Among the iconic women of the 18th Century, Marie Antoinette remains as one of the most recognizable women of her time. But in addition to her actions, the fashion of Marie Antoinette's time was quite impeccable. The era she lived in is marked as one that had some of the most lavishly dressed people of all time. You should remember this little nugget of truth for when you paint the town red in your Marie Antoinette costume.
Lavish and Elegant Costume Ideas for Women
It would be fun to play dress-up and take a step back to a time when people gave a lot of attention to the way they dressed. First, get a platinum blonde wig and pile it up on your head. Add a dainty headpiece (like a hat or flower clips) to hold everything in place. Your dress would most likely have to be custom made because petticoat gowns are hard to find. For the top half of the gown, you must tell the dressmaker to have a corset as the bodice and frilly, flowing sleeves. Lace-trimmed sleeves are an added bonus. For the bottom half of the gown, the rule of thumb is "the bigger the better". A Marie Antoinette costume is usually very wide, made from bolts of fabric, and either intricately embroidered or decorated with bows. The footwear doesn't really matter much since your feet will be covered for the most part. Nonetheless, if you insist on getting the whole experience then satin covered, medium-heeled pumps will do the trick. To top off the look, dab some white powder on your face and put pink-tinted gloss on your lips. Add some accessories like a silver mask that only covers the upper part of your face, expensive-looking jewelry, plus a pair of satin or lace gloves, and you're ready to go.
Must-Haves for the Marie Antoinette Costume:
- Platinum-blonde wig
- A frivolous, corset-topped gown with a really big skirt
- Satin-covered, medium-heeled, baby doll pumps
- Expensive-looking jewelry
- Satin or lace gloves
- Hair accessories
- Powder and lip gloss
The Marie Antoinette costume will definitely be one of the most memorable to wear. It's elaborate and fun at the same time. If you don't want a costume that looks too serious, you can add a smear of red tomato paste around your neck to finish the look off with a dose of humor.