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Right after illustrating my designs, bringin them to life is one of my favourite things. So, here are some snapshots of me shamelessly posing in my homemade and homealtered NYE outfit. All velvet from top to toe 🖤. The cardiblazer is my original design, and the top and pants have been redesigned to suit me better.
Very cast member on "Buffy The Wampire Slayer", with all of those full length black pieces, combined with cross earrings. But hey, it's was my NYE outfit, so why not go a little nuts. ✨
The combination of comfort, edge, elegance and minimalism, is truly what makes my fashion heart beat a little faster. Throw in some retro vibes or a futuristic twist, and I'm obsessed.
✨🎉🥂Happy New Year! 🌈🌍🍀 🎇🎆Bye 2016, Hello 2017!🎆🎇
Say hello to my new christmas dress obsession. Finally found the right occasion to wear my home-altered floral dress and crucifix earrings. Major D&G vibes!
Embracing my inner cat lady and including my little big kitty, Fredag, as usual.
Happy Holidays and best wishes to all, from IDEALIST STYLE. Xxx
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL
To those who are celebrating, and to those who aren't. I HOPE YOU'LL HAVE A LOVELY THIS TIME OF THE YEAR.
Merry X-mas from Sun & Friday (my cat).
If you read the previous post, "THIS IS THE TRUE COST OF FAST FASHION" and want some more information, here are some SUNDAY DOCUMENTARY TIPS ON THE SUBJECT.
If you don't have NETFLIX, and can't watch the "THE TRUE COST MOVIE" (you can find it on iTunes as well), you can find most of the same information in my post "THIS IS THE TRUE COST OF FAST FASHION".
"BEFORE THE FLOOD", is a special focus on the environmental changes on this planet do to pollution, and is free on youtube for a limited time, so don't put off watching it if you want to watch it for free. These two documentaries combined will inform you about the most important things you as a consumer need to know about how our lifestyle affects the world as a whole.
THIS IS THE TRUE COST OF
Introduction to a new series in the Eco style genre, focusing on several ways to live a more eco-friendly fashion existence and help improve the fashion industry by sending them a message, one changed habit at a time.
The problems associated with pollution and the effect is has on the environment is no longer a thing of the future, as it has already started to affect us. It is no longer an issue of if the planet will become less inhabitable, but when. 99,5% of scientist agree that man made global warming is a reality (previously 97% and now 99,5 according to Obama), and the consequences are already upon us in the form of climate change, creating storms and disasters, and as a result drought and famine. In short, if we continue to live as we do, there won't be anything left for anyone sooner than we would like to believe. To prevent the world becoming toxic and uninhabitable, we all have to pull together in the same direction and change our ways before we deplete all our natural resources. The leaders of the world are those that are stuck with the difficult task of implementing sustainable options for all the industries that we have grown to depend on, but that doesn't mean we can't all contribute in our own way. Every little effort counts, and the natural first step is to educate yourself about the reality and severity of the situation.
All of us have to wear clothes at some point, so it's logical to start making changes where you already have an impact, and the clothing industry is one of those big environmental sinners that need to shape it up big time. Not only for the environment, but just as much for ethical and humanitarian reasons. Warning! If you keep reading, it might ruin the fun of shopping for you. At least until something is done, so we again can buy clothes with a clear conscience.
Luckily, we don't have to just sit there and wait for big brands and big leaders to get things done. There are so so many ways we as consumers do our part and fast track the change. Belive it or not, it is actually in the power of the consumer to decide what will be the new main stream, also when it comes to consumerism. Changing the way we live our lives and the choices we make, can be of great assistance to those who are trying to save the environment.
The fact that most companies are only concerned with the bottom line, is actually the exact thing that can work in our favour, but only if we start living a more conscious life and send them the right message about what we will and will not purchase. For example, if you only buy clothes that cost little from companies that produce large quantities all year around, you're telling these companies, "Hey, I like to buy a lot and I like it cheap, so continue selling more of the same things". As a result they will change nothing, and have to continue their practice of pressuring the prices down on production cost, to keep up with their low sales prices while still increasing their yearly income (Which is the basis of capitalism. To keep expanding and increase earning. Our society is based on capitalism, and so this is an inevitable cycle if nothing is done). This will again lead to the production of cheap material, outsourcing for cheap labor, and not having room in their budget to consider the environmental og humanitarian impact of their ways.
The world now consumes about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year. This is 400% more than the amount we consumed just 20 years ago. As new clothing comes into our lives, we also discard it at a shocking pace. The average American now generates 82 pounds of textile waste each year. That adds up to more than 11 million tons of textile waste from the U.S. alone. Historically, clothing has been something we have held onto for a long time, but with cheap clothing now abundantly available we are beginning to see the things we wear as disposable. The result is, massive productions and a lot of resources used, for things we use briefly and then stow away or throw away to buy new stuff as the trends change.
About 4.7 billion pounds of clothing are donated by Americans each year. Only 10% of the clothes we donate to charity are considered good enough to being resold in the retail store. The rest of that ends up in landfills, some of it is recycled into rags and insulation, and some of it ends up in the markets of Sub-Saharan Africa where it collapses their own clothing industry. In the last 10 years, local industries, such as garment-making and tailoring in these countries, have collapsed, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers unemployed. People will argue that the second-hand clothing industry in Africa is booming, but the global trade of second-hand clothing is a multi-billion dollar industry for developed countries. With our clothing waste being sent overseas by the tons, there’s little chance of African countries, as a whole, developing their own textile trade. Over one-third of Sub-Saharan Africans wear second-hand, and the reality is that for as long as the second-hand clothing industry thrives, Africa economy is unlikely to improve.
Another important thing to consider, is that most of the clothing being produced in fast fashion is not biodegradable, and end up at garbage dumps where it release toxic fumes into the air for about 200 years.
Clothing realising toxic fumes, is another great reason for buying organic cotton.
As for cotton, it represents nearly half of the total fiber used to make clothing today. More than 90% of that cotton is now genetically modified, using vast amounts of water as well as chemicals. Cotton production is now responsible for 18% of worldwide pesticide use and 25% of total insecticide use. The largely untested impacts of these chemicals on both the land and human health are beginning to be questioned by those working in the industry. As our skin is the largest organ, these chemicals are passed into the bloodstream of the people wearing these clothes. In Punjab, India, where a large amount of the worlds cotton production takes place, they now grow GMO cotton, so that they're able to spray entire fields with pesticide to ensure good crops. The consequence of putting the bottom line and successful production above human life, is that the people in close proximity to these GMO cotton farms get anything from cancer, metall illnesses, servere skin deceases, to children with birth defects or being still born. 240 000 Indian cotton farmers have committed suicide so far, as a result of this dire situation.
Leather production is also a big problem, and is increasingly linked to a variety of environmental and human health hazards. The amount of feed, land, water and fossil fuels used to raise livestock for leather production come at a huge cost to the health of our world. In addition to raising the livestock needed, the leather tanning process is among the most toxic in all of the fashion supply chain. Workers are exposed to harmful chemicals on the job, while the waste generated pollutes natural water sources leading to increased disease for surrounding areas. Studies have found that leather tannery workers are at a far greater risk of cancer, by between 20% – 50%. A good example of this is the Ganges, which is the holiest river for 800 million hindu people and considered to be the life line of northern India. At the moment this important river is being polluted and killed by leather factories in Kanpur, India. Increasing demand for cheap leather is one of the main problems, as Kanpur is the main export for cheap leather. The cost is, human health and the contamination of the only source of drinking water, as well as the environment connected to it. The groundwater is contaminated with large amounts of krom, so all the food grown is contaminated too. The people living in these areas affected get plentiful of health problems, such as skin disorders, stomach problems and even cancer. The krom in the water affects the liver and cause liver cancer, and so many people have to use all their savings trying to cure themselves and their families from these diseases.
If you include the fact that it takes around 1800 gallons/6813 liters of water to grow enough cotton to produce just one pair of regular blue jeans, 400 gallons/1514 liters of water to grow the cotton required for one ordinary cotton shirt, and 1247 gallons/4720 liters to make a pair of sneakers (Numbers may vary a little from one source to another, but the reality is that the numbers are incredibly high allover), and then these clothes needs to be shipped to another country, and then shipped to different vendors again, you have to recognize that this is a very water and pollution heavy cycle. Considering there is a worldwide water crisis on the horizon, and political tensions over water already having created violence in regions where water is scarce, it is clear that this can't be the best way to doing things in the future (200 billion people are suffering from water shortage as we speak). If the problem keeps growing it can affect food production, and also, without water we cannot live.
All of the issues above are alle connected to the same thing, Fast Fashion, which is the name given to the fastest growing part of the fashion industry. There used to be four fashion seasons a year, and now there's 52 collections dropped instead (One collection a week). The Fast Fashion industry is able to maintain it's low prices and high production rates through outsourcing the production to third world countries, and pressuring the prices down by pinning the competition towards each other. Whoever offers the lowest price and can finish production the fastest, gets the job. The factories are so desperate for money that the fashion brands can pick and choose.
Outsourcing could be a good thing and benefit economic growth in third world countries, it could be a good job for the workers too, but the way it is at the moment, it's not. More than 40 million people work in the garment industry world wide. They are among the lowest paid workers in the world.
The most important part of making cheap clothes and fast fashion a viable possibility, is a thing called a Sweatshop. The definition of a Sweatshop is a textile factory in which employees work for long hours at low wages and under unhealthy conditions. Sweatshops deliver clothes to the largest clothing companies in the world. The fact that most of the average western persons clothing comes from a sweatshop, is a problem. The workers in a sweatshop get yelled at, work unbelievable long hours (12 hour days, and only 8 hours on sundays), many faint or die at work do to the poor working conditions, and if they come forward or voice their opinion about this injustice they get fired. They're also denied contracts, as a contract would give them job security, but instead they're fired before they've worked there long enough to have any rights (about 3 months). This is a way of controlling the workers (often illegally) and making sure they don't put up a fight. The short time contracts and corporate greed is the root of the problem, as the workers can be fired on minimal basis. The boss not liking you can be reason enough to be dismissed, and they need a long term contract to join a union.
People who join worker unions to try and improve their working conditions get fired, and are unable to get a new job if they are "outed". When buyers come to inspect the factories, the workers are prepped and told what to say, ordered to clean up and say that everything is great, so that the factory will appear good. It's a fasade, and when the buyers leave, they are treated as they're worth nothing again.
Then there is home production, which is the definition of all the unregulated textile production. These workers are the lowest on the ladder, and have no rights and the lowest pay.
The ride to work for many of these workers is a dangerous affair on an open back truck, where they're standing like cattle in the back. Every year a 100 textile workers dies in accidents on these trucks. Several hundreds are injured.
85% of textile workers are women, and pregnant women are being discriminated by 2 out of 5 factories, by for example getting fired, not being allowed time off to go to their medical checkups, and have to take leave without pay. On top of that, the workers can't afford to bring their children with them and have to leave them in the village where they're from, as they don't have anyone to care for them in the city where they have to live and work. Most of them only see their children once or twice a year, so that they can work, earn money and give their children a better life
The true cost of Fast Fashion, is that people are dying from the horrible standards of their work environment.
Two of the worst disasters in the history of fashion occurred in Dhaka, Bangladesh when 931 people died from the factory collapsing on top of them. The workers had tried to voice their concern about cracks in the building, but it wasn't taken seriously. A few months later, a factory fire killed a 100 more. These people earned about 2$ a day.
If that wasn't enough, the workers are payed a minimum wage of only about 140$ a month. A living wage (an amount of money you are paid for a job that is large enough to provide you with the basic things, such as food and shelter needed to live an acceptable life), is considered to be 180$ a month. These people work harder than most, but are yet denied a dignified life, basic human rights, and a just pay for their hard work. They get no overtime and have no right to take vacations or breaks. The workers themselves are dispirited about these conditions, and all they want are viable working conditions.
We are profiting from their desperate need to work, and using them as modern day slaves.
There is just so much wrong with this level disregard for a life. The truth is, these people's lives are just as valuable as any one else's. Is it ok that some people have to starve, so that others can be rich? That some people have to suffer to make the clothes we buy cheap? In the words of the Norwegian poet, Arnulf Øverland in his poem, "Dare not sleep"( from 1937), "You must not tolerate so well the injustice that doesn't affect you yourself!"
Fast Fashion brands are the only ones getting rich of of this scheme, by creating the illusion that we the consumers actually can afford so much, by selling it so cheap. HM, for example (The second largest Fast Fashion brand in the world, only second to Centrury 21) make 18 billion dollars a year, and because these fast fashion brands don't own the factories they can disclaim any responsibility and profit hugely.
Capitalism and consumptionism is the reason the fashion industry looks the way it does today.
Consumptionism, is when people treat the things you use (cars, homes, electronics, clothes), as the things you can use up (food, candles, beauty products, pencils), and the main thing in capitalism is to create profit, and more profit than your competitors. Between our ever growing consumerism and corporate greed, our current ways has proven to have a global impact and taken it's tole on the planet as a whole.
Major steps needs to be taken towards a more sustainable future for all, and the current system should be replaced by better methods as fast as humanly possible.
If your still following, I know... everything seems wrong at this point. To make it worse. Here's another "fun fact". If we completely stop buying clothes from these big brands, then the under paid workers will become unemployed workers. Everyone needs a job. We all just need to pull together, in order to fix the broken system.
The good news is that people get more and more conscious about what they buy and as global warming has been more and more evident, big brands such as HM and many more have started to do the transition over to a more sustainable fashion industry. It's still a long way from where we need to be, and green fashion seem to be step 1 (A lot, due to pressure from the public). Fixing the issue of having new items in their shops every week, under paid workers, worker rights, child labor, extreme waste of water and pollution from factories, has to be the next goals on our "To do" list. The recourses and technology to improve all these issues are already there. It's only a matter of actually prioritizing ethical and eco-friendly production, and be willing to pay for the cost of that transition.
It's already possible to grow fabrics from bacteria, 3D printing can create the most incredible designs as well as being a great way of recycling used materials, and we have the option of organic cotton and recycled fabric.
Buying second hand or having swap parties are some other great ways of being able to get your hands on ethical and green fashion, and a really good way of lowering your carbon footprint..
For a real change to happen in the fashion industry the sales numbers need to be there, as "big business" is motivated by the bottom line and customer demand. So, if we fine-tune the message we the consumers are sending the fashion industry and buy fair trade and eco-products, then the demand will be for fair-trade and eco products. If you cant beat them, join them, and make the planet eco-friendly by living a more conscious life. Do what you can with the options you got.
I know it might be hard to find the styles you like in the (very limited at the moment) green/fair-trade "section". But, you can start small by for example switching to organic cotton basics, fair-trade jeans, and ecological beauty products. In short, if you get as much as you can from those sources, it will make a difference.
To help the rookies making the transition over to ethical eco-town, I'm starting a new series in the Eco-style genre, focusing on several ways to live a more eco-friendly fashion existence. In this series I will try to bring attention to all the great options that are already there, and prove that it's easier than you would think.
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Sources: The documentary "The true cost" movie, "Fair Trade: The first step", and the series "Sweatshop", https://www.one.org/us/2014/03/14/what-really-happens-to-your-donated-clothing/, http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unions-reveal-garment-minimum-wage-goal-2017, http://cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/obama-ups-climate-change-consensus-paris-995-scientists.
TRICK OR TREAT
I love costumes, I played dress-up almost every day growing up. In fact, at one point I worked as a costume assistant on a film (it was excellent).
For me Halloween is a day to dress the way i'd actually prefer to dress all year, but can't. Not all great outfits are compatible with the seasons, workplace, comfortable, and so on. Even though I don't want to admit it, some things are just too much for everyday life. I guess we can't all have the bravery of the "colorful people". (Yes, I am talking to you, girl in high school with rainbow hair, that wore a pixy dress with wings and everything to school, every day. Respect sister!)
Maybe some "looks" are best left to the special occasions.
However, I do feel we should give in to our inner child and play as often as we can. Halloween, Christmas, New Years Eve, birthdays, we should throw more "come as your inner self " parties.
Luckily, I do get to play sometimes. I have been so fortunate to have such fun and confident friends, that really know how to "leave their pride at home" and wear something silly in public. Being weird together is truly some of the bonding moments in life.
(To me) The best costume tip is to go for a character that looks a bit like you, and just properly go to town on that costume. I definitely think it's more gratifying when that character can be me, instead of me being that character. Use Halloween as an opportunity to try on different personas.
My favourite Halloween costumes of all times have been characters I identify with, such as Lara Croft (my nickname all through high school), Wednesday Addams, Agent Romanoff a.k.a The Black Widow, and Leela from Futurama. I just love edgy, strong women, so I always feel like dressing up as a badass when I can.
Hurray for official theme party days. Now, please enjoy some awesome costumes.
Wear black eye-contacts, if you don't have black hair use black hairspray (spray on after the hair is braided, finish with regular hairspray to seal in the color), make your face "naturally" pale with white foundation. Don't forget black nail-polish, black tiny earrings, a black doll-style dress with long sleeves, a white shirt with a stiff collar, black pantyhose, black doll-shoes, one headless doll in a matching outfit, and an attitude that says, "die...".
LEELA FROM FUTURAMA
A class-A nerd catching costume, and one of my personal Sci-Fi favorites. First of all, you need to spray paint or dye your hair purple, or get a purple wig. Make sure it's the right kind of purple, Leela's hair is kind of a warm violet. Put your hair up into a high pony tail and create a "peek a boo" bangs look on one side of your face. Make your own, or buy a cyclops eye-mask. I made mine out of a white anti slip tablecloth, which is perfect for the task because the wholes are big enough to see through, but small enough to hide your eyes behind. Draw an eye large enough to cover both your eyes and add five or six lashes, with a water resistant, magic marker. When finished, and add an elastic band to hold the mask in place. For the tech-bracelet, use a silver look, hard paper. Draw the buttons and screen on, and connect the back and front side with duck-tape. Attach the part facing outwards from the inside, to hide the duck-tape at least on the most visible side.
Wear a white (scooped neckline) tank top, black pants and dark grey boots. I used black, shiny Dr.Martens, which worked just as well. Wear a pink lipstick for those Leela pouty-lips, and remember to exude girl power.
SULU FROM STAR TREK
If you don't buy your costumes, you can create your own by wearing a yellow V-neck sweater with a black round neck sweater underneath. Attach a Star Trek logo to the chest, wear black pants, and try to look as asian as possible. NB! Easier for some than others... You might want to go with an other Star Trek charachter if you don't have the right look.
Wear a red tube top and attach gold details, made from gold-colored cardboard paper. Two matching broad gold bracelets, one gold colored yarn as a lasso. If you're not the type to show your underpants in public, you can go for dark blue jeans and attach white or silver stars to it. Now, kick ass.
PS! You are officially most boys wet dream.
You need one beige-green-brown t-shirt (or a black tank top), black suspenders, black bicycle shorts, one elastic black belt, a pair of black boots. I made the gun holsters out of shiny black PVC fabric and elastic band. Pout your lips, smize with your eyes, and act all tough.
This costume will definitely win you a "Geek Charming" for the evening.
THE BLACK WIDOW
You need a top to bottom black or navy blue outfit. If you don't have a cat suit lying around, it's still an easy DIY. Go for slim fitted pants and a fitted jacket that zips up, either in leather like mine or a solid jersey material. Also, you can't be Agent Romanoff without one or two Agents og S.H.I.E.L.D logos on the upper arms and red hair. I found a logo online, printed it on paper, and used double sided tape to connect it to the jacket. If you don't have red hair and don't want to dye it, use a wig, a temporary color spray, or a color refresher that washes out to at least get a red shine to you original hair color (If you're a blonde, almost all color products will leave some discoloration, so wig is the only safe way to not ruin your blonde hair color. To complete the look, you need high boots in a matching color, black cut-off gloves, one or two black (elastic) belts, and then I made the gun holsters out of shiny black PVC fabric and elastic band. To perfect the look, you should have two bullet bracelets around your wrists. Act secretive, smooth, and be tough and fearless.
This costume is another one for the "geek magnet" list.
BATMAN AND ROBIN
This is obviously a great couples costume for men. But, if you can't buy a finished costume like my friends here in the photo, then you could always make your own.
Batman: Wear a black turtleneck, black pants, black boots, black long cape, and attach the Batman logo to your top. The logo can be drawn on fabric, or printed out and glued on. For the Batman hood I would recommend buying one, or if your up for the task, sew one.
Robin: Wear a green long-sleeved top and leggings, and put a red sleeveless top and red briefs on top of that. Wear black boots and a long black or yellow cape, and a black or yellow belt in the waist. Attach the Robin logo to your top. The logo can be drawn on fabric, or printed out and glued on. For the Robin mask you can either buy a standard black mask, or easily cut one out from black fabric.
Act all sexy and brave.
Wear a blue long-sleeved top with a Super (man/girl) logo on it, a red short skater skirt, a red knee-length cape, a V-shaped gold belt, and red over-knee boots. Wear natural makeup and have blond to blondette hair. I you can't buy a finished costume, then just print out the logo and attach to basic blue top. Red over-knee boots can also be made out of red PVC fabric or something else similar to a leather look.
Finish the look by swooping in and helping out with heavy stuff, such as opening stuck lids on jars. You'er after all, the strongest girl alive.
You need bright red hair (hair chalk, dip dye or a wig), wear a green dress or jumpsuit/outfit (something green that covers the needed to be covered parts), use fake leaves and flowers to decorate your hair and body. Paint on or attach something green or red to your eyebrows. Remember: You hate anything that's not a plant.
The good woodland fairy gone bad. Evil has never looked better, and she is the ultimate anti-hero. You need to paper mache/duck tape tinfoil horns on a headband, on top of a black head cap. Create a stiff and bold collar out of hard paper, and attach to a preferably long black dress with long sleeves, or go for a cape option as in the image below. Do sharp eyebrows and black winged eyeliner, red lipstick and counture your cheek bones til they look as if they could cut something. Walk around with a long black staff and look thirsty for revenge.
Half fish half human, you're the hottest gene mutation pollution has created....
So try to find a mermaid shaped sequin-skirt, cut and shape mermaid tail-fins from a black plastic bag, wear a tube top in a shiny or sequin fabric, use thick black wet-liner over your eyes, and wear one black contact lens. To complete the wet-look use body glitter on your face and body, and put lots of hair-gel in your hair while it's still wet.
The most important thing is a crown, then a nicely fitted uniform jacket with visible shoulder-pads, get a matching colored waistband and a gold sash (or another royal color). Pair it with dark or light pants. To top it of, wear blush and a little mascara (remember, you're fictional). Be dreamy.
Simple and a classic. You need a white and red striped sweater, and a matching hat/beanie, blue pants
(black shorts also work), round glasses with a black frame. Prepare to be "found", all night.
POP ART COSTUME
Wear a wig or spray paint your hair to get a more synthetic look, then paint your face and body with lots of white dots, and make an outline of your facial and body features. Finish the look with bright colored eye shadow, nail polish, lips, and fake eye lashes. Wear a dress or an outfit with a graphic style print, or if you don't have that a solid color will also do nicely. Be dramatic!
THE COOKIE MONSTER
Paint your face blue, wear a blue one-piece with a hood, attach big eyes to the hood, and bring some cookies.
Say "COOKIE" a lot!
This one is such an easy DIY if you already have a black and white striped top. Make a little white hat and paint matching black stripes on it. Then, make your own portable card board prison. Just cut out bars and paint it grey. Finish the look by attaching a symbolically scary inmate number to your chest, and paint some dirt on your face. Act shady.
You need a white dress, a vail, covering white foundation, smudge the eye-makeup, put some fake blood in there to increase the horror. Finish with a bouquet of flowers. Be really bossy, stressed out and perfectionistic.
A Heidi type dress... Actually with this costume you can be anything, really. Just add a gross amount of blood somewhere disturbing. Maybe bring a weapon to add that little extra.
If you don't already own a Power rangers suit, like these two guys, or want to buy one - you can always make your own. All you need is a colored long-sleeved top on top of a white turtleneck, same colored leggings, white belt, gloves and boots, and then you can sew a hood from colored elastic fabric. Just add some black mesh material where the eyes are, and you can see with the hood on as well. The Power Rangers come in red, blue, black, yellow, pink or green, so it could also be a cool group thing.
Also this one, is easy to DIY. All you need is a red long-sleeved top, red leggings, black panties, yellow belt, black long gloves, and long black socks. Then you just paint the black mask directly on to your face. You can add a wig, if you don't happen to have the right hair color or cut. This is such a cool group thing.
FRUIT OR ANIMALS SUITS
These costumes need no introduction and are great classics.
If you don't want to buy one, it is possible to make one out of a one-piece in the correct color or color combination.
A strawberry can be made with a red one-piece, paint black spots on it, ad a green spiky-cut collar and put a strawberry or leaf hat on your head. The banana, with a yellow one peace and a yellow hat with a black tip. For the carrot, make an orange "dress" and sew it in a carrot shape between the legs, leave holes for the legs. Wear black leggings and a green wig for the frizzy top. For the lion, make your hair as full as possible and put on some lion ears, wear a golden brown one-piece and a faux fur collar and paint your face lion style. The same method applies to the bunny, only with bunny ears a pink nose and whiskers.Funny is the new sexy.
This one is such an easy DIY if you already look a little bit like Adele. Wear a black, long sleeved, retro style, glittering dress with a flared skirt, and style your hair in an half up-do with a lot of volume on top. Then, do a bold winged eyeliner, full lips, and add thick fake lashes. Finish the look by walking around bare feet, holding a microphone. If you don't have access to a microphone, make your own from cardboard. Talk with a broad British accent, have a naughty sense of humor, and say "Hello!" to everyone you meet.
Costumes aren't only great on Halloween, and this dress-up party is something that has become somewhat of a tradition in my group. The best part is how different people act when in costume. I have to say that the 50's/60's clothing make people very well mannered and pleasant. Love it!
Or, you can just have a fabulous masquerade party. We had one on New Years Eve for the last two years. You can dress how you like, and the masks create an exiting vibe for the evening.
It's even cooler in big gatherings, 1600's style.
HAVE A HAPPY AND SCARY
HALLOWEEN, ALL HALLOWS EVE and DIA DE LOS MUERTOS.
(The "models" in this post are friends and myself. The photos are taken at some of our Halloween parties.
Some costumes are tore bought, some are home made, but most are home-styled, DIY style.)
BEST LIGHT WARM neutral LOOKS
These outfits have been put together to create a better understanding of how to mix and match colors, contrasts, and materials to get that right look for your appointed group.
(Photos in this post are borrowed from HM.COM, Jollychic.com, and a few are random pictures from Tumbler or Pinterest or found on Google. Unknown source.)
BEST LIGHT WARM soft LOOKS
These outfits have been put together to create a better understanding of how to mix and match colors, contrasts, and materials to get that right look for your appointed group.
(Photos in this post are borrowed from HM.COM, Jollychic.com, and a few are random pictures from Tumbler or Pinterest or found on Google. Unknown source.)
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