Here's How To Make A Handmaid's Tale Costume For Halloween This Year
August 25, 2017
Fans are freaking out about the Hulu original series The Handmaid’s Tale, which was actually based off a book by the same name from 1985. If this isn’t on your watchlist, add it ASAP. Not to spoil too much, but here’s a quick rundown. The show is set in the future after a civil war, when religious extremists rule the society and fertility rates are extremely low. Because of this, fertile women become known as “handmaids,” and they have to live with the elite members of society to essentially produce children for them. Yikes. The handmaids have no rights and wear kooky little red robes with white bonnets (throwback to the 18th century). If you’re an avid viewer of the show and want the easiest DIY Halloween costume ever, we rounded up everything you need to transform into Gilead’s next handmaid.
All the women in the series have specific uniforms that they’re required to wear, and the style and color indicate their social standing. The handmaids unfortunately got stuck wearing long, cape-like, bright red dresses with white underwear, brown boots and socks underneath. To top off this overtly modest fashion statement, the handmaids have to wear white structured bonnets that partially hide their faces whenever they’re in public. This designated wardrobe obviously has the society’s male religious rulers written all over it. Coincidentally, women IRL have recently been donning this iconic outfit during protests, which has created a high demand for the dress and bonnet. This is great news for your Halloween costume, since you can find the red handmaid’s dress for $69 on Oasis Costumes. Etsy also has a super authentic looking custom version of the dress, but for $143. Honestly, your easiest and cheapest option is to buy a big red cape, or even a red graduation robe, for the same effect.
Fully Lined Deluxe Red Cape ($19.88)
The bonnets that the handmaids wear aren’t of the typical lace-y type. They have a more futuristic spin that actually more closely resembles a cone you might put on your dog. Weird. If you’re good with a sewing machine, you can buy a pattern to make the bonnet yourself for $6 from Etsy, or a $30 bonnet kit with some of the materials. If you don’t even know how to thread a needle (I feel you), you can buy a similar bonnet from Target. It looks more colonial, but it’ll do the trick.
The handmaids also carry white canvas crossbody tote bags. If you really want to get technical, you can have a custom, realistic purse made for $20 on Etsy. Otherwise, stick with this much cheaper, shorter version that you can actually reuse quite often.
Bargain Canvas Tote ($1.35)
As for footwear, the blander the better. There’s not much room for creativity with the handmaids’ shoes (shocking!), and your options are pretty much boots or….boots. If you already have a pair of brown riding boots or combat boots, then you’re all set. If not, check out this cheap pair from Walmart.
Faded Glory Women’s Combat Boot ($19.87)