My brother is going as Abraham Lincoln for Halloween this year. (I, obviously, being 21, am much too old for any Halloween fun. Dang it.)
Why Honest Abe? Because he didn’t have any clue what to be and then we saw a cheap black top hat at a Halloween store and I said, “Hey — Abraham Lincoln?” and he agreed and that was that.
He already had a white button up shirt, so we were good on that end. If you’ve ever seen a picture of Abraham Lincoln… well, he’s not that fancy of a dresser. It’s always the basic white shirt, black hat, and bow tie. This makes for a quick, simple costume! All we had to do was head to our local Salvation Army in search of a black suit jacket and a bow tie. We found the jacket alright, but no bow ties – only sponge-bob and purple-polka-dotted regular ties.
I looked up “how to make a tie into a bow tie” and quickly found a video on Youtube explaining how to do it (of course there’s that video).
The rest was easy, throw on the top hat, use brown costume makeup to make a beard (my brother is only 15 – not yet a full-on beard grower.) Wah-la, as the French say. Abe!
Girls can be Abe, too, I think! You can even make it slightly more “cute” by using a dark purple or red hat/bow tie/jacket. Whatever. Or, you could even be slightly creepy and turn this idea into a couples outfit. Mr. and Mrs. Abe, anyone?
Here’s how I would do it:
Black Top Hat ∞ $53 asos.com
White David Dot Shirt ∞ $88 usa.frenchconnection.com
Black Velvet Bow Tie ∞ $80 flannelsfashion.com
Issey Miyake Men’s Double Blazer ∞ $2235 farfetch.com
Glitter Top Hat ∞ $20 windsorstore.com
Mustache Must-Have Necklace ∞ $5.50 claires.com
Bench Women’s Long Sleeve Shirt ∞ $56 houseoffraser.co.uk
Burgundy Alber Velvet Bow Tie ∞ $120 liberty.co.uk
Alexander McQueen Fitted Blazer ∞ $2855 farfetch.com