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Geisha Girl Halloween Costume Ideas

Most people in the Western world erroneously think of geisha as high-class call girls from Japan, but the truth is that they are actually highly skilled traditional entertainers who serve as strictly platonic companions for rich patrons.

If you want to incorporate a sense of elegance and Eastern flavor into your persona, why not dress up in a geisha girl costume for Halloween this year? Here are some ideas on how to put such a costume together:

Kimono

First you're going to need a kimono. Chances are, unless you want to pay an arm and a leg, you're going to have to go with something decidedly untraditional. Real geisha kimonos are elaborate, hard to put on, and very expensive.

You could instead try a yukata, which is the traditional Japanese summer outfit for females. It requires less fabric, so it's usually cheaper and easier, but geisha do not typically wear it. If you're not a stickler for authenticity, though, most people probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

Another approach you could take is to simply throw tradition out the window entirely and wear a pre-made "geisha" Halloween costume. These are often much cheaper, but of course less authentic. They tend to take huge liberties with the design, as well.

Hair

Geisha tend to keep their hair in a traditional up-do, sometimes with decorations such as flowers. If you don't have long hair, you might consider getting a black wig at a party store or a hair store and styling it to resemble that of a geisha.

Shoes

Geisha tend to wear a pair of geta, which are uncomfortable wooden shoes. You might notice that they kind of look like sushi trays crossed with flip flops. This is actually a fairly important part of the get-up, so your favorite crocks just won't cut it here. You can get geta on many e-commerce sites fairly cheaply.

Makeup

Not all geisha smear their faces with white makeup—these are only the younger ones who have yet to master the skills of conversation and entertainment, and so they must redeem themselves by being as aesthetically pleasing as possible. However, people in the West associate the white face paint with geisha, so you will probably want to wear this so that your friends realize what you're supposed to be.

Want to pay homage to Japan's rich tradition with your next Halloween costume? Dress like a geisha girl and bring some culture to the party!


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