Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tips and Trends: Empowering Costumes for the Professional Woman

Leave all bunny ears at home, and forget the "damsel in distress" princess costume you wore last year. This Halloween is all about paying homage to strong, brave, and powerful woman that inspire all of us professional women! 

1. Strong Female Rulers 

Queen Elizabeth the I - Ruling England from 1558 until her death in 1603, during what is now know as the Elizabethan era, Elizabeth created a space for flourishing English drama and exploration. She represents a strong female ruler perfect for the professional woman to emulate. Rent a Tudor Style costume from your local costume store or order this 16th century outfit.

Queen Elizabeth I Costume
Cleopatra of Egypt:  The last active pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra was regarded for her great beauty, wit and intelligence. She ruled jointly with her father and brothers and then on her own until her death. Cleopatra represents a strong female ruler known for both beauty and intelligence. Create your own Cleopatra costume with by draping a sheet as a tunic over a simple white maxi dress. Pair it with an Egyptian style headdress and snake bracelet to finish the look. 
Snake Bracelet 

2. Hollywood Blockbuster Heroines 

Hermione: The central female wizard from Harry Potter, Hermione, is known for having incredible brains and bravery throughout many trials and adventures. Create a simple Hermione costume with a black robe and handmade printed out Gryffindor Logo. 

Katniss Everdeen: The famous Hunger Games heroine, Katniss, is known for being smart, brave and strong during her many dangerous and perilous adventures.  Find simple black pants and a top, wear hair in a braid and bring a bow and arrow to finish the look. 
Katniss Everdeen Bow and Arrow

3. Female Fantasy Favorites 

Eowyn from Lord of the Rings: The beautiful and spirited shield maiden from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings longs to fight in battle. She eventually kills the elusive Witch-King who could not fall "by the hand of any man" but dies at the hand of this strong woman. Find a costume at your local costume store or order a realistic recreation from Ebay like the one below. 
Eowyn Costume - Ebay

Princess Leia from Star Wars: This strong sci-fi heroine fights alongside jedi knights and is equally brave, effective and important as her male counterparts.  Stay away from "Slave Leia" costumes that would definitely not be office appropriate, and opt instead for Leia's white outfit with the cinnamon bun hairstyle. These costumes can be rented from a costume shop or found online like the one below. 
Princess Leia Adult Costume

4. Historical Heroines 

Clara Barton: A pioneer nurse during the American Civil War, Clara Barton founded the red cross, one of our country's greatest humanitarian organizations. Create a Clara Barton costume with some rented civil war era clothing and a red cross pin. 
Red Cross Pin

Harriet Tubman: A union spy, humanitarian and abolitionist, Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery and went on 13 missions to save enslaved friends and family. A powerful example of feminine determination and bravery, Tubman utilized the underground railroad to bring slaves to freedom and later worked with the woman's suffrage movement as well. Pair your civil war era clothing with a shawl and headscarf to complete the look. 
Harriet Tubman 

5. Polished Political Women 

Hillary Clinton: A female powerhouse in politics, Hilary Clinton served as a Senator, the First Lady, and the U.S. Secretary of State. Create a Hilary costume with your favorite pant suit, a Hilary button and a copy of her biography. 
Hillary Clinton Button
Andrea Merkel: This german politician has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005. The first woman to hold this office, Merkel represents female empowerment. Merkel was named the second most powerful person in the world by Forbes Magazine in 2013, which was the highest ranking ever achieved by a woman in this list. Stick a small german flag in the buttonhole your favorite pantsuit to create an Andrea Merkel costume. 
Small German Flag

Rent, buy or create one of these costumes, and make a statement for strong, powerful women everywhere this Halloween! 

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