Now that Halloween is almost here, it’s time to think about costumes. Although buying one is a good option, putting one together from things you might already have is handy when you don’t want to shell out or when you’re doing it last-minute. Since every year it seems TV shows are becoming more prominent than other forms of entertainment, here are some costume ideas from my favorite shows (which, by the way, I highly recommend).
A Peaky Blinder
Show off your gangster side (and your love for British dramas) with a Peaky Blinders costume. The getup is typical of the early twentieth century look: a white shirt, a black vest and matching trousers and a pair of oxfords. The flat cap is essential for the Peaky look and don’t forgot to add some faux razor blades (which you can make out of painted cardboard or construction paper) to the back! You’ll have the perfect excuse to grab some extra candy, by order of the Peaky Blinders.
While very intense, The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favorite shows right now. I’m anxiously awaiting the next season. Even though it’s on a break right now, its impact hasn’t dwindled, with women wearing handmaid costumes to protests and the show winning four Emmys. All you’ll need is a long-sleeve maxi dress in red (of course) and a red cape. Any boots will work with the look and, as an accessory, you could carry a basket of oranges. The bonnet can be easily made with poster paper (here’s one of many tutorials). And you can also look into some gory missing-eye (or other body part) special effects makeup to mark yourself as a rebellious handmaid. Don’t forget to greet people with the somber “Blessed be the fruit”, it will definitely be creepy!
Tina from Bob’s Burgers
The most beloved character from Bob’s Burgers is one of the easiest costumes to put together. You might need to pick up some fake glasses and knee-high socks, but the basic tee, skirt and Converse might already be in your closet. And don’t forget the yellow hair clip! You could carry around a unicorn toy or fan fiction for added effect. If you want to give your look chilling accuracy, try painting your face and you won’t even need the glasses.
Young Queen Elizabeth II
One of the most aesthetically pleasing series out there, The Crown is full of history, drama and beautiful clothes. To recreate Queen Elizabeth II’s elegant style, start with a vintage swing or tea dress. I would opt for subdued, solid colors and any details that make it look more formal. If you can find a faux fur shawl, perhaps at a thrift store, it adds a great signature touch, as well as some white satin evening gloves. The blue sash, along with some medals, is something you can DIY from blue ribbon. Don’t forget to pack on the jewelry and add a crown or tiara. So that peoplerecognize you as the queen of England, tote around a corgi stuffed animal or a teacup. Check out this makeup tutorial if you want to recreate the subtle but regal look from Queen Elizabeth’s younger years.