How to Create a Bill Clinton Costume

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Bill Clinton is a legend in his own time. He was President of the United States for two terms in the 1990s. His biography is a bestseller. He is a hero for the Democratic party and for many people in the country. If you want to create a doable, inexpensive costume for these politically charged times, you'll make a safe choice by picking Bill Clinton. Don this costume for parties, accompanying your kids trick or treating or for a fun dress up day at the office.

  • Get the hair down. You want to wear a wig that has silver and gray. It should be styled short and neat, yet with a bit of style to the top. He doesn't focus on his hair in general, but it should be authentic to really pull off this costume. Alternatively, you could go with a full mask that covers your head, allowing eye and nose holes. You can find this one many websites (see Additional Resources).

  • Grab a top notch designer suit. Look for something from a second hand store that's in great condition. Go for one from the 1990s if possible. It should be perfectly pressed. A president cannot go around looking unpolished, after all.

  • Put on a dark tie. Keep it simple and stylish.

  • Put on a pin of the Presidential seal. No, this isn't typically "the look," but it helps add to the authenticity and recognition factor of your costume.

  • Grab your saxophone. He was known for playing this instrument on talk shows. It will be easily recognized as a Bill Clinton prop. However, if you're going to be walking around all evening, save this for the end. It can get burdensome.

  • Get down that voice. Listen to his archived speeches. Grab some familiar quotes from him like, “If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.” He also said, “We cannot build our own future without helping others to build theirs.”

  • Sharpen your sense of humor. When told that his Monica scandal was ranked fifty-third among the most significant stories of the century among journalists, he quipped, "What's a man got to do to get in the top fifty?" He also has stated, "I may not have been the greatest president, but I've had the most fun eight years."

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't go for the low blows when creating this costume. Keep it classy and respectful.
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