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Inside Out Sadness Costume

Updated on August 31, 2015

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By the end of this Inside Out costume guide, you will be able to quickly and easily put together a DIY Sadness costume on a budget.

This step-by-step guide includes high-res images and detailed descriptions of Sadness' gloomy outfit, round glasses and limp hair as well as tips for replicating her sorrowful style. Read on for the perfect inspiration to create what will likely be one of the most popular costumes of the year!

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Who is Sadness?

Voiced by Phyllis Smith, Sadness appeared second, after Joy, in 10-year-old Riley's brain while she was a baby. Despite being smart and compassionate, Sadness is ostracized by Joy and the other emotions because they don't understand how she could ever contribute to Riley's happiness.

Essentials For Your Sadness Costume

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Round Glasses

Sadness' thick round glasses are her defining accessory. Those glasses, oversized with dark purple rims, are, on one hand, stereotypical because glasses are often associated with the sort of kids who get picked on in school (and Sadness is repeatedly excluded by Riley's other emotions).

On the other hand, though, Sadness' glasses allude to her emotional intelligence, especially her ability to understand exactly why other people feel the way they do.


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Gray Turtleneck Sweater & Blue Leggings

Like Disgust, Fear and Anger, Sadness' look revolves around a single color: blue. Blue is the color traditionally associated with sorrow. Sometimes feeling down is referred to as "feeling blue."

Sadness' body shape is inspired by a teardrop and dressed in soft, comfortable clothes that allow her to blend in rather than stand out. Her thick gray sweater and blue pants are not unique, which makes them easy to find in a thrift store or online.

To save even more cash, opt for blue leggings instead of actual pants. Complete your look with simple blue flats or slippers.

Sadness Hair & Makeup

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Limp Blue Hair

Although Sadness and Joy both have blue hair, Sadness' locks are dull and lifeless compared to Joy's spunky pixie cut.

If you style and temporarily (or permanently!) color your own hair for this Inside Out costume, be sure to part it on the side and flat iron it so it will lay as smooth and flat as possible.

Bright Blue Skin

Painting your face isn't mandatory for any Inside Out costume, especially if you're going to sweat it off at a Halloween dance party, but it certainly does add to the authenticity of your look. If you do decide to paint your face, be sure to choose a high-quality paint and not the stuff that sells for $1.99 in the Halloween section of a department store.

Check out my favorite Sadness tutorials now for face paint recommendations and tips for application. ➔

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    • Paul Edmondson profile image

      Paul Edmondson 23 months ago from Burlingame, CA

      I'm betting we see a lot of this costume this season.

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