Help dress me! (For a themed party).
July 16, 2009 9:44 PM   Subscribe

I've been invited to a themed party with the following costume rules: Invasion, conquest, exploration, assimilation, sovereignty, or superheroes who save the world! and I have no idea what to wear. Any ideas would be awesome. It's tomorrow night, so I don't have much time to get stuff, and something warm would be preferable (it's damn cold right now).
posted by doctor.dan to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (20 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Suit + Fedora + faceless mask = The Question

The faceless mask would be the only hard part, but you could probably do that with some flesh-toned lightweight material. Ask at a fabric store to see?
posted by FritoKAL at 9:47 PM on July 16, 2009 [1 favorite]

maybe panty-hose for the facelss mask.

i like it, this may be my next halloween costume
posted by askmehow at 9:55 PM on July 16, 2009 [1 favorite]

If you have a beard, just get some fake furs, boots, and a horned helmet. Nothing says exploring and conquest like Nordic warriors. Bonus, get an awesome enough hammer, and you can go as Thor. Nordic deity and comic book superhero! In that case, you can swap the beard for blond hair.
posted by Saydur at 10:06 PM on July 16, 2009

Dress as a bureaucrat: Claude Rains from the movie 'Lawrence of Arabia'.
posted by ovvl at 10:15 PM on July 16, 2009

Clark Kent: blue suit and horn rimmed glasses? Safari suit = any number of British explorers, tomb robbers, rubber barons.
posted by x46 at 10:30 PM on July 16, 2009

Rorshach costumes will be popular this year, I imagine. Easy to make, and as a bonus you can talk all funny and be grumpy. He also has what is probably the coziest outerwear among (anti)heroes.
posted by rokusan at 10:35 PM on July 16, 2009

Response by poster: I like the idea of going as a bureaucrat, it seems very fitting.

Any other suggestions for things other than heroes? I'm keeping that option as my safety for now. Toying with the idea of Monkey Magic...
posted by doctor.dan at 10:44 PM on July 16, 2009

A friend of mine went to a party dressed as Saddam Hussein - brown shirt and pants, a big moustache, a beret and a foam/duct tape WMD (pic).
posted by harriet vane at 12:45 AM on July 17, 2009

Warm explorers ... Scott, Nansen, Hillary?
The last being a superhero as well, of course.
posted by Catch at 1:28 AM on July 17, 2009

The aliens from V (the miniseries, not the Alan Moore comic) went around in some natty orange boilersuits that look quite warm. Paints some green scaly skin on part of your face and you're good to go as an invader.
posted by Jakey at 2:32 AM on July 17, 2009

Viking invaders/explorers also wore some warm gear, I'd imagine.
posted by Jakey at 2:32 AM on July 17, 2009

Wear a lot of pink. Say you've come as the British Empire.
posted by permafrost at 3:44 AM on July 17, 2009

Get a Wacky WallWalker or similar squid/octopus like thing.

Attach it to your head. Congratulations! You are now a Drone to some parasitic extra dimensional invader.

If someone asks what's up with your costume, stare at them blank eyed and croon, "It's bbblllliiiiiiisssssssss..."

Extra points if you can acquire more squids and get others at the party to wear them.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:13 AM on July 17, 2009

nthing the Viking Outfit. But at random points, you need to look at people and say "What's in YOUR wallet?"
posted by GJSchaller at 6:12 AM on July 17, 2009

The Borg.
posted by kldickson at 6:20 AM on July 17, 2009

Alternatively, a Beatle.
posted by kldickson at 6:21 AM on July 17, 2009

If you splurge go as a Roman. Instructions here for a toga. Definitely either senatorial class or even of the imperial line.

I would also suggest a bluesman. The blues has certainly made its way through the world as a musical genre and being the king of the blues allows for a lot of smack talk amongst would be royalty at the party.
posted by jadepearl at 6:25 AM on July 17, 2009

Go as someone dying from smallpox!
posted by kathrineg at 6:46 AM on July 17, 2009

A third world dictator - with ridiculously large hat, sunglasses, 800 medals... etc.
posted by ecorrocio at 7:00 AM on July 17, 2009

Tail, Mickey ears, whiskers? Go as a Norway Rat!
posted by The otter lady at 11:15 AM on July 17, 2009

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