Those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter know that on Friday afternoon I lost faith in my planned costume for the party Saturday. Not great timing. Tim is now instructed to be more forthcoming about his doubts about my costume costume more than a day beforehand.
For those who don’t remember, the plan was to wear this dress:
With some heels and a flower behind one ear and be… Generic Hispanic dama, I guess.
Some of you said it was fine, and one person suggested adding a black lace shawl. Thus I became convinced of two things:
- A black lace shawl would be just about the only way to make the outfit convincing
- There was no way in hell I’d find one on such short notice.
I thought about buying some black lace at a fabric store and just using that as-is. But I had visions of the lace unraveling/fraying on the ends. And having to hold the fabric all night.
Meanwhile, I’d already be repeatedly picking up the flower all night because those things don’t stay put.
Instead, I decided to look around and see if I could do a goth outfit. When you have dark hair and pale skin, goth is always a good fallback.
I still have a bustier from my junior prom. Since it almost never gets used, it’s in great shape 21 years later.
I rummaged through my jewelry and found a goth-y necklace and some kinda tough-looking earrings. I added in a choker from an old French maid outfit. Apparently, I gave away the actual dress to that at some point, but it probably wouldn’t have fit me at this point. I’m about two sizes smaller than I was when I bought it.
I also had some old shoes I’ve always thought of as “witchy” cool, but I’ve never found an occasion to wear it. Ah, clothes bought during manic cycles!
The only thing missing was a pair of black pants. I only have one pair of Old Naxy trousers, which are not only too baggy but also utterly un-gothy.
I traipsed off to Goodwill and hit the jackpot on a $6.99 skirt. Together with the bustier, it works quite well.
I spent around 20 minutes looking at bracelets thinking a bunch of them would help. But I quickly realized that even three or four would literally double my overall cost. And that I really hate having bracelets on. (They’re constantly sliding up and down and hitting your hand!)
Tim suggested white face paint, which certainly would fit.
But I invariably get an itch within 30 minutes of putting stuff like that on, and even my most careful scratching ends up ruining the look. Also it sounded like a hassle. Also it was another thing to buy.
Instead, it’s just a matter of using very dark eye makeup, no blush and either very pale or very red lips.
I’ll try to remember to have Tim take a picture of me when I’m in the outfit and add it here.
As you can see in that last picture, I added the Black Widow jacket Tim got me for Christmas. (It’d cooled off a bit — meaning high 70s/low 80s — and my outfit was skimpy enough to compensate.)
The outfit was a big hit. There were obviously people with cooler costumes, but I still got plenty of compliments. And managed not to fall despite the high-ness of the high heels. Overall, quite a success — especially for a $7.46 post-tax outlay.
What’s the best (or most last-minute) costume you’ve pulled together from stuff you had lying around?