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New Trend in Womens Halloween Costumes Call for Attention to Details

Jul 23, 2008
Women used to throw together a costume for a weekend costume party from whatever they found at the local thrift store or in their closet, but these days women's Halloween costumes are going high end. Today's women are looking for stylish, well-made costumes with attention to detail.

Part of the trend is due to the rise in costume events for adults. Where costumes were once primarily reserved for children, today's adults often attend Halloween parties sponsored by charities, companies and local restaurants and bars. The competition to see who wears the most striking outfit can be fierce, and both women and men are investing heavily in outfitting themselves to impress.

Women in particular are looking for outfits that step beyond the typical pre-packaged, synthetic French maid's costume or generic long gown of the past. Today's women want distinctive costumes with accessories that will set them apart from the crowd.

Retailers have seen a rise in interest in women's Halloween costumes based on historical figures such as Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, Marylin Monroe and Geisha Girls in the last few years. Because these were real people, consumers demand authenticity and realistic details, not "costumey" or unrealistic look. Designers have taken this to heart and developed costume lines for a variety of budgets that include headdresses, wigs, jewelry and accessories.

As Cleopatra you'll have a sumptuous collar and twining bracelet, no doubt of a snake with jeweled eyes. Geisha costumes aren't just printed nightgowns with a sash anymore. Today they're rich brocade kimonos with obi sashes, rich headdresses, fans and beautiful black wigs for the exotic look of the Orient.

For more mythical figures, costume designers can take a bit more latitude in the designs, but aren't cutting any corners at all on the details! One look at a deluxe Medusa costume and you'll see that today's Women's Halloween Costumes are fit for the stage. Materials like satins and chiffons will hold up to the most rigorous wear and tear, so ladies can wear them to more than one event. A recent Medusa costume we saw had an impressively detailed headdress of entwined, writhing snakes massed around an intricate gold grown set with a central faux ruby. The matching necklace of twisted snakes completed the outfit perfectly. The craftsmanship was equal to that of fine costume jewelry rather than a typical mass-produced Halloween costume.

For women who want to highlight their beauty, costumes like Athena and Aphrodite will frame them beautifully in outfits that are more true gown than flimsy costume. Look for women's Halloween costumes made from luxurious fabrics like velveteen, crushed velvet, satin and chiffon for a realistic look.

The favorites of past years, such as pirate wenches, 1950's sock hop girls, and witches haven't completely fallen by the wayside, but they're definitely new and improved! Today's women's witch costumes aren't just a stretchy nylon dress and a pointed hat with some green face make-up. You can go Goth, sexy, classic or dress up your look to be the prettiest witch on the block. Details like sequins, embroidery, pointed shoes with rhinestone buckles and spider necklaces take today's witch costumes up a notch.

Shopping for women's Halloween costumes this year is like shopping for a great new dress for a special occasion. You're investing in a really great outfit and all the accessories to go with it. Have fun!
About the Author
Andy West is a writer for Costume Super Center which offers a wide variety of costumes including womens Halloween costumes .
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