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Last-Minute Halloween: Daria

Oct 21, 2010

by Michelle Traub handmade and vintage goods

You may consider yourself too cool for costumes, but when you find yourself at the office party surrounded by sloppy Gagas asking if your favorite puffed-sleeve dress is supposed to be whatsherface from Big Love, you’ll be sad you didn’t at least throw on an ironic mustache or two. I offer you an ensemble that’s nostalgic, jaded, and might already be in your closet. Remember everyone’s favorite queen of droll?


Make your misanthropic icon proud.

Sting Black Vintage Eyeglasses

From MODvintageshop, $49.

Vintage green tweed Blazer

From nemres, $49.

Medium Straight Layered Brown Wig

By MissDemented, $66.

Mustard Yellow Top

From samwish3, $14.

Vintage GRUNGE Combat Boots

From rockstreetvintage, $68.


From IKAHN, $29.

What last-minute costumes do you have in mind? Share in the comments!


  • GoodSenseVintage

    GoodSenseVintage said 6 years ago

    Now THAT is a inspirational Halloween costume!!! Excellent option, indeed! Daria was a tough cookie and offered fleeting hope for teenagers in the '90's. If only it was still on...

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 6 years ago

    love daria...big fan of the green jacket and boots...and of course the attitude!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 6 years ago

    Good idea... and the perfect items for it!

  • jbjelland

    jbjelland said 6 years ago

    What a great idea! I loved that show!

  • KrystalCirca1984

    KrystalCirca1984 said 6 years ago

    How creative, and this costume can be re-purposed for everyday wear!

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 6 years ago

    gaaaahhhh... totally forgot how good that show was. might just have to invest in those dvds :)

  • PardonMyPast

    PardonMyPast said 6 years ago

    This is really cool! I love Daria!

  • cominguproses

    cominguproses said 6 years ago

    I just finished watching the DVD set! Those items are perfect.

  • crookedsister

    crookedsister said 6 years ago

    When I was in high school I transcribed 3 episodes of Daria and made them into a short play. I played Daria and it was awesome! It was pretty damn hard to keep a straight face though.;)

  • FeltShmelt

    FeltShmelt said 6 years ago

    Aaaa loved Daria! Great idea for a costume - and a friend who owns a lot of pink could totally go as Quinn. :)

  • LoveandLust

    LoveandLust said 6 years ago

    AHhh love this!!

  • Radness

    Radness said 6 years ago

    lol the cast of daria, maybe my neighbor can be the jane to my daria :)

  • rebrewedcreations

    rebrewedcreations said 6 years ago

    Na na na na na!

  • shefindsec

    shefindsec said 6 years ago

    Dress like viral video Marcel the Shell - It's super easy - (and includes some Etsy pieces!):

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 6 years ago

    Love this trip down memory lane! Daria was the only thing I enjoyed watching on MTV.

  • sbeckman617

    sbeckman617 said 6 years ago

    That is a great Halloween costume idea. I've never really liked the premade costumes sold in stores since I was a kid. (One of my favorite Halloween costumes is still the gypsy one I created out of my own closet when I was 9 or 10.) If I had to put together a last minutes costume idea I'd totally go as one of the companions from Doctor Who (new series). Probable Donna Noble or Amy Pond since I have red hair.

  • BlessedBeeApothecary

    BlessedBeeApothecary said 6 years ago

    oh wow i adore daria, so good!

  • paragraphcove

    paragraphcove said 6 years ago

    "I don't have low self esteem. I have low esteem for everyone else."

  • azurafae

    azurafae said 6 years ago

    It's a great concept, except she didn't wear a pencil skirt, it was a pleated A-line skirt. Also, for a costume, those prices are on the high side. The clothing might be ok as investment pieces, but the glasses and wig need to be much less expensive.

  • DeadSerious2010

    DeadSerious2010 said 6 years ago

    Once a year you can dress insane, or hide amongst everyone and still be yourself without anyone knowing its really you. Great Job!

  • CircaCeramics

    CircaCeramics said 6 years ago

    Love love LOVE Daria! Daria is awesome! Would be fun to have the whole cast for Halloween costumes (Quinn, Jane, Trent, et al.) -Nancy

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 6 years ago

    Love this! ;)

  • julieincharge Admin

    julieincharge said 6 years ago

    I'm in love with this costume idea.

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 6 years ago

    that's a good one!!

  • SummerSongDesigns

    SummerSongDesigns said 6 years ago

    LOVED Daria in high school... and would love to dress up as her! Thanks for the great idea!

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 6 years ago

    Love the video! Never heard of Daria before though.

  • diorama4mama

    diorama4mama said 6 years ago

    It may be a Sick, Sad World but at least this brought a smile to my face. Thanks!

  • DotD

    DotD said 6 years ago

    Go Daria!

  • SillyBuddy

    SillyBuddy said 6 years ago

    Last minute Halloween costumes usually turn out to be some of the best! Thank you for the great idea :)

  • bombshellstudios

    bombshellstudios said 6 years ago

    You found perfect items for it! Love the items and the idea :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Oh I used to love Daria! Awesome show : D

  • foamywader

    foamywader said 6 years ago

    I was Daria for Halloween in 1997 :)

  • edithweezie

    edithweezie said 6 years ago

    Best cartoon ever. Especially love the musical episode!

  • bejeweledbynikki

    bejeweledbynikki said 6 years ago

    i miss daria!!!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    yes super cool :))

  • dustyatticantiques

    dustyatticantiques said 6 years ago

    Daria Rocked! They should bring that show back....This is awesome. Kudos!

  • ByronMorrisArt

    ByronMorrisArt said 6 years ago

    You're silly...

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 6 years ago

    It's perfect!

  • amarilo

    amarilo said 6 years ago

    awe, this is so awesome. I'm watching the dvd set right now, it was definitely ahead of its time.

  • TheVespertineDream

    TheVespertineDream said 6 years ago

    Fantastic costume idea! Loved Daria, Queen of Snark.

  • AdorableFinds

    AdorableFinds said 6 years ago

    I love Daria! Such a great Halloween idea!

  • OfTheFountain

    OfTheFountain said 6 years ago

    Doing it.

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits said 6 years ago

    Oh how I miss Daria! Such a fun idea!

  • AutumnJo

    AutumnJo said 6 years ago

    Daria was so cool. Great idea!

  • ProyectoTutu

    ProyectoTutu said 6 years ago

    oh God oh god! I´ve been trying for years to custome myself as Daria!!!! I llloved that show sooo much! and today just bought the perfect boots for it yeeehaaaa!!!!

  • isewcute

    isewcute said 6 years ago

    I'd forgotten about! Blast from the past!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    funny :p

  • wahlrus

    wahlrus said 6 years ago

    Awesome! We just had a Daria marathon thing a couple months ago. Good times. :)

  • CatzillaCrafts

    CatzillaCrafts said 6 years ago

    That's perfect! I pretty much look like her every day. I remember having the biggest crush on Trent. Oh Trent... =^_^=

  • SHAbang

    SHAbang said 6 years ago

    Daria!!!! Miss that show.

  • whiletheyplay

    whiletheyplay said 6 years ago

    LOVE Daria! I think she would totally rock my Grunge Gloves! :)

  • blackroseyalila

    blackroseyalila said 6 years ago

    I just <3 her!!! I had to buy the series!!! But I just can't beleive I didn't of this idea!!!! GREAT!!!!

  • snowdahlia

    snowdahlia said 6 years ago

    Nice setup! Completely forgotten about Daria, gotta pick up the DVD.

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 6 years ago

    I totally forgot about daria- a blast from the past! very cool:)

  • jessicawelch

    jessicawelch said 6 years ago

    I love Daria! Awesome post!

  • DreadfulDesigns

    DreadfulDesigns said 6 years ago

    Daria was one of my favorite shows from back in the day! I'm glad someone remembers her and has paid some homage to my favorite dour highschooler.

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Haha Daria! Mustaches are greet last minute wear.

  • thedoggiehouse

    thedoggiehouse said 6 years ago

    how cool I was singing that song in my head today :P Lalala la this is my stop cath or get off ....jjj love it! Thanks MTV for bring Daria to DVD I was asking for that a long time ago.

  • jennyndesign

    jennyndesign said 6 years ago

    I love this! Daria was my *favorite* show so so long ago.

  • NoriaJewelry

    NoriaJewelry said 6 years ago

    lol I loved watching that show!

  • flabbergastbanana

    flabbergastbanana said 6 years ago

    that was an awesome show! hehe I remember when she was on beavis and butthead. this makes me want a forest green peacoat.

  • XPoppysWickedGardenX

    XPoppysWickedGardenX said 6 years ago

    haa Haa great idea! I still have a few ready made things in for Halloween too:)

  • DeliBugle

    DeliBugle said 6 years ago

    brilliant idea! The featured items are a bit expensive for a costume, though.

  • mcsladek

    mcsladek said 6 years ago

    arghhh! You stole my idea! ;)

  • FeltOdd

    FeltOdd said 6 years ago

    SUCH a good idea.

  • thesundayproject

    thesundayproject said 6 years ago

    haha! we have ongoing look-a-likes at work, where people email around a shot of the person with their famous doppelganger. we've pretty much compiled a book. mine is daria. i like to think it's attitude as much as looks.

  • LindsayRoad

    LindsayRoad said 6 years ago

    I actually did dress are her for Halloween (15 or so years ago), Now I feel a bit old reading this:)

  • minerallove

    minerallove said 6 years ago

    Love this!!!

  • Montagyoo

    Montagyoo said 6 years ago

    I was Daria for Halloween a couple of years ago, too! It was fabulous. She's the coolest.

  • soursweets

    soursweets said 6 years ago

    Oh, what. All these items are perfect! Good job.

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 6 years ago

    very creative : )

  • KatyScudieri

    KatyScudieri said 6 years ago

    I dressed as her too one year! I don't think anyone noticed.

  • sorensic84

    sorensic84 said 6 years ago

    Awesome idea, I used to watch that show everyday!

  • JewelryByJLy

    JewelryByJLy said 6 years ago

    AW! I LOVE DARIA! Great items for the perfect costume!

  • ranasalame

    ranasalame said 6 years ago

    Love it! I am so happy that Daria is actually still on TV!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    That's great! A Daria costume? Hahaha, so creative

  • BethBoudin

    BethBoudin said 6 years ago

    OMGGGG I was just talking about Daria last night out of the blue... strange Deja Vue!!!

  • ldh13

    ldh13 said 6 years ago

    Oh my god. That is the halloween costume to end all halloween costumes..

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    I'm just one green blazer away from looking like Daria! Got the hair, glasses and boots (not to mention attitude!)

  • BullyPaws

    BullyPaws said 6 years ago

    OMG This posted totally reminded me of this show!! It's been YEARS since I've seen it! It's bringing back awesome memories :) Thanks for posting this! I have now "Liked" Daria on Facebook! :)

  • ShopRedLeaf

    ShopRedLeaf said 6 years ago

    Well, my costume just got decided.

  • VintageZen

    VintageZen said 6 years ago

    that is awesome.

  • madeofsherbert

    madeofsherbert said 6 years ago

    I love Daria.

  • bombshellsports

    bombshellsports said 6 years ago

    Ha! I dressed as Daria for Halloween when I was a Junior in High School. Good times.

  • thermalsun

    thermalsun said 6 years ago

    I went as Daria my senior year in high school. It was super easy to find everything at Goodwill. No wig needed and very comfortable. Agreed on being able to use all portions of costume in everyday wear.

  • thebqe

    thebqe said 6 years ago

    Talk about bringing back my old favorite show!! Now I want to watch it!

  • TheRitzyMeow

    TheRitzyMeow said 6 years ago

    I absolutely LOVE Daria! My friend and I were always wanting to dress up as Daria and Jane haha.

  • sabrosavintage

    sabrosavintage said 6 years ago

    dangit. i was ALREADY going to be Daria for Halloween. Thanks a lot Etsy. ;)

  • badassbunny

    badassbunny said 6 years ago


  • kristincoffin

    kristincoffin said 6 years ago

    NOOOOOO, I was literally planning on being Daria this year! I mean, I've been wanting to do it for the past 5 years, but finally got the combat boots and settled it this year. I'm so bummed now....I can't be her now that thousands of people are reading this on Etsy. What to do now...

  • redheart13

    redheart13 said 6 years ago


  • cvanmiddles

    cvanmiddles said 6 years ago

    wonderful costume idea but when you total all of that up it is about $279 dollars, and I really don't feel like paying that much for a halloween costume. talk about contradictory Daria would have not cared about expensive halloween stuff.

  • jilba31

    jilba31 said 6 years ago

    this is amazing!!! i will have to keep this in mind, and maybe make a friend be her bff jane. nice!! =)

  • prettycoolinasweater

    prettycoolinasweater said 6 years ago

    Oh Daria, Your best friend Jane's brother Trent was the hottest cartoon character my teenage eyes had ever seen. I wonder who the voice actor was...

  • dkjewels

    dkjewels said 6 years ago

    you standing on my neck! nah nah nah nah nahhhhhhhhh

  • Toxicguineapigs

    Toxicguineapigs said 6 years ago

    I just want to add this was my nickname in high school. I love her so much.

  • CleanerScience

    CleanerScience said 6 years ago

    Hahahaha this is such an awesome idea. Definitely miss the show.

  • DianesCloset

    DianesCloset said 6 years ago

    I was so happy when I clicked on the blog and saw my favorite cartoon alter-ego staring back at me! This is the best costume ever!

  • babblingbrookes

    babblingbrookes said 6 years ago

    Haha, I LOVE Daria. Thanks for the post!

  • ModelCitizen

    ModelCitizen said 6 years ago

    ooh! Yes! I was Daria in 2008 & I had so much fun being quiet & humorously judgmental all night long! pics here:

  • LoveOwlEyes

    LoveOwlEyes said 6 years ago

    This is the most amazing post/costume/idea EVER.

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 6 years ago

    Oh my Goodness!! Daria is the Best! I would never have thought of this. Brilliant!

  • yotldesigns

    yotldesigns said 6 years ago

    My sister was Daria almost 7 years ago.A total blast from the past.Thank you for reminding me .

  • ThisIsBexx

    ThisIsBexx said 6 years ago

    Um, this is how I dress everyday?

  • StrangeMuse

    StrangeMuse said 6 years ago

    Hehe, it's funny, my friend and I just discussed being Daria and Jane for Halloween.

  • Nachokitty

    Nachokitty said 6 years ago

    This is ironic. I just spoiled myself and bought the entire Daria series!! (Well, it was a good deal on Amazon. I HAD to!!) Great costume idea.

  • BroadwayBetty

    BroadwayBetty said 6 years ago

    Yahootie, I love Daira, I recently dressed up as her for two events in a row - both themes were 'things from our childhood'. My cost breakdown was; Black Pleated Skirt - $10 - made from Leftover Black wool Dark Green Jacket - $5 - Vinnies in Burood 3D glasses with lenses poked out - Free with 3D movies!! Orange Tank - $20 - On sale levis (I previously owned) Black Doc Martens - $15 - Leura vintage shop (I previously owned) And luckily I have love brown hair. The best part was that I didn't have to wear makeup!! XX BB

  • BroadwayBetty

    BroadwayBetty said 6 years ago

    Whoops make that *Long not Love :p XX BB

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 6 years ago

    This was me in HS, no doubt-loved the show too!

  • NicheleDesigns

    NicheleDesigns said 6 years ago

    Haha. Brilliant. So excited about the dvds!! Definitely one of my all-time favorites - I was about 12 when it was on, and I would pause the tv so I could draw the characters. Nerdy! That'd be rad to see the whole crew at a halloween party.

  • NicheleDesigns

    NicheleDesigns said 6 years ago

    That's an awesome idea. I was about 12 when the show was on - I would tape it and then pause the tv so that I could draw the characters. Nerdy! I'd love to see the whole Daria crew at a Halloween party... or just a normal party.

  • NicheleDesigns

    NicheleDesigns said 6 years ago

    oh dear.

  • CuriousTuesday

    CuriousTuesday said 6 years ago

    Love Daria to this day! Awesome costume idea.

  • drawcity

    drawcity said 6 years ago

    Love it love it!

  • LiberatedCanary

    LiberatedCanary said 6 years ago

    love! trent is still the steamiest cartoon character. hands down.

  • AmityUK Admin

    AmityUK said 6 years ago

    Haha, very cool!

  • katrinshine

    katrinshine said 6 years ago

    What a great idea! So creative!

  • forqueenvictoria

    forqueenvictoria said 6 years ago

    oh daria! i loved that show so much. great collection of items :) she WOULD be proud!

  • squeakydingo

    squeakydingo said 6 years ago

    When are they going to put Beavis and Butthead back on? I mean, come on already!!!

  • smallpackagess

    smallpackagess said 6 years ago

    hahahaha i love this. it's so perfect!

  • EverybodyElse

    EverybodyElse said 6 years ago

    Haha, great idea

  • EverybodyElse

    EverybodyElse said 6 years ago

    Fantastic :)

  • jessamin3423

    jessamin3423 said 6 years ago

    I think a trenchcoat would look better with the combat boots

  • Sugarshoxcrafts

    Sugarshoxcrafts said 6 years ago

    I just found my Halloween costume. I'm going to be Daria. My mom always said how much I always reminded her of Daria when that show was on. Another thing I love about this costume is that it uses actual clothes so when Halloween's done I can wear the clothes again!

  • madmadwonderland

    madmadwonderland said 6 years ago

    I LOVE Daria and have never thought of dressing up as her for Halloween. Thank you! What a great idea! =D

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Ha. Loved Daria. Great idea.

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 6 years ago

    Love the Article!

  • jkopftwins

    jkopftwins said 6 years ago

    Hey, all Netflix users... Daria is on there, just waiting for you to watch her!

  • ClarkandDiversey

    ClarkandDiversey said 6 years ago

    Two thumbs up, fist pumps & high five!

  • thesecrethermit

    thesecrethermit said 6 years ago

    La la la la la......Love Daria!!

  • Enchantedfuture

    Enchantedfuture said 6 years ago

    Great idea! And great timing, seeing as just earlier this year the entire Box Set of Daria came out! Other last minute costume ideas: Corporate Fairy (just add wings!), Everyday Vampire (just add fangs!), or Guidette with a job (just add a "Bump-It"!). Tons of costumes just taking some digging through the closet and a simple addition! Have a fabulous Halloween!

  • Pirogoeth

    Pirogoeth said 6 years ago

    Eventually I'm going to get Daria together. But for now I'll stick with my Jane costume. Evidently I look quite good in it. :)

  • NotoriousKnits

    NotoriousKnits said 6 years ago

    Love it! I was Daria a few years ago for Halloween. A couple of friends were other characters. It was fantastic!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 6 years ago

    I was at the thrift store last night and only around halloween do they pull out their very best 1980s sequined sweaters, lime green 6 inch heels, nasty wigs, and other fine treasures. I found a hand knit sweater that was seriously about 4 feet wide and equally long.... I almost bought it to wear and to go as an afghan. (but I already have a costume.) If you are lacking inspiration;...... thrift!

  • zoestar619

    zoestar619 said 6 years ago

    If Dressin up like Daria will help me score a Trent then IM IN!!! :D

  • violetclair

    violetclair said 6 years ago

    ♥ Daria. And this idea.

  • PaperPicker

    PaperPicker said 6 years ago

    oh my, i must be old, don't even recognize this cartoon character. i think i've heard the name though...

  • rbernhardt

    rbernhardt said 6 years ago

    This is my actual Halloween costume this year!!!! How weird.

  • LeeLuCreations

    LeeLuCreations said 6 years ago

    Daria is fantastic! :)

  • growingafamily

    growingafamily said 6 years ago

    I was wearing a green cardigan with my new glassers the other day and got told I looked like Daria - so apparently I don't need a costume now LOL

  • naughteebits

    naughteebits said 6 years ago

    LOVE daria, great idea!

  • uncostumed

    uncostumed said 6 years ago

    Who hasn't thought about dressing up as Daria? I'm in several Rocky Horror Picture Show casts and I had my hair cut to dress as Aaliyah for a performance. Fantastic haircut! Weeks later - to my strange surprise - I noticed I could just comb my bangs to the right (instead of over my left eye) and I had perfect Daria hair. Later, I creepily realized that the prescription glasses I wore in high school (I got them about a year before Daria aired) were an exact match. Eerie. I wasn't even looking for a Daria costume! Everything conspired against me and I was Daria for our next themed show. Hmm . . . Could you see Jane dressed as Magenta for Halloween?

  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal said 6 years ago

    Pencil skirts seem to be hip, Already have my outfits together thanks

  • Little1886

    Little1886 said 6 years ago

    love this idea! i loved daria. i got my items all together today. i plan on wearing it my kids halloween get together.

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

    my breastfeeding daughter/new mama is going out with a "got milk" sticker across her t-shirt/chest...ha! ha!

  • PucksWildApothecary

    PucksWildApothecary said 6 years ago

    Those boots are awesome!

  • jasminerose

    jasminerose said 6 years ago

    oh yes. Trent was my ideal man, at the time. mmm

  • ElasVintageFinds

    ElasVintageFinds said 6 years ago

    Oh my gosh! One of my all time fave characters! This is a great costume idea.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 6 years ago

    oh daria.

  • MissTanDesigns

    MissTanDesigns said 6 years ago

    I love Daria she was one of my favorites growing up!

  • KattyKinns

    KattyKinns said 6 years ago

    I love Daria, I always wanted to be her when I was a kid maybe now is my chance :p

  • francesphoebe

    francesphoebe said 6 years ago

    I'm so going as Daria! and my boyfriend can go as Trent! We already look like them, weird!

  • bluelady540

    bluelady540 said 6 years ago

    I loved that! I can do that!

  • FunkyMonkeyCreations

    FunkyMonkeyCreations said 6 years ago

    Pure genius! I know a few of my friends will be loving this idea! I'd love to see the rest of the Daria cast as costumes too haha! ^_^

  • skar

    skar said 6 years ago

    Haha That's great. I actually was Daria for Halloween about 10 years ago... it was a good costume from what I remember :)

  • CristinaRTC

    CristinaRTC said 6 years ago

    I loved Daria Still do! I was going to be her this year but my $$ just couldn't buy the right glasses or boots! D: So I might be going as an Umbreon[a Pokemon]

  • imacupcake

    imacupcake said 5 years ago

    Don't wana waste money on boots I won't wear again so I'm gonna do legwarmers and lace a shoestring through each one.

  • foxforcefive1974

    foxforcefive1974 said 5 years ago

    I need Jane. My friend is Daria! Help!

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