Princess Bride Buttercup Costume

Halloween and Cosplay Help and Information to Dress Like Princess Buttercup

If you're hunting down the right costume to wear as Princess Buttercup from The Princess Bride movie, played by the actress Robin Wright, the most recognized outfit she wears is actually her red riding habit or gown that is worn through most of the movie. If you're going as a duo with the masked hero Westley then the best combination of outfits is her red gown and him dressed up as the very suave Man in Black also known as The Dread Pirate Roberts.

You cannot buy any of these actual Princess Bride costumes but you can put them together fairly easily if you know what to look for or even sew them yourself with a suitable pattern and that's where this page gives you all the costume help you need for Halloween and Cosplay to get right into character.

The introduction image belongs to the author of this article: Marie Williams Johnstone

Choose From Red or Blue!

Buttercup has 2 very recognizable outfits in The Princess Bride. One is her Blue Dress which you can get ideas for on my Wedding Dress Page. And the other one is the Red Riding Outfit which is here on this page.

Advice on the Buttercup's Blue Dress is Here on Hubpages

Step 1 - The Red Riding Costume

The Princess Buttercup's Red Riding Costume
The Princess Buttercup's Red Riding Costume | Source

The Princess Buttercup Costume

Her Princess Bride Most Widely Recognized Outfit

You cannot buy an official complete outfit or costume for this character. Very rarely a complete costume from a fan will make it's way onto eBay which you can then buy but they are truly few and far between and very costly too.

This page focuses on Princess Buttercup's Red Riding Habit or Gown Costume which is what she is best known for in the movie and what she wears for the best part of it while she is kidnapped, dragged around by Vizzini and also then rescued by her hero The Man in Black AKA the Dread Pirate Roberts and her one true love, Westley.

Red Dress Choices - Some Red Dress Suggestions for your Outfit

For a Halloween Costume, you don't need to get exact over your Princess Buttercup costume. It's a red dress with a gold belt and she's got long blonde hair which are the main points to note. If you're wanting a costume for cosplay or where you need the outfit to look much closer in detail then keep scrolling down as I've got other suggestions for you too. These are my favorite current picks all of which deviate a bit from the actual riding outfit but are good costume choices nevertheless. I like the idea of a red blouse which you could then add a red skirt to or even red or black pants if you were doing a modern take on the outfit!

Great red riding costume dress for Buttercup from the Princess Bride
Great red riding costume dress for Buttercup from the Princess Bride | Source

A Red Peasant Dress is a Close Look

The Red Riding Dress is a long length, plain red (bright orange red rather than purple red) gown with long, billowing sleeves. It is given definition around the waist with a gold color belt. A red peasant or medieval style dress are close looks. If you want an almost exact look, a red graduation gown is really close. Although that's not as sexy!

More Gorgeous Red Gowns

How about a medieval fantasy red dress for a look that is similar to her outfit and one that is very flattering to wear too.

Cute for a Little Princess

For a little girl wanting to dress up as her heroine, a pretty red princess dress makes for a pretty dressing up choice. Most little girls seem to want to dress up in a wedding dress from the movie instead. Here's where you can find some basic Princess Bride Wedding Gowns.

Step 2 - Video and More Resources on the Red Dress

Watch Robin Wright in Action - And See Exactly How Her Outfit Looks for Yourself

These scenes between Robin Wright and Cary Elwes give very good views of the dress where you can see it up close.

Enough about my beauty. Everyone always talks about how beautiful I am. I've got a mind, Wesley. Talk about that.

— Buttercup

Because this is a commercial site, I'm not permitted to put images here straight from the movie to show you exactly what this Red Riding outfit is like. I have included a video to show you what it is like on this page and I can also direct you to some excellent resources packed with photos that will help you:

1) Red Riding Dress on the Costumer's Guide to movie costumes. She has a wealth of photos of the costume.

2) Making a Princess Buttercup Costume by Maggie's Costume Site. Information and photos on making a red riding gown from the movie for DragonCon 2006.

The best way to get an authentic looking styling is to either make or get a seamstress to make a gown for you using the resources I've listed above as a guide. If you want to buy something similar then search costume sites and also ebay for a plain red medieval style dress with long sleeves. The actual movie gown looks like a brighter orange red rather than a dark wine red.

Step 3 - Princess Buttercup Hair Styling

Hair Style Fit for a Princess

Buttercup has long, dark blonde hair which has no bangs or fringe and is parted in the middle. For her red riding habit or gown, she has loose waves in hair long hair (looks like it was crimped) and the side strands are taken back away from her face and tied at the back with a simple hair knot. The styling looks very similar to this costume wig which you could tie back a few side strands on. If you have long blonde hair then you could style it yourself or look for a good quality plain hair wig and style it yourself.

Step 4 - Buttercup's Gold Belt

Wear a Belt Over Your Red Dress

A Gold Color Works Wonderfully with a Red Costume

The Princess wears a belt over her red riding costume which looks like it is a red and gold patterned fabric embroidered waist belt. In some images it looks more gold than others. A close enough look to make her costume would be to look for a gold tassel belt or get some gold color cording that you can tie around your waist.

Step 5 - Red Boots for Her Highness

Slip on Some Long Red Boots

To complete your Princess Costume, you'll also need some flat red boots. It's hard to tell how exactly how high Buttercup's boots are in The Princess Bride movie as you rarely see them but they are indeed long boots and not just ankle boots. With a very long dress, you could just wear red shoes, even paint some canvas shoes red if you need to.

Westley Costume for a Halloween Duo

Making up a cosplay or costume duo? Need a matching hero outfit as well? Here’s my Westley, Dread Pirate Roberts Costume Page.

Your Favorite Character from this Movie?

Your Favorite Character from this Movie?

  • Buttercup of Course!
  • The Hero Farm Boy, Westley
  • Vizzini, the One with Brains
  • Fezzik, the Brawn
  • Prince Humperdinck
  • Inigo, the Greatest Swordfighter
  • Someone Else!
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aesta1 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Halloween is soon and this is a timely tip for Moms who have girls. It is not hard to do either.

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I'm watching this right now. How cool is that?

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    Halloween is a real favorite time of year and we go all out with our decorations and costumes for this fun occasion.

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