I've always wanted to dress up as a princess for Halloween - and this year, I finally did it!
Of all the Disney princesses, Belle is the one I really relate to. She's from a small town, loves to read, and is kind of a weirdo. As an elementary school librarian, I decided that this was my magical moment. In my adult life, I doubt I'll have many more opportunities to dress as a Disney character in public.
I opted to go with her civilian dress, rather than the big yellow ballgown. Not only did the yellow dress seemed a bit too much for school, but the library is not a warm place and I would most like freeze in that. I like how Belle's everyday dress covers most of her body. She's probably one of the most modest and warmest Disney princesses.
I found the ankle length blue dress at the ARC thrift store for about $5.00. It was hid-e-ous, like an over sized American Girl doll dress. Before taking this photo, I removed big sleeves, shoulder pads, and a awkward lace collar. The white shirt, on the other hand, was easy to find and needed no alterations.
Less than five minutes went into making this lovely apron. Using a hot glue gun, I attached one edge of a white fabric square to three yards of white ribbon. It's pretty basic, but it did the job.
Under the dress, I wore a white skirt with lace trim (also an ARC thrift store find) and black flats from target. I bought a pair of nylons to avoid freezing to death. A first grader, who apparently has never seen nylons before asked, "Are those your real legs?" No, little guy, these are my fake legs.
I wear them when I don't want my real legs to get dirty...
Lets talk about the hair. That was fun. I bought a $15 clip-in ponytail from Sally Beauty Supply - that just so happened to be an exact match for my hair color - and some blue ribbon from the craft store. Now, I guess I'll have to find ways to incorporate my ponytail into other Halloween costumes.
Surprisingly, many puzzled students asked who I was supposed to be. Sigh. I guess Beauty and the Beast is old news in the Disney movie world. Thanks, Frozen.
A few of their clever guesses:
- hotel maid (whaaaaaaat?)
- that girl from The Sound of Music
- Amish lady (...honestly, I could see this)
Most caught on quickly when I responded with,
"I'll give you a hint: I'm from a tiny village and I love to read..."
Overall, It was an easy costume to throw together and I would definitely do it again.
If only I could get a professional gig dressing up in silly costumes...