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« on: October 23, 2004 11:53:51 PM »

I want to be a 50's housewife for halloween... what should i do to complete my ensemble? I've shown my costume to a few people and they don't know what i'm supposed to be- i just look like i'm going to a special event.  I made the pearls this afternoon! (they're plastic  Wink )


I was thinking maybe an apron or a feather duster or something. i have to go to school with it, so i need something i can just carry.
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2004 12:00:41 AM »

This isn't exactly what you were asking for but you could do your hair the way Lucy has it on that old show 'I Love Lucy'. And if you found pictures of her you could prob get some ideas from that.  Sorry if this doesn't help.
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2004 12:02:11 AM »

an apron is a good idea!  especially one with ruffles and/or lace...i've seen lots of cute ones at thrift stores.  maybe oven mitts?  perhaps you could flip your hair out 50s-style?  red lipstick or a brooch pinned to your shirt would be fab also.  good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2004 12:02:39 AM »

yes!  50s housewives always had upswept do's and i would carry a feather duster or one of those little broom and dustpan combos and be sure to brown bag it with your name written on the bag lol
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2004 12:11:15 AM »

wow that was fast! thanks for all the great ideas guys!
i think i'll try to whip out a retro apron this week, and i'll take a feather duster or oven mitts. this is gonna be awesome- erm, i mean nifty! lol Roll Eyes
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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2004 02:44:15 AM »

Carry around a fake "Fresh" p[ie and curling your hair would work pretty good.
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2004 03:23:52 AM »

how about a "Hello my name is..." sticker and write JUNE CLEAVER and carry a pic of "Wally and The Beaver".......... hehehe
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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2004 09:29:20 PM »

Also, tuck in the shirt, and maybe add a belt. But the apron is a good idea. My friend wore and apron, red lipstick, and put a handerchief around her hair. it worked rather well.
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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2004 06:35:25 AM »

I don't have any additional suggestions but this might help get you in the right frame of mind.  I am SO glad we don't live like that!

http://personal.nbnet.nb.ca/rwilliam/AGoodWife

I think we can safely assume this was written by a man!
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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2004 11:59:12 AM »

I don't have any additional suggestions but this might help get you in the right frame of mind.  I am SO glad we don't live like that!

http://personal.nbnet.nb.ca/rwilliam/AGoodWife

I think we can safely assume this was written by a man!

That article made me laugh, but it also made my eye twitch a little. Unbelievably, this isn't quite 50 years old, though the idea seems so archaic.

I think my favorite parts have to be "You have no right to question him" and "His topics of conversation are more important than yours."

They might as well have included "Take your beatings gracefully - his day was much harder than yours" and "Labor can be uncomfortable, but why must your poor husband hear you scream? Be considerate, ladies - silence is golden."

I really do like the idea of the "My name is June Cleaver" nametag. I can see it being worn against a wonderfully angsty costume. With a string of pearls and some rubber dishwashing gloves, of course.
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« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2004 01:19:18 PM »

Unfortunately the magazine article is a fake...
http://www.snopes.com/language/document/goodwife.htm
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« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2004 06:30:28 PM »

Don't think this one's a fake...
http://tack-o-rama.com/media_femininity_whole.htm   


I actually agree with some of that one though! 

"Of all laborsaving devices ever invented for women, none has ever been so popular as a devoted man!"

I love it.  One of my favourite tactics is to bat my eyelids and say "but darling, you do it so much better than me".  Sometimes it even works...
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« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2004 02:17:49 AM »

Headscarfish thingy, certainly.
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« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2004 10:28:05 PM »

okay, i went to school on friday in my costume, and people knew what i was!  I even brought little pumpkin cookies with me. I didn't end up finding a hat, but i made an apron (thanks mom) (she showed me how) and stenciled it with the 'atomic' shape i found on tack-o-rama and my first initial. i'm gonna post a picture soon!
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