I'm a huge fan of dressup parties, and being in Australia it's not often we get to celebrate Halloween. Lucky for me a friend was having a combined Halloween and house warming party. I spent a couple weeks thinking about what I wanted to dress up as, and in the end, I decided on this costume the night before! Conveniently I already had this amazing cardigan, which I'd thrifted about a month ago for "everyday wear" (I've yet to wear it for regular day wear, but I will. It's too fun not too). All I needed to top off the outfit was a hat.
To recreate this outfit, you'll need:
- A white and black sweater or cardigan. It doesn't have to have gold accents like mine does and instead add gold sequins, or gold tassels to your shoulders. You could also attach gold ribbon in a criss-crossed shape across your body too.
- Black, white, or blue pants. Pick something which fits your body and is quite tailored. Here I'm wearing a pair of my regular work pants, they're high waisted and are quite fitted down to the ankle.
- Black ankle boots.
- White or cream gloves. I used my winter gloves which happened to be cream, but you can also buy a pair of white gloves from most costume stores.
- A Nutcracker hat. This is what really tops off the outfit. I made mine from heavy black paper and regular metallic gold paper, and a ribbon to tie it all together.
- Makeup. Red lipstick can be used for the two big cheek spots, and also for your lips, and I darkened my eyebrows with a pencil so they stood out more.
To make the hat, I bought a big enough piece of black paper which could wrap around my head.
- Once I had measured how much paper I needed to make the hat, I used sticky tape to keep it in shape. With the paper I used, glue wouldn't have held it together.
- I then made the top out of the same paper. I measured the circumference of the hat, and cut a circle out of the paper with an additional 1 inch. You use this extra paper to fold down and stick to the inside of the hat body so the top of the hat stays in place.
- The last part of the hat was the brim. Again I measured a 2 inch strip of paper which would fit as the brim, cut it slightly wider so I could the additional paper to stick it to the inside of the hat.
- Create any shapes desired out of the gold paper and glue to the black hat.
- Finally I used a glue gun to attach two pieces of black ribbon for the chin strap.
Before I sign off, I'll leave you with one more tip. After coming home that night, I was trying to take off my red, red cheeks, and to my dismay, the circles were stained onto my cheeks (I had used a lip liner pencil to get the shape before applying the lipstick)! No makeup remover would get it off. When I woke up they were still there, and I began frantically googling how to remove stubborn lip pencil stain! I was headed to the Spring Racing carnival that morning and didn't have much time to spare (if you have yet to see my outfit, it's up on Insta, but I'll also be doing a blog post in a few days about it too). The solution I found suggested soaking a cotton bud in olive oil and rubbing over the stain, and you wouldn't believe it but it worked! The day saved by humble olive oil.