Plus Size Homemade Halloween Costumes


Dressing up for Halloween is for adults and children alike. Many ready-made costumes cost a small fortune or may be nearly impossible to find the correct size, which is why many plus-size women are looking to make their own costumes. Creating a homemade plus-size costume is easy with a little bit of thought, even if you don't know how to sew.

Plus Size Homemade Halloween Costumes
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Figure out what you'd like to dress up as and if you'd like your costume to be warm for taking the kids trick-or-treating or sexy for an adults-only Halloween party. Most costumes can easily be created at home by using a little bit of creativity, and can be versatile for different situations.

Choose to dress up as a cowgirl with a flannel shirt and denim jeans, shorts or a skirt. Wear jeans while trick-or-treating and a short skirt or cut-off shorts for a party. The flannel shirt can be a large baggy men's shirt that can be worn tucked in or tied near your bellybutton. Cowgirl boots and a hat complete your look. If you don't have these items lying around, check out your local second-hand stores for inexpensive items you won't mind cutting and altering if necessary.

Dress as a vampire wearing a short black dress or white button-up blouse and black skirt. Make, purchase or borrow a long black cape and wear black boots or heels with torn black pantyhose or fishnet stockings. Finish your costume by being creative with makeup. Make your face pale, use dark eye makeup and bright red lipstick.

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Dress up as a nurse or doctor for the night by borrowing scrubs, a nurse's uniform or a white lab coat. You can generally purchase these items relatively inexpensively at second-hand stores if you don't already have them. Make your own name tag with "Dr." or "Nurse" followed by your name or any name you'd like to use for the night.

Super-heroes, cops and soldiers are other classic costumes you can put together at home by using items you have, borrowing from friends or purchasing some of the clothing at bargain prices. Dress as a soldier by wearing a white t-shirt and fatigue or camouflage pants or skirt.

Go back in time and become a school girl again with a short, plaid dress or skirt and a white button up blouse. Knee high socks and black Mary Jane shoes finish the outfit, while pigtails and a lollipop add the finishing touches to the accessories.

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Find a basic black, red or white dress that you can dress up in many different ways by using accessories. For example, a black dress can become your base for a vampire, witch, Elvira, pirate or mobster costume. Add a belt, cape, striped socks, stockings, boots or heels to customize the dress to your chosen costume. Red dresses can easily transform into a devil costume, super hero, firewoman, racer girl or pirate costume. Use a white dress to dress as an angel, princess, bunny, inmate, snowman or sexy ghost. Shop in the children's aisle to find beads, tiaras, costume jewelry and other accessories.

Dress as a baby doll by wearing a nightgown, carrying a blanket or teddy bear and using makeup to create round, rosy cheeks and freckles. Wear your hair in pigtails to complete the look.

Rock out with some tight jeans with holes in them over fishnet stockings, a tight top or camisole topped off with a bright fishnet shirt and a dog collar. Use temporary hair dye and a lot of hair gel for bright, colorful spikes. Dark burgundy or black lipstick and nail polish should complete the look.

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