Roman Empress Costume Review

(Playing the role of haughty empress today...)

As much as it's cheating to get a costume in a bag, sometimes it's the only option.

I'd love to create the perfect costume. But where I work, the entire month of October is hellish. Overtime, every day (without any benefit to it). That means I'm too exhausted when I get home (and too behind on chores and to-do lists by the time the weekend rolls around) to put any effort into a costume.

Thank goodness for affordable costume companies like Costume SuperCenter. They have great customer service, an "economy" shipping option that's actually quite speedy, a range of pop culture and classic costumes for all sizes (from kids to plus size) AND accessories (like wigs and makeup).

I wanted something classic and flattering, that didn't seem too polyester/cheap. I had several options to choose from, and ended up going with one of their Roman Costumes (comfy, flattering...seemed a good choice)

I got it in a 1X, which is supposed to fit sizes 16/18. Normally, costume places run small with plus sizes, but the opposite was true here. It's way too big in the bust! It's a comfortable, not-very-tight fit everywhere else, and a bit too long for me (I'll have to wear heels with it to keep from tripping). Go figure!

(Way too loose/big/wide in the bust)

I especially like the epaulettes, which are molded plastic lion heads. For the price, they're a better and more consistent quality than I expected. BUT they came with safety pins to attach, which strikes me as rather cheap. They couldn't have a pin backing?? That would have been easier to attach, for me.

(Bronze "antique" plastic accessories)

(and yet, cheap, awkward backing attachment)

The arm bands weren't too tight, and made a nice addition to a basic, but pretty costume. There were no flaws with the costume construction that I found, nor oddities. It could be improved if it were lined, but I've never in my life experienced a bagged costume that was lined, so I certainly didn't expect it.
(not too tight!)

(nice drape, although you can see every wrinkle in my backside because it's unlined polyester)

This is a great costume for Halloween, masquerades, fancy dress parties, etc.- it's simple, and all it requires is for me to pile my curls atop my head and I'm done. Easy!

(I liked the shoulder cape drape!)

What about you? Have you figured out what you're going to dress as for Halloween?

*I received my choice of costume from this business, in exchange for my honest review.

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