DIY Halloween Costume featuring Elvis

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Elvis Presley street art by Bambi in the Design District in Miami, FL.

It’s officially Halloween week and you still don’t have a costume. The stores are batshit crazy and ordering something online will most likely not arrive on time for your party unless you pay a gazillion dollars for expedited shipping. What do you do? Don’t worry, The MANnequin Party is here to help you.

We’ve been obsessed with Elvis Presley for as long as we can remember. Aside from loving his countless mega-hit albums and movies, the King of Rock and Roll’s impeccable style, killer hair and infectious charm are qualities that we greatly admire. This brings us to our very first DIY Costume Idea: The King.

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Elvis had many memorable fashion moments throughout his life, however, one that immediately stands (and is also relatively easy to replicate) is his look from the movie “Jailhouse Rock.” Let’s play dress up!

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What you need:

  • Black jacket. Try this one from H&M. Note: We chose to switch things up and go with a Versace for H&M leather jacket for two reasons. 1 – To pay homage to Presley’s rock ‘n’ roll vibe (& his bedazzler days). 2 – It’s very difficult for us to copy something without adding our own flair.
  • Black and white stripped tee. Try this one from American Apparel.
  • Black ankle-length or cropped pants. Try this pair from Uniqlo.
  • White socks. Try these from American Apparel.
  • Black dress shoes. Try the Gareth Leather Dress Shoe from Calvin Klein.
  • Big pompadour hair.

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Can’t compete with The King, but I think I did pretty good ; )

Top 5 reasons to dress up as Elvis:

  • Everyone knows Elvis Presley and the “Jailhouse Rock” song.
  • One of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century.
  • Sex symbol status – for girls and boys.
  • Show off your (good or bad) dance moves.
  • You get to be called The King all day.

Most of these items should already be in your closet but if not make sure to check out our suggestions. You will need a little under an hour to get ready – it takes time to get BIG hair, you know.

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Vintage Carrera sunglasses from the 70s courtesy of Joseph’s cool dad.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, MANnequins! Party hard and stay safe.

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According to Wikipedia: “Jailhouse Rock” is famous for the dance sequence (also choreographed by Presley), in which Presley sings the title track while on stage, cavorting with other “inmates” through a set which resembles a block of jail cells. The sequence is widely acknowledged as the most memorable musical scene in Presley’s 30 narrative movies, and is credited by music historians as the prototype for the modern music video.

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