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Would you like to dress as a city child? This Eloise costume is easy for adults to DIY the protagonist’s iconic look in Eloise at the Plaza for Halloween, Book Week costumes, and beyond. You’ll embody the aesthetic of this mischievous six-year-old who lives at the Plaza Hotel. Get your literary costume below.

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Easy Eloise Costume Ideas

To dress like Eloise from the book Eloise at the Plaza by Kay Thompson, wear a black, knee-length, pleated, a-line skirt with a white short-sleeved button-down blouse and black suspenders. Finish the look with white knee socks, black Mary Jane shoes, and a pink bow.

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 book character costume for women.

Eloise at the Plaza: Your DIY Costume Guide

Eloise at the Plaza by Kay Thompson

First, I always love to recommend you carry “the” book with your literary costume, so everyone knows exactly who you are, and Eloise at the Plaza is the story that started the beloved book series.

One of the best book characters of all-time, Eloise is a young girl who lives on the top floor of the Plaza Hotel in New York City, a fun place for a kid to live, filled with all kinds of unique adventures. She shows children exactly what it would be like to live in a grand hotel with a nanny and a tutor to care for them, as well as an elevator to ride up and down and a full-service kitchen, to serve them!

Short Sleeve Button Down Blouse

Eloise wears a white short-sleeved button-down blouse, which you can grab from your closet if you already have one. If not, this one with the rounded collar and puffed sleeve matches the aesthetic really well.

Black A-Line Skirt

You can pull just about any black knee-length skirt from your closet to recreate the look of Eloise, but if you need or want to buy one, this pleated skirt is a really close match to the one Eloise wears.

Black Suspenders

Top off your Eloise outlet with black suspenders, so your skirt stays in place. (Wink!)

White Knee Socks

Keep your legs warm with white knee socks like Eloise. I wear these particular socks with my Halloween costumes because they are compression socks that do double duty in real life!

Black Mary Jane Shoes

You can wear just about any black flats or heels from your closet with this costume, but if you really want the exact look, try these black patent leather Mary Janes. Even the slight heel truly makes them look like a classic child’s Mary Jane.

Blonde Wig

If you don’t already have blonde hair like Elosie, then try this short blonde wig with bangs. The wavy texture resembles the messy appearance of Eloise’s hair in the books.

Pink Bow

Lastly, wear Eloise’s signature pink bow at the top of your head. A headband makes it easiest to get the exact look of Eloise, and this one is the right shade plus it’s meant for costume wear.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does an authentic Eloise costume look like?

An authentic costume captures the spirit of the precocious six-year-old living in New York’s Plaza Hotel, featuring a classic black skirt, a white blouse with a Peter Pan collar, and black suspenders. Accessories include white knee socks, black Mary Jane shoes, and a pink bow to tie around the neck, mirroring Eloise’s iconic outfit from the books.

What are the essential accessories for an Eloise costume?

Essential accessories include white knee socks, black Mary Jane shoes, and a pink bow to tie around the neck, mirroring Eloise’s iconic outfit from the books.

What shoes to wear with an Eloise at the Plaza costume?

The ideal footwear is black Mary Jane shoes. These classic, timeless shoes complement the outfit’s vintage charm and are true to the character’s style as depicted in the illustrations.

How to style hair like Eloise?

For Eloise’s hairstyle, tousle short hair to create a playful, voluminous look, or for longer hair, opt for a low, loose ponytail or bun with strands framing the face. Add a red bow or headband for Eloise’s signature touch.

How can I make an Eloise at the Plaza costume more unique?

Aadd playful accessories like a bright oversized hair bow, custom badges or pins featuring Eloise themes, or a vintage-style suitcase. Incorporating a plush turtle to represent Skipperdee can also add a distinctive touch.


This costume is a whimsical nod to the mischievous charm of the beloved children’s book character. Beyond the classic outfit, it’s about capturing the playful spirit of a young girl’s grand adventures in New York’s most famous hotel.

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