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How to dress the part for Gasparilla in pirate clothes

It's not too late to get a Gasparilla outfit sorted out before the parade on Saturday. St. Pete boutique Plain Jane celebrates their fifth anniversary.
Pirate enthusiasts Harry and Carmen Barkett hosted 500-plus guests in the Amalie Oil tent during Gasparilla 2018
AMY SCHERZER | Times Pirate enthusiasts Harry and Carmen Barkett hosted 500-plus guests in the Amalie Oil tent during Gasparilla 2018
Published Jan. 23

Dress Like a Pirate: Gasparilla Garb

In case you haven't heard, there's a small party in Tampa this weekend called Gasparilla, and it's pirate-themed. Many die-hards probably already have their outfits sorted, but for the spontaneous among you, here are a few tips and resources for your pARRrty attire.

Captain's jacket's, tri-corner hats and puffy shirts are staples of any respectable swashbuckler, while wenches don corsets and big flowy skirts. It might be too late to find these things on the cheap at thrift stores, but give it a shot if you have creative vision.

If you really want to go all out, visit Pirate Fashions. They dress Gasparilla krewes and have also provided costumes for pirate-y TV series Crossbones and Black Sails. Their costumes are pricey, but you definitely won't look like you went to the party store. Apparently they make you walk a plank when you enter the store and they talk like pirates the entire time. The website is full of pirate speak, plus a pirate tutorial. They're proud to "transform land lubbers to authentic pirates." 4006 W Cayuga St., Tampa. (813) 348-0091.

Not ready to commit to all that? There are plenty of low-key, comfy ways to be festive. Skulls are always in style, so it should be easy to find skully leggings, T-shirts and bandannas. Pair those with hoop earrings, touches of red/stripes, a pair of boots and, boom. Good to go. Find these items at Tampa boutique Don Me Now's Gasparilla pop-up shop at Hyde Park Village. It's up through Friday, so hurry up if you want to catch one of their punny shirts with phrases like, "Ships About to Go Down." 1619 W Snow Circle.

Casual Chic: Plain Jane

A part of any good wardrobe is a category I call casual chic. Basically, clothes for weekend days when you're out and about: nice jeans, T-shirts and sweatshirts that have some special detail, plus dresses you can just throw on. St. Petersburg boutique Plain Jane has been specializing in this look for five years. They'll celebrate on Saturday with an anniversary party. Sip bubbly and enjoy tunes by J.J. Pattishall while shopping their clothing, accessories and gift items. Bonus: cupcakes and a gift basket raffle. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 1104 Central Ave. (727) 600-7741.


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    The celebrated artist’s work will be on display in St. Petersburg.
  2. Matthew Wicks' "Crosshairs" is part of the exhibition "X: A Decade of Tempus Projects," which will hold its opening reception in Tampa on Dec. 14. [Courtesy of Tempus Projects]
    Tampa’s Clayton Galleries also hosts a farewell sale, while a new gallery comes to St. Petersbug.
  3. Blown glass jewelry by artist Harold Cooney will be available during Zen Glass' holiday show and sale in St. Petersburg on Dec. 7. [Courtesy of Zen Glass]
    Zen Glass also holds its holiday show and party this weekend.
  4. Glenn Woods, 62, shapes a decorative bottle made with a blend of porcelain clays at Palm Harbor's Pottery Boys Clay Studios. Woods and his partner, Keith Herbrand, 56, have created dozens of pieces for the Tampa Bay Tour de Clay this weekend. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  TImes]
    Plus, Dunedin Fine Art Center is having a pottery sale.
  5. Art by Mele's resin sculptures and home decor are available at the Florida CraftArt Holiday Boutique in St. Petersburg starting Nov. 30. [Courtesy of Florida CraftArt]
    Enjoy loads of local art as well as discounts and activities.
  6. Amber Parker sells her Loudmouth Lip Attire during the Tampa Indie Flea in 2018. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times (2018)]
    More than 250 local companies assemble for Shopapalooza in St. Pete, Indie Flea pops up at Black Crow Coffee, Oxford Exchange’s gift bazaar and a shop hop in Seminole Heights.
  7. The store at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times]
    Sunday is Museum Store Sunday, with discounts on everything from ornaments to local art to high-end jewelry to handbags.
  8. Garry Winogrand's "Laughing Woman with Ice Cream Cone",1968, on loan from the Kemper Museum in San Francisco. © The Estate of  Garry Winogrand. [Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco]
    “Controversial” is just one adjective applied to these black-and-white photographs at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.
  9. The Holiday Open House at Syd Entel Galleries in Safety Harbor will feature Estella Fransbergen's glittering gold clay torso with a skirt of crystals on Nov. 23. [Courtesy of Syd Entel Galleries]
    Plus, a fire sale at the store inside USF CAM and a Trans Fashion Expo.
  10. Joan Miro's painting "Peinture" is on display in the "Midnight in Paris" exhibition at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of the Centre Pompidou, Paris]
    Plus, ‘Icons in Transformation’ by an acclaimed international artist and an announcement from the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.