It’s that time of the year again where many of us are looking for a Halloween costume. And like last year’s report, we want to share what we know in regards to what’s out there as well as offer tips to make costume shopping, whether regular size or plus size, as easy as possible.
Before you start shopping for that perfect plus size Halloween costume, here’s some tips to keep in mind:
– Many costumes run small, so beware. Always know your measurements and look at size charts carefully. KNOW YOUR MEASUREMENTS. Sizes run so inconsistently across the board so knowing your measurements is key in finding the correct size for yourself.
– Familiarize yourself with different costume brands out there and do your research on how their sizing runs. Google is your friend on this one.
– While conducting research, a great thing to do is check customer reviews on product pages of costumes you come across. You’d be surprised at the wealth of information you can find there.
– Check out blogs and plus size fashion groups on Facebook as well as Pintererst, Instagram and Flickr via hashtags like #halloween and #plussizecostumes. In these forums, you can ask questions about sizing/fit and also read what others have said regarding brands and retailers.
Where to Look:
The choices are many but Sister House has the finest stores on the net to get your imagination going full steam. We have the Lingerie stores. the Boutiques and the Costume stores. Here is a selection to help you get started
Hips & Curves offers costume kits, accessories, bloomers, petticoats and great looks for Victorian themes, fairytales and more. Many up to a size 6X (including their corsets).
I Love Sexy As you can guess from the name, this site is stuffed full of sexy-wear. Lingerie, clubwear, costumes, shoes – they do it all. If you want a sexy costume or a stare-worthy club dress, it’s all here.
Plus Size Lingerie. Lots of sexy here, including costumes, shoes, wigs, leathers, etc. As the name says, it’s mostly plus size, approximately 14 – 16 and up
Yandy. Huge inventory of sexy lingerie plus clubwear, sexy costumes, shoes and lots more. They’re great for stockings, too, with almost 1200 items in this area alone. The site is customer friendly, with links on each page to the manufacturer’s own size charts
Pyramid Collection. They bill themselves as the store for “Myth, Magic, Fantasy, and Romance”. There are some very unusual items here and also some very nice dresses appropriate for “regular” wear. Fun to look through even if you decide it’s not for you.
An amazing store with outfits for all your fantasies from adult babies to beautiful, luxury designs for maids and lots of satin and lace in retro styles. And they can be made to fit your measurements. You do want to shop here.
Anytime Costumes. A very interesting site. They go a step beyond many of the costume shops, both in what’s offered and the relatively easy way to locate the items. You’ll want to check both Women’s Costumes and Sexy Costumes, but don’t stop there. Under Accessories if you go to the Corsets you can see all the costumes that use the corset form. They also have some glamorous Venetian-style masks.
Costume Craze. This is another site with lots of fun things to see. They have an extensive mask inventory and lots of plus size costumes. Definitely worth a look.
Costume Discounters. This is the same as Anytime Costumes but with a different name. Same prices, too, so don’t be too fooled by the word Discounters. Whichever of the sites you end up on, there’s lots there!
Halloween Costumes. Not quite as extensive as some of the costume sites, but they do have some exclusive designs not available elsewhere. They also have quite a collection of short petticoats.
Official Costumes. If you have your heart set on being a Disney or other official character, this is the place to check for the real deal. They also have lots of other costumes.