Sunday, October 21, 2018

Halloween Costume 2018: Netflix's GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling)

Halloween has really become one of my favourite holidays. To be honest, actually, it's the preparation for Halloween that's actually my favourite. I absolutely love creating my own Halloween costumes from thrift store finds...and a little bit of DIY!

You can find some of my previous thrifted/DIY Halloween costumes here: Maleficent, Harley QuinnPsycho Stabbing, American Horror Story Hotel: Countess, iZombie's Liv Moore, and Cruella de Vil.

This year, I decided to go with a super fun costume I discovered while watching Nextflix's show GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) - if you haven't seen the show yet, it's worth checking out! It's full of fun 80's-style wrestling costumes, which made it a great choice for Halloween. Especially this costume, which is based on Alison Bree's character Ruth Wilder and her wrestling persona, Zoya the Destroyer (here's another pic of the original outfit). She's the evil persona in the wrestling ring, so I figured it would be a good fit for Halloween!

So I headed out on the hunt for everything I'd need from Value Village...and it took me a few stores, but I found everything I needed! The best part about thrifting your costume? 1) You'll get a way better deal on thrifted costume pieces than you will by buying your costume at those Halloween pop-up shops 2) Your costume will be way better quality than the stuff you'll find in those pop-up shops 3) You'll probably be able to re-wear many of the parts of your costume (like the hat, belts and boots you I thrifted in this case).

Anyway, I can't even tell you how excited I was when the first thing I saw on the jewelry counter at Value Village was the perfect faux fur hat that you'll see below! And the boots were a great find too - they have the tie-up look just like a pair of wrestling boots would, but these were a little more stylish, with the wedge heel (also comfy to walk in - win!).

Here's the breakdown of my Value Village costume:
Hat: $17.99
Bodysuit: $8.99
Belt 1: $6.49
Belt 2: $14.99
Boots: $16.99
TOTAL: $65.45

$65 for everything definitely wasn't bad, considering like I said, I'll be able to re-wear many of these items beyond Halloween!

This costume just required a couple simple DIYs: first, I cut up the bodysuit to make it one shoulder. I just used my sewing machine to do a very basic stitch along the raw edges of the newly one-shouldered bodysuit. I took the leftover sleeve I had cut off and created the separate sleeve, and then used the leftover fabric to create the choker. For the belt detailing, I ended up finding a 'wrestling champion' belt at the dollar store, and cut up two of the gold plastic plates, which I then super glued to the thrifted belts. And voila!

I actually had a fun time doing the makeup for this look too - I used a coppery-gold eyeshadow all the way up to my brows, darkened my brows quite a bit with an eyeliner, and then used my Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Pitch Black, with a little bit of gold eyeshadow dabbed in the centre of my lips. Oh, and some light grey eyeshadow as a contour as well.

What are you planning to be for Halloween this year? If you're stilling looking, check out Value Village! I thrifted my whole costume there, but they also have lots of brand new Halloween costumes and accessories too, so you can mix and match to create your perfect costume!

Happy Halloween Costume Styling! xo

~ Britta

Disclaimer: Value Village graciously provided a gift card to cover the cost of my thrifted Halloween costume. As always, opinions are still my own - Value Village is my go-to place for Halloween costumes, no matter what!

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