Create Your Own Mary Poppins Costume

Image Source: Mandi Johnson

A few years ago, I was working my way through college by nannying after school. I thought I was a pretty cool nanny, but as amazing as I was, I couldn’t hop through sidewalk sketches and into imaginary worlds, my snapping fingers never cleaned up any bedrooms, and I couldn’t sing quite as beautifully as Mary Poppins. But I could still pretend to be as practically perfect as Mary Poppins, at least on Halloween. I looked into my closet, which was embarrassingly full of thrifted ’70s clothes, and I surprisingly found pretty much everything I needed for a Mary Poppins costume. (All that was missing was a hat!) I put together the entire outfit using things I owned or found at the thrift store, and you can too! Check out my instructions in the slideshow below.

Image Source: Mandi Johnson

1. What You Need

Check your closets to see if you have any of these supplies, or check your local thrift store:

  • white silk daisies and little red flowers
  • black straw boater hat, or straw hat and black spray paint
  • red ribbon tied in a bow with a safety pin to attach it
  • white blouse- preferably with no fold-down collar
  • gray or black blazer- puffed sleeves are a bonus!
  • long black skirt
  • black tights
  • gray or black pumps- the more Victorian-styled the better!

If you’re missing any of these items, and can’t find them from a friend or thrift store, check out the next slides to buy it online. And if you’re an overachiever, you can add an umbrella with a bird’s head handle and a carpet bag too!

2. Make Your Own Hat

If you don’t happen to have a Marry Poppins’ style hat laying around your house (I didn’t either, no worries), you can make your own! All you need is a straw boater hat, black spray paint, and some artificial flowers. I artfully arranged mine — above — with a little hot glue. Quick and easy!

3. Embellish A White Blouse

I found a vintage white blouse similar to at a thrift store. It only cost a few dollars, and I actually had worn it several times before being Mary Poppins. To make it more authentically Mary Poppins’ style, I pinned on a red ribbon that I had tied in a bow.

4. Find A Victorian Style Blazer

Victorian and prairie style clothing were pretty popular in the ’70s, so they’re usually not difficult to find at thrift stores, at least where I live in Ohio. I found a pretty gray velvet blazer before deciding to be Mary Poppins for Halloween, but it was perfect for my costume! If you don’t have a blazer that you think would work, and you can’t find one at the thrift store, here’s a blazer that would work for the costume and also be a great piece to add to your personal wardrobe.

5. Find A Black Maxi Skirt

The long black skirt was not part of my wardrobe before deciding on my costume. I found it for a few dollars at the thrift store, of course. I’m sure you’re noticing a trend, here! The thrift store is your friend at Halloween (and other times of the year). I knew I probably wouldn’t wear this skirt again, so I wasn’t too picky about the fit or how much I liked it. These days, maxi skirts are at the height of fashion, so it’s probably much easier to find a black maxi skirt that you would actually want to wear again, in case you don’t plan on dressing up as Mary Poppins every day.

6. Add A Pair Of Pumps

Honestly, don’t be too picky about your shoes. You’ll want to be comfortable if you’re trick-or-treating, or bar hopping, or whatever it is you’ll be doing to celebrate Halloween. And if you’re wearing a maxi skirt, your shoes won’t be too noticeable anyway. I happened to have a pair of mid-height pumps that looked a bit Victorian, so I lucked out. But anything will work.

7. Put It All Together

After assembling your outfit, you’ll want to pull your hair up in a bun that sits right below the brim of your hat. I had thick bangs at this time, but I parted them in the middle and used a lot of hairspray and a few bobby pins to keep them in line.

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