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Fairy Costumes: How to Dress Like a Fairy

How to Dress Like a Fairy

How to Dress Like a Fairy

Fairy Costume Ideas

Fairies are a diverse mythological being. They can be small or large, mean, sweet, mischievous or helpful. Some love animals, and some love trees. Some fairies can be seen surrounded by light, while others can only be found shrouded in darkness.

Some of us develop an obsession with these spritely beings at a very young age. Perhaps we even find ourselves wanting to look like the fairies. This is a doable thing! Fashion allows for many looks, so incorporating fairy styles into your wardrobe could even be trendy! Read on to learn how to dress like a fairy and get some ideas for your next Halloween or party costume.

So What Do Fairies Look Like?

There are hundreds of different types of fairies! Some common variations on the mythical fairy are to look cute, sexy, and/or gothic. These types of costumes are modeled after a fairy known as a pixie.

Is a Pixie Different From a Fairy?

A pixie is a small, mischievous flower fairy with transparent glittery wings. They often dress in pastel or woodland-style clothing. They usually wear clothes that are made from the flowers or leaves from a garden or the woods. Pixies are rather tiny, sometimes no bigger than a thumb; however, we are unable to shrink ourselves to look exactly like the pixies so we can just borrow from their fashion sense.

In addition to pretty wings and cute, earthy outfits, pixies' faces are lit up with shimmery sparkles that can be seen especially well when the sunlight hits their faces. Some of them have pointed ears, and some don't. Many pixies are female and express an air of femininity but also are not completely prim and proper. In fact, they are quite capricious in nature and will play tricks on nearby humans for the fun of it! Some pixies have long hair, but most of them have shorter hair to keep from getting tangles in plants and branches.

How to Dress Like a Fairy

So now that we know what fairies (and pixies) look like, we can imitate their style with ease. Check out the woman's picture above. She is dressed as a "woodland fairy," and she's hit the nail on the head with her costume!

Remember, dressing like a fairy can be as easy as purchasing an entire costume, or you can be creative and make your own!

Fairy Costume Basics

In order to create a fairy costume like one of the above, here's what you would need:

  • a romantic and/or lacy corset
  • a lacy and/or mesh skirt
  • bloomers (for underneath your skirt—you don't want your skibbies showing!)
  • boots or sandals (depending on the weather and your preference)
  • wings and accessories (such as ears and make-up to complete your fairy look)

Once you've gathered all of your fairy costume pieces, you can work on making the skirt look more fairy-like. Do this by shredding the skirt with scissors—you can go all the way up to the top or make it a little more conservative by only slicing halfway up the skirt. The choice is yours. If you want to add a pair of tights to keep your legs covered and warmer, you can do that too. To complete the look, try on the entire outfit and do a dry run with your hair and make-up.

Try a Mischievous Woodland Fairy Look

A great place to source clothes for a fairy is checking out local thrift stores and consignment shops. Use the pictures in this article as inspiration. You can even add patches to the knees of your pants or to the bodice of your dress for a more mischievous and playful fairy look. Don't forget to add gloves and an elaborate set of wings. A brown and green mismatched stockings pull this capricious fairy look together.

Try An Easy Whimsical Fairy Costume

Need an easy last-minute fairy costume? Put on a cute sundress, a pair of heels/sandals, grab a pair of wings and throw some glitter on your face! Get creative and have fun with it! Fairies are all about fun, anyway.

Try a Gothic or Alternative Fairy Costume

You might not be into the light-hearted woodland fairy look, but you still want to learn how to dress like a fairy—a dark fairy. No problem! Not all fairies are whimsical and joyful creatures. Some are a little more mischievous than they are sweet, and some can be downright mean, according to legend! A gothic or alternative fairy look is actually historically appropriate for fairies!

To dress like a gothic fairy, check out a few of these tips!

  • Try wearing darker colors, e.g., black, midnight blue, dark burgundy/maroon, dark purple, and blood red.
  • Look for corsets in these colors and build your gothic fairy look from there.
  • Black and red tutus are usually a gothic and nice addition to a gothic corset fairy costume.
  • Add a pair of black torn fishnet stockings, knee-high boots, shredded lacy wings, and you have yourself a dark fairy look.

If you want to look alternative but not so gothic, go for something a little more artsy.

  • Add a masquerade mask!
  • Look for Victorian style or steampunk dress.
  • Just add wings, and you have your look!

Tips for Fairy Makeup, Hair, and Accessories

As I've said before, fairies are all about playing, having fun, and being a part of nature. Depending on what type of fairy you want to look like, you can go as natural or wild with your hair and makeup as you'd like to.

Garden or Woodland Fairy Makeup

If you're going for a woodland fairy or garden fairy look, try playing with the following ideas for your hair and make-up:

  • an elegant yet loose up-do for the hair with flowers and/or leaves and sticks stuck throughout
  • light gold or silver glitter all over body and face to mimic pixie dust
  • gold or silver crown/tiara in hair for fairy princesses
  • natural tones for eyes such as browns and subtle greens, mixed with golds
  • lipstick or lip gloss in a very subtle tone, natural shades
  • don't forget to accessorize with shimmery gold necklaces and earrings

Electric, Eccentric Fairy Makeup

If you decide you want to be a little more scandalous, go for a sexy and wild fairy look with the following ideas:

  • brightly colored eyeshadows such as electric blues, oranges, pinks, and greens
  • long and sparkly fake eyelashes to match your dress and wings
  • bright glitter for cheeks, eyelids, and lips
  • add a pair of bright fishnet or striped stockings to match your bright wings and dress

© 2013 Kitty Fields


Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on March 01, 2013:

Nellieanna - Too cute! Your husband is a very good sport...I don't think I could get my husband to wear tights and wings LOL. Thanks for sharing, you crack me up!

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on March 01, 2013:

My pleasure & thank you, Kitty. I'd enjoy being a pixie. I've been a mermaid, a harem girl, a 1920s bathing beauty, Cleopatra, a Spanish dancer, a fortune teller, Raggedy Ann, - to name a few costumes I've designed, made & worn. When I was really into it for several Halloweens, I also made my husband corresponding costumes. When I was Peter Pan, he was Tinkerbell! It was so funny! It was closest to a fairy I've done, but was for my very masculine husband, not I! What a good sport he was! haha

When I was the mermaid, he was Neptune. When I was Cleopatra, he was Mark Anthony. When I was the harem girl, he was an exotic sultan. He was Ragged Andy to my Raggedy Ann, etc, etc. Once we were both prisoners with striped suits & caps and numbers emblazoned on our chests. Fun.

Eiddwen from Wales on February 27, 2013:

A wonderful and so very interesting hub.

Here's to so many more for us both to share on here.


Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on February 25, 2013:

Awesome, glad you liked the idea!

vibesites from United States on February 25, 2013:

Very interesting hub! Now you give me another idea to spice up my Halloween costume! After having worn all those gore costumes almost all the time (I'd like to make myself look ugly at Halloween) I think it's time to get really pretty. A fairy wearing fishnet stockings? Why not? Hehehehe. Voted up, useful, interesting. :)

Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on February 24, 2013:

Thanks everyone for your wonderful support and comments! :)

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on February 23, 2013:

Wow...and wow...very inspiring hub. I think it could be the best idea for costume party. I really enjoy tips and all the pictures here. I'll share this hub with my sister. Thanks for writing. Voted up and pressing the buttons.


Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 23, 2013:

I'm ready for the Renaissance Faire now!

Kathi Mirto from Fennville on February 23, 2013:

This is a fun hub and for Halloween or costume party it would make a great costume! Do ya hafta be that young? lol . . I like the woodland one best!

Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on February 23, 2013:

torrilynn - Thanks so much!

torrilynn on February 23, 2013:

kittythedreamer, really interesing hub that can benefit any adult around halloween time that wants to be a fairy. thanks. voted up.

Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on February 22, 2013:

Nellieanna - You're too cute! You would look lovely as a pixie! :) Thanks for reading.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on February 22, 2013:

Hahaha - this is quite a lark! In my costume days, I'd have loved to incorporate some of these imaginative ideas, Kitty. I still meet the trick-or-treat kids on Halloween at the door in costume. This is enchanting and I do hope more folks discover it!! Hugs. I'm voting it up and other things.