8 Costume Party Must-Haves Every Closet Needs


If your friend group loves a themed party just as much as any college Greek group does, there are a few staples you’ll need in order to make the best impression at every themed event you attend. In this post, we’ll give you the ultimate list of must-have items that you need to have at the ready whenever the opportunity arises.


1. A shirt to show your pride

The thing that’s great about costume parties is that you get the opportunity to reinvent yourself or celebrate part of your culture that you don’t always get to flaunt so dramatically. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, so a green shirt and accessories are definitely a must if you want to celebrate appropriately with the rest of your ancestors and drinking buddies.

But later on in the spring/early summer comes a costume party that’s more fab than the rest: Pride. Pride is a time to celebrate the LGBTQ community in all its glitz, glamour, and glory. So having a lineup of rainbow clothing is a must. Take your Pride look even further with some temporary hair dye, face and body glitter, and some heart-shaped shades to embody the overwhelming message of love.

2. Some whimsical wigs

A really fun and unique party idea is a wig party. Have everyone dress up with the ‘do of their dreams and plan a bar crawl, karaoke night, or other fun extravaganzas. Even if you don’t have a wig party coming up, wigs are a great way to accessorize any costume, especially if you’re not prepared for a spontaneous event. A regular outfit can easily become a striking costume with the addition of a colorful wig—they’re also ideal for concerts and festivals!

3. Costume makeup

Like wigs, makeup is an easy but effective way to totally transform your look. From animal-inspired looks to other-worldly extraterrestrials, it’s seriously amazing what you can achieve with some costume makeup and some trial and error.

4. An ugly sweater

Hardly a holiday goes by that there’s not an ugly Christmas sweater party to attend, so that’s why we’d say it’s a must-have for every closet. If you don’t want to buy one, why not get crafty with it? A plain crew neck sweater can easily become a hideous holiday look with just a few additions and the help of a hot glue gun. Here are some ideas to get those creative juices flowing:

  • Add some jingle bells for a fun (and audible) element
  • Glue a branch from your Christmas tree for a very literal approach
  • Head to the dollar store to find funky decorations to deck out your sweater

5. Bedazzled attire

A little glitz goes a long way as far as costume attire goes. A dazzling denim jacket, bag, or hat could be just the accessory you need to take your costume look from amazing to award-winning. If you’re feeling committed to the costume cause, a Bedazzler is a must-have for every DIY costume creator.

6. Silly shades

If you’re attending a daytime event, themed party shades can be a great way to help you tie your look together. A pair of heart-shaped glasses are ideal for Valentine’s Day, while a pair of shamrock shades are a definite must for St. Patty’s day parties.

7. Hats on hats

Hats are probably the most versatile costume attire. From cowboy hats to baseball hats and more, there are so many ways you can repurpose hats to create the costume of your dreams. Here’s a list of the hats we think you should have ready to go in your costume box:

  • Cowboy hat
  • Kentucky Derby style sun hat
  • Baseball cap
  • Faux fur hat
  • Fedora
  • Dad hat
  • Newsboy cap
  • Bowler hat

8. Dazzling jewels

Everyone knows that jewelry is the finishing touch to every great outfit, but few people prioritize jewelry in their costume looks. A striking pearl necklace and earrings are ideal for a 20s flapper look while a bolo tie is a must-have for guys going for a western cowboy look.


Wrapping up

If you’re a frequent costume party goer, you know that dressing up is an all or nothing kind of situation. And last-minute looks don’t always go as planned. Use this guide to help you build a costume closet that’s ready to jump on any excuse to dress up!

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8 Costume Party Must-Haves Every Closet Needs
If your friend group loves a themed party just as much as any college Greek group does, there are a few staples you’ll need in order to make the best impression at every themed event you attend
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