Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish
This week’s topic: Top Ten Books To Read During Halloween or Top Ten Creepiest Covers ( I changed it up for myself — see below)
I already shared with you some books that were great to read during Halloween and I’m not a huge cover person so I decided to mix it up this week and do Top Ten Halloween Costumes Inspired By Books I’ve Read. Most of these are made from pieces you could already have in your closet and are easy costumes to put together at the last minute.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: This book is one of my all time favorites. Despite the amazing story itself, I loved learning about how important female pilots were in the war. It was really inspiring and these woman were kickass. This look would be easy to put together with a bomber jacket, aviator inspired hat, scarf and some sort of goggles. Totally wearable pieces on a normal day!
Vixen by Jillian Larkin: I love this series and it totally satiated my obsession with the 1920’s and flappers. The flapper fashion is so fun and there are SO many different options you could do with dresses, head pieces, necklaces, etc. Just please don’t wear stilettos — they weren’t invented yet and you had best be doing some Gatsby inspired dancing in this outfit. Go the distance and get a bob wig too!
Bunheads by Sophie Flack: I really liked this book — a look into the world of highly competitive ballet. I’ve always been jealous of graceful ballerinas and the close I’ll ever come to being one is at Halloween. Easy peasy costume to put together. Perfect time to do that sock bun you’ve always wanted to try!
Cinder by Marissa Meyer: So this one is the more literal inspired costume based on the book. Cinder is a cyborg and she’s a mechanic. I went the already made costume route with this one and would wear the cyborg jumpsuit underneath the mechanic outfit. I went with a sexy mechanic outfit because I wanted to show off the cyborg oufit. Went with badass boots because Cinder is a badass. This would be so fun to wear and would definitely put you in a position to make people read Cinder when they ask about your costume.
This is my second interpretation because I just couldn’t stop thinking about the idea of the Disney Cinderella, the one we think of, and a cyborg. I couldn’t decide if I’d like the whole cyborg jumpsuit under this dress or if those really cute cyborg leggings from Etsy would look better. The daintiness of Cinderella vs. the cyborg would be such a cool concept — especially if you could do facial makeup to let some of the cyborg peek out.
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen: I actually think I might do this one next year because I love it so much! There are pre-made cute ringmaster costumes if you don’t want to find the pieces yourself (which I like to do because I can wear most of them again).
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: Puck is a badass equestrian to ride these killer horses and to be the only girl to do it. I loved the setting and the concept for this book (plus the writing is amazing) and I thought it would be fun to honor Puck with an equestrian costume. If you want to go even further, add some blood to your costume since you ARE riding killer horses and it’s not uncommon to get bitten if not killed.
** Number 8 was deleted as a good friend let me know she thought it was borderline cultural appropriation. So sorry for not thinking through that one & I will definitely be more careful in the future**
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales: Now this is 100% inspire by Elise herself from the book rather than a more general costume idea. I’m sure there are many ways to put together a DJ costume but I went specifically from two favorite parts from this book — when Elise and Vicky went shopping and when Elise first puts her outfit on for the night and realizes how badass she looks for her first real night of DJing. My inspiration: the rhinestone pumps Vicky finds and the dress she wears the first night (“After Vicky approved a pair of lace leggings, I tried on a fluffy pleated pink dress that looked like it belonged to Madonna circa 1987….”It was short, with a tight bodice and a tutu-like skirt. I put on my new bangles, too.” And then my favorite line: “Tonight I didn’t want to look like everyone else. Tonight I wanted to look like how I felt on the inside: Elise Dembowski, DJ.” Then the line when she sees a picture of herself from that night solidified the look — “The dress that Vicky helped me buy makes me look like a punk rock ballerina.”
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt: Really I could have done anything with this one! The main character draws inspiration from the early 1960’s so I did, too. There are SO many trends from the 60’s I could have looked at but I just decided to go with a patterned shift dress and of course some Jackie O sunglasses.
So tell me…which of these costumes would you rock? How would you tweak any of these costumes? Which books can you think of that would inspire an awesome costume? Have you read any of these books? ALSO, what are you being for Halloween this year??