10/31/2011

Silent Film Star Costumes . Halloween


If anybody was keeping up with the guessing game on Saturday, here's your answer. The Mister and I were silent film stars! This was a pretty last-minute decision, but I think it turned out reasonably well nonetheless! 

Upsides: My costume ran me less than fifteen bucks, and I was quite proud of my first attempt at [faux] finger waves. It's really fun to wear a dress with a pleated bottom. It makes you want to spin a lot all night. It's handy when you're a hoarder because then you can find almost everything necessary to be a sassy Clara Bow just by cleaning your studio, including a massive satin bow. If your cats are black and white and grey, it's fun to wrangle them into endless photo opportunities, since they, too, lack color (except for their cute little pink noses, of course). The Mister makes a pretty adorable Charlie Chaplin.

Downsides: If you're a silent film star, and you don't hold up your little screen card, then people might think you're a zombie flapper. They might think the same thing when all your "skin" starts flaking off onto your dress halfway through the night. Painting your face grey makes your teeth and the whites of your eyes look incredibly yellow. It's like going from zero to jaundiced in one hearty application... It's difficult to get anywhere near The Mister's eyes with face paint because he insists you're stabbing him. By the end of the whole endeavor, you just might be... 


dress . thrifted and hacked up
necklace, bow, tights, earrings . mine
wide lace headband . H&M (similar)
opera gloves . Halloween City (similar)
black hair spray . Halloween City
face paint . Halloween City
shoes . thrifted
brooch in hair . Florabond

13 comments :

  1. Wow - inspired! You guys look fantastic! Happy Halloween! :D

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  2. Came here via IFB to say...brilliant! You both look fantastic, especially the makeup. Just great costumes overall.

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  3. these are the best couples costumes i've ever seen
    great post
    Always following
    The Dolls Factory

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  4. This is genius! You were wonderful!!!

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  5. Awesome!
    I totally know what you mean about men and having make up near their eyes. I've had to do that a few times and every time they're a million times more of a girl than the girls are, honestly!
    I love the look, though I think it could have worked without the white skin?

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  6. Thanks so much, everybody!!! You're all so sweet!

    L. Figment - Isn't it nuts how scared they get?! lol Oh, and the white skin was because we were supposed to look like a black and white movie. It definitely was a pain in the boot though...

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  7. oops, saw this before but forgot to comment how much I loved it! & Oh yes, def would have thought "zombie flappers" myself but love how original it is & you both look great!

    http://dusanabotswana.com/

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  8. You look amazing!! I think it was definitely worth it (despite the downsides ;)

    Corinne xo
    http://corinnemonique.blogspot.com

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  9. Wifey and I are stealing this come October!

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  10. I loved your unique and creative costumes and had to add you to my round-up, “87 Creative Halloween Couples Costumes” (http://www.thedatingdivas.com/holidays/halloween/87-creative-couples-costumes/). Thanks for being awesome and Happy Halloween from The Dating Divas xox

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