Sometimes you just want to dress up as your favourite character from a show, movie or book. But that can seem daunting if you’re worried about putting together a screen accurate costume especially if you don’t want to go with a bagged costume. Even the most basic items can be hard to find. You’d think it would be simple to find a plain white t-shirt… until you actually need to buy one then they just don’t exist. Don’t worry, we have some suggestions that might make the process easier.
Accuracy is Overrated and Limiting
Characters in movies look amazing and they should. There is a whole team of people who decide how a character should look and then go out shopping for the perfect pieces at multiple stores or make the outfit themselves. You are one person with a life, a job, and people who rely on you. You probably do not have time to check 15 different stores for the perfect sweater and you shouldn’t have to. Instead, we suggest focusing on the colours and shapes of the outfit. Take Disney’s Snow White for example. Instead of finding the perfect gown keep your eyes open for the right shade of blue in a sweater, or even a corset. Replace her white stand up collar with a white collar necklace. You could do a red cloak or you could do a red cardigan. Yellow pants, shorts or a skirt would all work to sell the outfit as snow white. A black bob wig is pretty easy to find but if you don’t want to wear a wig then a red hair bow or headband would still give off that Snow White feel.
Mashup are Fun
Sometimes combining 2 or 3 ideas give you more room to create an awesome costume. Last year, my husband was Post-Apocalyptic Malone. He drew on some Post Malone tattoos on his face with eyeliner, threw some goggles on his head and wore a beat up military looking jacket. Alternatively, I always see steampunk versions of characters at every convention we go to. Steampunk Ariel is one of my favourites. You need a red wig, goggles, a corset (purple is good because that’s the colour of her seashells but if you can’t find purple try a purple blouse under the corset), and leggings that look fin-like. You can also add a pocket belt, and jewelry if you want to because with steampunk more is more.
Don’t Forget about Books
Books are great for inspiration because the only limit is your imagination. There’s a good chance the author has explained what a character looks like or dresses like at least once in the book. What does hair like midnight and silvery eyes mean to you? How about a black flowy dress? It could be just about anything. The point is that it’s up to you to decide. Some people might recognize who you are but most probably won’t and that’s okay. You can still put together a really fun and interesting costume that makes you feel connected to your favorite character.
Whatever you decide to do, we fully give you permission to forget about making it accurate and instead make it your own. Halloween is supposed to be fun after all! Want more costume suggestions? Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Sometimes your best bet for Halloween is to stick to classic costumes. You can take inspiration from your favorite stories, urban legends or fairy tales. Vampires, witches, and pirates make good costumes because they’re easily recognizable but you still have the freedom to be creative when putting together your costume.
What’s more Halloween than a vampire? There are so many directions to go in. You could be a modern vampire like the ones from Twilight in your favorite outfit and glitter. You could be a sexy Anne Rice vampire in a poet shirt and leather pants. Or you could be a scary vampire like Nosferatu in prosthetics. Whatever you decide make sure to have a good pair of contacts and fangs to really sell the vampire aesthetic. The rest is up to you and your imagination.
Okay so if anything is more Halloween than a vampire, it’s a witch. Your gut instinct might be to just wear a black dress with a witch hat but if you want to stand out there’s so much more you can do. Something as simple as adding a pair of black and white stockings and red shoes will take you from generic witch to the Wicked Witch of the East (you know, the one who got the house dropped on her). Or you could make a steampunk witch by adding a corset, goggles and some Victorian boots. Be a sexy witch in fishnets and high heels. Whatever you decide, a witch costume is a good start.
Yarr avast. Do you want to spend the night drinking and talking like a pirate? Of course you do. Then it’s time to invest in a good pirate costume. A lace up poet shirt is an excellent place to start. You’ll also need an eye patch and a tricorn and voila you’re a pirate ready to sail the seven seas. But what if you don’t want to be a traditional pirate. Then we suggest you try being a space pirate. Replace that poet shirt with a sparkly skinny tee and add a ray gun. Now you’re ready to misbehave in space.
Listen, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel with your Halloween costume. Classic costumes are classic for a reason. Add your own flare and elevate something people have seen a million times to a brand new standard. If you want more costume suggestions, be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Countdown to Halloween. You have three more weeks to perfect your costume ensemble. This week we’re focusing on our most popular costume request: Steampunk. Grab your pocket watch and start up your airship, it’s time to get your steampunk on.
What is Steampunk?
Steampunk is a specific sub genre of science fiction. Imagine the future in the past, that’s basically steampunk. It draws heavy inspiration from the Victorian era and the industrial revolution but in a more fantastical universe. Picture pirates on air ships, tinkers making clockwork men, and lots of steam. Stempunk fashion draws on those same inspirations so corsets, goggles, waistcoats and pocket watches.
How do I put together a Steampunk Costume?
Steampunk can be a lot of different things. We suggest starting with a character. Are you going to be a high society lady/ gentleman or a clockmaker or an adventurer? As all those characters would wear different things, it will give you a good starting point. If your stuck creatively, try making a steampunk version of your favorite character from a book or movie. For example, steampunk Tinkerbell, steampunk Batman or steampunk Santa Claus. The only limit is your imagination. Pinterest and Instagram are also great for inspiration.
What makes it Steampunk?
There’s lots of ways to steampunkify your costume. Top hats, goggles, corsets and waistcoats are a good start. A lot of people think of browns, coppers and bronzes as the main steampunk colours, however, steampunk can be colour you want as long as you’re picking Victorianish pieces. If you want to mix in pieces from different time periods, just make your steampunk character a time traveler.
Steampunk gives you lots of room for creativity with your costume. So have fun putting together your steampunk look! If you want more steampunk outfit ideas or costume suggestions, be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
How to Steampunk at Any Price Point
In a previous blog I mentioned that I love steampunk costumes because you can do it at any price point. I thought that I’d expand on that a little bit and give you some most excellent examples. Grab your goggles and make sure to wind your pocket watch because it’s time to get steampunked.
Cheap and Easy Steampunk
If you want an absolute bare bones steampunk costume, you can grab a white button up shirt, some plain brown pants and a pair of goggles. To step it up a little bit you add some suspenders and paint up a toy gun from the dollar store in bronze, browns, and copper colours. If you have a bowtie or vest lying around that house those would both add to the steampunkness of the costume. You could also swap out the pants for a skirt just keep in mind that the steampunk aesthetic draws heavily from the Victorian era so longer or high low skirts would probably work better than a modern looking skirt. Assuming that you have some of the pieces for this costume already, you could probably put together the look for less than $60.
Mid range Steampunk
If you want to step your steampunk up and you have a bit of a bigger budget, you can use the cheap and easy steampunk costume as a base but swap out some items and add some more accessories. You could add a waistcoat, top hat, and pocket watch to your base if you want an aristocrat steampunk costume. Add an underbust holster vest and pocket belt if you want a more adventurous steampunk costume. Corsets or waist cinchers are also a welcome addition to a steampunk costume. You can also consider adding some jewelry like a choker or a necklace.
Bonus: What is Steampunk?
Do you want to go all out and you have an unlimited budget? Then the sky’s the limit. Start with some Victorian boots, rail pull skirt, pocket belt, corset, waistcoat, goggles and a pocket watch. If you have the money to spend and a good imagination then you can put together an amazing steampunk costume. Maybe start by crafting your steampunk character? Are you a handsome watch maker? Or are you a sassy resistance fighting former fancy lady? Let your accessories and choice of costume reflect your most excellent character.
No matter what your budget, you can put together a really cool steampunk costume. Whether you’re putting something together from your closet or you have an unlimited budget, steampunk is a great choice for you Halloween costume this year.
Steampunk Waistcoat – Double breasted
Steampunk Waistcoats are a great addition to any wardrobe. Got a wedding to attend? Try adding a Venus&Mars Steampunk Waistcoat to a plain white dress shirt and black pants to elevate your look from everyday Joe to Mr. Darcy. Become the ultimate steampunk master by wearing your vest with a military frock coat, top hat, goggles and a pocket watch. Cosplaying as a character in a three piece suit? Adding a Venus&Mars Steampunk Waistcoat will push your cosplay one step ahead of your contemporaries by adding a subtle uniqueness. Our Steampunk Waistcoats are so versatile that you could wear them to the fanciest of red carpet events or just on a Tuesday with a nice shirt and jeans. You definitely need one of these in your closet.
Steampunk Frock Coats
This is definitely a customer favourite. Steampunk frock coats look great on everyone. You can wear it completely buttoned up for a military look or wear a couple buttons undone for more of a traditional looking lapel. The brown tapestry contrasts nicely with the black canvas giving you a really unique look. When worn with a dress shirt it is perfect for any formal event. You can also try it with a black tshirt and jeans for a more casual look. We think it looks the best with a Waistcoat and a ruffle poet shirt. Oh and don’t forget a pocket watch for time traveling adventures!
Velvet Lined Cloaks
Become the regal person you were always meant to be, get a velvet lined cloak. Velvet lined cloaks are perfect for alternative outdoor wear when you have a special event. They are also great for staying cozy at home. The luxurious velvet will brighten anyone’s day. The deep hood will let you maintain an air of mystery. What’s not to love? Try one with a gown!