Halloween is just around the corner. That means that you’ll be starting to think about your costumes – if not now, then very soon. And, if you love the idea of dressing up, it’s time to have some costume fun. Whether you’re making the costume yourself, or buying the finished item, it’s important to think about the fabrics you choose – as they can make or break an outfit.
If you or your little one is going for the Count Dracula look, the simplest way to start is with a white face, blood-stained lips, dark eyes, and fake vampire teeth. However, if you really want to make an impression, you’ll need a thick (and dramatic) sweeping cloak. Now, remember Count Dracula was wealthy. So, go for something which represents that. If you have a decent budget, or plan to us this cloak for years to come, the best fabric to use would be velvet. However, if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, go for velour or satin. Whichever you choose, make sure it’s lined with either black or a shade of red.
A witch’s costume is full of possibility. You could go for good or bad, historical Salem, sexy and sleek, fun and colourful, or fun and colourful. There’s lots of fun to be had – and fabric to be used – when creating your costume. For instance, if you’re going for sexy and sleek, you could add a long organza or lace cloak to your black dress. This could be attached to your middle finger with a loop of elastic (or hairband) to create a majestical effect. Or, if you’re going for Glenda rather than Wicked Witch of the East, change the colour and go for white.
Now, if you want to go for fun and a bit quirky why not make your own colourful witch’s tutu? For that you’ll need tulle. Yards and yards of tulle. You can make this has puffy or as colourful as you’d like, depending on the overall look you’re going for. There are lots of tutorials online which will step you through the creating process.
We started with the classics, now it’s time to take a quick look at a few of the big-screen or TV inspired costume ideas:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
With number 2 set to be released this year, just after Halloween, you may be wanting to theme your costume around it. It’s a little early to dress as a young Dumbledore (people may not recognise it so instantly) but if you feel like becoming Newt Scamander, then you’ll be needing lots of wool. A wool coat and a wool suit, with a satin cravat to match.
IT – Pennywise
This is the ultimate and hugely horrifying clown costume which was brought back with a vengeance last year. We have strong convictions that this will remain a contender for 2018. For your Pennywise costume go for taffeta or satin with pleated chiffon ruffles.
The Handmaid’s Tale
This is probably one of the most iconic looks of the last two years. The long red clock and stiff white bonnet to hide the face. We would suggest tomato red thick brushed wool twill. After all, the need to look like government-issued, mass produced items designed as a uniform.