Dressing up as Mary Poppins

This is my fourth year to dress up for Halloween by putting together a costume from items already in my closet. Four years of no-cost costumes!

This year, I had a couple of ideas for costumes, and I eventually settled on Mary Poppins. (Salazar suggested this after my casual outfit post and umbrella mural backdrop. Thanks, Salazar, for the inspiration!) I’ve seen the 1964 movie adaptation dozens of times, and I’ve read (and have) all of the classic books by P.L. Travers. Mary Poppins and I are kindred spirits, of course, both being “practically perfect in every way.” Hah! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins collage

My costume is not “practically perfect,” but it does get the idea of the Mary Poppins character across. For the look, I put together:

  • Navy trench coat with daisy trim and belt (very appropriate, as the print echoes the daisies in her hat!)
  • Long grey skirt (left over from my UAE days)
  • Oxford pumps with sculpted heels
  • Wooly red scarf
  • White gloves
  • Long umbrella
  • Carpet bag
  • Red lipstick
  • Vintage hat with the brim popped up (I added daisy cut-outs left over from a prior craft project, seen in the collage below)

Librarian for Life + Style | Putting daisies on vintage hat for Mary Poppins costume

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

We took these photos early, but I will be wearing this costume on Monday, I promise! We took photos in downtown Tacoma, overlooking the industrial part of the city — and yes, I was humming the “Chim Chim Cher-ee” song during our quick photo-shoot. On the rooftops of Tacoma… 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

And what’s inside my carpet bag? Let me show you! Copies of the Mary Poppins book series (OF COURSE), a small hand mirror, an extra coat and gloves, and a measuring tape. (Check out the carpet bag scene from the movie here.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins, carpet bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

Then we went to the “Umbrella Mural” in the Tacoma Dome neighborhood to take some extra photos, as this is what inspired Salazar to suggest me dressing up as Mary Poppins in the first place! And how serendipitous that one of the umbrellas has a cherry print — for Cherry Tree Lane! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

The weather was supposed to be overcast and drizzly the day we took photos, but instead it was super sunny. For the pic above, I feel like I’m saying, “Where’s the rain?!”

But the shadows that the sunshine created did inspire Sam to take a photo of my silhouette on the mural wall. This echoes the chalk sidewalk scene in the Mary Poppins movie, in which Bert recognizes Mary Poppins by the silhouette of her hat, with the daisies sticking up.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins, silhouette

And one last look of dressing up as Mary Poppins:

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

Are you planning on wearing a costume for Halloween? Please leave a comment and share! 🙂


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19 thoughts on “Dressing up as Mary Poppins

  1. Kezzie

    Absolute genius Jen! Seriously amazing!!! I’m so impressed!!! The shoes are the bee’s knees! Off to go and remnisce over your previous ones!

    Reply
  2. BRENDA N

    Love Mary Poppins, love the costume! Just realized this is the first Mary Poppins at Halloween that I’ve seen, great idea. 🙂

    Reply
  3. Jennie

    Love, love, love! You made such a wonderful Mary Poppins and that backdrop is simply Perfect. But let’s talk about those shoes – I am swooning. Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday, Jen.

    Reply

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