of these costumes in under an hour, they only use things already in my wardrobe and a bit of make up. If I was wearing them out proper I might spend a little more time on hair and make up, and maybe fling in a few more props!
A trench coat, beret and sunglasses. So easy. Potential props include a gun in your stocking tops, a bottle of vodka, or a briefcase. Plus, bonus extra costume, lose the sunglasses and add white ankle socks and black low heeled shoes and you have Michelle of the Resistance, I shall say this only once!
Spotty headscarf, blue shirt, high waisted trousers or jeans and a bit of a victory roll at the front of your hair. It’s an iconic vintage look, and most vintage gals have these things in their wardrobe.
I wore a charity shop shirt, Heyday! trousers and a wired headscarf that came with a dress from The Seamstress of Bloomsbury (watch this space as it is part of my new Autumn wardrobe revamp!)
I’m pretty sure Rosie the Riveter never pulled a face this stupid though.
I find Stepford Wives pretty scary, and lets face it, most vintage ladies can find the ingredients for this in their wardrobes if they try! I’d have liked to add a little waist pinny, but I don’t have one. If could be bothered I could probably make one good enough for a party from a piece of ribbon and an old sheet or something.
I used an old bit of lace in my hair and backcombed it a little, a string of pearls and a dress I got from Weekend Doll teamed with a Vivien of Holloway petticoat and gloves.