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Abraham Lincoln

How to Dress Like Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most well recognized presidents in history. Even most school children can accurately identify him. He is most well known for his finesse in leading the country through its greatest internal crisis, the Civil War, which led to the end of slavery. Also noteworthy and unique is his style, known throughout history as classic and conservative. You can dress up like him on President’s Day or the Fourth of July to show your patriotism and appreciation for one of our country’s greatest presidents.

Abraham Lincoln had a very conservative and classy look. To mimic him, you will need a top hat. This is the hat of choice for men of that era. When top hats were first introduced in Europe at the end of the 18th century, they were instantly popular with socialites and workmen alike. Abraham Lincoln was key in popularizing this style in the States. Rumor has it that he kept important documents inside his hat. Make sure that you buy a black hat, as that is the only color that he wore.

Next you will need a black suit jacket, preferably one that is a tailcoat. A tailcoat is technically a skirt, with the front part cut away, leaving only “tails” in the back that fall to below your knees. This was originally done in order to make horseback riding easier. Tailcoats are synonymous with this time period and were the uniform of choice for gentlemen attending evening white tie affairs.

Underneath the jacket, either a white or gray shirt is ideal, to be paired with a vest of the same color. It is even better if the vest has a bit of a metallic sheen to it. As far as pants go, simple black ones will be fine. Then, finish the suit with a black bowtie.

Shoes will need to be simple black dress shoes for men. This should be the easiest part of the outfit since most men already have a pair of black dress shoes.  Now that you have your outfit complete, it is time to work on your appearance. To achieve a likeness of Abraham Lincoln, you will need to find a dark wig and dark fake beard. Make sure that you part the wig to the side. You also may have to trim the beard so that it looks similar to the way Honest Abe would wear his.

Abraham Lincoln was a very tall man, measuring up to about 6’4’’. In order to look extremely authentic, walk on some short stilts or wear shoes with platforms to increase your height. If you choose stilts, be sure to practice on them first so that you can get familiar with how they feel when you walk.

The last key point to remember is to keep a very stoic and somber face. Abraham Lincoln was not known for his giddy and upbeat character. Few photographs depict him actually smiling. So no laughing when you are fully dressed!
Enjoy your day as Abraham Lincoln, one of history’s top most interesting men!

Pee Wee Herman

How to Dress like Pee-Wee Herman

Pee Wee Herman

In the mid-80’s there was probably no one on the earth who didn’t know who Pee Wee Herman was. Even today over two decades later the character still continues to make people laugh with his antics. The character was created by comedian Paul Reubens and was known for his goofy talking, walking, and his signature suit that never changed.

Dressing like Pee Wee Herman is easily accomplished if you have the right suit, which actually has to be wrong somewhat, and a few accessories. Because Pee Wee’s wardrobe never changed it is fairly easy for you to emulate him. Follow these guidelines and you will be able to look exactly like the lovable goof:

•    Suit: Pee Wee’s suit is a charcoal grey one and if you are going to dress like him then you have to get one that is too small for you. If your pants length is a 32, then you will want to go with a 30 and so on. Yes this will make your socks show and if you look at pictures of Pee Wee Herman that’s exactly what you will see. The same goes for the jacket. Make sure it is too small to fully cover your arms, but not too small to button. Pee Wee always had his jacket buttoned in the front. Since the suit is the main piece in the wardrobe, you have to make sure you get it right, which is to say you get it wrong in size.

•    Shirt: Pee Wee’s shirt was a regular white collar button down shirt that you might see a stock broker wear under a suit. The trick is to wear one that is short sleeved. The reason for the short sleeves is that the suit jacket will be too small and when you move your arms about, part of the Pee Wee look is having the jacket slide up to reveal bare flesh. If you wear a long sleeved shirt, you will ruin the effect.

•    The socks and shoes:
Pee Wee loved white. His socks were just plain old tube socks and they were always screaming white. Be sure to pull the socks all the way up for the total effect. His shoes were slip on dock sliders and were also white. When choosing shoes you can go with any low top white shoe, just make sure they are bright white.

•    The bow tie:
This is the piece that ties the entire outfit together. Pee Wee always sported his signature red bow tie. Don’t go crazy here and buy one that is too big. Pee Wee always had a tiny one so one that is too large will kill the look.

Now you are set to dress like Pee Wee Herman. To finish off the look, get some hair gel that really holds and slick your hair down. The last step in the Pee Wee Herman transformation is to start saying phrases like, ‘la, la, and la, ’and‘ hu, hu.’ Add to that an extra dose of goofiness in your mannerisms and no one will be able to tell you from the real thing.

Soccer player

How To Dress Like a Soccer Player for Halloween

Soccer player

Dressing like a soccer player is an easy way to pull together a costume with minimal effort. However, the result will look like hours were spent creating the perfect outfit. Sports costumes never follow the trends, so this is a timeless costume that is acceptable to wear for any year. It is versatile for both men and women. Men are able to play up the sporty side, while women can opt for the sexy version by baring a bit more skin or buying clothes that fit a bit more snugly. The standard pieces required are listed below, but note that variations of them will still be acceptable to pull off this costume correctly.

First, start with soccer shorts. These will need to match some color combination in your top, so the easiest choices would be red, black, or blue. If you’re not looking to spend a lot of money, you can find everything you need at Wal-Mart. On the other hand, any sports supply store can provide what you need. When you look for shorts, try to find a pair that has white stripes on the side. This will enhance the authentic appearance. If the weather is chilly outside, considering wearing some black tights under the shorts. This allows you to stay warm but won’t cover up part of the costume.

Next is the soccer shirt, which needs to match the shorts in some way. Ideally, pick the colors of your favorite soccer team. If you don’t follow soccer, choose color combinations that match your shorts. Also, try to find a shirt with a number on the back. If you can’t find one, simply buy an iron-on felt number at an arts and crafts store and iron it on yourself. This is very easy to do and doesn’t cost very much. If you are a woman going for the sexy look, try to find a top that is either cropped to show your stomach or very fitted.

You will also need soccer socks, shin splints and cleats. Be sure the socks you find are very long. They need to come up almost to your knees and have two horizontal stripes at the very top to really complete the look. Soccer players wear shin splints under their socks to protect their shins from getting damaged during the game. When paired with soccer cleats, you look like a real player. Cleats are usually black with black laces. Any sporting goods store will carry all of these items.

As far as props go, don’t forget your soccer ball. This is a key element to your costume. Also found any sporting goods location, this is also convenient for any pick up games that may ensue that night.