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To ask for help for a middle aged woman who needs a fancy dress costume?

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BlessYourCottonSocks Wed 21-Feb-18 20:21:45

As in me. For ruddy world book day. Any suggestions for a size 18/20 menopausal woman will be gratefully received.

I need to be:-

1) Instantly recognisable to teenagers (CBA to spend the day explaining who I am to them)
2) Cool. Hot flushes combined with windows that don't open more than an inch means my favoured costume would probably be a bikini at the moment - if I didn't fear I would traumatise most of my students irreparably.
3) Comfy. See weight/age/menopause.

I'm frankly lacking any brilliant ideas (other than asking the gurus of Mumsnet for help). I've been Cruella in the past. And Professor McGonagall. I'm not bothered about looking an idiot, particularly - I have little dignity at the best of times.

Not sweating and being recognisable would basically do me. Any suggestions gratefully received!

londonmummy1966 Wed 21-Feb-18 20:24:11

Miss Trunchbull? Professor Sprout Or just go as McGonagall again?

DannyLaRuesBestFrock Wed 21-Feb-18 20:24:36

My sister went as the Trunchbull. She looked fab

Lovestonap Wed 21-Feb-18 20:27:57

Yeah, trunchbull was my first thought - practical too!

RollTopBath Wed 21-Feb-18 20:28:43

Is there a theme?

meredintofpandiculation Wed 21-Feb-18 20:29:12

Nanny Ogg?

Autumnsparkles Wed 21-Feb-18 20:30:03

Trunchbull also my first thought

Backenette Wed 21-Feb-18 20:32:46

Go as Thursday Next smile minimal costume required, although a stuffed dodo would be a nice touch

BlessYourCottonSocks Wed 21-Feb-18 20:33:35

Well I thought of Trunchbull vaguely - but didn't she wear a sort of heavy looking suit thing? I thought I'd be too hot.

OutyMcOutface Wed 21-Feb-18 20:38:28

She wore a suit with pull up socks from memory so the bare legs should help keep you a little cool.

TheMadGardener Wed 21-Feb-18 20:41:09

I once went as Jack's mum from Jack and the Beanstalk when I was a Y5 teacher. Longish dress, apron, mob cap. I made MISSING posters as Jack had disappeared up the beanstalk, and went round asking pepole if they'd seen him. The kids loved it. Also at different times I've been Mr Magnolia, Professor McGonagal, the Tin Man, the Mad Hatter, Meg and Mog (with a stuffed cat). Take a bicycle and dress eccentrically and be Mrs. Armitage on Wheels??

Elle8989 Wed 21-Feb-18 20:45:32

Could you be in harry potter uniform? Or one of the teachers.

Umm I'm not sure but intrigued to see what you choose.

AbsolutelyCorking Wed 21-Feb-18 20:51:59

Wilma Flintstone? One shouldered white dress with pearl necklace?

Redtartanshoes Wed 21-Feb-18 20:52:55

Demon Dentist?

Blankiefan Wed 21-Feb-18 20:53:10

Cat in the hat? Black trousers, black t-shirt. Eye liner cat face.

Buy or make a red-and-white-cat-in-the-hat hat - loads of tips on Pinterest.

BlessYourCottonSocks Wed 21-Feb-18 21:17:54

Some great ideas here folks! Keep them coming, please.

LokiBear Wed 21-Feb-18 21:23:50

Dh went as gangsta granny last year. You can buy the costume on Amazon and just wear your own long skirt. Dh wore a size 18 skirt I found in a charity shop.

Peanutbuttercheese Wed 21-Feb-18 21:35:15

Mary Poppins

SaucyJack Wed 21-Feb-18 21:41:09

Go as Dolores Umbrage, and spend the day in character for a laugh?

SaucyJack Wed 21-Feb-18 21:43:25


SockEatingMonster Wed 21-Feb-18 21:44:27

Wally, as in Where's Wally

KeiraTwiceKnightley Wed 21-Feb-18 21:45:23

Aunt Marge from the HP books.

Paper bag princess - black leggings Andy shirt with a sack over the top plus tiara

KeiraTwiceKnightley Wed 21-Feb-18 21:47:59

Sorry - more to come.

Lady Macbeth - long dress/dressing gown , crown, hands face painted red

Curleys wife - cotton dress, red shoes, lippy

Daisy from Gatsby - flapper outfit. Or Jordan - wide legged trousers, shirt, string of beads.

TeeBee Wed 21-Feb-18 21:50:00

Cruella De Ville

BlessYourCottonSocks Wed 21-Feb-18 21:52:09

Some brilliant ideas, guys! Peanut I've been Mary Poppins a couple of years ago (when much thinner!) Colleague was Lady M last year - and another one was the mad wife in the attic from Jane Eyre, or I could have done that!

Loving some of these....

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