The Red Wig

Once people know that  you’re interested in costuming, all sorts of interesting things come your way.   This week, it was an awesome (?) red wig.     Not sure what I’m going to do with it yet, but here it is.    (Proving yet again that I have no shame.)    If I went Disney’s Brave with it, I’d want to curl it.   But then those odd wing-like bangs could turn into little “fly-aways.”   Maybe.    We’ll see.

Red Wig

Leggings with Buttons

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.


Legging with buttons

Gatsby Costume – Final Version

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 Party

UPDATE:    Be sure to check out the Post-Final Version, too!

Gatsby Costume – The Cloche.

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.

Long sleeves gloves

Long sleeves no 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.

Short sleeves gloves

Short sleeves no gloves

Gatsby Costume

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.

Black Gatsby Dress

Here is the little black dress with opera pearls and my silly little head band.

Blue Gatsby with Shoes

Blue Gatsby Dress

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?

Gatsby Accessories

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.

Gatsby Accessories

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.

Gatsby Gloves and Bracelet

Gatsby Bracelet

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:

Gatsby Stole

Gastby Earrings 2

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?