You don't have to rob a bank to make your own gangster girl costume. They're fun, sexy and creative and best of all, you can have killer looks without spending a lot of money. Chances are good that you already have most of what you need hanging in your closet. For the parts you don't have, raid your local thrift shop.You're sure to find all the things that every well-dressed gangster girl requires.
Gangster Girl Basics
It isn't necessary to plan every aspect of your gangster girl costume, but it's important to have a general idea in mind. Most gangster girl outfits will begin with the basic pinstriped suit. Choose a black or white long-sleeved shirt to go under the suit jacket. If your shirt is white, add a black tie, and a black shirt should be contrasted with a white tie. Gangster girls should be properly attired from head to toe, so look for a pair of black or black and white shoes and a black or white fedora hat that you can wear at a jaunty tilt. If your idea of the perfect gangster girl costume is more feminine, wear a matching skirt instead of suit pants. Look for a pair of nylons with a seam down the back and complete the look with a pair of black heels.
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A few well chosen accessories will complete your look in true gangster style. It goes without saying that every gangster girl needs a gun, and you should be able to find an inexpensive toy gun in your neighborhood toy store or thrift shop. A toy machine gun is perfect, but a toy gun in a holster will work just as well. If you choose to wear a skirt, tuck a tiny toy pistol in a garter. Successful gangster girls love jewelry, and a few well-placed gold rings and chains will do the trick. Don't forget some snazzy gold, ruby or diamond cuff links for the shirt cuffs. Although it's entirely optional, a plastic cigar can add a comical touch to your gangster girl costume.
Completing the Look
Grooming is the secret to the most impressive and realistic gangster girl costumes, and will make even a thrift shop costume look top notch. Clean the suit and shirt and remove any stains or spots, then press them neatly with some sharp creases down the center of the pant legs. Clean the shoes and polish them so they shine. Apply makeup carefully, but don't overdo it, as excessive makeup will just detract from the costume. Most importantly, gangster girl costumes are all about attitude, so have fun and let them know exactly who's boss.