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Get Olivia the pig costume ideas that are easy for women and teachers to DIY on Halloween, World Book Day, Book Character Day, Book Week costumes, and beyond. 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’s costume for females that kids will love.

collage of olivia the pig costume

This Olivia the pig costume is inspired by the little girl in a red dress (who just happens to be a pig) that stars as the protagonist of the popular Olivia book series by Ian Falconer.

Olivia, in addition to being a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of several other awards, is most notably a 2001 Caldecott Honor book and was listed as one of the “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children” by the National Education Association in 2007, as well as the “Top 100 Picture Books” of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.

Olivia’s boundless energy and quirky adventures have charmed young readers since 2000, who have been especially drawn to the books’ minimalist black and white illustrations with vibrant pops of red. That’s exactly the aesthetic that the Olivia the pig costume will recreate from the original Olivia book cover.

Olivia the Pig Costume

Red Collared Dress

First, the most essential piece of this Olivia the pig costume is a red collared dress, and this one is absolutely perfect since it also bears a white collar like Olivia’s.

Black Neck Tie

Olivia’s famous red dress is accentuated by a black neck tie that’s knotted in the middle and has two little tails. This scarf will help you recreate and customize this exact look to your own personal size.

Black and White Striped Tights

Next, Olivia wears black and white striped tights under her red dress, and these are a popular style that matches her look well.

Black Mary Jane Heels

On her feet, Olivia wears cute little black Mary Jane heels, and I curated this option because they are affordable and have a modest block heel that feels most appropriate for a children’s book character costume.

Alternatively, you can simply wear any black shoes from your closet that feel comfortable to you!

Pig Accessories

You will definitely want to wear pig accessories with your Olivia the pig costume. I recommend at least wearing a pig ears headband, but this set also includes a nose and tail for you. Of note, it was hard to find a set that was suitable for adults, and this one seems to work for kids and smaller adults.

Alternatively, you can DIY the look by cutting pink ears out of construction paper or felt and affixing them to any headband in your closet.

Olivia Book

Lastly, as a book blogger, I always recommend that you carry the original book with you to complete your literary costume character. Here, it would also be fun to read Olivia to a child in your Olivia the pig costume.


This Olivia the Pig costume for women embodies the playful spirit and charm of the beloved children’s book character. Embrace the fun, the sass, and the whimsical world of Olivia with this cute ensemble!

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