If The Great Gatsby parties of the last six months are any indication, we’re going to be seeing a lot of Daisy Buchanans on the Halloween 2013 party circuit, even if she’s one of the most unlikable characters in literary history. If you really want to go out as a murderer for Halloween, at least some of the characters from Orange is the New Black or Breaking Bad present some more sympathetic options, amirite? That said, perhaps you’re drawn to being Daisy this Halloween because she represents the disintegration of the American dream, and your city of Detroit costume just wasn’t coming together in time for the office party. If that’s the case, I’m here to help.
The best part about donning a flapper costume inspired by Daisy Buchanan is just how easy it is to pull off. While it might not score you any points in the creativity department, it won’t alienate you from your coworkers the same way your actual Honey Boo Boo costume might. Plus, a 1920s party girl costume won’t leave you vulnerable to misinterpretations on the bus ride home from work the way my Snooki costume once did. As it turns out, orange is the new black eye when it comes to face paint.
To get a reliable flapper look this Halloween, pull your hair back in a low ponytail a couple inches below the nape of your neck. Loosen your hair until it resembles a bob and then tuck the pony up inside the faux cropped ‘do using bobby pins. I used a strand of pearls as a cool flapper headpiece, which is way more original than the typical feathered bands you’ll find at party shops. Also, I’m super cheap and take a disturbing amount of pleasure in saving $3 on unnecessary things. I then used a red lipstick to make a cupid’s bow and gave myself the smokey eyes of the era with a grey shadow. I topped off the look with pink blush and my favourite vintage fur shawl. Sure, this look isn’t exactly boiling over with personality, but neither was Daisy. It’s the perfect costume for tricking your coworkers into believing your personal life is totally stable while you save your potentially offensive Halloween costume ideas for your actual friends, like this Miley Cyrus gem I’m still all about.