If you plan to dress as a princess, wench, or Renaissance beauty this Halloween, you will need a basic foundation piece for your costume: the chemise. Worn beneath your gown (and occasionally exposed with a low-cut dress), this slip-like garment is roomy and comfortable. Finding one in time for Halloween 2011 can be tricky, but there are a number of places you can look.
Renaissance faires aka ren fairs, are a great place to purchase chemises and other costume pieces. In New England, one of the most respected ren faires is King Richard’s Faire. Held annually in Carver, Massachusetts, this annual tradition occurs each September and October, and has been a staple of the community since the early 1980s. In Northern California, the Northern California Renaissance Faire takes place each year in September and October. Featuring a marketplace that offers both costume rentals and costume pieces for sale, this is an excellent place to find a chemise for your Halloween costume. Check with local tourism boards in your area to find out where the nearest renaissance fair is relative to your hometown.
If you allow plenty of time for your payments to clear and for your selected item to ship, then eBay can be a good place to find new and used Renaissance-inspired costume pieces. The prices will vary based on condition, as well as whether the piece was designed as a cheap costume piece or a more historically accurate recreation.
This party and holiday store is open year-round. In March of 2008, iParty was named National Party Retailer of the Year. The chain currently operates locations in every New England state, as well as Florida. iParty also offers the option to shop online, where you can purchase a Classic Chemise from their Renaissance Collection in sizes that fit adult women.
Similar regional party and Halloween chains in other areas of the country also offer similar products during the months leading up to Halloween.