Happy Sunday, Liberty Lovers!
During my childhood years, I typically chose redheaded Halloween costumes like Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Pippi Longstocking, and Raggedy Ann. As an adult, I haven’t really dressed up much for Halloween, although I do remember being Hayley from Paramore a few years ago.
This year, I was itching to do something special. I wanted a Halloween costume with historical significance, something I could learn from. I instantly felt a connection with Rosie the Riveter, probably because I have been admiring the 1776 United Rosie the Riveter t-shirt online for a while. Plus, being a 1940s housewife sounds like fun!
I have always thought of Rosie the Riveter as a strong, independent, confident woman. That’s exactly who I strive to be as a person. As I started researching Rosie the Riveter, I discovered that this famous cultural icon from World War II was part of a propaganda campaign to entice women to join the workforce while the men were at war. I never knew that Rosie wasn’t even a real person, although she was primarily modeled after a real working woman named Naomi Parker Fraley. Rosie actually represented millions of women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II.
To prepare for this costume, I had to do a lot of shopping to find the best gear and I watched a ton of hair tutorials to get the right Rosie hairdo. I will give you my personal tips and tricks for how to make this costume a success.
I’m excited to share my educational journey of becoming Rosie the Riveter with you!
– Denim shirt/jeans or a jumpsuit (I got my denim jumpsuit at Forever 21. It was the only one left and I cannot find it online anywhere! Old Navy and Target also have denim shirts.)
– Red socks – Party City
– Rosie the Riveter badge (I printed and cut out my own using this photo.
– Red and white polka dot head wrap – Claire’s