If you're going for a look that's sure to beguile everyone you encounter this Halloween, consider embracing the distinctive styles ingrained in women's Egyptian or Arabian costume culture! Each of these iconic ensembles is absolutely mesmerizing and gives you the chance to become Queen of the Nile.
Ancient Egypt is a time that is remembered for having some of the most iconic rulers of all time, many of whom were strong and powerful women. The last active pharaoh of Egypt was Cleopatra whose legacy has survived the test of time, identifying her an important leader and a great beauty. Nefertiti, the Great Royal Wife of Akhenaten, is recognized for the work she did with her husband to create a whole new religion in which only one god, Aten, was worshiped. These women were associated with floor length gowns, bold accessories, and striking eye makeup. On the opposite end, gypsies were notable wanderers in these cultures. They were often viewed with suspicion and were known to act as fortune tellers, dancers, and musicians. These bohemian nomads are remembered for their recognizable look, which highlighted: long, billowing skirts; flowing sleeves; and colorful scarves. They often embellished their ensembles with golden bangles and large earrings. Additionally, genies emerged from Islamic culture as mystical beings and have risen to modern prominence as a result of pop culture influences thanks to shows like, I Dream of Jeannie. The magical characters are associated with a look similar to that of a belly dancer, donning brightly colored harem pants with a matching ornately decorated bra-like top.