Halloween costumes at seasonal party stores these days cost an arm and a leg, and many of them are literally NSFW (not safe for work!). These five costumes were thrown together with items from the thrift store or pieces I already had in my closet.
The best thing about these costumes? They are all work/school appropriate, and they all depict badass, powerful, and inspiring women.
Admit it: you wanted Mary Poppins in your life as a child. She brings magic, joy, and imagination into everyday life. She is a proper, classy lady who I truly admire!
Try black shoes and tights and a black skirt, big bag, hat, and a crisp white shirt. I added a pop of red with the belt and of course, Mary’s iconic umbrella!
Rosie the Riveter
Rosie is a cultural icon who represents female strength, bravery, and devotion. “We Can Do It!”
All you need to embody Rosie the Riveter is denim, denim, and a red bandana or ribbon.
Dorothy (from the Wizard of Oz)
Dorothy’s house was literally ripped from her hometown by a tornado and dropped into an alternate dimension with munchkins, witches, flying monkeys, and talking trees. Yet she still got right back up and did everything in her power to get back home, and she did not hesitate to help others along the way, even if it slowed her down.
We put a more modern twist on Dorothy with this blue checkered vest and cuffed jeans. Don’t forget the ruby slippers!!
She is not a groupie. She is a band-aid! Penny Lane was portrayed by Kate Hudson in one of my all time favorite movies, Almost Famous. She was a passionate, loving, mysterious girl who lived for music.
Penny Lane’s iconic look was a fur-trimmed jacket with purple tinted sunglasses. Try a crochet top with 70s flare jeans for a look that matches the era.
We love Wednesday’s sarcasm, resistance to societal expectations, and overall quirkiness. She may be a child in the movies, but we know she is going to grow up to be a real badass lady.
This one’s easy: black shoes, black tights, a black dress with a white collar, and twin braids. Oh, and, don’t smile. 😉
We hope you can find some inspiration from these costumes. Some other powerful ladies you could dress up as: Freida Kahlo, Audrey Hepburn, Stevie Nicks, Velma (from Scooby Doo), and Amelia Earhart! We would love to see your takes on our costumes, or any costume creation you come up with. Leave us a comment, tag us in your Insta pic (@twowildtides), or tweet us (same as insta!).