How to make a disco costume

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How to make a disco costume
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Disco music was popular in the United States from the mid-1970s through the early 1980s. The fashions were loud, funky and attention grabbing, with big accessories, bright colours and shiny sequins. Creating a proper costume for a disco dancer can be accomplished with a few trips to local thrift stores or perhaps a trip to the back of your closet.

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  1. 1

    Put on a pair of bell bottoms. These flared trousers might be found at thrift stores, but you can easily make your own at home. Cut open the outer seam of a pair of trousers starting at the bottom of the leg and cutting about 1 foot up the leg. Sew a triangle of brightly coloured fabric into the opening created on the pant leg. The width of the triangle determines the size of the finished bells.

  2. 2

    Choose a shirt that features a loud and colourful pattern. Sequins are always a nice touch when it comes to disco apparel. Men need to wear their shirts with at least three buttons open from the top to expose their bare chests.

  3. 3

    Step into a pair of platform shoes. Platforms were popular during the disco era, and the more extreme, the better. Brightly coloured faux crocodile shoes or clear platforms containing goldfish are sure to be a hit.

  4. 4

    Accessorise with big golden hoop earrings for women and large gold medallions on neck chains for men.

  5. 5

    Wear your hair big and bold. Afros are a great disco look for both men and women, if you can pull it off. Otherwise, women should wear their hair long, and men may want to consider investing in fake moustaches.

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