Finding the Perfect Gypsy Costume
It’s been years since I dressed up for Halloween. That’s why I wanted to find the perfect costume. Nothing too skimpy, but I wanted it to be a bit flirtatious.
A gypsy costume appealed to me as I have fond memories of dressing in Mom’s ruffled skirt and decking myself out in her costume jewelry. My mother, Gail Lee Martin, put her creative flair into creating great Halloween costumes for her children each year. It’s something you can assemble yourself if you have a full skirt in your closet and lots of jewelry. You can also buy one if you aren’t feeling creative.
Being a gypsy for Halloween was popular in my childhood as you could assemble the outfit from things you had around the house. Add some of Mom’s red lipstick and some rouge and I felt I was the most glamorous gypsy ever.
Now I could be a grown-up gypsy with real gold bangles and a sexy off-the-shoulder blouse. I could even get a crystal ball and entertain all my friends by telling their fortune.
This costume filled the bill with the colorful layers just like a real gypsy would have. Since I have super-short hair, I’m going to add a wig with long curly hair to arrange artfully cascading across my bare shoulders.
Quality: Many of the gypsy costumes available were too bare or too flimsy, obviously made of sleazy inexpensive fabric. This one gets raves from those who bought it. They say it’s a much higher quality than you usually get in a Halloween outfit. I can see from the picture that I’m going to really like it.
Finding the Right Wig
Gypsy Black Wig Hat Scarf Kerchief Gold Coins Costume Accessory Fortune TellerRockabilly Wig in Black – Adult Std.Smiffy’s Women’s Long Wavy Auburn Wig with Faux Skin Parting, One Size, Superstar Wig, 5020570422878REECHO 20
The Accessories Complete the Look
When I was little, we raided Mom’s jewelry box for dangling earrings, gold chains and pearls and bangles for our wrists. Chances are you have some gold chains and pendants that you could combine to feel like a gypsy.
If you don’t have the right “gypsy look” jewelry on hand, take a look at what I’ve found. These are so fabulous that you’ll keep them for wearing with other outfits through the year.
I searched Amazon for jewelry for belly dancers, gypsies, fortune tellers and these were my favorites.
Madden Women’s Toe Ring SandalWomen’s Pom Pom Gypsy Lace Up Strappy Flat SandalsFuntasma Women’s Gypsy Ankle-Strap Sandal,GoldBoho Coin Rhinestone Gypsy Boot Bracelet Bling Chain Artisan Personalized Jewelry Handmade in USAMinishion Women’s Dance Shoes
Gypsy costumes have been popular for generations. My mother had a photo from 1930 that showed her parents, Clarence and Ruth McGhee, in their homemade gypsy costumes. Ruth was a good seamstress and likely she sewed these up on her Singer sewing machine.
They wore their costumes to a Halloween party in Teterville, Kansas.