Dressing in costume for a party or special occasion is great fun for everyone, regardless of his or her age. But perhaps the most fun to be had in a costume is teaming up with a partner to create a couple’s costume.
Couple’s costumes are available in many different styles, themes and topics from icons in history and famous people to celebrities and cartoon characters. Some examples of couple’s costumes include Adam and Eve, Bonnie and Clyde, Fred and Wilma Flintstone to name only a few.
The purpose of this guide is to inform the reader all about couple’s costumes and to explain how to purchase them efficiently and safely from eBay.
A Brief Introduction to Costumes
The word ‘costume’ can refer to a person’s dress or wardrobe in general. It may also refer to the distinctive style of dress of a particular group of people, class or period.
Costume is also a particular style of clothing that is worn to portray the owner as a character or type of person other than their usual persona. These costumes are often worn at fancy dress parties, masquerades and during theatre plays. Costumes of this type are typical in theatre plays, on television and in films.
Seasonal specific costumes like a Santa Claus suit at Christmas time are very popular all over the world, whereas other costumes may be specific to a popular reference in a certain place or culture, such as Homer from The Simpsons, for example, which is very popular in the United States and North America in general, because of the popularity of the television show.
Halloween costumes are particularly popular in America where the holiday is generally taken quite seriously. Halloween costumes are typically in the form of supernatural creatures, such as ghosts, vampires and werewolves. Popular culture icons in zombie form are another fashionable costume used during this time.
Other forms of costumes have been created to serve during secular holidays like an Uncle Sam costume, which is often worn in the U.S. on Independence Day or Mardi Gras.
Couple’s costumes are great fun to wear on fancy dress occasions, such as birthdays, parties and masquerade balls. Couple’s costumes range from one costume that both partners fit into to two separate costumes that work as a pair to create the desired effect.
Below are two examples of popular couple’s costumes ideas and how to fashion them:
Bonnie & Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde were iconic bank robbers during the Great Depression in the early 20th century. This costume is relatively straightforward, as the pair were real people and not fictional or supernatural like many couple’s costumes of today. Bonnie & Clyde were active during the 1930s, so their costume includes clothes that are reminiscent of this time, such as a double-breasted pinstripe suit.
Bonnie costumes typically include a flapper dress (or a below the knee skirt) and a vintage blouse. Bonnie is often shown wearing a beret, so costumes often include one also. Bonnie was typically depicted wearing high heel shoes of dark colour so any dark high-heeled shoes are appropriate to wear with the costume.
Clyde costumes generally feature a classy double-breasted suit (typically pinstripe) with a white shirt and tie. Clyde often wore dress shoes, so any smart shoes will be more than suitable to wear with the costume.
Bonnie and Clyde costumes are on sale on the current market for buyers to purchase, just don’t forget to get a Tommy gun included as part of the set to really complete the costume.
Jane & Tarzan
Another popular costume idea for couples is to dress up like the fictional jungle characters, Tarzan and Jane. Tarzan was a man raised by apes in the jungle and Jane was a young English woman that he found lost in the jungle.
Jane’s costume is typically a leopard print bikini or bathing suit. Jane was also shown during the film wearing flowers in her hair, so don’t forget to buy a bunch of fake flowers as well to create the maximum likeness as possible.
Typically, Tarzan wore even less clothing during the film and was only ever shown wearing a leopard print loincloth, so any kind of underwear that is leopard skin or print will be fine. As Tarzan grew up in the jungle with apes, his hair always looked a mess and was very matted. To achieve authentic-looking Tarzan hair, it is strongly advisable to purchase a brown wig.
When dressing up as Tarzan, it is often a good idea to wear some kind of additional underwear in the unlikely event of a wardrobe malfunction- after all it’s best to be safe than sorry. Purchasing and wearing a nude body stocking with the Tarzan costume is also a good suggestion, as it provides some much-needed warmth to the costume, as well as avoiding embarrassment or conscientiousness over body size and shape.
How to Buy Couple’s Costumes on eBay
eBay is a fantastic place to buy fancy dress items like couple’s costume. Regardless of the type, style or period of the costume, eBay stocks an extensive range of couple’s costumes to suit everyone.
For the most efficient and successful purchase on the website, bear the following advice in mind:
- Search: To start a search on the website, enter ‘couples costume’ into the search toolbar. Using the menu on the left-hand side of the screen, select ‘clothing, shoes and accessories’ then select ‘costumes’ if the option is available. It’s then possible to select the gender of the costume by selecting ‘men’s costumes’ or ‘women’s costumes’.
- Search Using the Categories: As such as authoritative name in the ecommerce industry, eBay also lets users browse using the categories list located on the left-hand side. Besides searching in this manner, the categories list can also be used to reduce the given search results by selecting individual preferences. Searching for a Santa costume, for example, can be achieved much quicker than simply browsing through the search results by selecting the option ‘Santa Claus’ under the section ‘theme, character’.
- Shop Safely: In order to ensure a completely successful purchase read the product description carefully and thoroughly, and review all of the postage and payment options before purchasing. And remember, if unsure about the product or any part of the transaction, it’s always an option to ask the seller for more information or simply ask them a question by using the contact the seller function.
- eBay Deals: Don’t forget to check out the latest deals on couple’s costumes by checking in the ‘fashion & beauty’ section. Many additional fantastic discounts can be found here along with free postage costs.
There are many factors to consider and issues to take into consideration when buying couple’s costumes for fancy dress. However, with the important information outlined and explained within this guide, coupled with eBay’s very easy to use and customer service-orientated website, buying couple’s costumes is quick and easy.
Buying on eBay should be considered not only due to the potential of finding a great deal, but due to the extensive choice of couple’s costumes that the website presents. Remember to always keep all personal information and banking details safe and secure by using payment authority PayPal to complete transactions with sellers.