Making a Homemade Punk Costume: Ideas and Instructions
What Does a Punk Costume Look Like?
Before making a punk costume, you should know that it's kind of hard to define what "punk" is. Of course, you can always check out the Wikipedia article, but that only scratches the surface.
The main thing about punk: It's about breaking rules and not letting "the man" tie you down. With that in mind, use my examples as guidelines! Don't be afraid to take the costume in your own direction. A true punk would never worry about the details, and neither should you.
The second thing to remember is that contrast is good. Hard and soft, bright and dark, playful and angry—the more, the merrier.
Images from this site are also on Flickr.
DIY Punk Costume: What You'll Need
Shoes and Accessories
Big, messy, and colorful (instructions below).
Old band/concert T-shirt.
Faux-hawk (see instructions below).
Tight fitting, bright colors.
Belt necklace (see instructions below).
Spikes (see instructions below).
Plaid or any strong graphic pattern.
Clashing patterns, odd or random images and text.
Safety pins and studs.
Slash it here and there for a "distressed" look!
Ear, nose, and lip piercings.
A Homemade Punk Costume
The Punk Costume Shirt
Show your punk pride! You have a lot of options when choosing a shirt. Band and concert T-shirts are always a good choice, as is any shirt with bright colors. It's best if the shirt is really tight on you.
If you don't already have the right shirt at home, head to your local thrift store. Look for anything with strong patterns that contrast with other parts of your costume (such as the pants). If you see anything that makes you scratch your head, like a shirt with a beheaded doll or a dead chicken, it is probably perfect.
Don't be afraid of modification! I cut slits in the sides and top of the shirt in the video above and tied up the sides to give it a "distressed" look. It's a great way to add your own personality to an outfit.
Punk Pants and Shoes
Put your crazy pants on! If you have tight jeans or leather pants, these can work well. Alternately, scour the thrift store or other local low-cost clothing store for pants with a strong graphic pattern. Plaid is a good choice along with anything labeled "golf pants" (dorky multi-colored pants that flare at the ankles). Camoflage pants also work. The more they contrast with your shirt, the better!
As for the shoes, black combat boots are a good choice. You can also wear statement sneakers such as Converse. Eh, take that back. Converse are a little too in right now and punks never go with the flow!
A Studded Collar is Good as Well
A studded collar can be used with or without a belt necklace. This necklace is definitely an integral part of the punk costume. You can find necklaces like this at Hot Topic, Spencer's Gifts, or other similar stores.
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Earrings and Other Accessories
The icing on the punk cake: If you have piercings in your ears or elsewhere, simply find some large, dramatic jewelry to fill them with. Safety pins and other graphic items are good. I wouldn't want to stick an actual safety pin in my ear, but you can find safety pin jewelry, or simply put safety pins in your clothes.
Nose, eyebrow, lip, and other piercings are very punk. If you're not up to getting a piercing just to suit your costume, consider some fake piercing jewelry. You can find these in both magnetic and flexible form.
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