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Golden Girls: A Group Costume for Women (And Men)

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A Golden Girls group costume "how to"

A Golden Girls group costume "how to"

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If you're anything like me, you probably think The Golden Girls is one of the best sitcoms of all time. I know my grandmother agrees with me. This guide will teach you how to create your own Golden Girl group costumes for you and up to three of your friends. Best of all, your group can consist of men, women, or anyone in between. It's original, hilarious, and equally fabulous, regardless of who makes up your quartet.

Just some Golden Gals out on the town!

Just some Golden Gals out on the town!

The photo above is the perfect example of a well-done group costume. Please note that this particular group consists of all dudes. Fabulous. Here are some general tips for making this costume work:

  • Unless you're a Sophia, go for a bigger size than what you'd usually wear. Nothing should be too tight or clingy. Boxy, loose, and draped fabrics are your friends.
  • Shoulder pads are also your friends.
  • All the ladies (except Sophia, sorry Sophia) wear lipstick. I recommend Revlon's "Spicy Cinnamon" for all three.
  • Don't be afraid to cut, hairspray, comb, or style any wigs you buy. It's often the key to getting an authentic look.
  • There aren't many recurring characters on The Golden Girls outside of the main four, so if you have another member in your group, I'd only consider adding Stan Zbornak. You can always double up on the costumes and have multiple Sophias, Blanches, Dorothys, or Roses.
  • Come to think of it, having ALL Sophias, Blanches, Dorothys, or Roses would be hilarious.
  • You can go for a theme. Some ideas: midnight cheesecake (nightgowns, robes, and housecoats), night on the town (a ton of sequins), or business casual (pastels, pastels, pastels).
  • Thrift stores are the perfect place for finding cheap Golden Girls swag. For authenticity, however, I'd try to find some of the more character-specific costume pieces online.
  • Don't just limit yourself to Halloween. The Golden Girls makes for an unexpected cosplay choice for Comic-Con and could be a big hit at a themed or fancy dress party at any time of year.
Sophia costume

Sophia costume

Sophia Petrillo Costume

(as played by Estelle Getty)

  • Sophia is all about prim, old-lady couture. She's fully covered and rarely has more than an ankle or wrist exposed.
  • Think frilly collars, classic cardigans, and sensible, non-draped fabrics.
  • Her glasses are clear plastic, have a dropped temple, and are often adorned with a sweet lady chain.
  • If you're doing a group costume, Sophia should be the shortest, most petite person in your group.

Your fashion buzzwords are dicky, brooch, shirts that button all the way up, tucked-in shirts, twin set, muumuu, housecoat, and grandma pants.

Rose costume

Rose costume

Rose Nylund Costume

(as played by Betty White)

  • Rose Nylund is a businesswoman. She wears lady suits more than any other member of the Golden Girls, but she's also one most frequently seen in cheesy prints worthy of St. Olaf.
  • For Rose, go for a more structured look, but don't go too crazy with fitted pieces. This is the '80s, after all.
  • If you're doing a group costume, Rose should be the sweetest member of your group.

Your fashion buzzwords are pantsuit, skirt suit, dress suit, double-breasted, monochromatic, and country print.

Dorothy costume

Dorothy costume

Dorothy Zbornak Costume

(as played by Bea Arthur)

  • Since we're going for extremes, and we want each Golden Girl to be different from the other, your best bet is to have Dorothy Zbornak literally dripping with fabric. Think loose, flowing layers.
  • Think linen, light cotton, and satin.
  • She rarely wears casual skirts or dresses, as she's more of a pants kind of gal, but if you're going for glam Dorothy, she will partake in a sequined frock from time to time.
  • If you're doing a group costume, Dorothy should be played by the tallest person in your group.

Your Dorothy Zbornak fashion buzzwords are cowl neck, shawl sweater, dolman sleeve, batwing sleeve, drape, necktie, and sleeves rolled to the elbow.

Blanche costume

Blanche costume

Blanche Devereaux Costume

(as played by Rue Mclanahan)

  • Blanche is the minx of the Golden Girls quartet. You'll find her in higher hemlines and more figure-hugging clothing, with lower-cut tops.
  • Remember, we're talking "figure hugging" and "low cut" for the Golden Girls. It's still pretty tame.
  • Out of all the Golden Girls, Blanche is the one who is most recognizable in evening wear.
  • If you're doing a group costume, Blanche should be the sauciest of the group.

Your Blanche Devereaux fashion buzzwords are ruching, sheen, decolletage, kitten heel, bunched sleeve, dropped waist, and defined waist.

Comments - Do you watch The Golden Girls?

Katelyn on October 30, 2017:

Ah very good

Kathe Jones from San Francisco Bay Area on October 23, 2017:

If I was to be in an all-male version of the Golden Girls, I would want to be Rose. I like her hair (wig) the best.

Kathy Poole on March 23, 2017:

I hav 2 season's. I love the series

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 11, 2016:

I loved that show! Hard to believe Betty is still alive!

SofyBelle on May 06, 2014:

I love "The Golden Girls" and this lens is just absolutely amazing!!

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on April 18, 2014:

I sure did. This is just fabulous!

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on April 18, 2014:

I watched it sometimes. You couldn't help but get drawn into it. This is a very clever lens! Great idea for costumes too.

Halloween Cosplay on February 10, 2014:

What a great costume idea!

girlfriendfactory on October 31, 2013:

This is a fabulous group costume idea! I adored all of them but Betty White was hysterical. It takes a lot to play off those "innocent" remarks the way she did! Still love her!

NC Shepherd on October 31, 2013:

Fantastic costume idea! The Golden Girls were great!

Kim from Yonkers, NY on October 31, 2013:

Normally I 'poo poo' on non-tradiation scary costumes but seeing this put a big grin on my face & a few chuckles as well

pitlock on October 31, 2013:

Oh fun, I love the golden girls my daughter and I watch it every night and just laugh at their humor. My favorite is Blanche but I also love Dorothy's come backs, she is quick witted. Love your picture above of the dudes as the girls very good.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on October 31, 2013:

This is such a fun costume idea. I have always loved the Golden Girls. That photo you feature here proves that it is perhaps even better pulled off by a group of men. Those guys really nailed the look. Hilarious! Happy Halloween!

LluviaDeArte on October 31, 2013:

I love the Golden girls. This is easily my favorite Halloween lens. Great job, thank you , it made me laugh.