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October 24, 2008

The Big Question: Who is the Fantasy You?

Filed under: The Big Question,Uncategorized,What Should I Wear? — Francesca @ 12:33 pm

Halloween is coming!

Who (or what) will you be dressing as?

And what is your DREAM costume?

PS There are plus-size costumes and accessories available at TorridAnytime Costumes (with costumes for plus-size men! and modest women!), Yandy, Halloween Street (men’s/modest available), Spirit Halloween (modest items are there if you look), and Frederick’s of Hollywood. Francesca cannot vouch for the service at these sites (except for that at Torrid, who are partners of ours), so read the fine print carefully.


  1. I have a thing for historical costuming, so I decided to go with full victorian dress this year. I’ve always wanted to do this. And ladies, you would be SURPRISED at how good the bustle works no matter how much “padding” we have in the back porch.

    I got a corset from divadivine777 on ebay. She’s in Australia, but has absolutely fantastic prices on extremely well made corsets all the way up to a 4X. Satin, silk, leather, you name it, and amazingly comfortable.

    I made my own bustle pad from a small pillow form and some bias tape for ties.

    My dress is a simple calico set from If you can imagine what a pain it is to sew these things, you’d realize how good their monthly sales are. Beautiful set and fits perfectly. Again, their items go up to a 4X (which is a 30/32). I chose the XL as I am a solid size 20 and am very happy with it. I’ll have to hem it shorter, but I have to hem everything in my life since I’m only 5 feet tall.

    I found a hat with some netting on it and got some fake flowers, feathers, and a hot glue gun at Joanns and made my own hat. A pair of cotton gloves and a brooch for the neckline came from the same consignment store as the hat. I already have a pair of boots I can wear with the outfit.

    I have short pixie hair, so I decided to get a wig. (this was the cheapest place for this one) It’s not as blatantly red as the website’s image, it’s a true auburn and very nice quality. Came with a hairnet and care instructions and everything. Looks stunning with the hat.

    I am going to win the contest at work, I just know it. It’s tons better than those lazy vampires in customer service with the plastic fangs, ROFL.

    Comment by Mo — October 24, 2008 @ 1:19 pm

  2. I am a plus size woman and for me to look cool and trendy is key so I shop for Designer Tunics, Plus Size Tops also Indians Tunics called Kurta kurti from as their tunic top bargains are great up to 70% off with free shipping and a gift. I like the trendy styles on the plus tops and the flowy yet shapy tunics look slimming and stylish. I do enjoy Indian designer Tunics and Kurtis as they are elegant, casual yet classy.

    Comment by Jessica — October 24, 2008 @ 9:29 pm

  3. I made my husband and I kimonos to wear for a recent sci-fi con, so that’s what we’re wearing to a Halloween party tonight. I may go ahead and do the geisha makeup, too.

    Comment by Meg — October 25, 2008 @ 10:41 am

  4. OMG, Halloween is my favorite holiday! I love to play dress-up!

    This year, I will be in gingham and a muffin hat as a Revolutionary War-era woman. Very low fidelity costume! Not my usual thing, but I so, so terribly want to dress my 18-month old son up in a teeny little coat like you’d see in Colonial Williamsburg and tie his dark curls back into a wee pigtail. So I thought I should match him.

    My dream costume comes in assorted eras of history and fantasy, but is some variety of the Adventurer. It could be pirate (in sexy high boots but also trousers and a full length frock coat – forget the miniskirt!), it could be Victorian steam-punk inventor, it could be anything involving a crisp white shirt, khakis and more boots (Pat Savage or a female Indiana Jones both are welcome), it could be Lord of the Rings-inspired valkyrie-esque.

    Comment by TeleriB — October 26, 2008 @ 7:54 am

  5. I dress up at work. This year, I’m the Office Wizard. I have a black wizard hat with matching silver trim & stars and a wand. I painted the words on a black shirt with silver fabric paint, and I bought a pair of Silouhettes black palazzo pants for $5 at Goodwill. My coworker suggested I make a paperclip necklace. She’s going as a Facebook page.

    I never really thought about a dream costume, but I think going as a mermaid would be neat. I couldn’t pull off the two-piece, but if I could find a teal sequined gown with a fishtail, I would wear it with a long wig and stick seashells in my hair. And if I had a Mr. Bree to wear a fisherman’s outfit, that would be cool too.

    Comment by Bree — October 26, 2008 @ 9:07 pm

  6. I’m going to be a gypsy a la Babes in Toyland with a big skirt, bright colors, and lots of accessories.

    My ideal costume is my beloved Renfaire dress which tragically disappeared during my last move.

    Comment by JR — October 27, 2008 @ 8:21 am

  7. I will be dressing up multiple times – I LOVE Halloween.

    At work I will either be Princess Daisy from Nintendo OR Redheaded Amy Winehouse. Can’t decide really.

    At my costume party? I’ll Peggy Bundy (from Married with Children)…and my sweetie is going as Al. Oh, its going to be brilliant – I already have my leopard print shirt and matching/clashing gold lame stretch belt with leopard head closure. OH YES.

    Fantasy me? Hmmm…I dunno. Everything I want to dress up as, I do. Its very liberating!

    Comment by De — October 27, 2008 @ 8:38 am

  8. I have an incurable addiction to historic costume. I’ve already been to my friendly neighborhood Renaissance Festival twice this month.

    My dream costume, though, would be anything with a giant pair of wings. I’d love to be a faerie, an angel, or a demon.

    Comment by ChloeMireille — October 27, 2008 @ 11:10 am

  9. Linda Carter era Wonder Woman is my dream costume!

    Comment by Fashionfrenzy — October 27, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

  10. All I have to do is put my fangs in and shake out my butt-length black hair and it’s Instant Vampire!

    Occasionally, I dressed up for work as Marilyn Monroe, but I stopped doing that; I had one person too many suggest that I should really think about cutting my hair … and dyeing it blonde. It was too confusing; was I supposed to be happy that they liked the costume, or annoyed that they preferred it to the daily version of me?

    Comment by La BellaDonna — October 27, 2008 @ 12:56 pm

  11. I’m going to a Halloween party as the sexy Sherwood maiden. My boyfriend wanted to be a Monk (I know??) so I found something compatible. It’s kinda like he stole Robin Hoods woman haha!

    Comment by jen — October 27, 2008 @ 1:26 pm

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