Marilyn Monroe Costume Ideas – Evening Dresses

Marilyn Monroe certainly wore a number of iconic dresses made famous from movie scenes such as the white dress from The Seven Year Itch and the pink dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.   There were lots of other costumes which were pure Marilyn though and I’m going to look at how you can create a gorgeous, Marilynesque costume around a few evening gowns that she made famous.

Let’s start with what I call Marilyn’s Platinum Dress and then move on to her Lady in Red number before finishing with her Iconic Gold Dress.   I’m not including how to get the Marilyn hair and make up look on this post, but if you need some help on that front be sure to check out this Marilyn Costume Site.

Marilyn Monroe Platinum Evening Gown Costume

When you look at images of Marilyn in evening wear over the years you’ll notice that she didn’t wear a lot of jewelry with her gowns except for ear rings.

Women's Platinum Marilyn CostumeWomen’s Platinum Marilyn Costume

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This licensed Platinum Marilyn TM Costume is sure to elicit a lot of oohs and aahs. This glamorous outfit has star written all over it! It includes a long, sequin dress with lining and a shoulder wrap.

Earrings such as these would be ideal to complete this Marilyn costume –

Oval White CZ Sandblast Prong Wire Hook EarringOval White CZ Sandblast Prong Wire Hook Earring

Dangling Heart Earrings in Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia CZDangling Heart Earrings in Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia CZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first drop ear-rings look very much like a style of ear-ring that Marilyn would wear out in the evening and compliment this dress perfectly. Marilyn Monroe also had a romantic side and I have seen a number of pictures of her wearing a couple of different heart pendants which is why I included the drop heart style of ear-rings as I think they would work as well.

The next important aspect of a Marilyn Monroe outfit is the shoes…..it is extremely important to wear heels as this will help to accentuate Marilyn’s walk and was designed to show off her figure to it’s best advantage.

Pleaser Women's Monroe-36 Sandal

Pleaser Women’s Monroe-36 Sandal

 

 

These silver heels would be ideal to wear with the Marilyn Platinum dress.

Marilyn Monroe – a Lady in Red – Costume Idea

This costume is based on a Marilyn Monroe dress that was a red halter neck with a rhinestone reindeer on the front instead of the rhinestone pin that is featured on this one.

 

Satin Halter Dress Crystal Pin Prom Holiday GownSatin Halter Dress Crystal Pin Prom Holiday Gown

Add the signature Marilyn hair and make up and a pair of high heels, no jewelry (not even earrings) and you have a fantastic Marilyn costume that is sure to make everyone go, “ooohhh!”

 

 

Marilyn Monroe’s Iconic Gold Dress Costume

If you want to emulate Marilyn Monroe in her gold dress then make sure that you do not wear a necklace. Marilyn’s gold dress was cut low to accentuate her breasts and she didn’t detract from them with a necklace instead she wore only earrings with this outfit.

Gold Marilyn Monroe CostumeGold Marilyn Monroe Costume

Shawna's Thin CZ Gold Vermeil Drop EarringsShawna’s Thin CZ Gold Vermeil Drop Earrings

Chinese Laundry Women's Willy Dress SandalChinese Laundry Women’s Willy Dress Sandal


These earrings are probably the closest to the ones that Marilyn wore that I can find online – they appear just a little smaller than Marilyn’s ones, but they are really elegant and will be easy to wear on other occasions besides just when you’re dressing up as Marilyn 🙂

To be perfectly honest I haven’t seen any images of Marilyn’s shoes when she’s wearing this dress, but the sandals above are really dreamy and seem very in keeping with the Monroe persona.

So there you have it some fantastic Marilyn Monroe costume ideas that are sure to make you look and feel like a star, if these aren’t the Marilyn costumes that make you want to dress like the iconic sex symbol that was Marilyn Monroe then perhaps you’d prefer one of the costumes at – Marilyn Monroe Costumes.

Halloween Costume Ideas – Costumes Beginning with M

Fancy Dress Outfits Starting with M

Marilyn Monroe CostumeIf you’re looking for costumes that begin with M for a themed party then I’ve compiled a great list for you from the irrepressible M&Ms to classic costumes like Maid Marion or a Matador. Of course there’s lots more to choose from including some great ones for children of the 80s like Maverick, Madonna and Michael Jackson (yes I know Madonna and Michael Jackson weren’t just in the 80s, but their iconic costumes were!)

I’ve compiled this page with a range of others as I used to attend alphabet parties in my 20s and they were so much fun. I read a few years ago that they were making a comeback so for those of you who draw a blank when you have to come up with ideas for costume party here’s your resource list

Cool Costumes Beginning with M

I’ve put these costume ideas in alphabetical order, I don’t know if that will make it easier for you or not, but it helped me to make sure I didn’t double up on ideas!

  • M&Ms – I love these costumes and if there’s a group of you going to a ‘M’ themed event then you can go as different colored M&Ms which is a very effective group costume.
  • Macbeth
  • Mad Hatter – everyone loves the Mad Hatter and he’s so much fun to dress up as whether you choose the classic version or Johnny Depp’s version.
  • Madame Pompadour – Madame Pompadour was chief mistress to France’s King Louis XV from the 1740s to her death in the 1760s so if you want a historical costume then this would be a great person to dress up as.
  • Madonna – there are lots of great costumes that Madonna has worn, I tend to think of her Desperately Seeking Susan look when I first think of dressing up as her, but you could always wear her pink dress from Material Girl where she was basically copying Madonna or her ‘Like a Virgin’ wedding dress outfit.
  • Mae West – blonde and glamorous actress from Hollywood’s classic years of the 1930s and 40s Mae West was known for her risque double entrendres which means she could be a fun person to dress up as……you could get away with saying all sorts!
  • Mafia man or woman – pinstriped 1930 suits with machine guns or baseball bats.
  • Magenta (Rocky Horror Picture Show)
  • Magician
  • Magistrate
  • Magnum PI – dust off an old Hawaiian shirt and get a moustache and you’re one of Tom Selleck’s most lovable characters.
  • Mahatma Ghandi
  • Maid – From a Victorian scullery maid to a sexy French maid there’s a few different looks you could try out if you go with the idea of a maid. Even a hotel housekeeper costume comes under ‘maid service’ doesn’t it?
  • Maid Marion – I love some of the costumes that are available if you choose to dress up as Maid Marion, in fact if you love Medieval costumes of any description this is a great idea and I have actually written another page devoted to Maid Marion costumes –

Maid Marion Costumes

I always think of Maid Marion as a romantic heroine of a Medieval tale which makes Maid Marion costumes the ultimate renaissance costume for a lady.

Man-Eating Shark Costume

  • Majorette
  • Maleficent – it can be fun playing a villain and Maleficent does have a very iconic headdress to make her stand out from the crowd!
  • Malfoy – if you’re a Harry Potter fan then you can even dress up as one of the characters, even if it is Malfoy!
  • Man Eating Shark – this is a fun costume idea that I could see my hubby and a number of his friends wearing!
  • Marathon Runner – If you’ve left your costume to the last minute or you just want to wear something that you can make yourself then this is the one for you. Simply put on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, some running shoes and get two bits of paper with a number on them and stick one on your back and one on your front. A sports bottle adds another nice touch and you could also spray a little water onto your t-shirt to emulate sweat if you really wanted to.
  • Marc Anthony
  • Marc Bolan
  • Marge Simpson
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Marilyn Monroe – Marilyn really did have a number of iconic costumes which is why she has her own Marilyn Monroe costume post.

Women’s Deluxe Marilyn White Dress CostumeMarilyn Monroe Hot Pink Costume

  • Marine
  • Mario
  • Marshall aka a sheriff from the wild, wild west
  • Martini Glass – Check out my Martini Costumes post, even your dog can come as a drink we like to serve shaken not stirred!
  • Mary – there are lots of different Mary’s to dress up as from the Virgin Mary to Mary out of the nursery rhyme, Mary had a Little Lamb. Then you have Mary I of England or her cousin Mary Queen of Scots which gives you the chance to wear a Tudor costume. Another popular Mary costume choice is Mary Poppins, or else you could dress up as Mary Quant, the sixties Mod fashion designer.
  • Mash personnel – you can dress up as characters from the television series like Hawkeye, Radar or Hotlips or just dress up as Mash personnel in general.
  • Mask (The)
  • Masked Crusader (yet another name for Batman)
  • Matador, another name for bullfighter in case you’re not sure.
  • Matrix Character – If you’ve still got a Trinity or Neo costume you want to show off then just say you’re a Matrix character, alternatively you could dress in a suit and black sunglasses as Agent Smith yet another Matrix character.
  • Maverick – either from Top Gun or the James Garner character from the old American Western television series.
  • MC Hammer – probably the only time you have a legitimate excuse to wear gold ‘hammer pants’!

MC Hammer Costume

  • Medieval person, dress up in medieval costume as just about anyone you like!
  • Medusa – a great costume for anyone who isn’t afraid of snakes!
  • Meerkat
  • Melisandre – otherwise known as the Red Woman from the hugely popular Game of Thrones.
  • Men in Black – Simply wear a suit and black wayfarers and you’re good to go as one of the Men in Black.
  • Mercenary
  • Merlin
  • Mermaid
  • Mexican bandit
  • Mexican Taco
  • Michael Jackson – there are lots of different MJ costumes to choose from including the Thriller look or the Billie Jean look or his Bad ensemble.
  • Michael Jordan
  • Michonne – from the hit show The Walking Dead
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Military personnel – rather than saying you’re a navy seal, army sarge, airforce pilot just dress up in your favourite military costume and say you’re military personnel and anything else is classified!
  • Milkmaid
  • Mime Artist
  • Minion (from Despicable Me)

Despicable Me Minions Mascot Costume

  • Minister – a cabinet minister or a church minister the choice is yours.
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Minotaur – with the head of a bull and the body of a man this is an unmistakable costume.
  • Minstrel – a medieval musician who composed their own songs, you’ll just need to wear a medieval costume and carry a lute or similar instrument.
  • Miss Piggy – definitely one of my favorite Muppets.
  • Mod
  • Moll (basically a flapper outfit or ladies gangster costume)
  • Monarch Butterfly – I’ve only seen these costumes in the last couple of years and they really are gorgeous.
  • Money – You can buy costumes that are fashioned after money, but this is also one you can make yourself. Cut out a big piece of cardboard and draw on it as though it were a dollar bill and stick it to your outfit. Alternatively just stick lots of Monopoly money all over you.
  • Monk – a monk is a very easy costume to wear as it’s very forgiving if you don’t have quite the right figure! I also like the idea of getting a monk costume as it could double as a Friar Tuck costume as well as a Sheldon Cooper costume (remember the episode where they attended a Renaissance Fair and he got annoyed at the historical inaccuracies?)
  • Monkey
  • Monster – From the Cookie Monster to Frankenstein there are lots of different monsters and costumes to choose from.
  • Moose
  • Morpheus – from the Matrix
  • Morris dancer – a traditional form of English folk dancing Morris dancers have been performing since the Middle Ages.

mortal kombat costumes

  • Mortal Kombat characters
  • Morticia Addams – from the Addams family, still a popular costume choice which is why they have their very own post – The Addams Family Costume Ideas.
  • Moses
  • Moulin Rouge dancers
  • Mountie – Canada’s finest.
  • Movie Star – think red carpet style if you want to be generic or just choose your favourite actor and dress up as them.
  • Mr Bean
  • Mr Potato Head
  • Mr T – I pity the fool who chooses to dress up as Mr T!
  • Mummy – there are some great costumes that you can buy that give the illusion that you’re wrapped in bandages and I really recommend using them. Years ago I used actual bandages to wrap myself up as a mummy for a fancy dress costume and it was great, until I realized I needed to go to the toilet that was!!
  • Munchkin
  • Munsters – this is another great opportunity for a group costume.
  • Muppet – dress up as any of the Muppets from Kermit to Miss Piggy or from Animal to the Swedish Chef.
  • Musketeer
  • Mustard – there are a couple of different costumes available for mustard from mustard sachets to bottles and they are good, I’ve only seen the bottle ones in real life when a couple at a Halloween event were wearing mustard and ketchup bottles.

Awesome selection of costumes beginning with M from Marilyn to a monk and lots more!