Vintage + Native American = My Halloween Costume

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Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. As a kid I would start thinking about what I wanted to be over the summer and then go to the fabric store with my Mom and she would make me my costume. I couldn’t wait until the day came and I got to dress up and go trick or treating. As an adult I have always loved looking through my closet each year and building a costume off of one piece. I’ve had this bear claw necklace my grandfather made me lying around for quite some time now. I thought it would be awesome to be something that could incorporate the necklace. What could be better than a Native American princess?!! I love everything about the Native American culture. I went to the thrift store and found a long black suede fringe skirt that I cut to make a bit more fun. I used a black American Apparel one piece I had along with my moccasins. Reached out to my Mom and got two vintage necklaces from her that she got when she was 7 years old. To complete the costume I made a headdress with beads, feathers and my Mom’s necklace and did tribal inspired makeup. It was a blast to dress up as a Native American princess. I will definitely be bringing this costume back out for events like Coachella and Burning Man.


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  • UGH!

    You don’t “love” Native American “culture”, you love appropriating traditional garments that have significance that you neither recognize nor realize. What you are doing is fetishizing a colonized culture, contributing to the invisibility and neglect native communities endure. A CULTURE IS NOT A COSTUME!

  • willo

    This is not ok and really, really disrespectful.

  • maj

    I’m really disappointed in this feature. It’s not ok for people to fetishize an entire culture and its sacred objects. Racism and privilege at its finest.

  • zz

    ditto on the above three comments. shame on lizzy and stylelikeu.

  • wow

    Seriously, what the hell? Irony does not make this not racist. Thoughtless cultural appropriation, highly insulting. I’m stunned that this blog would feature something so awful without comment.

  • Khadijat Yussuff

    Since you “love everything about Native American culture”, then you’re aware that that there is no such thing as a Native American princess, right? Right.

  • unimpressed

    I think the point’s been made. Maybe take a few classes on the many different cultures of…which America, exactly? North, Central, South? Which tribe in particular? Think a little about what you post next time. Because, really? You’ve offended a lot of people with your ignorance.