Renaissance Halloween Cosutme Ideas

Renaissance Warrior Costume Ideas

Since Katniss, Daenerys Targaryen, and female superheroes are all the rage now, here are some ideas for a female warrior costume that will be both fun and fearsome. While putting it together, remember that there's no exact way this costume has to look, so whatever items you can find will work perfectly!

• Getting Started

The essence of a female warrior is being resourceful, so look around and see what kinds of items you can gather that will fit the look. Anything that will give your costume a layered, medieval/Renaissance look will work. You'll need to take a trip to the craft store for a couple of items, as well as pick up a few weapons from the toy store, but beyond that, look in your closet for inspiration.

The key is going to be layering useful items over one another. The foundation of your costume will be basic long pants (or leggings) and boots. You can play with the top of the costume a bit, depending on what you have laying around. You can use an oversized, baggy, long-sleeved dress shirt or a shirt/skirt combo; anything that will flow down to thigh or knee length will look great.

• Craft Foam

Craft foam is going to be your friend for this costume. You'll need it for your warrior belt, as well as for your gauntlets/wrist guards. Craft foam in black or brown will mimic the look of medieval leather. To decorate your belt and gauntlets, you'll need some metallic gold paint. You'll also want to pick up a package of brads (you know; those little things you use to hold bunches of paper together). You'll find them where office supplies are sold.

Cut off a strip of the craft foam to use as a measuring tape for your waist and your wrists. Once you measure your waist, you can go crazy with the belt design either making a basic belt or one with a large emblem on the front (as pictured). It's all up to your level of artistry/creativity. Use the brads to fasten the belt on the side or, if you have someone to help you in the back.

For the gauntlets, measure your arm at your wrist and at the thickest part of your forearm. These are the measurements you'll need to know how wide each gauntlet should be at its most narrow and widest points. Like your belt, you can decorate your gauntlets as little or as much as you like.

• A Weapon

If you have a hoodie in an appropriate color, drape it over your head and let it fall down, cape-style, over your back. Arm yourself with a bow, dagger, sword, or other weapon of your choice and you're ready to do battle!

Are you a melee fighter who likes to hack and slash at goblins and orcs up close? You should probably find yourself a longsword. Plastic swords in particular are very easy to find at your local Halloween store, but you can also get some unsharpened metal swords to make your warrior costume more convincing.

• Final Thoughts

These are all the basic things that you will need for a dark warrior costume. Of course, feel free to embellish all you want; part of having fun during Halloween is to put your own unique twist on things. Perhaps you could try to emulate the look of one of your favorite movie warriors, or warriors of a specific culture. The nice thing about such a costume is that it's unique and fun.

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