Keep Your Cheap Thrift Store Costume Classy
The class week has already started — did you forget you’ve got an H-day party to attend this Friday? Luckily, a thrift store can be your quick one-stop-shop for an original costume — a cheap costume, might I add. The SF Chronicle brought a group of costume designers to a Goodwill to prove it.
Their most important tip is to “make it your own:”
So you want to be a female bridge officer from the original Star Trek series. But where in a thrift store are you going to find a dress with that exact cut, that slanted neckline and that arrow-shaped badge? “If it brings the image to mind, that’s good enough,” said [Julie Bertucci, pictured right], who made it work with a donated 60s style loose-sleeved dress, shiny red boot tops and a piece of paper cut into the shape of the franchise’s familiar icon. And if something doesn’t work one way, try it another. Bertucci found a red jacket for our Michael Jackson costume, but the outside didn’t have the right sheen. So she turned it inside-out. And there was the King of Pop.
They also make a good point about wigs: “If there’s one new item that’ll take your costume from dress-up to change-up, it’s a wig…” A wig is probably worth buying new and making the extra stop for.