Halloween in My Closet: Part 7: Retro Flight Attendant

by jennine on October 31, 2008

Well, today’s the big day! Happy Halloween! It was close, Beetlejuice almost won with 4 requests by Violetville, Cecile, Noël, Lisa Kiddo, and Amber. But in the end, Retro Flight attendant won out with 5 (Heather, Lisa Kiddo, Aidan, Sonja, and Samantha). As far as the other requests are concerned, if you wanted to be one of them, and you need help, I’ll do my best to answer them in the comments section.

Today is Part 7 in my Halloween series, of costumes found in my closet. So far, I’ve been a sailor, a can-can girl, a circus ringleader, and a 60′s housewife , Natasha Fatale, Cat Woman and today Retro Flight Attendant… all pf these costume made mostly of the the clothes I already own.

The Golden Age of Flight

Wow, the days before terrorism, when flying was more expensive than driving, optimism… I don’t know about you, but then you talk about the early days of commercial flight, you think about the flight attendants… their outrageous uniforms… as opposed to today, when I think about flying I think about how to get away with storing liquids in my luggage. ;)

There are a lot of sites out there like Uniform Freak who has just about every airline known to man. And Dark Roasted Blend posted some of the best flight attendant photos on the internet.

Here are the essentials for this costume: Basically, a hat, gloves, a neck scarf, a go-go dress, or shift dress, any uniform looking dress, vest, etc, knee high boots. You don’t to be exact… I took a lot of creative liberties with this one, like I’ll be doing something about this slip, it kept peeping out! Sorry!

The Result

Additional Flight Attendant tips….

Point a lot. Flight attendants tend to point a lot, they point at the exits, they point at the aisle, they point at the bathrooms. They point at your trays while they are telling you to put them up.

Smile. Fake smiles are even better.

Hair & Makeup… Same with all my 60′s inspired costumes, I just went heavy on the liquid eyeliner, and used blue eyeshadow … and red lips. And of course I did the beehive.. dude, twice in one week. Maybe I’ll be the next Amy Winehouse, only without the crack addiction.

Have fun… just be sure not to eat candy from strangers.

So that’s it! Thank you so much for participating… I hope at the least you were entertained with this series, and at the most the series was able to inspire you to do something fun and festive tonight!

Halloween in My Closet:

Click on the costume for how-to instructions…

  1. Sailor DONE!!!
  2. Can-Can Girl DONE! (second by Kate and UND)
  3. Circus Ringleader (second by Nikki) DONE!
  4. 60’s Housewife (second by Aidan and Voletville ) DONE!!!
  5. Natasha from Bullwinkle & Friends (second by Anna, and Cammila) DONE!
  6. Cat Lady (suggested by shopfair , Casey , K-line) DONE!
  7. A retro flight attendant (suggested by Heather, second by Lissa Kiddo )
  8. Beetle Juice (second by Violetville, Cecile, Noël, lisa kiddo)
  9. The See’s Candies Girl (only makes sense in California… but Jeanne would like to see it!)
  10. Evil Babydoll (second by Mette)
  11. An East German DDR protester (may be offensive… but Tres Plus Cool would like to see it)
  12. A superhero (Margot would like to see this)
  13. Dawn Davenport (suggested by Imelda Matt)
  14. Barbara Feldon as “Agent 99″ (suggested by Cecille)
  15. ????
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punky October 31, 2008 at 8:25 am

I’m going as Juno, because I have all the stuff to be a hipster pregnant girl already in my closet.

jennine October 31, 2008 at 8:45 am

hahha that’s awesome!

sarah October 31, 2008 at 10:52 am

I loved this series! I followed your lead and pulled a 70s inspired Frenchwoman costume out of my closet late last night. 70s striped dress, a beret, a glass of red wine and a cigarette. Oui oui!

violetville October 31, 2008 at 11:42 am

after being amazed at the angle of hats on the flight attendants’ hairdos on the dark roasted blend link you posted above, i click back to notice that… oh my, you rock the hats quite well yourself! (haha, but you did say you photoshopped the sailor hat on, didn’t you?!)

this has been a super entertaining series, personal and relatable yet totally fun!

jennine October 31, 2008 at 11:44 am

@sarah! ooh 70′s french woman… that’s my favorite!
@violetville… i did photoshop the sailor hat… but this one, is real, it’s actually a beret, that i reshaped and pinned.

Liz October 31, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Just stumbled on your blog looking for Halloween-ish stuff. I love the clothing vignette above and the idea of getting a great costume from your closet! I got my costume from my closet, but its not quite as creative as your ideas (I’m going to be Sarah Palin)

Sonja October 31, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Very nice! I especially love the gloves and the pointing.

Heather Poole October 31, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Love it!

MichelleB October 31, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Awesome costumes! You look like a flight attendant from the Austin Powers movie!

I’m going to a halloween party tonight with my fiance. And ever since he bought me a gorgeous diamond necklace from http://www.idonowidont.com I am incorporating the jewelry with my outfit.

So I’m going as Ivana Trump and he’s going The Donald!

Hailey October 31, 2008 at 5:00 pm

this is my fav yet!

Victoire October 31, 2008 at 6:39 pm

How about Brigitte Bardot? 1960s movie queen?

Ashe Mischief October 31, 2008 at 6:54 pm

Slightly off-topic, but I’m loving the Halloween edition of the Coveted logo!

Cammila October 31, 2008 at 6:59 pm

This is so perfect! You know how to work it so well. Though I meant to tell you, your Natasha was SO SPOT ON!I guess they were all spot on, because you don’t just know how to dress up — you totally play the part. :)

Sandra November 1, 2008 at 12:21 am

Oh, I’m loving the new logo as well. This was fun Jennine! Thanks for the dress up.

jennine November 1, 2008 at 12:41 pm

oh dear, i just got back to the computer… thank you for all the comments!

yes… the logo was just for halloween… i go over the top every now and then (just wait for election day)

@liz… scary!!!!
@michelle…ooh nice boyfriend! and smart site…
@victoire oh maybe next year! i’ll need a blond wig!
@camilla… thanks, i just love dressing up! as you prolly already know.
@sandrea… thanks!

Cecile November 1, 2008 at 1:28 pm

Lovely looks, all of them!

My favorite: the 60s housewife :)

Kisses and Happy Halloweeeen

WendyB November 1, 2008 at 2:58 pm

You have an amazing closet, young lady!

Victoire November 1, 2008 at 8:16 pm

Oh all right…

how about… a Disco Queen? Or a Hippie Flower Child? Or a 1950′s scientist? or… even better, a preppie from the height of preppie fashion, in the early 1980s!

Imelda Matt November 2, 2008 at 1:55 am

“Excuse me Miss are you serving ‘luude’s’ on this flight?”, “No. OK, I’ll just take a packed of Lucky Strikes and light”

jennine November 2, 2008 at 2:08 am

ooh yes… we have ‘ludes, valume, robetussin with codeine, nyquil with codeine, various nasal sprays with codeine… AND cigarettes.

let me get the tray.

Imelda Matt November 2, 2008 at 2:29 am

HEAVEN!!!! I’ll take one of each with a scotch chaser.

WTF! Cali’s the gayest state in the US, Imelda’s not happy!

jennine November 2, 2008 at 2:34 am

yeah, i’m shocked too… i didn’t think it would be THIS close.

songy November 2, 2008 at 6:28 am

damn I missed this. I should more ‘active’ with my blog reading from now on! I love the cat woman look!

susie_bubble November 2, 2008 at 2:01 pm

I’m floored by this series of yours…Uniform Freak is an amazing website!

Zavi November 3, 2008 at 11:26 am

I was a flight attendant !

Linda October 27, 2009 at 2:16 pm

It is so much fun to dress up in costumes, even though I don’t personally celebrate halloween. I’d like to do a 70′s Avon lady. I was 16 during that time period, but I was a door to door Avon Lady. I also worked at C.R Anthony Company fulltime . Kids today have it so easy……….

Anne-Marie July 30, 2010 at 4:02 pm

You did a great job maximizing your looks with your wardrobe! I love the retro looks.

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