I always try to make my own costume that is somewhat original and will closely resemble what I am dressing as while still looking like myself. This time I choose to dress as a Homemade Redneck Halloween Costume. The basics of this costume are white undershirt, plaid/checkered shirt, ripped jeans, work shoes, trucker hat, and most importantly accessories.
I used old jeans and put a few rips in them with scissors and made them look naturally worn and ripped. I bought a new checkered shirt and cut the bottom straight and cut the sleeves off. I put both of these in the washing machine with a little bit of Clorox so it could fade and look naturally worn out.
For the undershirt I just grabbed one of my old ones and dabbed some coca-cola on it so it could look dirtier. I also used my old high school uniform shoes which look somewhat like work boots. Finally, I went to the nearest goodwill store and bought the most random trucker had I could find.
Finally, the most important part was the accessories. I had my sister draw a few tattoos on my arms with permanent markers. The first one was an eagle in front of an American flag (true redneck and patriotic tattoo), the next one was of a skull and crossbones with a banner underneath that said rock-n-roll. I also bought a 22oz can (tall boy) of Budweiser which I took with me everywhere (I even filled the can when I got re-fills from the keg).
I also made sure to not shave for a bit and went around with a tooth pick in my mouth. Lastly, you have to sell the costume by speaking with a southern accent and looking the part in pictures.
Last year we decided a little redneck gender-switchin? would be fun for Halloween. "Rogina" only took about 15 minutes to create. We used a nightgown and a long blonde wig. I chopped off the bangs and rolled up the rest awkwardly in hot rollers. "Her" makeup was just cheap face paint, after all, we wanted it as gaudy as possible.
For D. B. we used a tobacco stained Nascar t-shirt with a homemade beer belly, camouflage hat & boots, fake tattoo sleeves, fake mustache, & bubba teeth. I drew the uni-brow with an eyebrow pencil & created the beard using my own hair out of my hairbrush. I rubbed it between my hands until it was really ratty, then cut it with scissors & glued that to my face with spirit gum.
The "plumber's butt" was really the hit of the party, though. I drew a pattern on cardboard - using my own backside ;P - & used dark brown thread to stitch the "crack". I stuffed the "cheeks", & used some blush to make them all nice and rosy. I tied it around my waist then used pieces of sticky-sided Velcro to hold everything in place: the shirt just above the cheeks, the undies just below the cheeks but above the pants, etc.
Everyone got a big kick out of our homemade redneck couple costume and my own Mother didn't even recognize me! We teased her mercilessly about flirting with "D.B."!!
Because I already had most of this stuff laying around (after all, we DO live in Alabama), I probably only spent around $15 -if that much- for both costumes.
A redneck hillbilly retirement party in West Virginia was the inspiration for these costumes. The guys wore thrift store bib-overhauls. My dress from the thrift store was in the uniform rack. I had to sew the bib and attach it to the skirt. Luckily I found matching material at the fabric store.
With the scraps I hot glued material on my drink cozy. I braided my hair and used craft wire to have my hair stick straight out. That was a hazard as I kept poking people and I didn't fit down a hallway without turning my head sideways. Beer cap earrings for a perfect finishing touch. We had a knee slapping redneck good time!