WIW Holiday Party: Wild Wild West Saloon Girl!

My workplace holiday party was tonight and we had a fun theme (sorry Rae!) of Wild Wild West. Initially I posted some possible outfits here:

But then I wasn't completely happy with the looks and they didn't feel very Wild West to me. Claire had the great suggestion to do a saloon girl costume so I took that idea and ran with it. I bought a red and black striped saloon girl costume from Amazon that has a ribbon bodice and short ruffled hem in the front and longer in the back. It only had Velcro in the back to hold it closed, so I had to add a safety pin for extra security. I added some striped black Commando fishnet tights, Mia Nanette heeled black lace-up ankle booties, a black feather boa, and a red ruffled clutch. My favorite find was a Victorian bead necklace from Amazon for $19 that came with matching dangly black earrings. The necklace has a vintage-style cross. I think it really helped keep the outfit in "saloon girl" territory because the dress alone looks more like a pirate wench costume. I ended up buying pretty much everything except the purse new, but I think I'll be able to use the booties and some of the accessories with my other outfits. I put my hair in a bun and wrapped DD's headband with red roses on it around the bun.

DH went all out as well. He bought a brown oiled canvas long duster, brown cowboy hat, holster and replica six shooter (it's so heavy it looks real). He's like an excited little kid--he's been walking around the house with his toy gun and holster on the last several days. :) He also bought a mustache and a vest but they didn't come in time so he just wore a brown plaid shirt and Levi jeans. And some fake spurs for his boots so he would make ka-chink noises when he walked. And the best part was the little sheriff's pin he wore that says "Official Brothel Inspector."

I was a little worried that nobody else was going to dress up like me and that they'd all be in plaid shirts and jeans and I'd be all embarrassed to be in a "slutty" outfit. But there were several other saloon girls and madams at the party. And a lot of the guys were all dressed up like gunslingers too. It had more of a vintage feel to the party that was very fun!

Here are some pics from the party--we had lots of fun!

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  • Fruitful replied 9 years ago

    wow! Have to run but you pulled this off brilliantly! The necklace is genius, really sends it over the edge into Saloon Girl Look.

    So nice to see DH getting into it too, he did a great job!

    You look like you had a great time and you look empirically fabulous with your hair up and those colours, and wow, I just realised you're not wearing your glasses! You look gorgeous without as much as with!

    (don't you love having 2 different faces - then you can, movie style, take off your glasses and amaze people!)

  • Vildy replied 9 years ago

    How fun! Thanks for sharing the photos and you look darling.

  • Sona replied 9 years ago

    love your creativity GP! the shoes and jewelry make the outfit for me!!

  • Sveta replied 9 years ago

    What fun! Both of you look great and very Wild West-like. Your costume looks very authentic, Natalie - great job!

  • Mellllls replied 9 years ago

    wow, what a holiday party party! you look great but i am so relieved i don't have to dress to a theme for my work holiday party!! sooo not my thing.

  • replied 9 years ago

    You look so beautiful and that party looks FUN!!!!! Your hubby's costume is great too. I want to party with your office!

  • Parsley replied 9 years ago

    Your party looks like it was a blast! And you and hubby were a great pair as saloon girl and gunslinger.

    Those group shots take the style and taste of this site to a whole different level, LOL! (I won't say WHAT level!)

    I wish my workplace would have a costume party!

  • Isis replied 9 years ago

    Wow, what great costumes for you AND your husband! I love costumes; I love how they bring out the little kid in people!

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    Looks like a lot of fun, Natalie! And I LOVE seeing hubby have fun with fashion!!! Maybe he will understand your attachment to YLF a bit more after this experience.

    BTW, you have a lovely kitchen!

  • banananutmuffin replied 9 years ago

    AWESOME! I'm so glad you went with the saloon girl look. It looks great on you. And the party looks like it was fun!

  • replied 9 years ago

    Woo-hoo Natalie! You and hubby looked SO fab! Tell him I love a man in a duster! There's just something about the drama of a sweeping, long coat.

    I love that you ran with the saloon girl look, and you wrere in good company. The authentic costume was in the perfect colors for you and you're right about the jewelry icing the cake. Your hair looks great up and it was fun to see you without glasses for a special occasion. It looks like you all had a fine time. Thanks so much for sharing the pictures! :)

  • velvetychocolate replied 9 years ago

    Oh wow! This looks like so much fun, and you and your husband did a great job on the costumes - just excellent :)

  • rae replied 9 years ago

    GAH, YOU GUYS LOOK GREAT!! Love that duster! And omg that man is in chaps! lol

    Absolutely no apologies necessary for me - I am totally living vicariously through you right now, so I should say thanks. Thanks! I'm glad you went with the costume; it was just perfect.

  • Sara L. replied 9 years ago

    Great outfit! You look like you had fun putting it together. I love the group photos - everyone looks like they are having such a good time.

  • Freckles replied 9 years ago

    You should be in a fashion magazine showing people how to put together a themed party outfit!

    How you pulled this off is extraordinary! From your dress to your shoes, hose, clutch, amazing jewellery, hair and make-up.

    That necklace and earrings really send this over the top. What a great eye you have!

    I think you'll be able to use everything but the dress in your day to day life, perhaps the necklace is not so much your style but I'd love to see more of it!

    Congrats on making this come together so perfectly. Looks like you had a blast at the party, what fun!

  • HelenInCanada replied 9 years ago

    OMG, this looks like a BLAST!!! Claire is a genius - the costume is perfect! Smart call to run with it! Great job putting it all together - the dress, jewellery, hairpiece, and hose - love it! What fun that DH is participating and enjoying himself too - fab all around! Your co-workers look like a hoot as well. I wish every workplace could do something similar - what a great bonding moment without the stress!

  • Diana replied 9 years ago

    OMG this is so awesome, Natalie! You look great and so does your hubby - I love that you guys (and many of your coworkers too) went all out. Wild wild west is a great theme - I love the fashions and it's so much fun to get dressed up in them.

  • Angie replied 9 years ago

    KILLER brilliant costumes! You and hubby look sensational :)

  • CocoLion replied 9 years ago

    GP Thanks for sharing these photos! Your outfit is the best of the lot. Now you and DH have items to wear to many other future Halloween or costume events. You can go pirate wench, or pub wench (new category I just invented) with the change of a few accessories. Or Wild West cat house owner if you add DH's gun and hostler!

  • annagybe replied 9 years ago

    Awesome! How fun.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 9 years ago

    HOWDY PARTNER!!! You and you hubby look fantastic Natalie...what a fun time!

  • AJ replied 9 years ago

    OH WOW! This was definitely the way to go! Why can't all holiday work parties be fun like that?

    You did a great job and I'm tickled that your husband got excited about his outfit as well. Hmmm, maybe you can tell him that his enjoyment in choosing just the right pieces for his costume and feeling fab in it is just the same way you feel since coming to YLF. : )

  • replied 9 years ago

    SUPER outfits! I loove the necklace and the earrings. And you look smashing with your hair up:). Also, very nice costume for the husband. All men love to play cowboy, that's just my opinion!

  • Scarlet replied 9 years ago

    Looks like fun. You two you look great together!

  • Kappy replied 9 years ago

    How fun! Great decision on your costume. You looked great!

  • MsMary replied 9 years ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!! You look festive and beautiful and sexy and not at all slutty!!

    And your DH is ADORABLE!!

    And your kitchen? *swoon*

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  • modgrl replied 9 years ago

    Look at number 9!! The two of you are so adorable. You and your hubby know how to have fun. What a great set of outfits. I'm so thrilled for you that both of your outfits turned out so awesome and the party looks like a smashing success!!

  • teri replied 9 years ago

    wow, that looked like a fun party.

  • kimlee replied 9 years ago

    Wow! You look great and the party looks like such fun!

  • Janet replied 9 years ago

    That looks like so much fun! You all look great.

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