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This DIY Madeline costume for teachers and adults makes it so quick and easy for you to dress in this beloved children’s literary character outfit for Halloween, Book Week, and beyond. You can pull these items from your closet and/or purchase them from Amazon!

DIY MAdeline costume for adults

DIY Madeline Costume for Adults & Teachers

How do you dress like Madeline?

1. Madeline book by Ludwig Bemelmans
2. Straw hat with black ribbon trim
3. Blue dress with white-collar
4. Red necktie
5. White socks or tights
6. Black flats or heels

This particular Madeline costume for women also includes her signature straw hat with black ribbon trim, blue and white collared dress, red necktie, white socks, and black shoes.

Since this is a book blog, I always suggest you carry a book with your literary character costume! There will be no question about exactly whom you are dressing as.

Madeline Book by Ludwig Bemelmans

A Caldecott Honor Book

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines the smallest one was Madeline.

Originally published over 75 years ago, Madeline remains a classic children’s literary character and book series. At a boarding school in Paris, France, our courageous and cheerful Madeline is scared of neither tigers nor mice, but she must overcome a ruptured appendix. And the whimsical, vintage illustrations of her adventures keep her in the hearts of readers everywhere.

Straw Hat with Black Ribbon Trim

This straw hat with black ribbon trim is simply perfect and super affordable. There’s no need to look elsewhere on this one!

Blue Dress with White Collar

For the signature blue and white collared dress of Madeline, I am sharing two highly-rated options from Amazon — a long-sleeved dress and a short-sleeved dress — to suit your preference.

Red Necktie

This red necktie is Amazon’s Choice, with over a thousand reviews and a reasonable price point.

White Socks or Tights

If you already have white socks or tights in your closet, go ahead and pull them out. But, if you need to buy some, I own and recommend these Amazon’s Choice Dr. Scholl’s women’s knee-high socks for a simple reason — they have compression, so they perform double duty between Halloween and travel for me.

Black Flats or Heels

You can really wear almost any black flats or heels already in your closet with this DIY Madeline costume for adults, but if you want or need costume shoes, these Mary Jane shoes are an affordable, well-rated option.


This DIY Madeline costume for adults and teachers channels the spunk and charm of the little Parisian girl. Whether you’re reciting lines from one of Madeline’s adventures or simply sporting the iconic yellow hat and blue coat, this costume ensures you’ll do so with authenticity and flair. Here’s to embracing the spirit of Madeline, with a grown-up twist!

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