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Tips to Dress up as Rosie the Riveter this Halloween

Mary Anthony Aug 13, 2020
Rosie the Riveter, an icon of female work force and freedom that coaxed women to join the working class. This Halloween, dress up to the female expression of strength and equality.

Rosie Facts:

- The term 'Rosie' was referred to as women who worked in the defense industries and  riveters during World War II.
- Geraldine Hoff Doyle was the model behind the famous We Can Do It! Rosie the Riveter poster.
- In 1943, inspired by the Rosie phenomenon, a known song 'Rosie the Riveter' written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb debuted and made history.
During the historic period of 1940-1945, women throughout America entered the working force in large numbers. The inspiration was 'Rosie the Riveter' propaganda advocated by the government to attract women into labor industry.
A 'riveter' is someone who operates on a riveting gun in the manufacturing assembly line. However, only 10 percent of the women who joined back then actually worked as a riveter.
The iconic Rosie image has gone down in history as a symbol of women equality and power. It has largely been interpreted as a feminist icon but many believe it was just a source of inspiration. If you wish to relive the we-can-do-it attitude, then here as some easy tips on how to dress up like Rosie the Riveter.

The Costume Style

The Top: You can choose between a shirt or blouse mainly of the darker blue shade. Highly recommended is a blue jean top which is classy and chic. If you wish to make it cute and fun then a red checked shirt fits the bill, roll up the sleeves and show your girl power.
The Bottom: You can go for jeans (skirt/shorts), high-waist pants or leggings. Go through the mentioned ideas about dressing up in Rosie style.

The Accessories: Hack the tool box in your shed and carry some cool wrench or screwdriver to look your part.

The Hairstyle

Although a red bandana tied over your hair looks chic, you can also choose to tie a bandana that has the patriotic colors, or stars, or strips in blue, red, and white or a custom American flag bandana. Wear you hair in a bun, pony or leave it flowing over your shoulder for the glamor part.

The Makeup

Bring on those red lips girl, the red adds up to the glam and it's symbolic to women at work who are classy and sassy. Keep the makeup clean - no blush, just a little bronze to enhance your look. Add thick eyeliner and mascara for the classy eye effect.

The Fancy Footwear

As Rosie was part of the workforce, the footwear must be inspired from the industrial work setting. Old worker boots play the part, but to make the look more modern and stylish you can also try fancy boots, knee-high boots, Dr. Martens, Timberland boots, or Bondage boots to get a stylish look.
This costume is an inspiration for generations to come... so unleash your feminine force and feel empowered to dress up like a historic icon this Halloween!