Tuesday, October 20, 2015


{ "I'll have a butterscotch sundae, I guess." }

I'm not quite sure why it took me so long, but this year I'm finally living out my dream of dresssing as Margot Tenenbaum from The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) for Halloween. Perhaps it's because I now have the short hair to pull it off without a wig, or I've rid myself once-and-for-all of that youthful desire to look more sexy than costume-y on for this holiday. This #birthdayween also happens to be my 30th (!!!!)—so I might as well rock the costume of my dreams and feel as awesome as possible, right?

Pulling this costume together is actually quite easy, which is probably a huge part of why it's remained such a popular one for all these years since the Wes Anderson movie came out. Not to mention, many of the pieces you can use to put it together are either classic investments or continuously on-trend each fall.

First, I found this Modcloth polo dress, which looks remarkably close to the Lacoste version she wears in the film. I already have black eyeliner (duh) and some beat up old loafers I can wear, too. The only missing pieces are a faux fur coat (I'm going to get mine from the thrift shop around the corner), a red hair clip and some pink gloves. As I mentioned above, you could use this costume as an excuse to invest in a chic camel coat (or this really fun faux fur from ASOS) and structured satchel bag and double down on both your costume and some fall essentials. (And same goes for some stylish leather Everlane loafers, to be honest!)

The final touch for my costume will be spray-painting my hair blonde, which should be interesting to say the least. But hey, you only turn 30 and celebrate Halloween in the same night once, right?


*If you're curious for a little more of the backstory on Margot Tenenbaum's look in the film, check out this article from ELLE.com last year, with an interview with costume designer Karen Patch.


  1. That's a nice idea! I think you will rock that Halloween! After your post I was interested what The Royal Tenenbaums influence on the cinema. But I'm not so good at English so i purchased a translation at one of the firms, that was listed as one of the best on PickWriters. And they made really good translation. I was really happy.