Have you seen the previews for the Anna Karenina movie coming out in a few weeks? I have. Like twenty-eight times.
I started reading the hefty novel a few months ago, totally unaware that there was a new film being made, but nothing has lit a fire under my tush like wanting to see the movie in the theaters. That being said, I still have three hundred pages to go, and everyone’s still miserable.
Wait, isn’t everyone miserable the whole time?
Regardless, whether you’ve read Anna Karenina or not, the title character poses as a cultural icon for dramatic and luxe Russian fashion, complete with fur pillbox hats and muffs. For this chic Halloween costume, you embody elegance with an updated Anna Karenina look, hinting at modernized glamour, dripping with sophistication and a Russian, wintry sensibility. Just kidding; what’s really sensible about a fur hand muff? Those are pure style.
Rock this costume now and amaze everyone with how well-read and on top of culture you are.
- Lace vintage-style dress: This dress is particularly perfect, as the muted color reeks of the sophistication of Anna’s position in society, and the silhouette and sleeves are totally elegant. Oh, that, and it’s a cool forty dollars.
- Cape: This particular cape is a black wool military-inspired piece that works well at hinting at the time period, yet totally chic at the same time. Paired with a fur muff, and I’m in heaven.
- Fur hand muff: You can order a faux fur muff, but you can make one just as easily. Get a rectangular piece of faux fur at your local fabric store, cut it to size–making sure you don’t cut the length too short, you need to be able to comfortably fit both arms inside–and, let’s just be honest here, get handy with some hot glue or E6000. No sewing required, unless you plan on wearing this sucker again.
- Fur pillbox hat: You’re likely to find one of these at the costume section of a thrift store–I know I did–but you can make one easily out of the same fabric as the fur muff. Measure around your head, add about a 1.5 or 2 inches–this is your width. Then measure from right above your brow to the very top of your head, making sure you don’t measure along your skull, but straight up. This is your height. Cut these dimensions out and hot glue or E6000 the ends together, using about one inch as overlay. Then measure the diameter of this circular band. Divide this in half; this is the radius. Place a measuring tape in the middle of another piece of faux fur and mark the radius at several points, measuring from the same center point. There should be a hole at the end of the measuring tape to help you do this. Cut this out. If you’re using hot glue, squirt out hot glue along about 1/4 of the top of the circular band and press the fur circle on gently. Continue gluing about 1/4 of the hat at a time. If you’re using E6000, you can do it all at once.
- Fur boot cuffs: Again, you can order these, but it’s simple to make them. Measure along your calf, at the top of your boot and add about an inch. Then measure how tall you’d like the cuffs to be. Cut out two of these dimensions, to make two rectangles. Glue on two square velcro pieces for each rectangle, so that you can easily attach or detach the cuffs.
- Luxe drop diamond earrings: These reek of wealth and taste, yet only cost about $19. I guarantee you can find a similar pair at the costume jewelry section of your local beauty supply shop. They add a certain sparkle and glamour to the costume that you can’t miss.
- Black side-button knee-high heel boots: The Victorian-inspired side buttons add a historical depth to the costume and hint further at your character. Knee-high boots because, well, it’s cold in Russia. Add the fur boot cuffs, and you’re golden.
- Pearl necklace: Finally, finish off the costume with a strand of classic pearls. I suppose you could go without, but why? They make this incomplete woman’s costume just that much more complete.
- Young lover optional
If you rock the tragic leading lady’s look for Halloween, let me know!
- Check out my DIY chic Catwoman costume–my choice this year. In fact, I just got my opera length leather gloves in, and I think there’s simply nothing more fabulous in my life. Aside from, of course, my DIY lace mask and DIY lace cat ears.
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