If Halloween as a little girl meant dressing up as every Disney princess from Cinderella to Snow White, you should feel perfectly comfortable going as a princess now that you're a grown woman, too. And no, I don't mean by choosing among the sexier options of Ariel's bikini top or Jasmine's midriff-baring outfit. If you still have princess fever, channel noncartoon royalty, be it an obvious royal-wedding-inspired choice like Kate Middleton or Princess Beatrice, a classic like Princess Grace of Monaco, or Audrey Hepburn's Princess Ann from Roman Holiday. Here's your guide to channeling your inner princess this Halloween.
Feeling the need to channel Old Hollywood glam meets European royalty? Oscar winner and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly's your girl! First, get the 1950s hair and makeup with this how-to for Princess Grace's beauty look. Then, dress in an evening gown and white gloves, or a lacy white dress and veil if you want to go for her wedding look, and carry around an Oscar-statue prop with you.
Break out some leggings, riding boots, an Olympic silver medal, and a tiara to dress up as Queen Elizabeth's sporty granddaughter. If you want to make it a couples costume, get your man to wear rugby gear and be Zara's new husband, professional English rugby player Mike Tindall.
Pull out a Renaissance Fair costume and an unruly blond wig to dress up as this Princess Bride. Make sure you freshen up on the one-liners from the movie before you head out to your costume party.
If you're rocking a pixie instead of Kate Middleton's luscious long locks, Audrey Hepburn's Princess Ann from Roman Holiday is your best bet for a princess costume. You can go for the classic regal glam and dripping-in-diamonds look, but I much prefer the early-50s classy casual look she dons running around Rome. Just wear a long skirt and tuck in your blouse to show off your waist, and tie a silk scarf around your neck.
The royal wedding was last year, but the Duchess of Cambridge also spent much of 2012 in the royal spotlight, making her a timely costume inspiration. Go for her iconic looks, either the blue Issa dress and matching sapphire engagement ring or a knockoff of her McQueen wedding dress, or mix things up with a polished pencil skirt paired with a fancy fascinator. You could also make your costume choice superobvious and hilarious with this Kate Middleton mask.
Have an old private-school uniform laying around? Make sure it still fits, and then pick up a tiara to wear with it when you dress as Anne Hathaway's character in The Princess Diaries. Poof out your hair, grab some geeky glasses, and scoot around on a Razor for the finishing touches.
Need an excuse to wear your wedding dress again? Dress up as Monaco's new princess, Charlene Wittstock. If you're feeling snarky, sport a pair of running shoes and make it the "runaway" royal bride version, since Charlene reportedly tried to flee Monaco before her wedding.
To bring Prince Andrew's ex to life, head to Goodwill to find a neglected 1980s wedding dress and over-the-top veil. If you're a redhead, you were born to dress as Princess Fergie. Of course, a wig will do as well.
Take a fashion risk this Halloween by making a DIY Princess Beatrice hat for your all-beige costume. And if Beatrice and her fallopian tube creation is too obvious for you, go as her younger sister, Princess Eugenie. For this Windsor, I'm thinking you'll need a neglected bright-blue bridesmaid dress, either from your own closet or Goodwill, along with a feathered fascinator you can make yourself.