Move over, Daphne! Out of all the Scooby Doo gang, Velma was definitely the coolest. With her orange cowl-neck and knack for cracking tough cases, the girl had style and smarts and could solve even the spookiest of mysteries while dishing out the Scooby Snacks. Velma also makes a great Halloween costume for fans of those "meddling kids" and for those willing to troll thrift and discount shops, it's easy to assemble the proper getup without resorting to a prepackaged outfit.
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Things you need
- Orange turtleneck
- Pleated skirt
- Knee socks
- Mary Jane shoes
- Curling iron
Purchase or borrow an orange turtleneck to serve as Velma's signature top. In every episode of Scooby Doo, Velma solves mysteries wearing her orange sweater, which is probably the most important component of the costume due to the strong visual association. Scour thrift shops, discount stores and friend's closets for a similar top; a plain cotton turtleneck will work fine, but a knit shirt with an oversized cowl neck will be the most authentic.
Find a short, pleated skirt. The other half of any Velma costume is a pleated skirt like the one she wears when cruising around in the Mystery Machine. In the show, the skirt is a dark brick red, but if nothing in that shade can be found, a black skirt will work fine. To save money, scour used clothing shops for a suitable version.
Get a pair of dark-coloured knee socks and some Mary Janes. Velma never leaves the house without wearing knee-high stockings and Mary Jane-style shoes, so try to find a pair in the same colour as the skirt. As Halloween can be a chilly night, consider wearing transparent nylons underneath the knee socks for added warmth.
Buy some inexpensive, oversized glasses. As seen in several episodes, Velma is cursed with bad eyesight and, as a result, always wears a pair of thick-framed glasses. Visit costume shops or accessories stores to find a non-prescription pair in a similar style or purchase some old frames from a thrift store and pop out the lenses.
Create a Velma-inspired hairstyle. To finish the costume, mimic Velma's hairdo by curling under the ends to create a similar bob and comb fringe straight down or curl any short layers around the face and brush them over the forehead to give a fringe-like effect. The look will work best on those with naturally brown hair like Velma's, but blondes and those with other shades can consider buying an inexpensive wig.
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