When we were pitching ideas for this year’s collection of Cult Classic Movie Costumes, I really had to push hard to sell Troop Beverly Hills to the rest of the team. It turns out that I’m the only one in the office who’s old enough to have really grown up on this film, but I KNOW there are others of you out there who can quote the entire thing. I’ve been wanting to create my own Phyllis Nefler costume since I was a kid, and this year my cookie dreams finally came true. Camille and Phoebe modeled this look, which works perfectly as the cutest mom-and-me costume idea. Scroll down to discover how I created the Phyllis uniform. Note: You may have noticed that our uniforms don’t involve patches… we don’t need no stinkin’ patches!

photographed by kristen kilpatrick

I started with a plain khaki shirtdress I scored on eBay for about $20 (similar one available here). Then I headed to the fabric store and bought several yards of green piping, khaki fabric, and green silk. I also picked up a green boy scout belt on Amazon for super cheap.

I hand stitched the piping everywhere I could on the shirtdress — around the pockets, lapels, and every seam I could get to. I then made a simple tie out of the green silk with my sewing machine.

The real “wow” factor of this costume is definitely the cape! I had a cheap black nylon Halloween cape in my closet that I used as a pattern, and I sewed a simple cape with the khaki fabric and lined it with the green silk. I then put a simple hook-and-eye closure onto the front of the cape. Voila!

I found the hat at an army surplus store, and added the green piping there as well. Finally, I stitched a few pheasant feathers into the hat to give it that Phyllis Nefler touch.

Of course this costume wouldn’t be complete without at least one real Wilderness Girl! I bought Phoebe’s shirt dress on Amazon, and used the green leftover silk to create her bandana. The green socks and beret were also Amazon finds.

Our production assistant Carmen crafted the cute cookie retro cookie box, then filled it with Chips-a-Hoy (to Phoebe’s delight!)

Together they make a pretty cute pair, don’t they?

A simplified version of the costume (without the cape) is really just as cute. This is DIY you can definitely tackle. Beverly Hills, what a thrill!

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Comments (12)
  1. 1
    Rebecca October 2, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I hope you spend most of your Halloween doing the Freddie dance 🙂

  2. 2
    Molly October 3, 2017 at 12:04 am

    This is absolutely amazing, JR! My oldest sister turned me onto Troop Beverly Hills, and it still holds a special spot in my heart. “Annie Herman boi-oi-ping!” Well played.

  3. 3
    Celine October 3, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Wow, that is one of the cutest costumes ever. Y’all look great.

  4. 4
    Eileen Sim October 8, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Love the cape!!!

  5. 5
    Natasha Lawler October 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    You two are the cutest!!!! So classic. Love the green piping.

  6. 6
    Trista October 26, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I love Troop Beverly Hills. It’s on Netflix, so you need to educate your co-workers asap!

  7. 7
    Stephanie September 24, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Soooo – can I just buy this entire costume off of you?! I’m trying to put it all together, but that dress is perfect! Nothing else out there is coming close to it. I’m serious – please think about it!

  8. 8
    Bird October 26, 2018 at 3:05 am

    I’d love to see the steps to recreate this adorable costume idea! Especially the sewing parts!

  9. 9
    Hilary October 31, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Love this ????

  10. 10
    Whit G September 16, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Amazing!!! LOVE the movie, and this is hands down the best costume EVER!!!