How to Make Your Own High School Musical Costume

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Lots of pre-teen girl and some pre-teen boys are wild about "High School Musical" and may want a costume so they can pretend to be their favorite character. Girls can dress up as a cheerleader, or the sweet Gabriella, smart Taylor, or sassy Sharpay. Boys can be Troy, Ryan, or Chad.

Things You'll Need

  • Red and white cheerleader outfit Red and white basketball uniform Street clothes Accessories
  • Begin with a basic red and white costume. Girls can simulate a cheerleading costume with a short red skirt and red and white top, or you can also purchase a generic cheer leading costume online. Boys can find a basic red and white basketball uniform, either the shorts and shirt, or warm-ups will do.

  • Add distinguishing letters to the basic costume. For girls, purchase iron on letters spelling our EHS from the craft store, apply them to the costume. Boys can add the word WILDCATS to the front of their costume.

  • Should you want costumes more specific to the lead characters from "High School Musical," you need to examine the characters and their typical style of dress. Gabrielle wears cute, simple outfits, Taylor's outfits are more preppy, and Sharpay's clothes are more flashy. Troy and Chad dress more sporty, while Ryan's clothes are a cross between preppy and funky. By looking in your closet and in local department stores you should be able to capture the clothing style.

  • Add finishing touches that make you look more like the cast of "High School Musical." For Gabriella, add a ribbon around the waist and bow in the hair. For Taylor, add her signature headband. For Sharpay, you need long blonde hair or a wig and lots of glitz. A curly wig would work for Chad, and for Ryan, a Fedora hat would finish off the costume.

Tips & Warnings

  • Outfit suggestion for Sharpay: Gold hot pants, slinky red and white top, big red tinted glasses, gold shoes. Add gold accessories to the shirt, just above the bust. Outfit suggestion for Gabriella: Simple red or white ballet type dress with matching shoes and ribbon around the waist.

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