How to Make a Jock Costume

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You can make a jock costume.

The word "jock" is a stereotypical label that applies to enthusiastic athletes and sports fan who aren't much interested in other things, like academics. Still, since it is a stereotype, there is a lot of room for variation when it comes to jock costumes. Jock outfits can be male or female and can be basic, over the top or somewhere in between.

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A good starting point is to look for pictures from movies that feature jocks. Some of the best movie jocks are Johnny Lawrence in "The Karate Kid," Biff Tannen in "Back to the Future" and Ogre in "Revenge of the Nerds." You will get plenty of ideas from these characters.

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Best Jock Outfits

School sports teams can promote tough, competitive, "emotionally inexpressive" mentalities when the game is all-important and life off the field is not. Movies do portray jocks as bullies sometimes, but this is not always the case. Sometimes, the characters are more emotionally in tune with others and are popular with everyone and end up being heroes. When they are portrayed as bullies in movies, they are usually taught lessons by nerds and others.

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Jock Halloween costumes can be made by pairing a football, hockey, baseball or other sports jersey with a pair of jeans. A track suit will also work just as well. The defining garment is the varsity jacket. If you don't have one, you may be able to find a used one or make one yourself. These jackets have a letter over the left breast beneath the clavicle, names or words on the back, scholars' patches on the right arm and numbers on the left arm (all below the shoulder).

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Jocks wear sneakers. You can also add a class ring on your pinkie and put a little too much gel in your hair as an added touch. Another idea for a jock outfit is to wear a flannel shirt with a puffer vest and a baseball cap. Besides carrying a football or baseball glove, one of the best adornments for a jock is a cheerleader, so if you have a friend willing to join in on the fun, go for it. For something scarier, be a dead jock. Wear white makeup, blacken your eyes and use fake blood liberally on your clothing and body.

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How to Make a Jock Costume

Things You'll Need

  • Track suit, sports uniform or jersey

  • Athletic sneakers or cleats

  • Letterman jacket

  • Class ring

  • Hair gel

  • Ball for your sport

Step 1: Wear a Track Suit

To become the quintessential jock, wear a track suit. You get bonus points if you choose one in your school colors. This is especially fun if you're going to a party with a group of others doing the same thing. If you have a sports uniform or jersey, you could wear that too.

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Step 2: Wear Athletic Sneakers or Cleats

To go with your track suit, you should wear athletic sneakers or cleats. It's especially accurate if they match your outfit colorwise or if they correspond to the sport you chose to represent.

Step 3: Wear a Letterman Jacket

If you have a thick wool coat or an old varsity letterman jacket, this is the perfect addition to your costume. It's even better if you happen to live in a cold area and need the benefit of an outer layer.

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Step 4: Style Your Hair and Accessorize

Stereotypical jocks, especially those of the Biff Tannen variety, liked to slick back their hair. Use hair gel to make yourself look like one of these athletes. You can also wear a class ring to accessorize your jock outfit.

Step 5: Bring Sporting Equipment

Bring a ball, bat, stick or paddle along with you for trick-or-treating or to a party when you wear your jock costume. Match the accessory to the game you are playing for an accurate costume.

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