How to Make a Velma Dinkley Costume

Updated February 21, 2017

Velma Dinkley is one of the characters in the 1970s cartoon Scooby Doo. Intended to be the nerdy character with her brainy personality and thick-framed glasses, Velma has since gained a cult following and is now a very popular character to recreate in costume --- possibly more popular than Daphne, who was supposed to be the far prettier, more popular character. Making a Velma costume is quite easy as it is just clothing and glasses. A few trips to local stores will supply you with everything you need.

Don on an orange, turtleneck sweater. If you want to go for a traditional Velma, it should be a bit oversized and frumpy. If a more modern, sexy Velma is your thing, wear an orange shirt that is a bit tighter and shows more skin like the Velma in the live-action movies.

Add a maroon, pleated skirt that stops at mid-thigh.

Add a pair of orange knee-socks that match the sweater. If you cannot find a pair of orange knee-socks, get a white pair and dye them orange.

Put on a pair of maroon shoes. Ideally these should match the colour of the skirt, but any dark red will do.

Put on a reddish-brown wig with a bob style. If your hair is already the right colour and style, go with it.

Add a pair of square-rimmed nerd glasses. These can just be empty frames if you want.

Finish the costume with props such as a flashlight, magnifying glass, a book or a box of Scooby Snacks.

Things You'll Need

  • Sweater or shirt
  • Skirt
  • Knee-socks
  • Fabric dye (optional)
  • Shoes
  • Wig
  • Glasses
  • Props
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Alex Smith began writing in 2006 and brings a combination of education and humor to various websites. He holds a Master of Arts in theater and works as a professional makeup and special-effects artist.