Gypsy Costumes

Written by Sarah Provost
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Gypsy costumes are perennial favorites because they're dashing, romantic, and relatively easy to do. Bright colors, swirling skirts and bangles start you off if you're a gypsy wench. For men, start with a bandanna, a hoop earring and a puffy-sleeved shirt.

The most important thing to remember when designing a Gypsy costume is color. The Romany people loved color and used it lavishly, often incorporating many different colors into one outfit. Women wear skirts in layers, each different, and men may have sleeves of a different color than the body of their shirt. If you want authentic Gypsy costumes, say for a Renaissance Faire, avoid primary red, which was considered bad luck. Pinks and dark reds are fine, though.

Gypsy Costumes Use Lots of Accessories

The swirl of rich colors in skirts, trousers and shirts is only the beginning. Both male and female Gypsy costumes should be accessorized with sashes, vests, and lots of jewelry and embroidery. Women also will want a shawl. High boots or sandals are appropriate for men, and sandals or slippers for women.

Remember that a gypsy is neither a belly dancer nor a pirate, though there are similarities. Female gypsies wear swirling skirts and a lot of coin jewelry, but they are very covered up, without the belly dancer's exposed midriff. Also, fabrics are heavy cottons and brocades rather than flimsy chiffons. The bandanna, hoop earring and puffy shirt are common to both pirate and male gypsy costumes. Just don't shout "Avast, me maties!" and you'll be all right.


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Baby Kostüm Karneval

The concept of designing these costumes is really new. Ten by ten for the designer and producer.
Baby Kostüm Karneval