How to Make a Quick Gypsy Costume

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Halloween is just around the corner and it’s time to decide on a costume. If you are unsure of what you want to dress up as or are unable to go out and buy a new costume, you might consider the gypsy costume. Not only is it easy to put together, but you might have all of the items lying around your house. Here are some tips on how to make a quick gypsy costume.

Things You'll Need

  • Skirt
  • Overskirt, apron or sash
  • Peasant shirt
  • Vest
  • Black stockings
  • Black shoes or sandals
  • Jewelry
  • Bandana or headband

Put on a long, flowing skirt. The skirt can be a solid color, such as black, brown, or burgundy, or it can have patterns on it, such as multi-colored stripes or flowers. This style of skirt is also known as a gypsy skirt.

Wear a layer over the skirt. You can choose to wear an apron, a shorter overskirt, or a sash. The apron, overskirt, or sash should be brightly colored, whether it is a solid color or has a pattern.

Find a gypsy style shirt. The shirt should be white or off white. It can be worn off the shoulders or covering the shoulders. The shirt should have a scoop neck with either long flowing sleeves or sleeves that are puffy and gathered together on the upper arm. These shirts are also called peasant shirts.

Try to get a vest. The vest should lace in the front. It can be black or brightly colored to match the rest of your costume.

Wear black stockings and black shoes. You can choose black boots that lace up or other black shoes with heels to wear with the stockings. If you choose to wear sandals, do not wear the stockings. The sandals can be black or colored to match some of the brighter colors of the costume.

Sparkle in gypsy-style jewelry. Wear silver or gold rings or bracelets with charms. Wear a long silver necklace with circular charms on it. Wear silver or gold earrings with big hoops. You can find the earrings for pierced ears or as clip-ons, for those who don’t have pierced ears.

Add an accessory in your hair. Choose either a brightly colored bandana to wrap around your hair or a brightly colored headband, which should be 2 to 3 inches wide.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are missing pieces to the gypsy costume, check your local thrift store or garage sale. You are sure to find some treasures at a reasonable price to make your costume complete.
  • If you are going to go out trick-or-treating in your costume, be sure to wear shoes that are comfortable and also go with your costume.

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