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Ideas for Dressing Up Like an Actress

Updated March 21, 2017

Dressing up like an actress can be a fun way to spend Halloween, attend a costume party or as a way to have some fun during Oscar week. When dressing up like a movie star, try to emulate her look as much as possible, so it's clear who you're trying to be.

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Specific Actress

If you're dressing up as a specific actress, choose an iconic role she has played (such as Princess Leia in "Star Wars" for Carrie Fisher) or an outfit the actress is known for (such as the white dress Marilyn Monroe wore in "The Seven Year Itch"). This way, people will recognise the actress you have chosen right away.

Formal Affair

If you're trying to copy an actress' formal look, go to your local prom store or a formal dress shop to look for something similar. If you have Goodwill or Salvation Army near you, these are good places to begin searching for a costume dress.

You can also go to Just Jared's website (see references) and type in the name of the actress you'd like to emulate. Click on an article where she is wearing the outfit you'd like to wear. Inside each article is a feature that allows you to find similar clothing as the actress.

Old Hollywood

Embody Old Hollywood style with a long, formal dress and an elegant updo. Old Hollywood represents a bygone era of films, typically from the dawn of movies until the 1950s, and includes such actresses as Vivien Leigh, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Greta Garbo.

Study pictures of these actresses and go to your local formal dress shop or thrift store to select an old-fashioned Hollywood glamour gown. These gowns were typically below the knee, not terribly low cut and were accompanied by low heels. Many of the women during this era wore their hair in elegant updos or wore shorter hair with finger waves.

Generic Hollywood Actress

If you'd just like to go as a generic actress, dress up in your best and most glamorous outfit. To complete the look, purchase a faux Academy Award at a local party store, put on some sunglasses and wrap yourself in a feather boa. You can add opera-length gloves to make the look a bit more glamorous.

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About the Author

Writing since 2008, Fiona Miller has taught English in Eastern Europe and also teaches kids in New York schools about the Holocaust. Her work can be found on Overstock.com, ConnectED and various other Web sites. Miller holds a B.A. in French from Chapman University and an M.A. in educational theater from New York University.

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