Sexy Chiquita Banana Girl (Carmen Miranda)

I’ve wanted to create a Chiquita Banana Girl costume for a few years now, so I was so happy to see my ideas come to life. I was inspired by a Carmen Miranda costume that I saw online. It was a yellow bra top with heaps of fake fruit attached, I thought the idea was cute, but I wanted to put my own spin on it.

I began with searching for a simple yellow bra, but I didn’t have much luck so I ended up purchasing a yellow bathing suit top online for about $20. Then I took a trip to Michael’s Craft Store and splurged on fake fruit ($55). I bought grapes, red apples, green apples, oranges, lemons, limes, etc. Michael’s didn’t carry fake bananas so I ordered an 8-pack of Styrofoam bananas off of Amazon for about $10. For the skirt, I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics and purchased two yards of the royal blue spandex material and two yards of the banana yellow spandex material ($30). In addition, I picked up a Styrofoam head mount so that I could easily create the fruit turban ($4).

I used a hot glue gun and glued the fruit to the yellow bating suit top. I found it was much easier to glue the fruit to the top while wearing it so that the placement of the fruit was exactly where I wanted it.

Then I began to make the turban, I cut two 3-inch strips of the royal blue spandex material and sewed them together to create a turban. I placed the turban on the Styrofoam head and began to glue the fruit on. I had to try it on a few times to make sure the fruit was sitting on my head right, It was a trial and error process.

I was nervous to make the skirt, I knew I wanted a super flowy, ruffle filled Spanish style skirt with a high slit, but I wasn’t quite sure how to tackle it. I wrapped the yellow spandex material around my waist and pined it a few times, allowing a rather high slit. Then I wrapped the blue spandex material on top and sewed them together. Then I added ruffles to the skirt but cutting long 3-inch strips, I pinned the yellow strips to the edges of the blue skirt and the blue strips to the edges of the yellow skirt. As I pinned the material, I made sure it was ruffled up, and then I sewed it on. This was time consuming because it is a hard material to sew.

For the accessories, I hot glued a bunch of bananas together (6) and attached it to a rubber band to wear around my wrist all night. I used Chiquita banana stickers from real bananas and placed them on the center of each Styrofoam banana. In addition, I wore nude heels and placed two Chiquita banana stickers on them to complete the look. For the final touches, I wore gold hoops and bright red lipstick.

Overall I received an overwhelming amount of compliments, everyone seemed to love it, and they recognized that I was the Chiquita Banana girl aka Carmen Miranda. I was very pleased with the whole look. I loved that it was original, creative, and sexy at the same time!

Sexy Chiquita Banana Girl (Carmen Miranda)

Sexy Chiquita Banana Girl (Carmen Miranda)

Sexy Chiquita Banana Girl (Carmen Miranda)

Sexy Chiquita Banana Girl (Carmen Miranda)

Sexy Chiquita Banana Girl (Carmen Miranda)

Sexy Chiquita Banana Girl (Carmen Miranda)

Sexy Chiquita Banana Girl (Carmen Miranda)

Sexy Chiquita Banana Girl (Carmen Miranda)

Sexy Chiquita Banana Girl (Carmen Miranda)