With Halloween around the corner, we dove into our closets to find quick and easy costumes to please all manner of costume and cosplay enthusiasts! Want to bring out your inner witch without getting lost in the plethora of generic options at costume shops? Perfect! Our focus today is on one of the many iterations of the Evil Queen in different media. Specifically, the snarky minx with a heart of gold, Regina Mills from Once Upon A Time.
The key to portraying Regina’s Evil Queen attire is to shop as if you are headed in to the Matrix, and add lots of classically witchy elements.
Regina as the Evil Queen has a lot of detailing to her garments, so we opted to go with a two piece lace skirt and top combo, which can be doubled as a simple staple in your wardrobe outside of Halloween. Now that your base is out of the way, add a few small details we found at Party City, like satin gloves and a Victorian shrug. If you’re not a Halloween store fan, similar and more subtle items can be made or purchased from Etsy. Just like Regina’s attention to detail when casting spells, we didn’t want to overlook the shoes because they wont be seen and chose a suede bootie with large cutouts. When she is running around as Storybrooke’s mayor, Regina’s everyday lipstick is MAC Capricious with a Plum lip liner, however the Evil Queen requires something a little more devious. We chose NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Palais Royale and added the finishing touch of Essie’s Wicked nailpolish, an extra dark wine color. Don’t forget a smoky eye and some false lashes!
Taking your Evil Queen costume to the next level? Grab a red apple, or better yet, hang around the candy apple tray at any party and offer them to guests! Not wanting find a ton of different pieces? That’s okay, too! Our friend OMGlitzy crafted an awesome tutorial using a Halloween costume as a base, with some great personal touches. Head over to her blog to see her wonderfully detailed process!
Planning on making this costume? Doing some other DIY awesome? Want to check out the rest of our Halloween Costumes From Your Closet ideas? Show me all your spook-tacular creations with the hashtag #SCaryMonth on Twitter and Instagram!
This post will avoid spoilers from season 4, but may mention some details from the first 3 seasons – you have been warned!
Margaery Tyrell’s Signature Style
Rich Jacquard Fabrics and Light Blue
Deep V-Necks, Backless Dresses, and Cut-Outs
Another consistent feature in Margaery’s clothing is the presence of skin. Margaery’s style is decidedly more modern than her peers, with low v-necks and stylish cut-outs. To me, the drastic difference represents both where she came from (a different place with a different climate and social rules) as well as her tendency to put her arm around others when she speaks with them. I think Margaery uses touch to establish intimacy and trust when she speaks with others (though we will have to see how genuine it is!) For more about Margaery’s “armor,” this post is a wonderful read.
Big Hair (Full of Secrets)
Margaery’s long, curly brown hair is also one of the key elements to her style. She is usually seen with some or all of it pulled back. Like many other costume design choices in the series, the hairstyles worn by women represent where they are from and their character development. (For example, Sansa, from the north, begins wearing her hair in the southern style to blend in, and eventually wears it “like Lady Margaery.”)