One of my favorite costumes from The Princess Bride movie is Buttercups red dress, otherwise known as her red riding dress. The Princess Bride Buttercup costume red dress is the most recognizable one for this character.
Robin Wright is the actress who plays Buttercup and this is the striking costume that she wears throughout most of the movie. She wears it during her kidnap scene with Vizzini and through her rescue by Westley.
This is a particularly good choice of outfit to wear and pair up with that of the Dread Pirate Roberts, for which I also have a costume guide listed near the end of this page.
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1: Princess Bride Buttercup Red Dress Costume
Although you can now finally buy some officially licensed outfits and costumes (shown below) for Princess Buttercup, this is a truly fabulous looking made to order design which you can buy.
It looks about as authentic as you can get for Buttercup from The Princess Bride. The dress is made up to your exact measurements so it should fit you perfectly.
The officially licensed red riding dress is available to buy as a ready made costume from HalloweenCostumes.com. You can also get custom and handmade versions from places online such as Etsy.
It is also pretty easy to put this whole look together yourself. You'll find plenty of ideas and options here on this page so you can dress like your favorite character Buttercup for Halloween or for cosplay.
⭐ More Ready to Buy Red Dress Options for Princess Buttercup
UK Readers get a Red Medieval Dress from Amazon.co.uk
This dress is one of my favorite choices because it is a ready to buy option which gives the right overall look. This one looks like a medieval or fantasy style of dress for a costume that appears similar to Buttercup's red riding outfit and one that certainly looks flattering to wear too.
I also like the idea of wearing a red shirt or blouse which you can then add some red pants or a red skirt to for a more modern take on this outfit. There are loads of billowing red gypsy style dresses on Amazon which would work well for this whole look too.
Buttercup's Red Riding Dress is a long length dress with a solid bright red color. The gown has very long, billowing sleeves to it. The waist is nipped in and given some definition with a belt that has gold color detailing to it.
Robin Wright as Princess Buttercup: See her Outfit in this Video
Any solid red medieval or peasant style of dress are pretty close looks for what you need. A red graduation gown is quite a close match although not nearly as attractive looking!
The other main look to get right is her long blonde hair. If you're teaming up with other characters from The Princess Bride then anyone who's seen the movie will know who you are.
There are a number of gorgeous looking red dresses and long gowns that would work for this character. How about choosing a medieval style of dress for a design that is very similar to Buttercup's outfit and also flattering to wear as well.
⭐ Buttercup Princess Bride Costume for a Girl
This officially licensed outfit is available from HalloweenCostumes.com. They have a child size as well as the matching adult female and a plus size version too.
LadyHerndon on Etsy used to have a girl's Buttercup costume available.
I love her adorable costumes which are just perfect for any little girl wishing to dress as the beautiful Buttercup. The red dress comes with a zipper in the back and the gold detail belt which finishes it off just perfectly.
To purchase from Etsy would be a custom order and this seller also has many other Princess Bride costumes available for kids to wear. For any little girl wanting to dress as her heroine Buttercup, this very pretty red princess dress will make a fantastic choice.
2: Princess Buttercup Hairstyle
Princess Buttercup has long, blonde hair. It is not bright blonde but a dark blonde, brown color with highlights of blonde in it. She has no bangs to her hair and it is worn parted down the middle. For the red riding gown scenes in the movie, Buttercup has some very loose and perhaps crimped waves in her long hair.
Her hair is styled with the side strands being pulled back from her face and tied at the back with a hair knot. If you have long blonde hair or even a lighter brown, you could easily style your hair yourself to match. Otherwise you can opt for a wig to wear.
3: Buttercup's Gold Belt
Team up with a Westley, Dread Pirate Roberts character from The Princess Bride to complete your whole costume look.
Although you can get away without one, it's a good idea to also wear a belt over the waist of your red dress or costume to finish off the look.
A gold color works great and stands out well against the red outfit. Princess Buttercup wears a belt over her red riding gown.
This looks like it is a red and gold patterned fabric belt which is embroidered. In some stills from the movie, the belt looks more gold colored. For a close enough look for this costume, I would search for a gold tassel or corded belt that you can easily tie around your waist and allow to dangle down as her belt does.
4: She Wears Long Red Boots with her Dress
UK Readers get some Red Knee High Boots from Amazon.co.uk
To complete The Princess Bride costume for Buttercup, you'll need some flat red shoes or boots to finish off the look perfectly. It is difficult to tell exactly how high the boots are that she wears in the movie because you rarely see them under the long dress.
However, they are long boots and I suspect they are knee length ones. You could get away with just wearing shoes and you can even spray paint some cheap thrift store shoes to match in order to keep the costs down for this Halloween or cosplay outfit.
5: Making Your Own Red Dress for Buttercup
The bright red riding habit or gown is what Buttercup is best known for in The Princess Bride movie. It's the outfit most closely associated with this character and the one which most people would recognize.
She wears it through most of the scenes, and also the best scenes, where she gets kidnapped by Vizzini. She is then rescued in it by her hero and her one true love, otherwise known as the Dread Pirate Roberts, The Man in Black or the Farm Boy Westley.
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