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6 Sexy Costumes for All Time

Men are not sexy! While many women may disagree with this statement, there is nothing sexy about a hairy chest, sweaty armpits or burping. No matter how well a costume or outfit is made, no man is going to pull off a sexy outfit that manages to arouse others in the room.

On the flip side, costumes for women have become increasingly sexier over time. With each year that passes it seems less and less fabric is being used to make the outfits. Even something such as a firefighter costume for women is made in such a way that there is more leg showing than body covered. So, finding a generically sexy costume for women has become incredibly easy.

So what are 6 of the sexiest costumes of all time?

1. Chun Li – anyone that grew up in the ‘80s or ‘90s remembers Chun Li as one of the first sexy video game characters. With her giant thighs that could crush a human head, Chun Li established herself as the attractive cartoon Street Fighter that was quick enough to beat even Ryu. Her outfit is both revealing and unique and any woman that can pull off a Chun Li outfit is going to turn more than a few heads.

2. The Honey Bee – This outfit’s sexiness is a surprise to everyone. No one knows why it has such a tremendous fan following, but somehow dressing up as a bee with tiny antennae, a striped black and white shirt and a short yellow skirt with high heels seems to be high on everyone’s list.

3. French Maid – If you don’t know, you never will!

4. Supergirl – Many people mistake Supergirl for Wonder Woman, but they are not the same thing. Supergirl outfits have been made to be essentially thin blue leather bikinis with a yellow “S” on the front and a short red cape. This is not the best costume to wear in cold weather, but you’ll never hear any guys complaining.

5. Princess Leia – This is considered the sexiest costume of all time for those that grew up in the Star Wars generation. Princess Leia was every man’s fantasy and if the people going to your party or event are in their mid-30s or 40s, you can bet that this will be the most coveted costume.

6. I Dream of Jeannie – Finally, one of the sexiest costumes of all time is one of the most classic. The I Dream of Jeannie costume was taboo back when the show came out and today, it has lost even more fabric; the bellybutton is always showing and the “wishes” have gotten more sexual. Every guy’s fantasy is to have an attractive female genie at his side and this costume gets the guys one step closer to that dream.

5 Costume Accessories You Cannot Overlook

It’s happening more and more frequently – people dress up in costumes that end up looking like they have been thrown together at the last minute. The result is a costume that, while it may cover their entire body, is missing many of the subtle touches and nuances that turn a good disguise idea into a great one. Since it’s the smaller details that make a costume that much more memorable, here are five accessories that shouldn’t be forgotten if you intend to make an impression on Halloween or at your next costume party.

1. Shoes – Too many costume aficionados assemble a great outfit but neglect to make preparations for their feet, opting to wear normal shoes with the disguise. Fact is, shoes are one of the first things that a person notices when they see someone for the first time, and this is especially true for costumes. If your outfit is a top to bottom look, but you’re wearing standard tennis shoes, the costume will inevitably suffer. Stay true to your character and find the appropriate footwear for your costume, just make sure that whatever shoes you choose are comfortable because chances are you’ll need them for more than a few hours that night.

2. Jewelry – Selecting the most appropriate costume jewelry doesn’t have to be difficult to get the point across. Depending on the intended disguise, sometimes the right jewelry can be as small as a ring or tiara. Other times a gaudy necklace with a giant pendant is necessary to fit the bill. Think of the look you’re trying to convey and shop accordingly. Don’t be afraid to invest in a nice accessory if you plan on wearing your costume multiple times because if you choose wisely, your outfit is sure to benefit from it. However, if budget is an issue, go with novelty plastic over etched metal out of practicality. No one is going to fault you or your costume if you at least make an attempt to accessorize in the spirit of the character.

3. Weapons – If your costume subject is known to brandish a particular weapon, then that look is obviously incomplete without it. No pirate is going to be without a sword to hold in their teeth as they swing through the air, just as no devil should be without his pitchfork. Invest in a few extra weapons and you can mix and match to assemble a complete costume. Parents may want to reconsider a soldier costume for children if you have an aversion to your children playing with toy guns.

4. Capes – Sometimes, as in the case of Superman, a cape is a mandatory accessory. Other times, like an Elvis Presley costume, the costume works without one but can be even better if you’re wearing that classic white cape outfitted with some sparkling studs. Then there’s the notion that a cape regardless of the outfit just makes everything all the more festive. It’s safe to say that if the costume calls for it or you just feel like wearing one, a cape helps complete the look.

5. Wings – Determining when you’ll need to add wings is a little more precise. Insects, birds, and fairies of course need them but it’s also possible that wings can be a good springboard if you’re unsure of a costume idea. Try on a pair of wings and use your imagination…the sky’s the limit!

Costumes and accessories go hand in hand. They can be the difference between a forgettable disguise and a memorable outfit, perhaps even one worthy of winning big prizes at a costume party. Anyone can dress as Harry Potter, but not everyone is going to remember to wear his Quidditch goggles. We hope that before you put together your next look for Halloween, a school play, or any other dress-up event you’ll remember to include appropriate accessories; they’ll definitely help your costume reach its full potential.

Six Political Costume Ideas That Will Get You Elected…for Best Costume

With the whole buzz going on about the upcoming Presidential election, most Americans are eager to show their support in one way or another. Let’s face it, whether Democrat, Republican, Green, Libertarian, Non-Partisan, or other party we’re pretty sure you have at least some interest in what will happen come November. For now, let’s put all the serious business about the politicians aside and focus on a different way to show your electoral spirit. Political costumes are just about perfect this season for both costume get-togethers and campaigning. With only 5 days between Halloween and the general election, you’ll hardly need to wear anything else. Here are six political costume ideas we’re voting for:

1. Presidential Masks – Choose from Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush, among several others. Memorize the inaugural oath for some good party conversation.

2. Dudley the Donkey – Inspired by a nickname for Andrew Jackson coined by his opponents, and first used in print in 1837, this mascot for the Democratic Party has quite a distinctive look. Depending on how much work you want to do this costume can be quite the endeavor. Might we suggest the Democrat Donkey Hat and some dark shoelaces or a black wig for the tail?

3. GOP Elephant – Since the famous 1874 political cartoon, this pachyderm has been the mascot for all things Republican. Again, a costume of this magnitude has the potential to be a big project. Fortunately the Republican Elephant Hat comes through and does most of the work, all you need is a rotund body with grey shirt and pillow and a belt tail.

4. Uncle Sam – The national personification of the United States whose image was first depicted in an illustration in 1852. He has an obvious resemblance to US Presidents Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln and is usually seen as an elderly man with white hair and goatee wearing a top hat designed with the red, white and blue theme of the US flag..

5. Civil War Soldiers – Pick a side, Northern or Southern and go from there. Union wore blue uniforms and the Confederates wore grey. Attach a variety of pins on your shirt and shoulders depending on how high of a rank you want for the character.

6. Statue of Liberty – Arguably the most recognizable icon of the USA, otherwise known as “Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift to the American people from France in 1886. The statue is a woman wearing a long robe and a headdress with several points, holding up a lighted torch on her right hand and a book on her left. We recommend a long green tablecloth and liberty foam headpiece

Political Costumes are timely and topical this time of year. Wearing one may even inspire someone to visit the polls when they otherwise wouldn’t. With so many reasons to wear them, there’s really only one thing to do: Vote Political Costumes in 2008!