Need a last-minute Halloween costume? Try this DIY honoring Lena Horne
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I chose to highlight the ever-talented Lena Horne for this year’s DIY costume. Horne was a Brooklyn-born African-American actress, jazz singer, dancer and civil rights activist who appeared in films, theater and nightclub performances. Throughout her career, (which spanned for several decades in and out of Hollywood) Horne was instrumental in advocating for the rights of African Americans. Her political activism caused her to be blacklisted for some time in Hollywood. Perhaps you remember her for her famous song “Stormy Weather” or her guest appearance in the hit TV show
For this DIY you’ll need the following:
To make the skirt like Lena’s, you’ll need to cut two high slits up the front
Measure evenly, staring at the side seam of your skirt to the area where you’d like your split to fall. Repeat on the other side so you’ll have two marks to the front.
Use those points to begin marking where you’ll cut your slits down to the hem. I marked mine with pins, but you can also use tailor’s chalk.
I used a scoop-neck crop top, which did not tie in the front like Lena’s. To give it that tie front effect, I simply secured the center with a small piece of ribbon as pictured.
Wrap the gold cord around you in a similar fashion to Lena’s costume, securing it to your clothing with safety pins.
Secure the flowers in your hair with a few bobby pins. Put on your earrings & bracelets to complete the look
Now it’s time to Brazilian Boogie!
Krystle DeSantos is an digital professional by day and a lifestyle & creative blogger by night. She writes about decor, style, vintage and DIY