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Harley Quinn Costume

Updated on October 2, 2016

Room of Harley Quinns

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Harley Quinn Costume Inspiration

With the 2016 release of Suicide Squad and the cartoon DC Superhero Girls Harley Quinn's infamy continues to grow. There are many more costume options available for Daddy's Lil Monster this year as more costume versions of the character now exist.

Harley Quinn costumes range from sweetly villainous to seductively evil. The classic comic book character shows a more modest costume look featuring a black and red color scheme while the Suicide Squad and Arkham Assylum video game Harley Quinn costumes paint the Joker's side kick in a more sexualized light; revealing, more skin and tighter clothes.

Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Costume

Key Pieces for Suicide Squad Harley Costume

To become the Suicide Squad villainous need a makeover and a few select wardrobe pieces

Hair: Quinn's platinum locks that are tied up in pigtails. Each of the pigtails is accented with additional color. One side having blue and the other red.

Makeup: Red lips, dark black liners, one eye had red makeup from the outside edge of eye coming down, and the other side utilized blue eye makeup.

Wardrobe: Quinn's outfit has a baseball theme as she sports a tight fitting ripped baseball t-shirt that is white and red. The shirt read's Daddy's Lil Monsters. Some holes adorn the shirt a long with some black stitching. The shirt is paired with blue and black tight shorts that look more like underwear. Underneath the shorts she wears fishnet stockings. A black buckled belt is worn over the shirt with gold square details. On one had she wears a blue and red baseball glove.

Jewelry: Around Harley's neck is a choker that has the word puddin' written on it. She also has some menacing golden spike bracelets that she wears.

Tattoos: Quin has a few tattoos but the one that reflects the imagery of the earlier character costume is the tattoo on one of her arms that shows red and black diamonds. This is reflective of the early comic jester appearance for the character.

Cosplay Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Costume to Make

2 Ways to Make Your Own Daddy's Lil Monster Shirt

If you want to make your own Daddy's Little Monster shirt you can make it utilizing fabric markers and duct tape.

You will need to start with a white three quarter length white tee to begin. Next you will need to decide if you want to use duct tape or fabric markers to make your shirt designs.

If you use duct tape you will need three colors, red, blue and black. The red will be needed across the neck line and to make a line pattern around the sleeves. The blue will be needed around only one side of the sleeve as the design becomes blue and white instead of the red and white. The dark tape is needed to cut out the letters for Daddy's Lil Monster. This is easier if you use a cutting mat and a craft knife.

Fabric Markers are easier to work with and you can just color the design and letters. You will need black, red and blue makers to make the shirt. You could even draw the stiches on.

If you prefer you could actually stitch the shirt in an x pattern. Make sure to put some holes in the shirt for character authenticity.

DC Superhero Girls Harley Quinn

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Superhero Girls Harley Quinn Costume

The DC Superhero Girls Harley Quinn is a more kid friendly version of the modern Harley Quinn costume. The diamond patterned shirt is more perky.

The black puffed sleeves gives the costume a more formal and pretty look than the former Suicide Squad costume. The black collared shirt gives this jokester a more polished look.There is no harsh makeup in this version of the costume instead the class clown wears a black mask. Her shorts are blue and she pairs this them with black and red leggings and blue comfortable shoes.

Harley's hair is very similar to her Suicide Squad version. She wears her blonde hair in pig tails. One side of the hair has blue highlights and the other has red. Even her bracelet gives the idea of a more delicate look.

Joker Hits Town with Harley Quinn

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The Story of Harley Quinn

The character of Harley Quinn was first introduced in 1992 in Batman: The Animated Series and then later incorporated into the DC Batman comic books.

Harley Quinn worked at the Asylum when she fell in love with the Joker. She aided in his escape of the institution a time or two, before going insane (after the Joker was injured by Batman). Poison Ivy gave her an immunity to toxins.

Harley Quinn wears a black and red jester costume. For those wanting a more traditional costume you will need to sport a jester hat with a black and red patch jumpsuit. The costume will also feature diamond pattern, a prominent white collar, along with a black eye mask. The costume will have long sleeves and not much skin will be visible.

For those who prefer more sexy Harley Quinn costume, there is always the costume design based on Harley Quinn in Batman: Arkam City.

Arkham City Harley Quinn Costume

The Arkham City version of Harley Quinn depicts the super villain more scantily clad. The look is more edgy. The colors are more muted and give Harley Quinn a more indestructible kind of quality to her persona.

Two main differences in this version of the jester is that the costume is less comical that the comic book version. There seems to be less levity in the costume look as Quinn becomes the seductress.

For this look you will not need a head piece. In fact, you will need to wear pigtails and add some highlights or red and black to your mane. You will need tighter fitting costume pieces and be comfortable showing off more skin.

The Hair in Arkham City

If your planning on wearing a more traditional DC Comic Harley Quinn look you can skip the wig because your locks will be hidden behind you jester hat; however if you want to take on a more video game inspired Harley Quinn costume a blonde pig tailed costume wig might be the thing you need to finish off your Harley Quinn costume ensemble.

To get a more authentic look you may have to add in some red and black color into your pig tails. This can be accomplished with Sharpies or spray paint. Dye will not adhere to synthetic wigs.

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Handmade Quinn Costume

For those crafty sole why not try to fashion your own costume design. Wikihow has a tutorial that will help you create a costume with pictured instruction. There is not much sewing involved as you take two identical outfits, one in red and the other in black, cut both down the middle and sew down the center. It allows beginner sewers to get the look without having to follow a complex pattern.

Make-up Tutorial for Harley Quinn

Want to transform into Batman's Arkham City siren Harley Quinn from head to toe? Finish off your sexy Harley Quinn costume with the aid of make-up.

Harley Quinn Costume Comments - Will you or won't you?

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      no, but nice lens!

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      im1337mi 5 years ago

      I won't, but wouldn't mind if the girlfriend did ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I need cheap tall black boots. where to get them?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes I have already got mine on order for Halloween I can't wait to ware it :-D