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Plus-Size Halloween Costume Report

Halloween is an opportunity for adults to indulge in a little dress up magic, play and pretend.  Whether attending a Halloween costume party or handing candy out to neighborhood children at the door, dressing up in costume can be lots of fun.

Plus size costumes are difficult to find off-line, although many use a little creativity and make their own with the simple addition of an accessory or two.  Inspiration can come from television and movies, classic stories and fairytales, history, and popular culture. Those with a dark, fantasy edge are perennial favorites, but sweet, light and funny characters can also be part of Halloween. 

Pin up looks can be created from a combination of lingerie retailers and vintage fashion retailers for those looking for sexier costumes.  Vintage style dresses can also form the basis of a variety of looks from saucy to simply glam.

Victoriana, goth and steampunk styles can form the fun foundation for a number of innovative costuming looks and are getting more widely available in larger sizes with the current trends. 

 

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Shopping Resources for Adult Plus-Size Costumes

Costume super store Buy Costumes has one of the largest inventories of adult costumes up to size 3X. Options include everything from classics such as witches, gypsies, zombie, super heroes, and pirate princesses to movie and television characters.  Period costumes for renaissance and medieval looks are also usually widely available.  It is here where masks, props, and ghoulish make-up kits are also readily available.

Torrid has licensing agreements with many of the big entertainment franchises and will often carry items such as popular super hero and princess movie inspired dresses, tees, and tops.  It is also a good resource for items with a goth twist that can be good for costuming.  Closer to the Halloween season they often offer pre-designed costume kits and accessories for size XL to 6X.

Sanctuarie often will stock costumes as large as 9X during the fall lead up to Halloween season.  Looks range from classic French Maid costumes to costume kits such as Princess Fiona from Shrek, Jazz Age Flappers, Dark Fairies, and Gothic Queens.

For adult sexy looks, including some steampunk styles check plus lingerie retailer Hips & Curves in size 1X to 6X.  In addition to some gorgeous corsets and fun accessories, they also carry Victoriana inspired fashion such as bustle skirts, mermaid skirts, vintage bloomers, fantasy wigs, and other items that can create some fantastic, imaginative costuming looks. This is also the best spot for fishnets and stockings.

Pirate, gypsy, renaissance, steampunk and medieval costuming is often available all year at Pyramid Collection in sizes to 28W, in addition to some unusual shoes, wigs, and accessories that can be used for costuming. Velvet gown, sweeping capes, and frothy lace are staples alongside fun accessories such as Maleficent horns, Cruella da Ville wigs, steampunk cat masks, and dark sorceress accessories. 

Those looking to create vintage, mid-20th century looks will want to check out eShakti which carries everything from size 0 to 36W.   While Modcloth is the spot to create the classic school girl costume look for size S to 4X,  shoes and accessories are particularly fabulous and unique here and can inspire some innovative looks.

Meanwhile Unique Vintage is a resource for swing and rockabilly looks. Their Gatsby flapper dresses are pricey but absolutely to die for, and a great choice for more upscale costume parties. Sizes run for XS to 4X.

For wigs check out the extensive collection at Ashro.

 

 

 

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