Office costume parties are a wild affair. They are a great place to exercise your creativity while giving you a fun chance to build rapport with your colleagues and bosses. As the event draws near, you may feel the pressure building up especially if you want your outfit to leave a big impression.
Take time to think about what costume you will be wearing at the party so you’ll have a blast. Here are some creative tips to help you be the best dressed at the event.
Play Around with the Theme
Many times, a costume party will have a theme, and this setup is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it is easy to feel constrained by and bored with the limited options you have. On the other hand, a theme gives you great opportunity to exercise your creativity and come up with new twists on old, familiar concepts.
Consider the dress code, but don’t let it limit your imagination. For example, if the party happens to revolve around Arthurian legends and you decide to buy a full knight armor, make your outfit more attention-grabbing by bringing along your pet dog dressed as your noble steed. If pets are not allowed at the company costume party, ask your close colleagues to go dressed as a magnificent dragon, and then all of you can go in a group costume together.
Find the Perfect Fit
Just because you will be wearing a costume does not mean you should forget one of the most important elements of an outfit: the fit. If you have the budget, you can have a bespoke costume tailor made to fit you.
How your clothes fit can make or break your whole look. If you are buying ready-to-wear costumes online, make sure to carefully check the details of the product.
The size chart isn’t the only thing worth your attention. Information like the height and size of the model and even the material of the clothes matters. Check out this video for smart tips on online shopping and how you can buy the right size of clothing every time.
Don’t forget to complete your look with accessories. Seemingly small but significant props can take your outfit to a whole new level. For example, at your Game of Thrones–themed costume party, attach three baby dragons to your Daenerys Targaryen dress. This detail will strike a nostalgic chord among die-hard fans of the series.
If you have the time, budget, and a keen eye for detail, you can create your own accessories from scratch. There are many video tutorials and blogs by expert cosplayers and costume designers that you can refer to for tips on how to build your own costume.
On the other hand, if you don’t have the time to DIY and don’t feel like ordering a generic item from a store, consider going to a 3-D print shop instead. A 3-D printer can be used to custom-print all kinds of props, from masks to gauntlets.
Be Confident and Comfortable
How you carry yourself will affect the impact of your costume, so pick an outfit you will be confident to wear throughout the party. Consider your favorite characters or costumes that have a personal significance to you. This should help you stay in character throughout the event.
An equally important reminder is to be practical in your choice of shoes and other accessories. You don’t have to try to accurately follow everything your choice of character is wearing especially if some of the details of their costume are uncomfortable.
For example, just because Black Widow is in a leather catsuit doesn’t mean you should go for the same material. Leather can be hot and uncomfortable especially if you wear it for hours. Look for an outfit of a similar form-fitting style but made from a lighter fabric like velour, velvet, or spandex.
It is important that you leave a great impression at company events, but it is also important for you to enjoy the party. Make an effort to look your best, but also allow yourself to let loose, meet new people, and have a great time.