DIY Margot Tenenbaum Halloween Costume

In Wes Anderson’s film, The Royal Tenenbaums, Gwyneth Paltrow plays Margot Tenenbaum, an adopted literary genius in love with her brother who never smiles, smokes like a chimney, and has an overall lack of care for life. She is my favorite character Gwyneth Paltrow has ever played, and she’s one of the easiest last-minute Halloween costume ideas you can whip up from items already in your closet.

In the film, she wears a striped Izod/Lacoste polo dress in various colors, a long vintage fur coat, burgundy penny loafers, white gloves, a red hair barrette, and carries and Hermes Birkin bag. But I didn’t have any of those except the loafers. But what I did have was creativity! Flip through the photos below to see my easy DIY Margot Tenenbaum Halloween costume.

  • DIY Margot Tenenbaum Costume 1 of 10

    It's a costume, it doesn't have to be perfect. All you need is the idea of it to get it right. Check out my version of Margot Tenenbaum with this easy DIY Halloween costume.

  • Margot Tenenbaum Accessories 2 of 10

    I got the loafers and the white gloves spot on, but since I don't own a Birkin bag, I used a similarly shaped bag instead. And since I didn't have a fur coat, I opted for a long coat in the same shade as the fur Margot wore.

  • DIY Polo Shirt Dress 3 of 10

    I didn't own a Lacoste polo dress either... but I found an old light blue polo shirt in my husband's closet and made my own dress with this easy alteration using safety pins!

  • DIY Margot’s Polo Dress Step One 4 of 10

    Pull on your oversized polo shirt INSIDE OUT. And with your large safety pins, pinch and alter each side of your shirt evenly to fit your body and pin in place. * Obviously you can sew this up with a machine as well, but since it's a costume, safety pins do the job just as easily.

  • DIY Margot Hair Barrette 5 of 10

    I didn't have a red barrette, which is Margot Tenenbaum's signature hair piece. So I used a red Sharpie marker and simply colored a silver barrette red and it did the trick!

  • Burgundy Loafers 6 of 10

    Since these original penny loafers are totally trending right now, they're super easy to find and a fab staple to keep in your closet. They're worth the splurge.

  • DIY Margot Polo Dress 7 of 10

    Admittedly, it's a bit too short for me to wear out (even though Halloween seems to be the time and place to wear too little clothing). I still think my polo dress came out awesomely. I ripped off an old alligator logo from another Lacoste shirt and stitched it on the left chest.


    You can also add a pair of skinny jeans and still get the look if you don't have a coat to wear over it.


    You can buy an Izod/Lacoste polo dress for $145 or simply DIY your own for free~

  • Margot Tenenbaum 8 of 10

    By simply adding the long camel coat and my similarly shaped bag, as well as Hair and Makeup, Margot Tenenbaum is an easy costume to whip up with items from your own closet.

  • Don’t forget the sullen face 9 of 10

    I think the hardest part about getting this costume right is trying to keep a sad and sullen face at all times.

  • Hair & Makeup 10 of 10

    Check out my Margot Tenenbaum hair and makeup tutorial to complete the look.

Check out my Margot Tenenbaum hair and makeup tutorial to complete the look.

Article Posted 5 years Ago

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