How to Make a Napoleon Bonaparte Costume

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If you need a great costume for Halloween or a costume party, dress up as Napoleon Bonaparte. Depending on your funds, you can spend a little or a lot of money on the costume. Just follow the steps below to create your own Napoleon costume.

  • Find a picture of Napoleon so have a visual idea of how he looks. Try a quick search on the Internet or look in an encyclopedia for a picture.

  • Base your costume on a picture of Napoleon in one of his military outfits. He is most well-known for his battlefield expertise as a general, so people will more readily recognize your character if your costume has a military look.

  • Consider your height. If you're exceptionally tall, this may not be the best costume for you. Although some historians disagree over Napoleon's actual height, popular culture has depicted him as shorter than the average man.

  • Get some knee-high, black riding boots and white breeches or pants. A black or navy uniform jacket will complete the military look. Find some medals that resemble military medals. Pin these all over your jacket.

  • Pay special attention to your hat. Many pictures of Napoleon Bonaparte show him with a black bicorne hat. A bicorne hat has a large brim on all sides, however the front and back are pinned up to the top of the hat so it forms a fan-like shape over the person's face.

  • Practice the famous Napoleonic attitude. Act petty, bossy and tyrannical. Order people around and become dramatically angry at the slightest offense. Walk around all night with your chin up and one hand tucked inside your suit coat.

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