Fairy Costumes: How to Dress Like a Fairy
Fairies are as different in looks and personalities as you and me. They could be small or they could be huge. Fairies could be mean or sweet...mischievous or helpful. Some love animals and some love trees. Some fairies can be seen surrounded in light, while others could only be found in the darkness.
Some of us develop an obsession with these spritely beings at a very young age. Perhaps we even find ourselves wanting to look like the fairies. This is actually a do-able thing! Fashion allows for many various looks, so incorporating the idea of looking like a fairy into your wardrobe and style could even be a new trend! Read on to find out more about how to look like a fairy. Or at the very least get some ideas for your next Halloween or Party costume.
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So What Do Fairies Look Like?
There are hundreds of different types of fairies, but usually we ladies like to look cute, sexy, and/or gothic when we dress as a fairy. These types of costumes are modeled after a fairy known as a pixie. A pixie is a small, mischievous flower fairy with transparent glittery wings and dressed in pastel or woodland colored clothing. They usually wear clothes that are made from the flowers or leaves from a garden or the woods. Pixies are rather tiny, sometimes no bigger than a thumb; however, we are unable to shrink ourselves to look exactly like the pixies so we can just borrow from their fashion sense.
In addition to pretty wings and cute, earthy outfits, pixies faces are lit up with shimmery sparkles that can be seen especially well when the sunlight hits their faces. Some of them have pointed ears, and some don't. Many pixies are female, and express an air of femininity but also are not completely prim and proper. In fact, they are quite capricious in nature and will play tricks on nearby humans for the fun of it! Some pixies have long hair, but most of them have shorter hair to keep from getting tangles in plants and branches.
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How to Dress Like a Fairy
So now that we know how fairies (particularly pixies) look, we can imitate their style with ease. Check out the lady's picture to the right. She is dressed as a "woodland fairy", and has hit the nail on the head as far as her costume goes.
Remember, dressing like a fairy can be as easy as purchasing an entire costume or you can be creative and make your own!
With the fairy costume to the right, here's what you would need:
- a romantic and/or lacy corset
- a lacy and/or mesh skirt
- bloomers (for underneath the skirt...you don't want your skibbies showing!)
- boots or sandals (depending on the weather and your preference)
- wings and accessories (such as ears and make-up to complete your fairy look)
Once you've gathered all of your fairy costume pieces, you can work on making the skirt looking more fairy-like. Do this by shredding the skirt with scissors - you can go all the way up to the top, or make it a little more conservative by only slicing half-way up the skirt. The choice is yours. If you want to add a pair of tights to keep your legs covered and warmer, you can do that too. To complete the look, try on the entire outfit and do a dry-run with your hair and make-up. More info on fairy hair and make-up below.
You can also go with an all-green fairy look by purchasing pieces from a thrift store and consignment shops. Use the picture to the right as inspiration, and add patches to the knees of your pants or to the bodice of your dress to play a more mischievous and playful fairy look. Don't forget to add gloves and an elaborate set of wings. A brown and green mismatched stockings pull this capricious fairy look together.
If all else fails, put on a cute sundress, a pair of heels/sandals, grab a pair of wings and throw some glitter on your face! Get creative and have fun with it! Fairies are all about fun, anyway.
Sexy Fairy Costumes
Tips for Very Fairy Make-up, Hair, and Accessories
As I've said before, fairies are all about playing and having fun and also being a part of nature. Depending on what type of fairy you want to look like, you can go as natural or as wild with your hair and make-up as you'd like to.
If you're going for a woodland fairy or garden fairy look, choose one or more of the following for your hair and make-up:
- an elegant yet loose up-do for the hair with flowers and/or leaves and sticks stuck throughout
- light gold or silver glitter all over body and face to mimic pixie dust
- gold or silver crown/tiara in hair for fairy princesses
- natural tones for eyes such as browns and subtle greens, mixed with golds
- lipstick or lip gloss in a very subtle tone, natural shades
- don't forget to accessorize with shimmery gold necklaces and earrings
If you decided you want to be a little more scandalous, go for a sexy and wild fairy look with the following:
- brightly colored eyeshadows such as electric blues, oranges, pinks, and greens
- long and sparkly fake eyelashes to match your dress and wings
- bright glitter for cheeks, eyelids, and lips
- add a pair of bright fishnet or striped stockings to match your bright wings and dress
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Alternative Fairy Looks
You might not be into the light-hearted woodland fairy look, but you still want to learn how to dress like a fairy...a dark fairy. No problem! Not all fairies are whimsical and joyful creatures. Some are a little more mischievous than they are sweet...and some can even be downright mean according to legend. So a gothic or alternative fairy look is actually historically appropriate for fairies!
Essentially to dress like a gothic fairy would mean that you would be wearing darker colors, i.e. black, midnight blue, dark burgundy/maroon, dark purple, and blood red. Look for corsets in these colors and build your gothic fairy look from there. Black and red tutus are usually a gothic and nice addition to a gothic corset fairy costume. Add a pair of black torn fishnet stockings, knee-high boots, shredded lacy wings, and you have yourself a dark fairy look.
An alternative to the gothic fairy costume, go for something a little more artsy. Add a masquerade mask like the picture to the right, and go for a more Victorian style fairy look. You could also be a steampunk fairy, as there are lots of steampunk dresses to use as a fairy dress. Just add wings and you have your look!
Written and copyright © by KittytheDreamer (May Canfield), 2013. All Rights Reserved.
© 2013 Nicole Canfield