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DIY Pippi Longstocking Costume for Adults

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This DIY Pippi Longstocking costume for adults will help you quickly and easily dress as the eccentric nine-year-old, red-headed orphan for your Halloween costume, Book Week costume, and beyond.

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In fact, you can either pull these pieces from your closet and/or shop them quickly and easily on Amazon to dress up in this charming children's book character costume that kids will love.

Pippi Longstocking has been a Swedish children's literary hero for nearly a century at this point, and she has spawned several film adaptations.

(Most notably, for me, is the adaptation famously referenced on Gilmore Girls when Lorelai and Rory watch it with their boyfriends and sing along to the theme song. Luke later even compares Rory to Pippi for being unique.)

These Pippi Longstocking costume ideas are specifically curated for an adult to wear the most recognizable Pippi outfit.

Pippi Longstocking Costume for Adults

How do you dress like Pippi Longstocking?

To dress like Pippi Longstocking, wear a cotton top with an overall dress (preferably red and blue), mismatched socks (preferably at least one striped), short lace-up boots, and wiry red double braids. Optionally, carry a monkey toy and/or spotted white horse toy (like Pippi's pets) and/or a brown vintage trunk suitcase.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

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First, I always love to recommend you carry "the" book with your literary costume, so everyone knows exactly who you are.


Red Double Braided Wig

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Second, your Pippi Longstocking costume wouldn't be complete without Pippi's signature double red braids, wired to stick outward. Before you go grab a coat hanger from your closet, check out this wig, which is a perfect match.


Overall Jumper Dress

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Pippi Longstocking most often wears a casual overall jumper dress, also known as a pinafore. And it's most commonly blue in color like this one.


Cotton Top

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Under your jumper, wear a standard cotton knit top, preferably in red, as Pippi most notably wore, like the simple one above. However, since Pippi dresses so colorfully and uniquely, feel free to wear any solid or striped knit shirt from your own closet if you don't want to buy one.


Mismatched Socks

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Pippi usually wore mismatched knee socks, and at least one was often multi-colored stripes. This pair actually comes mismatched and includes a rainbow stripe sock! The cloud sock also feels just as whimsical as Pippi herself.


Short Boots

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Pippi commonly wore short brown lace-up boots. I like these especially because they can work in real life and for other literary character costumes as well.


Optional Accessories

Now, let's have some fun! Pick and choose from these optional accessories to put the finishing touches on your Pippi Longstocking costume.

Suitcase

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Pippi showed up in her neighborhood with an old-fashioned suitcase like this one, filled with gold. I think it would be especially fun to fill it with gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins for kids!


Mr. Nilsson the Pet Monkey

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Pippi famously had a pet monkey named Mr. Nilsson, similar to this cute stuffed animal.


The Pet Horse

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Lastly, Pippi also had a pet horse reminiscent of this little toy.


Now your Pippi Longstocking costume for adults is complete!

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