The Golden Girls Costume


90s Costume Idea - The Golden GirlsThe Golden Girls was a series that ran from 1985-1992 about four older women who shared a home in Miami. Maybe to our twenty-first century ears it sounds a little mild-mannered for a sitcom, but Americans LOVED their Golden Girls back in the late eighties and early nineties.

Check out this great fashion clip from Joan and Melissa Rivers for some general observations about Golden Girl style:


To dress as those beloved ladies-of-a-certain-age, you need a group of four people. We’ve scoped out the Internet for affordable Golden Girlish wigs, and you should be able to cobble together the rest of the outfits with a trip to a second hand store. For all the looks, think shoulder pads, pastels, flowing fabric, and flashy prints. Fanpop has a great selection of images for your perusal as well, and check out TeenAngster’s etsy blog entry about dressing as the Golden Girls.

The Golden Girls: Sophia Petrillo costume idea The Golden Girls: Rose Nylund costume idea The Golden Girls: Dorothy Zbornak costume idea The Golden Girls: Blanche Devereaux costume idea
Sophia Petrillo Rose Nylund Dorothy Zbornak Blanche Devereaux

Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan) was the sex kitten of the bunch. She had short, fluffy honey brown hair (try this wig in medium honey brown on for size) and a bold fashion sense. Choose a glamorous, low-cut satin dress with shoulder pads or a breezy caftan, and wear some high heels. Accessorize with flashy gold jewelry and a fur stole.

Rose Nylund (Betty White) was the lovable girlish dingbat. She had the longest hair of them all: a curly blond bob like this. Rose wore belted, full-skirted, floral dresses with prominent collars and lapels, and favored nice low pumps. Accessorize with classic pearls.

Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur) was the pragmatic, wisecracking Golden Girl. She had short, light gray, fluffy hair similar to this wig. Dorothy ALWAYS wore pants – no skirts or dresses for her. She opted for flats, sneakers, or loafers. Top with a tunic or long cowl-necked sweater and cuff the sleeves, or wear a nylon mall-walking tracksuit.

Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty) was Dorothy’s mom and the oldest girl in the group (although Getty wore “old lady” makeup during the show to hide her relative youth). We like this afro in white for the Sophia look. Wide round plastic eyeglasses with a security cord around your neck are a must. Sophia’s daytime look was a collared dress or coordinated blouse/skirt worn with a cardigan and a boxy structured handbag. The loungewear look involved a zippered and preferably quilted housedress.

To help you pull together this great 90’s costume, we’ve provided links below to buy any of the key elements that you might be missing.


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