1930s costume ideas

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1930s costume ideas
Get inspired by 1930s characters. (PhotoObjects.net/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

If you're attending a 1930s theme party or just thinking up a costume idea for Halloween, consider dressing up in a costume inspired by that decade. Several styles of dress and famous characters are associated with the 1930s, presenting lots of opportunity to come up with something that's sure to impress your friends.

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Glamour Dress

Women in the 1930s dressed in feminine dresses with plenty of embellishments. Dress in a gown made of satin, silk or velvet, with a bias cut that was fashionable in the 30s. Wear a long strand of pearls or beads, and pair the dress with elbow-length gloves. You can carry a long cigarette holder and feather boa for a finishing touch.


Men in the 1930s wore dapper suits and tuxedos paired with plenty of accessories. Wear you best suit with a black bow tie, a vest, a top hat and gloves. Add a monocle and a rose in your coat pocket to look just as snazzy as Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly.

Gone With the Wind

"Gone With the Wind" was an incredibly successful film in 1939. Dress as either Rhett Butler or Scarlet O'Hara, the characters played by Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, with men wearing a suit and women wearing a southern belle-style dress. This idea will work well for a couple looking to dress in coordinating costumes.


Albert Einstein was at the height of his theorising in the 1930s and was an icon of the era. Dress in an Einstein costume by wearing a pale suit and thin, black neck tie. Make sure to pair the outfit with a messy, grey wig to recreate the frazzled hair style the scientist was known for.

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