This is my fifth (!) consecutive year to dress up for Halloween by putting together a costume from items already in my closet. Five years of DIY no-cost costumes!
Here’s a quick trip down Halloween memory lane:
This year, I had two costume ideas, both for strong women action heroes in recent pop culture movie hits. So I decided to do them both! That’s right, you get two (!) DIY Halloween costume posts from me this year.
First up, I realized I had pieces already in my closet to dress up as Wonder Woman from the recent 2017 film version… or rather, Diana Prince as she looks after she’s tried on costumes to “blend in” with 1918 London. So yes, I’m dressing in a costume… of Diana Prince in a costume. It’s so meta! 😉
I searched for inspiration photos, and I created a “Wonder Woman / Diana Prince inspiration board” on my Pinterest account.
For my own version of the costume, I put together:
- Wonder Woman tee (also remixed here, here, and here)
- Knit jacket/blazer (which I’ve had for ages!)
- Long brown skirt (also remixed here and here)
- Brown hat with a wide brim (borrowed from my husband)
- Brown chunky heels (also remixed here and here)
- Bronze bracelet cuffs (from a craft store months ago)
- Brown belt (also borrowed from my husband!)
- Bit of gold braided ribbon (to represent the “lasso of truth”!)
- Gold rope knot earring studs (to echo off the “lasso of truth”)
- My own glasses!
And mad props to my husband, Sam, for creating this photo graphic below of me in my Diana Prince costume with a composite reflection of Wonder Woman in the window. AMAZING.
For the makeup, I went for the more natural and apple-cheeked look that Gal Gadot has as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince, as seen here in this screenshot. I put on foundation all over my face for a smoother, more even finish, then I filled in my eyebrows a bit and added dark brown eyeliner. I put on a neutral lip stain, and added pink blush to mimic the perpetual rosy glow Wonder Woman has. As someone who doesn’t normally wear blush, the fact that I really liked the effect of this makeup surprised me!
And below are additional closeups of the details I put in the costume, including bronze cuffs peeking out of my knit blazer and a bit of gold braid left over from a previous craft project that I pinned underneath my blazer to serve as my favorite Wonder Woman prop, the “lasso of truth.” Did you also notice my gold rope knot earrings above? Yep, an additional little wink to the “lasso of truth”! 😀
I never worry too much about exact accuracy with these DIY costumes — it’s really more about the overall effect. I don’t have a long blazer jacket and matching long skirt like Diana Prince did in the movie, but this shorter knit blazer and long brown skirt combo sufficed. And she wears a navy hat with a rounder shape and brim in the movie, but my brown hat (borrowed from my husband Sam!) served as a nice substitute, as it is bigger than a regular fedora and has a brim that I can tilt slightly to one side like she does in the film. And of course, the Wonder Woman tee is not period — LOL! — but it’s a cheeky nod to my costume and inspiration.
We took photos this past weekend in front of two theater buildings in Tacoma, the Pantages Theater and the Rialto Theater. The reason? I wanted backdrops that matched the 1918 time period of the film — and both the Pantages and Rialto Theaters opened in 1918! The Pantages Theater opened in January 1918, and the Rialto Theater opened a few months later, in September 1918. You can read more about the history of these two historical buildings here on this site.
Collage of Pantages Theater in Tacoma
Collage of Rialto Theater in Tacoma
Catching Wonder Woman/Diana Prince snapping a pic of the Rialto Theater sign!
During our photo shoot, we tried to get in as many of the details as possible of these historical and beautifully restored buildings! Below are some closeups of the details in the external lobby of the Rialto Theater.
I posted this costume early, but I will be wearing this exact Wonder Woman / Diana Prince costume on Halloween next week. And yes, I have to teach AGAIN on Halloween, so my students will be seeing this costume up close! 😀 Are you planning on wearing a costume for Halloween? Please leave a comment and share.
And be sure to tune in on Friday for my second DIY, no-cost Halloween costume idea!
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