Get Dressed to Thrill at Rose Costumes

Whether you're after a spark of inspiration or just a flattering pirate costume, the dressing rooms at Rose Costumes hold treasures for the Halloween season adventurer.

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This getup is an example of what owner Judy Smith and manager DeWayne Messer say is Rose's best-renting series: a rack of twelve distinctive pirate wench costumes, embellished with lacy bell sleeves by Smith herself. "This is flattering on a little tiny woman and a big woman," Smith says.
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Rose Costumes' themed dressing rooms are like elaborate mini-sets. (Yes, that is a Ouija board on the wall of this fortune teller's lair.)
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Rose's trove of vintage-style finds (and its 'Psycho'-themed Bates Motel dressing room) does well to dress a scorned Betty Draper. This piece is picture-perfect with sweet pleats and a waist-defining belt.
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'Mad Men' spoiler or just a play on Betty Draper's mommy issues? Pairing costumes with the dressing rooms at Rose can spawn ideas for twists on popular costumes. Read: add a kitchen knife to this sweet dress, and take Betty's future into your own hands.
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This decked-out take on Michael Jackson's 'Bad' look, made by Phil Howard, is head-to-toe tough.
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Note the detail on the pants: it's those little add-ons that make a costume distinct. Though there'll be no shortage of MJ wannabes on the racks this year, as Smith says, "Packaged costumes don't win contests."
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This decadent Ann Boleyn costume shows off Smith's affinity for jewel tones in Renaissance-era pieces.
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Accessories like the key necklace and bejeweled hat that accompany the Ann Boleyn dress are indispensable to a great costume, Smith says.
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This Victorian piece, which Smith made using dollar store curtains, is an example of the capelets she says help define the period's style.
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The San Francisco Bay Walking Suit is among the pieces at Rose that we think of as costume couture.
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