Geisha Halloween Costume for Women

by Marie

An adult Geisha Costume is a beautiful and elegant choice of Halloween outfit. This Japanese goddess dressing up idea will flatter all sizes with rich color and patterned fabrics.

Why not dress up as a stunning Geisha this Halloween? You'll look like an amazing Japanese or Asian Princess wearing a beautiful and detailed Kimono Outfit which you can buy ready made or spend time putting together yourself with the ideas on this page.

Be an elegant entertainer and companion in a style of dress that flatters all sizes and shapes of women. Perfect for dressing up events and occasions.

Step 1 - A Beautiful Kimono Robe

Start off by finding a beautiful and elegant kimono design robe that will flatter your body shape. If you're looking to dress up as a Geisha girl for Halloween or another costume event, you need to start with a kimono. You can purchase one made as an outfit for this season, a real one or even make up your own style of outfit using the ideas on this page.

You can easily make something that looks like a this piece of clothing by using a silky robe or dressing gown and tying a wide sash around the waist, knotting it at the back. The sleeves on a real robe are normally very wide and sweeping. If you're feeling crafty, you could unpick the seams on the underarms of your chosen dressing gown and sew on an extra length of fabric in-between which matches up with the color.

Here's a fun and flirty purple outfit which includes:

* Purple Kimono with attached Lace Ruffle

* Black Obi Sash Belt

This short and sexy dress is a royal shade of purple and features a flattering cross-over top design, with a skirt and attached black ruffle and the traditional long, flowing kimono sleeves. The dress zips up at the back.

The pattern on the purple dress fabric features dragons, flowers and birds. And this one comes with an attached black petticoat too which makes the skirt look fuller.

A wide obi sash belt does up around the waist with velcro.

Step 2 - Geisha Hair and Wigs

If you have long dark hair, you can easily fashion it yourself into a suitable Japanese design or style. There is no one right way to style the hair because it could be worn in lots of ways. A popular hairstyle for a Geisha look is to put the hair up in buns or knots and then add in decorative hair sticks which look very similar to chopsticks - in fact you could use chopsticks if you wanted.

You can buy traditional styled Japanese wigs to put over your own hair if yours is not suitable. A more traditional Japanese style is a bun with black hair which would suit a traditional look.

A pretty rose hair clip is also idea to accentuate your styled hair or wig and will look amazing against a backdrop of dark brown or black hair. Choose a striking red color as a pretty accessory which will look good with a variety of outfits.

Step 3 - Geisha Footwear and Shoes

Zori thong sandals are a traditional form of Japanese footwear and look similar to the modern version which I've picked out but with slightly raised heel. You can find lots of styles of sandals and flip flops which have a V-shaped thong to hold your feet in place and a bit of a wedge heel. Anything like this would work wonderfully with a Kimono for this particular look.

Zori are often worn with special, ankle-high socks called Tabi which are shaped around the big toe and the rest of the toes on each foot so that the Zori thong sandals can easily be worn. You can achieve a very similar look with white ankle-high socks. Just make them loose around the toes so you can fit your thong sandals on.

Step 4 - Accessories for this Japanese Costume

It's very cliche I know but you might expect a lady of this position to carry a Japanese handheld fan which is held open and used to slightly cover the face. It's simply an accessory that you would expect to see along with a Kimono and for a dressing up event.

You can even make your own paper fan if you're feeling crafty. Just concertina fold a sheet of paper along its longest side and then staple one end together or tie it tightly with string. The other end of paper will fan out. Try using some pretty patterned paper to make this. 

Other accessories might include things to decorate your hair. You often see photos or images of these ladies wearing special hair sticks which look a bit like chop sticks through their hair buns or knots. Add in some pretty fabric flowers or a pretty hair accessory and you've got a traditional Japanese style.

Step 5 - Geisha Makeup

You can go mad painting your face in this style of fashion but all you really need to complete your look  is a touch of vibrant red lipstick.

If you want to go for the clichéd look of a Geisha girl, you can cover your entire face with white face paint and then paint on some fake, black and exaggerated eyebrows and add your red lipstick over the top. But don't forget to take this all off your face before you go to bed!

Updated: 07/18/2016, Marie
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Marie on 08/31/2012

Geisha costumes are nice and elaborate. You have a great figure to look good in one of those, Katie :)

katiem2 on 08/28/2012

WOW I so love this Geisha costume. Hmmm I think I just might like the long pink floral the best... :)K

Marie on 03/05/2012

Ha - it's funny how these things happen. I haven't read the book but watched the movie years ago. The costumes and scenery were stunning. Thanks for your visit.

Guest on 03/05/2012

Ha, how timely... I'm just rereading Memoirs of a Geisha. Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something. :)

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