Dressing up as Phryne

Last year, I dressed up as Dorothy, which was the reader’s poll favorite last October. This year, I dressed up in ’20s style, and more specifically, as Phryne Fisher. That should come as no surprise, as Phryne’s ’20s bob was the inspiration for my recent haircut.

I wanted to focus on a more casual ’20s style, not the usual fringed-dress-and-sparkly-headband type of ’20s flapper style. Phryne has fabulous dressy casual costumes, complete with wide-leg slacks, swingy coats, and of course, a gorgeous assortment of hats. You can see more of Phryne’s costumes here in this “Phryne’s Style” Pinterest board.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Phryne

Details:  Brown cloche felt hat {very similar}:  LOFT, over a decade ago  /  Black swing coat with fake fur collar {similar black coat with brown fake fur trim}:  Made by my mom, vintage  /  Tweed wide-leg trousers {similar style in grey tweed}:  LOFT, old  /  Cream blouse {same style, different colors}:  Kohl’s, gift-carded last winter  /  Bronze Mary Jane Oxfords {similar} {similar}:  Franco Sarto, thrifted last fall  /  Gold dangly earrings {interesting Art Deco-style feather earrings}:  Lia Sophia, gift from my husband, old  /  Gold scarab necklace {costume jewelry option}:  Egypt, gift from family friend, vintage

I love both the book and TV versions of Phryne, as you can see below! The book series is written by Kerry Greenwood.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Phryne

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Phryne

Just like I did last year, I didn’t spend any money on this costume, pulling pieces together from my closet that you might recognize. I started with the cloche, as it’s such a classic hat shape for the 1920s. The next piece was this swingy coat, which my mom made in the ’60s. The fur collar and the shape of the coat really make the look! I paired wide-leg trousers with my bronze Mary Jane oxfords, which you can see better in the pic below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Phryne

For jewelry, I went with dangly earrings again, to set off the bob hairstyle. I paired these feathered gold dusters with a genuine Egyptian scarab necklace (a gift long ago by a family friend who lived in Egypt). Egyptian artifacts and jewelry were all the rage in the 1920s, after the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922. Bold red lips finished off this ’20s look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Phryne

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Phryne

It was super fun to dress up as Phryne, and in a less-expected ’20s style. And two years in a row of remixing pieces of my regular wardrobe for Halloween costumes!

Happy Halloween, y’all! Save me some candy, ok? 😉

Link ups:  Fashion Friday  /  Favorite Fashion Friday  /  Passion for Fashion  /  Throwback Thursday

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19 thoughts on “Dressing up as Phryne

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      That is such a sweet comment, thank you, Erin. I was looking over some old posts recently and rereading some past comments of yours, and I continue to be so touched by your thoughtful, supportive comments. Thank you so much, my blogger friend! 🙂

      Reply
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