Thursday, October 11, 2012

Men's Guide : How To Dress Up For Halloween

Halloween is only a few weeks away. We want to look good and pick the right costume for our various parties. However, we do not want to be that guy with the cheesy costume or costume that nobody understands. Keeping that problem in mind, we found a useful article from Ask Men. com that can help you make the right decision. This is what they found.

1- Never dress in drag

Look, no one wants to see what you would look like as a girl; no matter what, it's going to be scary. You're going to look terrifying with your hairy legs sticking out of some ridiculous dress your sister wore to the prom last year.

It's also lazy costuming. Your friends will know you couldn't think of anything more creative, so you just grabbed the first and most ridiculous thing you could think of: a dress. Please. It's been done a hundred times and not once has anyone ever enjoyed it.

Lastly, if, for some horrible reason, you do
look good in a dress, well, that's great, but showing it off on Halloween isn't the right time or place.

2- Dress up as a group

There's nothing like rolling up to a party five dudes deep looking like you're all part of some crazy Halloween gang. You don't even have to all go as something specific, like a band or group of movie characters, but if you and your friends can agree on a common theme, you could all form like Voltron to make a giant robot of a costume.

That's not to say you and all your friends should dress in the same exact costume, which is totally boring. But in a group, you're going to have a common foundation from which you can concentrate, giving your costume some unique and interesting details. Plus, hit up people in your group for stuff for your costume. Who needs the Halloween store when you have friends?

3- Don’t be afraid to dress subdued

No one says you have to go balls-to-the-wall elaborate for Halloween. Sometimes a cool mask or some creative face paint combined with some formal wear more than gets the job done. It can be a good way to stand out when everyone else looks over-the-top crazy. Best of all, costumes like these are totally flexible and can have countless variations.

In fact, a nice suit alone could work perfectly if you're the type of person who'd never be caught dead in one. Defy expectations by doing something unexpected -- that's what Halloween is all about.

4- Don’t get too conceptual

Sure, everyone will be talking about each others' costumes on Halloween, but that doesn't mean you want to be stuck all night explaining what you're supposed to be. An abstract costume, or one that's merely undercooked, can lead to a truly frustrating evening. So, unless you know for a fact that you can pull it off, you might not want to go as the SATs or your favorite flavor of Doritos.

5- Be timely

It's something hard to judge, but if you're going to go as a real person you have to keep it current. There's no strict set of rules for this, and no time constraints, but chances are if no one in your office or none of your friends are talking about it, then it's not going to make a good costume. So, Steven Slater is totally out, though feel free to go as anyone whose reality show is currently airing new episodes on either MTV or the Discovery Channel, but definitely not Bravo or TLC.

If you have an idea, but aren't quite sure how to pull it off, flip through some tabloids or run a
Google image search. But again, make sure you're looking at current pictures. You don't want everyone to know how ill-informed you really are.

6- Plan ahead

The absolute worst place to find yourself in, short of having no costume at all, is running around last minute trying to figure out what you want to be. By then, not only have all the good ideas been taken, but even if you do come up with something, you're going to have a hard time getting everything together.

Halloween stores sell out of stuff quickly, so make sure you're stocked up at least four or five days in advance. You really don't want to be standing in the clearance aisle of the drugstore looking through a bin of ill-fitting costumes in open plastic bags.

Also, do yourself a favor and have a dress rehearsal. Make sure your costume
fits, and that all the different pieces work where they're supposed to work. For you and your costume, the two scariest words of Halloween are "wardrobe malfunction."

7- Be tasteful

There's a big difference between dressing as something scary on Halloween and being shocking. Not everyone is going to appreciate a Brett Favre with fake penis costume. Actually, no one will appreciate that costume. You want people to like your costume, not be terrified of you in it.

This rule applies to making fun of
dead celebrities, controversial public figures and cultural stereotypes. Halloween is meant to be fun for everyone, and an easy way to ruin a party is to dress cruelly. You never know who you'll offend, so try to be thoughtful.

8- Don’t overspend

Remember, you're probably wearing this costume for about six hours on Halloween, so don't go overboard on buying stuff to wear. You might think you'll impress your friends with a costume you ordered from Japan that arrived in three separate boxes, but what are you going to do with all those extra cyborg attachments come November 1st?
In fact, your friends won't even be impressed; they'll think you're a loser for dropping a ton of dough on something no one will remember in a week. And if you are remembered at all, it won’t be for having a great costume, but for all the money you put into it.

As a rule (and this is true for almost all aspects of life), something you took the time and effort to make yourself will always go over better than something you merely spent a ton of money on.
 This is great advice to follow so you can have a more enjoyable Halloween. If you would like to contact us with any questions or feedback, you can reach us by email.

Thank you for visiting!
Joseph A Jones & The Welllife Team

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