How to find a good army costume
Halloween is the perfect time to get dressed up and have fun. At what other time of the year can one go out with his friends or family in order to impress the people he or she is visiting with a cool costume and get some delicious candy in the process?
Given the immense array of possible costumes one can choose from, it is very important to find a suitable way of dressing up, according, of course, to the character one would wish to portray.
Bearing in mind that the research process necessary to purchase a fitting outfit for your needs and preferences can be time-consuming, we hope that the following guide will serve as the perfect tool for you; in this given case, we will focus on finding a good army costume to purchase for the person who wishes to portray a military man or woman for Halloween.
If you wish to purchase such an item for your significant other or your children, you should take into account their own tastes and desires, which makes all the buying process a little bit more difficult. This is where we and the advice below come in.
How we choose the coolest army costumes
If you have your mind set on wearing an army costume for Halloween, you should start by taking into account the first and most logical option for finding the best army costumes: an army surplus store. Of course, it is also possible to come across such an outfit, or at least parts of it, in different retail stores or even in supermarkets which run Halloween-related offers for different types of costumes.
You can search the Internet as well, in order to find and thoroughly weigh the reliability of the various army costumes reviews you might find. There are certain clothing brands which specialize in the production of all types of wacky, cool or glamorous garments and which cover the Halloween section, as well; therefore, these could be a good starting point in your scouring of the Internet for such products.
Usability and purpose
When it comes to considering the actual features of the army costumes you find for sale, be that in the real world or on the Internet, you should begin by asking yourself if the separates of such a costume can be included into your daily wardrobe as “exotic” or “statement” pieces (for instance, a camouflage jacket worn with neutral pants or a pair of camouflage or cargo pants worn with a neutral shirt or tee) or if the purchase will be made only for the Halloween that approaches.
Should you incline to choose the second option, things become somewhat simpler, at least from a budget standpoint: you needn’t necessarily look for quality and spend as much money as you would if you were to buy from the army store mentioned above. Also, next Halloween would normally call for another type of costume, right?
The same dilemma as above would apply whether the purchase is made for you or someone dear to you. If it’s for someone else, you needn’t have in mind their gender as much as their age, so that you can find well-fitting military costumes for them.
Choice based on historical period
Another point of interest you should have in mind when on the lookout for awesome military stuff is the historical period to which the costume belongs to. Are you attracted to the Napoleonic period? Or are you a Second World War aficionado?
Depending on the period, you should also keep in mind the appropriate costume for the rank you wish to portray: a grenadier? A cuirassier? A radio-operator? A medic? These elements may very well impact your budget planning, so consider them carefully.
Design and durability
The very design of your chosen costume is another contributing factor. More frills to convey the image of a glorious general? More money and, very probably, less freedom of movement without the risk of potentially damaging the outfit. This brings us to our next element, which is the durability of the costume.
Even if you purchase it a few days before Halloween and even in the case of a cheap option, you don’t want your brand new military outfit to easily tear apart at the slightest pressure when worn or to break at the seams. This is the reason for which we recommend that you buy it yourself and not order one on the Internet so that you can carefully inspect all these details by trying it on and analyzing it with your own eyes.
The last but not necessarily the least aspect one should keep in mind after deciding to buy a military costume is represented by the accessories that come with it, or that can be purchased separately, to make it more visually appealing.
From this point of view, a person who wants this type of costume for Halloween has a multitude of options and can really feel like a child (if it’s a child we’re talking about, all the better) in candy stores (Halloween, candy, get it?): toy guns, spears, bows, epaulets, medals, a good pair of combat boots that can last for many winters if properly cared for, a shield, a toy sword, a cape, a beret and so on. Purchasing such accessories can really amplify one’s Halloween experience and make him or she look more in character and more imposing.
Summing it up, looking for and buying a cool army costume for Halloween might seem not as easy as one might think. This doesn’t mean that you should be put off by the multitude of elements you have to consider, but instead try to exercise your curiosity and imagination, easing into the fun you can have in the process of putting together an impressive Halloween outfit with which you can “Wow!” your friends and family.
Being a military character doesn’t have to be all serious and pompous when it’s about celebrating Halloween, so feel free to experiment with different combinations of pieces and accessories and, as mentioned before, don’t forget that it’s all about FUN!