OKEECHOBEE — The City of Okeechobee Centennial Frolic, set for Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. in front of the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second Street, will include a costume contest with prizes given for the best costumes for Pioneer Days, Roaring 20s, World War II, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Those who attend the Frolic are encouraged (but not required) to come in period costume. With 100 years of fashion to choose from, it’s easy to dress appropriately for the Frolic.
Pioneer dress could include dresses or skirts paired with an apron or pinafore for women.
Pioneer men wore trousers which were typically made of course linen or canvas-type material or wool. The loose-fitting, pocketless trousers were most commonly black, brown or gray in color. Pioneer men wore suspenders, not belts. Shirts were long, pull over tunics. Men commonly wore a frock coat over a vest.
For a Roaring 20s costume, think “Great Gatsby.” 1920s women’s dresses often had a sleek silhouette, adorned with beading or fringe.
Men wore wide leg trousers, shirts could be collared or not — vest with lapels is a must. Working class men wore caps (like a newsboy’s cap). Straw boaters and top hats were worn for more formal occasions.
World War II: World War II era costumes could include military uniforms, pin-up girl attire, and tailored suits with squared shoulders. If you’re a comics fan, there are lots of costume choices to represent the decade: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and others.
1950s: Clothing from the 1950s can include poodle skirts, bobby socks and saddle shoes. Men’s iconic fashions include fedora hats and bowling shirts, as well as leather jackets. Style icons included Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando.
1960s: For some, it was a mod mod world in the 1960s, with girls in mini skirts and Go Go boots, and boys following the fashion styles of the British invasion rock bands. Sixties fashion trends also included women’s suits like those worn by First Lady Jackie Kennedy, paired with pillbox hats. The 1960s also brought the start of the “Hippie” movement which would continue into the 1970s.
1970s: Seventies clothing includes bell bottom jeans, fringed vests and platform shoes as well as the long flowing skirts favored by “flower children.” The decade also brought disco clothing such as the white suit worn by John Travolta in “Saturday Night Fever.”
1980s: Big hairdos, leg warmers and jackets with shoulder pads were all part the 1980s fashion for women. For men, the 1980s offered the “Miami Vice” look. Fashion icons of the decade included Princess Diana, Madonna, Michael Jackson and Molly Ringwald.
To enter the contest, come to the Frolic on Friday, Dec. 11, from 7 to 11 p.m. in front of the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse. Go inside the courthouse to the photo booth and take a picture of one or more people. You keep the prints as a party souvenir. The digital versions of the photo booth photographs will be posted on the City Centennial Facebook page.
Or, if you don’t want to use the photo booth, take a photo of yourself or your group and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. These photos will also be posted in the Facebook contest. Those with the most “likes” on Facebook will be declared the winners and will receive gift baskets.
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