How to Dress Up as Holly Golightly

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For the past couple of year I’ve been wanting to dress up as Audrey Hepburn’s character Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s for Halloween and this year it finally worked out. I was healthy enough (I did have a cold most of last week, better now), I bought all the props I needed, and I actually made plans to go out Saturday night in my costume.

I know it’s a bit of a cliché for a fashion blogger to dress up as “Audrey Hepburn” for Halloween and for a fashion blogger’s favorite movie to be Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but I did and it is, so I’m basic like that okay? Okay. There’s one thing I’d like to address when wearing this costume, be prepared for people calling your costume an Audrey Hepburn costume instead of a Holly Golightly costume. It’s annoying, but it is what it is. At least people understand who you are on some level, right? It always sucks when people don’t understand your costume.

For this costume I used a black dress and heels that I already had. Funny side note, the store lady who rung up my black dress actually called it a Breakfast at Tiffany’s dress, apparently all the employees were. Anyway, I think costumes are best when they are either homemade or when you can use your real clothes (really anything looks better than the cheep costume packs you can buy at Target or Walmart). Using your own clothes not only helps to make it look more authentic, but it can also help you save money. I just needed the accessories which only cost me a total of $27.05 on Amazon, half the price of what you would pay for a Holly Golightly costume pack!

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I bought this tiara hair comb last year (now out of stock) when I thought I was going to wear this costume (I got sick right before Halloween). Here’s another tiara hair comb you could use, though I can’t vouch for the seller. I also bought this cigarette holder, made my necklace using these plastic costume pearls & a vintage brooch from my mom, and bought these above elbow length costume gloves (the picture shows two lengths and you need to select the length you want, you don’t get two pairs of gloves like some buyers thought). My sunglasses are fake Ray-Bans I got from my mom when she was on vacation, here’s a similar Ray-Ban dupe.

When doing my hair I followed this video, my hair is naturally curly and very fine, so I chose not to straighten it because my curls help add much need volume to my hair.

Holly’s makeup is pretty basic compared to today’s standards, so I used what I had at home. I used Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer, NYX Mosaic Powder Blush, Maybelline XXL Pro Mascara (I tried false lashes too, but was too inexperienced to make them work), and Maybelline Color Whisper lipstick in Rose of Attraction (I’ve had mine for years so I could only find it on ebay).

 

I had some fun with this shoot trying to copy this picture using a vintage teacup and fake vintage phone as my foreground props.

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A lot of fun. This isn’t exactly copied from a movie scene or promotional photo, but it felt very in character nonetheless.

 

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