Dressing up as Dorothy

Happy Halloween! For the first time in several years, I’m finally dressing up for Halloween. And I’m dressing up like this to go to work. On a teaching day. Only on Halloween, right?! I’m not exactly sure when I had the idea for dressing up — or why I chose to go as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz (although the idea probably started with my red patent leather flats) — but sometime along the past couple of weeks, I realized that I could put together this particular costume from items already in my closet!

And honestly, this outfit is pretty close to something I’d wear in real life (like here and here), which makes me smile. 🙂 I like that pieces in my current wardrobe are versatile and remix in different ways. The costume-y bits boil down to the white socks, hair bows, and the dog and basket props. (BTW, I took these photos ahead of time, but it really is what I’m wearing today. With the addition of a lace-trimmed underskirt of my grandmother’s that I found yesterday when rooting around our bin of old costumes. So just picture that polka-dotted skirt much fuller, frillier, and girlier with the white lace peeking out. I’ll be sure and post updated pics later today on my Facebook page.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Dorothy

The only items I bought for this costume were the little basket and the stuffed Toto. And yes, I am totally incorporating that basket into my library session today, by having students draw out slips of paper for which resource they’ll be searching in class. Hee, I’m SO efficient! 😉

Details:  Blue gingham shirt:  Old Navy, gift-carded Spring 2012  /  Blue polka-dotted skirt:  Lands’ End, gift-carded Spring 2013  /  Red patent leather flats:  DSW, last winter  /  Denim hair bows:  Sewing scraps  /  Pearl studs:  Abu Dhabi, parting gift from colleagues, 2011

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Dorothy

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Dorothy

Even the hair is a riff off a usual go-to style. I parted my hair down the middle for rope braids, but instead of pulling them into a single ponytail or bun, I continued them down into side pigtails. I finished off the pigtails with denim bows (which you can barely see in these pics, but trust me, the bows are there).

Here is a great how-to article on how to dress up as Dorothy, as well as some fun and easy last-minute costume ideas here at the AJ Wears Clothes and What I Wore style blogs.

Link ups:  What I Wore to Work  /  Working Girl with Style  /  Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday  /  Three-fer Thursday  /  Spotlight Weekly Link-Up  /  Friday Favorites Remix

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19 thoughts on “Dressing up as Dorothy

  1. Paula

    It’s really cute! I, myself, am the Wicked Witch of the East before your house fell on me LOL. I bought the black/white striped tights and just wore a black dress and my ruby slippers.

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  2. Kira

    Cute! I love the idea of making costumes out of everyday clothes that can be worn later. I actually made both of my kid’s halloween costumes out of clothes in their closets this year. Also, it was fun to meet you at the PNW blogger meet-up today! 🙂

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