Greek God Costumes for Men

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You can find inspiration for a simple clever costume by drawing from history and literature. Greek mythology is often taught in literature and history classes in elementary or secondary education, so choose a well-known god so that your costume is recognizable. Add props and accessories to a basic white toga to create Greek god costumes.

Clothing

  • A toga is an essential part of any Greek god costume. Use a bed sheet or a large piece of cloth to construct your toga. Fold the sheet in half lengthwise and wrap it around your waist until it fits comfortably. Pin the fabric in place with a safety pin. The remaining fabric should be worn diagonally over one shoulder. Adjust the length or fit of the toga and secure with extra pins if needed. Wear your toga with sandals.

Props

  • Research the myths and characteristics of your chosen Greek god to create an authentic look. Use cardboard and art supplies to make simple props to enhance your costume. Zeus, the Ruler of Gods, used lightning bolts as weapons, so make lightning bolts out of cardboard and carry them with you. Hermes was the messenger god and wore winged sandals, so attach a pair of paper wings to your sandals. Poseidon, the Sea God, carried a trident, a three-pronged staff. If a specific color is associated with your god, wear a colored toga, such as black for Hades, God of the Underworld, or blue for Poseidon.

    Some Greek Gods are associated with animals, like Zeus who is known for eagles and Hades who is known for the Cerberus, the three-headed dog. You can use drawings or stuffed animals to further accessorize your costume.

Appearance

  • Greek gods often are depicted wearing crowns of ivy or laurels and occasionally with full beards. Use plastic ivy to make a crown. Attach a fake beard, if desired.

Considerations

  • Keep in mind where you are wearing the costume. Wear shorts or a t-shirt under your clothing to keep warm or to prevent embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions. Do not make your costume too heavy or uncomfortable because you may be wearing it for hours.

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