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Plus Size Marilyn Monroe Costume

Updated on April 13, 2014

It is Not About Her Size

There has been much debate about Marilyn Monroe's dress size and whether she would be considered plus size using today's sizing standards. More than a few sources over the years have proved she was not. But quite honestly who really cares what size she was.

My interest in Marilyn Monroe was never about her dress size. I enjoyed her beauty, her personality, her humor and her talent. Because she is so well known for the scene in the 1955 film Seven Year Itch where a gust of wind blows up her white dress -- she has become one of the most mimiced Hollywood icons; especially at costume parties.

This lens showcases Plus Size Marilyn Monroe costumes and where to find them as well as providing quick tips for an award winning overall effect.

What Do You Love Most About Marilyn

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The Dress

Where to Find the Dress

The top plus size Marilyn Monroe dress is the style from Seven Year Itch. It has a halter neckline and crinkle pleat skirt. Most of the ones available from retail stores follow this design but in the smaller sizes you can find the pink dress worn during the Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend number of Gentleman Prefer Blondes but I have not seen it in plus sizes yet -- probably because the style would be hard to fit a wide size range effectively.

While you are shopping each site check their shipping rates and watch for promotions within site text -- keep both of these in mind while considering prices.

Buy Costumes

One of the most popular online shops offers a "officially licensed Marilyn Monroe costume" in a one size fits 16 to 24 for $38.99. They also have a cute Diamonds Marilyn Monroe Adult Wig for $18.99.

Halloween Costumes

They have a plus size white halter dress that comes in two sizes: 2x (22-24) and a 3x (26-28) for $42.99. For wig options, there is the Classic Marilyn Costume Wig for $14.99.

Costume Craze

This company has the Plus Size Deluxe Marilyn Monroe Costume but their sizing is listed as 16 to 20 for $37. For hair they have the officially licensed Marylin Monroe wig for $35.

Monif C

If you would like to update your Marilyn look then you could invest in a quality made designer original from Monif C; specifically her Marilyn Convertible Dress which fits sizes 8 to 24 (a real one size fits most dress). Every season there are new colors so white is not always available. If Marilyn were around today I am sure she would love this dress which comes in the original, maxi, and ruched versions. Each dress can be wrapped in over ten ways including a halter dress. Best of all you can wrap it to your body type. The convertible Marilyn Dress sells for $195.

The Make-up

Pixiwoo's Marilyn Make-up Tutorial

You have the dress, now it is time to practice the make-up. Here is a great instructional video on how to get the best Marilyn Monroe look with 1950s make-up.

The Subway

The Famous Scene - From the Seven Year Itch

Study Marilyn Monroe in the famous subway scene as she enjoys the breeze created by the subway on a hot night.

The Talk

Thanks for stopping by my Hollywood starlet costume lens. Before you go tell us one of the following:

* Have you ever dressed up like Marilyn Monroe?

* What is your favorite Marilyn Monroe movie?

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @ClassyGals: Thank you, that was very sweet of you to do so. :D

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I love Marilyn Monroe and wear a white halter dress like hers in the summer.

      Angel Blessings**

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @rawwwwwws lm: Wow! you are quick, I just posted that last night. Thanks for visiting! :D

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!