Although costume manufacturers now produce some plus-size Halloween costumes, looking at selections at most Halloween stores spotlights the lack of costumes for women who wear plus sizes. Indeed, many store costumes bear the sizing indicator "one size fits most." That most typically doesn't include plus sizes. Creating a homemade costume, though, allows for virtually any size. A gypsy costume offers opportunity for using items already hanging in the closet and leaves a lot of room for creativity.
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Before rushing out to purchase anything for a gypsy costume, look around the closet. A long, full skirt starts the costume. Virtually any colour skirt works; the style makes the look. Wearing a second skirt of about the same length really adds to the effect. Add a ruffly, frilly blouse. While again, nearly any colour can fill the need, given the choice, bolder colours complete the look better. A vest over the blouse need not complement, as long as the boldness is maintained.
Colourful scarves help to complete the gypsy look. Use one as a sash and one as a head covering. As with all the colour choices for the gypsy costume, colours need not complement. Jewellery choices really make the gypsy costume work. Large earrings and strings of beads paint a big piece of the gypsy picture. Don't forget rings, as many as one for each finger, and bracelets. Tights can be worn under the skirts. Footwear choices include boots or simple brown or black shoes.
Make-up and Hair
Bold make-up around the eyes can create an exotic look for a gypsy costume. Make-up to thicken lashes works, but false eye lashes also add to the effect. Go for exotic. The costume gets taken to a different level if "old person" make-up is added. Find the make-up kits at the local Halloween store. The key to hair style for a gypsy costume involves volume and a "wild" look. Consider using a wig, or work hair into a full and wild appearance.
"Tambourine" immediately pops into mind when one considers prop choices for a gypsy costume. It works, but also brings a "just another gypsy costume" element. To maintain the musician or entertainer theme think of a small acoustic guitar or hand bells. Consider getting a crystal ball (Halloween stores should sell them) and doing "readings" for people. A deck of cards serves as another prop that provides the fortune teller element without buying a crystal ball.
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