Friday, October 30, 2009

my flapper Halloween

I attended a Halloween party last night hosted by Sue Nagle at her Joy of Nails Salon & Spa in Waterbury, CT. There were about 25 girls and some of their spouses in attendance. About a third came in costume, as did I (see photo right, click on it to enlarge it). The rest wore little black dresses (costumes, LBDs, or little orange dresses were required attire for admittance). Their was a ton of food and we had a ton of fun.

Beforehand, I stopped at a local grocery store to buy a dessert for the party. The store was busy with after-work shoppers. One female customer checked me out closely (I figure she was trying to figure out my birth gender), another female customers said "hello" (I figure she thought I was a genetic female), and the high school-aged cashiers seemed bemused and/or amused (they knew).

The costume came together nicely and I received a lot of compliments. The gold sequins tunic was an Avon clearance item that I purchased last year for $20, the fishnets were from Hue, and the shoes came from eBay. The accessories (beads, headpiece, boa, and garter) were from one of those Halloween stores that open up in abandoned storefronts in the strip malls every year.

The shoes were a pair I obtained for a Marilyn Monroe Halloween costume I put together back in 2001. Despite their 3-inch heels and pointy toes, they were very comfortable and I could have worn them forever.

Just a word about the Hue fishnets. I am a big fan of Hue tights, so I decided to try their fishnets. They get my seal of approval because they are the first pair of fishnets that I ever wore that did not tear during their first wearing. It is not that I was more careful than usual; no, I was just as clumsy as usual, but the fishnets held up very nicely.

Anyway Happy Halloween to all of you out there in the blogosphere. And don't eat too much candy!


  1. Cool outfit.

    Halloween is on Saturday this year and we have small children so, unless things change, I'm not going out anywhere "en femme".

    I've had good luck with the Danskin fishnets which feature padded feet. They're incredibly durable.

    Try a layer of Peavey high gloss tights, the brand "Hooters girls" wear, in skintone/nude underneath fishnets. In addition to enhancing the look of your legs, the tights are thicker than normal and provide an extra layer of control to hold everything in place, especially important when you're wearing a skirt that short. :)

  2. Roscoe --- Thank you for the suggestions. Actually, I wore a pair of control-top suntan-colored Leggs pantyhose under the fishnets last night.

  3. Great look! Could have worn that to a work HW celebration too, if they had one, IMO.

    Love that sequin tunic, and wish I could find one. I guess I need to follow Avon offerings more often.

  4. Elaine --- Thank you for the comment!

    I do wish my workplace would do something for Halloween again. Maybe next year.

    Yes, that tunic was a great find at that price. (We sell Avon, so we never miss their good deals.)

  5. yes yes yes i did this once at a doctor who scifi convention i dressed all up as a 1920's f;apper it was really great being a girl even if fot only a very shpurt whiole npne really ever knew just hpw i really dod feel being a girl oh my it was really just sop nery wondeful knowing that i felt very girlish!