For my first costume post, I asked my friends what they'd like to see me start out with. One of them has been having trouble gathering inspiration for her Little Red Riding Hood outfit, so I figured I'd give her a hand! Jen already has these two pieces from Damsel in this Dress (my favorite corset maker! If you don't own any Damsel yet, trust me, you need to!):
This is an awesome base for Red! It's just making my brain explode with possibilities! Here are few takes on her that I hope give everyone some wonderful ideas!
This first version is what I feel a traditional Red Riding Hood would be like. It features Jen's red Hooded Vixen corset and red Carousel Skirt, both by Damsel in this Dress. I've added a cute peasant top that I think any costumer would be able to get lots of use out of, a red tartan renaissance-style skirt (so much fun!), and an amazing wolf claw and moonstone necklace, which is the splurge piece in this ensemble (I couldn't help myself!). I love the buckle detail on the boots and they should be easier on your feet if you've got a long event because they're flats. The belt is great for hanging little things off of if you're going to Con or Faire, like a mug, money pouch, or wolf's paw!
For this look, I went with a simple black long-sleeved boatneck shirt under the Vixen corset because a huntress isn't worried about a pretty shirt that will just get snagged and ruined during the hunt anyway. The fur is a coyote pelt instead of an actual wolf because there is a huge price difference! I would lay the fur across a shoulder. The boots are Carlos Santana's Zhivago, and they are a little bit impractical, but I couldn't pass them up-- they're too sexy! If you want something more functional, you could easily swap them for a pair like the ones from the first look. The red leather bracers are by Clockwork Firebird, who is a wonderful guy from the UK with whom I've had the pleasure of chatting a couple of times on Facebook (check out the other goodies in his shop, too! He's got great prices!). The necklace is, again, my splurge piece because I adore the way the colors blend in it to add a subtle air of danger. I feel that the slashed leggings are wonderfully indicative of what this character is all about.
Personally, I feel like making a costume come to life is all about the little details, and there is no better genre for minutiae than Steampunk! I've added a patchwork skirt by Damsel in this Dress to be layered under the Carousel skirt by same. That skirt can also be hiked to show off some fantastic striped stockings and splurgeriffic Amelia boots by Miz Mooz. I am a big fan of ruffled shirts and this one has some great ones going on! I also love the little shoulder poof and the straps of the Vixen corset will accent it nicely. The goggles can be worn on your head or on your eyes, but don't put them around your neck or you'll cover up that great bronze wolf claw pendant by Lost Apostle. A lace face mask keeps wolf stink out of your delicate ladylike nostrils, while gloves keep your hands clean while still allowing your digits to dial 911 in case of werewolf attack. Good thing that phone is at easy access in your super awesome burgundy utility belt!
These boots are by Gipsy Dharma and I think that they would be a wonderful addition to your costume contest if you're ready to treat yourself to something great!
I hope that you've gathered some great ideas for your own versions of Red Riding Hood! I had so much fun putting these together for you! Please send me pictures of your outfits! Don't forget to load up the comments with other costumes or characters you'd like to see me take on in the future!
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