Saw these for sale online recently. And while I didn’t buy them – I wasn’t sure exactly how I would use them – I like the look. In black or brown they could turn shoes into something that looks like knee-height boots. Or you could do a Minuteman costume with them in a cream or white color. They are almost knee-height spats. Without the lace, of course.
You could probably make them out of any one of a number of things. If you were willing to put a seam up the inside of them, you could probably just buy a button-up sweater, cut the front button part out, and stitch it together making an inside seam
Anyway, I just wanted to save the idea here – for future use.
So what did I finally wear? Long sleeves, no gloves, and the cloche. I also added a second set of long pearls, the pearl bracelet and an escort in a white dinner jacket.
I was exactly the right amount of “dressed up” – clearly in keeping with the party theme, but not really tarted up (the way some of the women were) and not super “costume-y.” I was the ONLY one at the party wearing a cloche – and I got compliments from total strangers about how much they liked it.
My only regret is that they had some period cars in front of the party as we were coming in. By the time we thought to get photos taken standing in front of them, they were gone. A good reminder to seize the photo-op when you can.
I have only one or two photos from the party, and they are a bit blurry – but here is the best one.
At the request of some friends, I went out looking for a cloche – a bell-shaped hat that is very characteristic of the 1920′s. And low and behold, I found one.
I’m very pleased. It’s black, so it goes with the black dress option I had been considering. And it also saves me from having to work out some sort of head piece. Unfortunately, having recently lost a lot of weight, I don’t have a little black dress to act as a base garment. I’ve tried out several combinations of outfits – long sleeves, short sleeves, long gloves, short gloves. Let me know what you think.
The first two photos show me with a long-sleeved top and black skirt – with and without gloves.
And here is the same idea, but with a short-sleeved top. In this case, I’ve taken the plunge and gone with long gloves (since they won’t overlap with long sleeves.) I also have black long and short gloves, but neither of those looked quite right to my eye.
Unexpectedly, I’ve been invited to attend a cocktail party with instructions to wear “cocktail dress or prohibition-era costumes” – it’s also been called a Gatsby party. I have two days to put something together – and I feel up to the task.
I dashed out to see what the thrift store had to offer in terms of dresses. I didn’t find EXACTLY what I was looking for, but I think I found something that will work. I’ll let you be the judge. I also have a “little black dress” that might work in a pinch. It’s two sizes too large, but should give a general impression of what a dressed up LBD might look like.
To get the complete, but not final, affect, I also put on a string of opera-length pearls, and a fashioned a place-holder head piece out of a white head band and a scrunched up piece of tissue paper. I’ll definitely replace that with something better before the party, but I wanted to get a broad impression of what the final outfit might look like.
One thing to think about is that attendees have the option of either coming in costume or in “cocktail attire.” My experience is that the vast majority of people, given the choice, will NOT come in costume. So in these situations, it’s better to play it a little bit safe. I’ve been the only one at the party in costume, and it’s a bit daunting. So I want to appear thematically appropriate, but not like a party decoration.
Here is the little black dress with opera pearls and my silly little head band.
And here is the blue dress – one picture (left) with shoes and one picture (right) without. I’m partial to the long blue dress myself, but please let me know what you think.
Next, I’ll want some opinions on other accessories. Would they add? Or detract?
In addition to the opera-length pearls and some sort of head piece (both of which are MUSTS for this costume), I have some other odds and ends that might add, or might detract, from the complete outfit. These include long white gloves, a white fur stole, a pearl bracelet, and some pearl earrings. A photo of all (except the stole) appear below.
Some of these (all of these?) can really be mix and match. Do I wear the bracelet over the gloves, or alone? So here are a couple of bracelet / glove options.
My personal opinion at this point is that the gloves and the bracelet would be too over-the-top for this party – and perhaps for the costume as a whole. But i wanted to throw them out there, just in case.
The other two options – the stole and the earrings – look like this:
I’m like the earrings a LOT more than the stole – which I think is, like the gloves and bracelet, over the top. But even the earrings might be too much. What do you think? I’ve got a little black beaded clutch that will probably work for a purse. Any other suggestions for accessories?
So when you put the pieces of my super heroine costume – tentatively title The Rivulette – together, here is what you get.
I’m quite happy with how it turned out. I hung the hose from my belt using a hook that my husband bought for securing table clothes to trade-show-booth tables, and the plunger is just yanked from one of our bathrooms. If I was going to wear this outfit out somewhere, I would put black grease paint around my eyes so that the look of the mask is complete. I ended up cinching the belt tight in the back with a pair of office binder clips, which worked just fine for the photo.
For years, I searched the thrift stores for a wedding dress to be used as a base garment for costumes. Tooth fairy. Corpse bride. Bride of Frankenstein. That sort of thing.
The criteria were that the dress fit me without alternation, that it be less than about $50, and that it clearly be a wedding dress. This was the first dress that I found that met those criteria – with an interesting coincidence thrown in to boot.
The interesting story goes like this. When I finally found this dress, I was raving about it to one of my girlfriends. I described the dress, and how excited I was about it. “Where did you find it,” she asked. “Salvation Army,” I replied. “Emily, I think I used to own that wedding dress.” Yes indeed. Turns out I had purchased a wedding dress that she had thrifted the week before. To be clear, it was NOT the actual dress she was married in. She had purchased this dress, after not being able to find quite the style and cut of dress that she really wanted. Of course, as fate would have it, she did eventually find the dress she really wanted – but was then stuck with two dresses. So it was a win-win all around.
Here is an image of the back and side as well. It has a bit of a train, which I could not figure out how to pin up – so I stitched it up.