Coolest Homemade Richard Simmons Halloween Costume 2
by Sabrina H.
Homemade Richard Simmons Halloween Costume
My 11 year old son really lived the character of this Homemade Richard Simmons Halloween Costume and made it super fab! He had an absolute ball playing the part of Richard Simmons.
I bought red/white striped material($5) and a friend made the shorts in a couple of hours. The wig I purchased at K-Mart ($3); it was a huge Afro that I trimmed to 'Richard-size hair', saving the trimmings for chest hair, armpit hair and back hair, which I glued on to my son with eyelash adhesive($2).
The tank was a basic white tank of my daughter's on which I used standard fabric glue($2) to write "SWEAT IT OUT" and covered in red glitter($2). The same technique was used for his sweatband($1) with a peace sign.
The costume was completed with "slouch" socks and vintage-style Nikes that we already owned.
My son made the outfit come alive with his interpretation of Richard Simmons by yelling "Feel the burn, Ladies, and Work it Honey" as he exercised.
By far THE best costume we have ever done!!! Total cost $15.00
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Although Richard Simmons has been done before, I wanted to go for authenticity. The shorts are the key to the entire costume...they must be red and white striped and very (very) short. This was easier said than done, as you can't buy red and white striped shorts online (there is probably a good reason for that). So I shopped around and found a "pirate" costume with striped pants that fit the style, I just had to cut and sew them into short-shorts! The tank top was no easy task either...it’s not like you can walk into a store and buy a bedazzled tank top and throw it on.
So this took some work, having to buy iron on lettering and adding the gold and silver fabric paint myself! Once the clothing was complete, I just needed to add the Afro wig and of course some body-glitter...just to get in the right frame of mind!
The Richard Simmons Costume was a big hit, the only problem is now I have to make designer tank tops for all my friends.
I was just on the internet one day and happened to see a picture of Richard Simmons pop up in an advertisement. I knew my husband and I had a contest party to go to and thought how funny would that be if my husband would go along with a Homemade Richard Simmons Costume, and he did!
I just bought some girl shorts and tank top at Wal-Mart and glued sequins on it spelling "sweatin to the oldies", I sequined up some old leg warmers and some dazzled up tennis shoes, borrowed a friend's Napoleon Dinomite wig. Really cheap costume. Lots of great laughs!' I even dressed up as the 80's workout chick. We rocked!
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