This American Girl Samantha Parkington costume is curated especially for women to purchase quickly and easily on Amazon and Etsy and re-create the vintage nostalgia of the beloved original American Girl doll.
I’ve waited YEARS to share this post. As a lifelong fan of the Pleasant Company, I am always on the hunt for American Girl-inspired style for costumes, but Samantha has always eluded me.
Samantha Parkington is the early 1900s Victorian doll that exudes wealth and fanciful style. It’s both hard to find Victorian-inspired wear AND with the signature print she famously wears in the original Meet Samantha book. (Is it red and black? Purple? Gingham? Check? Reasonable minds differ.)
Now, I have finally found a good variety of ideas to share with you for your own Samantha American Girl costume. I curate a lot of literary costumes, and my goals are always both to find costume ideas that are cheap and easy to pull together and also to select items that can sometimes be worn outside the context of a costume, so you get bang for your buck.
That’s exactly what you’ll find in this Samantha Parkington Halloween costume!
Samantha Parkington Costume Ideas for Women
Samantha Parkington’s dress is the most iconic piece in this costume, yet has always been the hardest to source. While this aubergine plaid dress isn’t the exact print, I think it’s close to it, while also having a silhouette that’s fairly similar to Samantha’s. As mentioned, that truly Victorian look is REALLY hard to find. So, when I saw this dress, I thought, “That’s it!”
The print on this beige and red check dress is exactly on point. I think it just depends on whether the buttons take away from the Victorian look for you.
The print on this tweed dress is a bit different than Samantha’s, but I like how it has the balloon sleeves.
Burgundy Satin Sash
Samatha wears a burgundy satin belt with a gold buckle around her waist. This burgundy satin sash doesn’t have the buckle, but it definitely has the look, and it’s an easy one-size-fits-all option you can tie however you wish.
If you want a belt that’s more on-point, then I HIGHLY suggest you check Etsy for searches like burgundy satin belt and even burgundy velvet belt. Some styles are extremely similar there from my research. I only chose not to link specific ones here because they can be custom or vintage finds that sell out.
Brown Hair Wig
Of course, Samantha not only has exquisite style but also perfect hair. Sigh. If you don’t have long, full, wavy brown locks like hers, this wig fits the bill (and the bun is detachable).
Burgundy Velvet Wide-Brim Hat
I may not be describing Samantha’s hat with the proper terminology, but I see it as a burgundy velvet wide-brimmed hat with ribbons, and this Victorian-style hat felt the most similar to me overall.
Bow and Heart Brooch
I selected this gold and rhinestone bow and heart brooch as my top pick for your Samantha American Girl doll costume because the look is there, but there is one problem — it comes in a set of 10 at the time I am posting this article. I am still linking it because maybe there will be different purchasing options at the time you are shopping.
Etsy actually has an amazing array of VERY similar gold bow and heart brooches. Again, I only chose not to link any specific options because many are vintage finds that can sell out and the options can change. But, I DEFINITELY recommend you take a look because they were so spot on when I did my research. I was squealing!
This gold and pearl bow brooch is so pretty and looks Victorian too, as long as you don’t mind that it doesn’t have a dangling heart.
And, if you’re okay with something that’s not super exact, I definitely think you can re-wear this gold bow and dangling pearl brooch after you wear your Samantha Parkington costume.
Pink Velvet Coin Purse
It simply doesn’t get better than this pink velvet Victorian coin purse, period. It just screams, “Samantha Parkington!”
In case you don’t have black tights already, I am linking these Hue opaque tights with a control top, as they are generally the ones I purchase myself.
Black Victorian Booties
For Samantha’s shoes, you can definitely wear black Mary Jane’s, but when I think of Samantha and Victorian style, I think of black Victorian booties. Specifically, I picture flat shoes that button up. The problem? The only ones I found were $300, which is just too much money for a costume, if you ask me!
Instead, these black lace up Victorian booties have a similar look and can work for other costumes as well.
Meet Samantha Book
Last but not least, I always love to recommend that you carry the book with your literary costume so it’s abundantly clear who you are dressed as. So, grab a copy of Meet Samantha if you need it!
This Samantha Parkington American Girl costume celebrates vintage nostalgia. It’s a historic nod to an iconic character for Halloween, a themed party, a historical reenactment, or simply to bring back childhood memories.
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