How To Dress Like Elvira
Who is Elvira?
Elvira is a horror host and actress that has made a name for herself in both film and television. First appearing on the Los Angeles area local television show, LA is alive and well as a horror host, Elvira quickly became an icon and a fan favorite. She has since appeared in several films, including her self titled film Elvira: Mistress of the Dark. Her look is one that people instantly recognize, from her red hair to her always present black dress she’s always known as the good looking horror host.
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is a good movie that features Elvira, who has moved to a small town in New England. Her landlord has some odd rules for the apartment she’s renting, which leads her to investigate. This investigation leads her to a book that was written by Satan himself and she is possessed by it. She uses her powers to trap all of her enemies inside mirrors and must defeat Satan in order to save them. It’s not the best horror film, but it is still highly entertaining. It’s also full of references to other films, including Star Wars and Beetlejuice, and includes appearances from big name actors like Cassandra Peterson herself, along with Jackie Earle Haley and William Sanderson.Check Price on Amazon
Cassandra Peterson is the actress that plays Elvira. She’s been in the business since 1971 and has appeared in several films, including her self titled film, as well as The Cutting Edge, Making Mr. Right, and Repossessed. She’s also made several appearances on television shows like Murder, She Wrote and Baywatch.
Elvira Costume Style
Elvira is often seen in a black dress with a short skirt and long sleeves. Her hair is long and red with a fringe of bangs that are often teased. She wears heavy red lipstick and has done her makeup to look as pale as possible. She always wears black boots that have heels and goes without jewelry or accessories.
To create this Elvira costume you’ll need an Elvira wig, which is the easiest part of the costume. You’ll also need a small black dress that has a short skirt and long sleeves, as well as black high heels to complete her look. The rest of her costume will be easy to create by just including a little bit of makeup to give yourself an extremely pale look, as well as red lipstick. You can add some accessories like jewelry or a watch if you want to make it more realistic, but it isn’t necessary for the final look of the costume if you want something simpler to create.
Items You Will Need to Complete the Costume
A Cleavage Booster Bra
Elvira Dress Costume
Elvira Long Wig
A Red Lipstick
A Black Nail Polish
A Black Dress Pump
A Sheer Panty Hose
How to dress like Elvira
To complete the look of Elvira you’ll need to have some red hair, which is why the wig is the most important aspect of the costume. You can purchase a wig that’s already styled to look like it’s Elvira hair, but if you want to get creative and make a wig yourself you can do that as well. You’ll need to either tease the front of the wig or use a lot of hairspray to get that big hair look. It will take a lot of work, but it will be worth it when you have your costume looking just like Elvira does in her films.
Elvira doesn’t wear much in the way of accessories, so you can use your dress as an accessory by wearing it with very little else. Make sure that it has long sleeves and a short skirt to finish off the authentic look of her costume. You can buy one online or even find one at your local thrift store if you aren’t able to find one for sale online.
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Elvira isn’t the most mobile character, so you’ll need to wear high heels to complete her look. This is a must have part of the costume and should be included with it to make it look as close to authentic as possible.
Elvira is famous for her pale complexion and red lipstick, so you’ll need to mimic that makeup look while wearing this costume. You can use a pale foundation and a bit of blush to get the right pale look, then line your lips with bright red lipstick for an authentic looking finish.Check Price on Amazon
You’ll want to wear a bra that will give you a little bit of cleavage to complete the look of her costume. Since she doesn’t wear a lot of jewelry, you can use your bra as an accessory and wear it with a black dress that has a low cut neckline. You’ll really be able to show off your assets with this part of the costume, so make sure that you have one that will give you the cleavage that is needed to complete the look.
Black Nail Polish
Elvira has long nails that are always painted black. You can use black nail polish to get that authentic look or you can even paint the nails on your feet rather than your hands if you’re wanting a more authentic look.