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DIY Fashion: Wearing Costumes in Public

Updated on January 19, 2014

Costumes aren't just for Halloween!

Getting a little dressed up when you're going out places can make life much more exciting - for you, and those around you! Take your average plans and turn them into lifelong memories, just by changing up your wardrobe a bit.

You may think I'm crazy now, but I get dressed up for concerts, theme parks, sporting events, you name it. If I can come up with an appropriate costume, you bet I'm going to make a memory. Of all the people I've roped into these schemes, not one person has regretted it!

Pirates in public!
Pirates in public!

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What You'll Need

You'll need a few things, and they all depend on each other.

A few costume pieces - What sort of costume you'll wear will depend on what the occasion is. What's the theme - Disney? Rockstar? Flapper? Pirate? Accessories are key - you can take a few basic pieces and do a lot with them using accessories.

Some great friends - This won't be any fun at all if you don't have some friends to laugh with. They may take a little coaxing, but it'll be worth it in the end.

Somewhere to go - You're probably already going to some sort of cool event - and dressing up is a surefire way to make it even more cool. It could be a concert, a movie premier, a theme park, a club, a show. Pick a place or event and run with it!

Lastly, you'll need a camera! Fancy costumes should not go un-documented.

Okay, I actually didn't know these guys.
Okay, I actually didn't know these guys.
Fake Hollywood!
Fake Hollywood!

Get Into Character

Now that you've got a location, a costume, and a group of friends, you need to get into character!

One of my favorite costuming experiences was at Disney World, several years ago. My best friend Ayesha had taken me and another friend with her to celebrate her birthday. Before we left, I convinced the two that we should dress up each day, according to the theme of the park we were going to. You know, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, etc.

So, we packed up our bags and headed on our way. We spent the first afternoon in Hollywood Studios, and put on our best Hollywood dresses. People were taking pictures with us, and even the employees were convinced we were a part of the park!

While I enjoyed the whole trip, Animal Kingdom day was by far my favorite - the three of us put on our best jungle clothes and war paint. From the moment we stepped out of the hotel, we were in character, grunting and running around like cavemen. Everyone thought we were crazy, but we were having the time of our lives! It made the trip so much more memorable, and we even brightened a few kids' days.

That guy's face in the background though.
That guy's face in the background though.
Our costumes were better though.
Our costumes were better though.

Be Confident

Once you're dressed up, it's understandable if you get a little shy. Everyone is looking at you - but you have to own your ridiculous costume!

I love dressing up for concerts. I often go to classic rock shows - which are the easiest and most fun to dress for. Spandex, glitter, and big hair? Yes please.

A couple of years ago, I got to see Journey, Pat Benatar, and Loverboy. It was a fantastic show! My friend Holly came with me, and I convinced her to get into costume with me. We looked absolutely ridiculous walking up to the arena in our 80's rockstar getups, but everyone loved it. We even ran into a few others who had dressed up!

We even stopped on the way to the concert for our fake band's CD cover shoot.
We even stopped on the way to the concert for our fake band's CD cover shoot.

Ordinary to Extraordinary

Even if you don't have big concert or trip plans, even a simple visit to the movies can be revamped. You know, people dress up for movie premiers all the time! Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Rocky Horror Picture Show.

A group of friends and I went to go see the wonderful Great Gatsby in theaters, and they agreed to dress up all fancy like flappers and gents! It was a good time for all - and it made an otherwise average trip to the movies into an exciting day out, that we won't soon forget!

Do It For the Kids

Kids love seeing adults dressed up and having fun. I've had so many kids smile and laugh when my friends and I get dressed up and in character. Make it a family event that your kids won't forget!

I usually find myself at wrestling matches every once in a while - and those are some of my favorite events to dress up for. Kids usually mistake us for real wrestlers! The best part? People who stand out in the crowd often get onto TV! Ever seen the guys dressed up like Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage in the audience? You don't even have to dress up like a wrestler - my boss is also a wrestling fan, and he's made a habit of going to matches in a giant dog suit. Really, he's shown me the footage.

No autographs at this time.
No autographs at this time.

Go Out and Have Some Fun!

Dressing up in costumes really is a great way to have some good fun. It's a simple idea, and with a few friends, it's sure to be memorable. Give it a try sometime - I'm sure you won't regret it!


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