Dress to Excess: Halloween Edition
Party queen Violet Naylor-Leyland, founder of dress-up boutique site VioletsBox.com, reveals tips and tales from the costume bin.
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TIP ONE: Make it two-for-one.
Invest in pieces that are versatile, such as a kimono, which is a hugely popular costume but can also be worn poolside or as a dressing gown. Corsets can also make a great non-dress-up party outfit.
TIP TWO: Theme your event.
I like a specific theme because all the creative people bust a gut to come up with an original outfit. But a general theme can be brilliant, too. I went to a "Food" party, and there were such inventive costumes, like runner beans and Carmen Miranda with an edible headpiece!
TIP THREE: Just do it.
If you're not into dressing up, add a little touch to your normal partywear like a colorful tie or scarf or a wonderful hat to help get you in the spirit. My best advice: Try it! You might like it!
TIP FOUR: Be on-trend.
Films impact costume themes. The Great Gatsby got everyone into 1920s mode, and that trend will probably carry on until Christmas. Women do look beautiful and men very dashing in '20s costumes.
TIP FIVE: Grin and bare it.
Nudity is the riskiest costume of choice. A girlfriend of mine dressed as a wood nymph. She painted her entire body and face and had just a bit of green material covering her crotch area. From afar you thought she was wearing a skintight jumpsuit. That's an example of triumph.